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A Conversation with… Music Director Michael Bearden

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Michael Bearden

Michael Bearden

By Jeff Gunn

Walking past legendary photos of Frank Sinatra and Pink Floyd in the basement hall of Capitol Records, I couldn’t help but feel I was treading through musical history as I made my way towards Studio B to meet with one of Hollywood’s premier in-demand music director’s, Michael Bearden. Busy at work on the keys, he invited me to listen to the track he was laying down in the control room before we headed to the studio floor piano for a conversation.

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CBC Toronto Launches ‘Song in the 6ix’ Contest

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Photo: Leonardo Angelini/Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Leonardo Angelini/Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Drake, The Weeknd, Kardinal Offishal, and the wealth of musical talent coming out of Toronto in recent years, a city that has been nicknamed The 6ix, CBC Toronto has launched the Song in the 6ix contest, which calls on songwriters to write a new anthem for Canada’s largest city. The winner will receive $10,000 and the chance to make a CBC-produced music video. Submissions are now being accepted until Feb. 19, 2016.

Those interested are asked to write a song of any style about Toronto and record a video of themselves performing it. CBC says the song is to be “both an anthem and a love letter to Toronto” and the “The 6ix” and “Song in the 6ix” should be included in the lyrics, with the options of making reference to CBC Toronto and any of its hosts.

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Submissions Open for 2016 Piano Hero Contest

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

PianosCBC Music and ICI Musique are accepting submissions for the 2016 Piano Hero contest, which is open to classical pianists of all ages and skill levels. The winner will be named “Canada’s favourite amateur classical pianist” and will take home a Steinway-designed Boston professional upright piano worth $15,000, courtesy of Steinway Piano Gallery of Canada. As well, the grand price includes a trip for two to Montreal to make a music video from April 21-24, 2016, VIP tickets to a concert by l’Orchestre Métropolitain and give a pre-concert solo performance, a private lesson with David Jalbert, and more.

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Halifax’s The Carleton Music Venue Launches Crowd Funding Campaign To Stay Alive During Nova Centre Construction

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Adam Baldwin's Carletones at the Carleton Music Bar & Grill [Photo: Facebook]

Adam Baldwin’s Carletones at the Carleton Music Bar & Grill [Photo: Facebook]

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, a very popular live music venue in Halifax, NS, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it through some financial woes brought on by the construction of the near-by, very large Nova Centre complex.

The Carleton’s owner, Mike Campbell, says his business has been severely hurt by the drop in foot traffic in the downtown neighbourhood because of the construction. He estimates there has been a 30 per cent drop in business since the construction began. He told the CBC that he lost about $300,000 in revenue in 2015 compared to the year before construction started.

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Canadian Musician Editors To Present ‘How To Maximize Your Media Coverage’ Webinar on Jan. 28

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

King RaineHave you shared your music and story with dozens or even hundreds of media outlets and received little to no response or publicity? There are probably many reasons for that, and what’s more, they likely have little or nothing to do with the quality of the music. To provide some insight for musicians and put them into the mindset of a music journalist, Canadian Musician editors Andrew King and Michael Raine will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. EST.

Regardless of whether they work in print, television, radio, or the blogosphere, every music and arts journalist in the country receives dozens of pitches every week – even every day – and pays attention to only a small fraction of them. So what separates the artists that score coverage from those who don’t?

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Submissions Open for SOCAN Song House at ECMW 2016

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Ralph Murphy

Ralph Murphy

Submissions are now open for the SOCAN Song House at East Coast Music Week (ECMW) 2016, scheduled for April 13 and 14, 2016, in Sydney, NS.

Ralph Murphy (renowned songwriter, producer, and author of Murphy’s Law of Songwriting) will lead the two-day interactive workshop. Twelve songwriter participants from Atlantic Canada will be selected to participate, gaining insight into the craft of writing a hit song.

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2016 CCMA Discovery Program Accepting Artist Submissions

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
2015 CCMA Discovery Program finalists

2015 CCMA Discovery Program finalists

The 2016 CCMA Discovery Program, a national initiative launched four years ago  to support Canadian country music artists, is now accepting artist submissions until. The program provides educational, mentorship, networking, and exposure opportunities within the country genre.

The 2016 CCMA Discovery Program will include the following components: Music Industry Discovery Week; mentorship; Country Music Week Discovery Showcase; and CCMA Discovery Award.

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CBC Music Releases Its List of Top 50 Canadian Albums of 2015

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

cbc BEST OF 2015From CBC Music:

Got your Christmas list all drawn up for Santa? Great. Now you can add these 50 Canadian albums to it! While you were scratching away on the naughty/nice list, our editorial team fought tooth and nail over the 50 best albums of the year — and now you can see who made it out the other side.

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Music Biz Excited At Growth Potential In China

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

chinaThe following is from FYI Music News: 

As the music industry finds opportunities for growth in the West to be increasingly limited, it’s no surprise that they are focusing plenty of energy on such emerging and high-potential markets as China and India.

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s 2015 World Ranking report, China ranked No. 19 in global trade revenues, but that positioning will change dramatically, and soon. Ariel Fung, executive vice-president of marketing of Sony Music Entertainment Asia, was recently quoted in chinadaily.com as saying “we believe that China will rank in the top five or even top three in the world music market in the next five years or even sooner. It’s one of the most important markets in our global strategy.”

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CMW 2016 Applications Being Accepted Until Dec. 29

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
Billy Talent at the 2015 Indie Awards at CMW

Billy Talent at the 2015 Indie Awards at CMW

Artist showcase applications for the 2016 edition of Canadian Music Week (CMW) are still being accepted until the end of the month, Dec. 29th, 2015. CMW 2016 will be held May 4-14 in Toronto. Organizers say it is a chance for indie artists to play in front of thousands of industry insiders, such as talent buyers, booking agents, festival programmers, music publishers, A&R reps, managers, music supervisors, and more from around the world.

Up to 300 performance slots are reserved for Sonicbids artists at CMW 2016. Performing artists receive a complimentary registration to CMW’s Music Summit 2016 (valued at $799 CAD).

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