Canadian Musician photographer Bart Nowak of NowakImages.com was in Quebec City for the first few days of this year’s edition of le Festival d’ete de Quebec (FEQ), which featured monster headliners like Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, and more. Check out some of Bart’s shots from the shows.
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Those who compose or write lyrics for musical theatre have one day left o submit for Theatre 20’s 2015/2016 Composium training program, to be held in Toronto. Submissions will be accepted until the deadline of 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 24, 2015.
This creative opportunity offers musical theatre composers and lyricists world-class training in a subsidized course taught by the renowned Leslie Arden. A small group of composers and lyricists will be chosen to work with Arden, and will meet bi-weekly from September 2015 until January 2016.
Over 300 gigging musicians came out on a hot, sunny afternoon on Saturday, July 19, at the University of Toronto for the “How to Get Gigs that Pay Real Money” seminar, which was presented by Canadian Musician (CM) and sponsored by GigSalad. The three-hour panel discussion and Q&A saw CM publisher Jim Norris moderate a panel that included GigSalad founder Mark Steiner, corporate event planner Roni Feldman (Roni Feldman & Associates), and Mia and Benjamin Hackett of the duo Azalea.
The focus of the discussion was about performing musicians thinking beyond the typical, low-paying pub gig and thinking outside the box about unique opportunities that often pay better but get ignored by musicians. One example came from Mia and Benjamin of Azalea, who gave an anecdote about a gentleman who found them through GigSalad and paid them very good money to play one song in a private setting while he proposed to his girlfriend. The duo of Azalea also talked about the importance of visual presentation, even when busking, saying that when they began busking, just in jeans and t-shirts, they didn’t attract very much attention or money, but when they began presenting a distinct, coordinated look with their attire that meshed with their music, they began attracting crowds and making much more money than they thought possible by busking.
Artist submissions are being accepted for next year’s Canadian Music Week, which will take place May 4-14, 2016 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).
Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Following an off-day for the fest on Monday, here are photos and findings from Tuesday, July 14th – Mark’s final day onsite.
A wet and stormy day at LeBreton Flats couldn’t stop another round of great performances at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015. Operators were the first band to perform on Tuesday evening, delighting the audience at the Claridge Homes stage with their raw synth rock.
Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) member bands and solo singer-songwriters are invited to apply now for the CCMA Performance Workshop during Country Music Week 2015, presented by Tom Jackson Productions.
Jackson is known for his ability to transform a performance and connect artists/acts with their audiences. Jackson has worked with an impressive array of artists, and one lucky CCMA member or group will have the opportunity to work with him this September in Halifax.
As previously mentioned, the How to get Gigs that Pay Real Money seminar is sponsor by GigSalad and will be held at the Earth Sciences Auditorium at the University of Toronto on July 18, 2015 from noon until 3 p.m. This three hour seminar will expose artists to tools and techniques on how to get great paying gigs for corporate events, weddings, casino, cruises, private parties, and festivals.
Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Here are photos and findings from Sunday, July 12th, featuring an impressive and eclectic lineup of Canadian acts.
Sunday night at Bluesfest belonged to the best classic and new Canadian rock: Blue Rodeo, Arkells and The Glorious Sons.
Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Here are photos and findings from Saturday, July 11th.
In the aftermath of a wild Friday night with Kanye West packing LeBreton Flats, Saturday afternoon initially saw a much smaller crowd which grew steadily through the day until headliner Iggy Azalea capped off another great day of music.
Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Here are photos and findings from Mark’s first day at the fest.
There is only one Yeezus in the world, and last night he rolled into RBC Bluesfest as the Friday night headliner along with some other international acts that had Lebreton Flats in downtown Ottawa packed.
Earlier in the day, Vancouver pop-punk outfit Mariana’s Trench were a welcome surprise to the lineup in how energetic and fun they were to watch, even if you don’t listen to pop radio.