Canadian Musician magazine has just announced the details for a learning and networking seminar for musicians looking for additional revenue streams. The seminar entitled, How to get Gigs that Pay Real Money, is geared towards artists at all levels. Whether seeking a highly-paid full-time performing career or wanting to subsidize creative musical efforts, this free seminar brings the information needed to the foreground.
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For this edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series, he speaks with Mark Pellizzer, the guitarist of monster Canadian pop/reggae act (and recent CM cover artists) MAGIC!
Over the years, I’ve noticed that the best musicians I’ve met have consistently possessed two traits: humility and focus. Multi-instrumentalist Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer, whose talents are expressed as a guitarist, pianist, singer, songwriter, producer, and mixer, is no exception. A member of the massively successful group MAGIC!, he co-wrote “Rude,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard in the US and Canada (and the top 5 in many more countries) and has garnered 575,000,000-plus hits on YouTube. That accompanies the band’s two JUNO wins, two Billboard Award nominations, and an American Music Awards nomination.
To mark the launch of its brand new website, Music Books Plus is offering a chance to win $300 to spend MusicBooksPlus.com. Just enter the “Explore & Win” sweepstakes at www.musicbooksplus.com/sweepstakes.
The new Music Books Plus website features an extensive list of new titles, a clean and modern design, easy-to-navigate functionality, and a content-rich site experience. The Music Books Plus responsive website allows consumers to browse and shop from any desktop or mobile device and the e-commerce function enables customers to order quickly and easily.
Enter at www.musicbooksplus.com/sweepstakes.
Known for its eclectic lineups that bring together legendary jazz staples and emerging, forward-thinking talent, this year’s festival features Beruit, Erykah Badu, Lucinda Williams, Joss Stone, Whitehorse, Hewy Lewis and The News, BadBadNotGood, Molly Johnson, Colin James, Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis & The News, Adam Cohen, and many more. The programming spans free shows and indoor programming all across the Place de Arts in downtown Montreal.
Long & McQuade on Bloor Street in Toronto and Counterpoint Musical Services are presenting a free clinic by Mark Wood, member of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and international electric violinist, on Saturday, June 20th from 2-4 p.m.
Mark Wood has collaborated with and appeared alongside some of the biggest names in music such as Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, and Steven Tyler.
Boston Pizza Square One in Mississauga, ON will be hosting Boston Pizza Idol beginning on Tuesday, June 23. It is a seven week karaoke competition that features over 100 singers, $2,000 in cash prizes, eight sponsors, and entertainment industry professional judges.
-$2000 in cash prizes for the top 5 finalists
-Studio time at Metalworks, Canada’s #1 recording studio
-Tickets to the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
-A membership to Canadian Musician Magazine
-Long & McQuade gift certificates
-Boston Pizza gift certificates
-a membership to the Mississauga Arts Council
-merchandise from Metalworks, Boston Pizza, InSauga, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Rock The Coliseum.
Are you a recording artist who’s looking forward to the launch of Apple Music? After all, much of the talk is about how there will be no free tier (or “freeium” in industry speak), which can only be a good thing for bringing value back to music and artists, right? No so fast. As Exclaim.ca points out, via a leaked document obtained by Digital Music News, Apple’s plan is to not pay any royalties during the three month free trial period and even once it begins paying royalties on paid subscriptions, those rates will be lower than what is currently being paid by Apple’s streaming competitors.
The new site features an extensive list of new titles, fresh, new design, improved navigation and search function and faster checkout.
Included are books, DVDs and software on music, business, instrument technique, songwriting, theory, home recording, biographies, history . MIDI and sheet music.
Visit the new site at www.musicbooksplus.com
This year marks the 30th anniversary and reinvention of Cosmo Music’s flagship June Sale event in Richmond Hill, ON. This year, the store is making it even bigger and so Cosmo Music is presenting Cosmo Music Fest & Expo, a one day only event on Saturday, June 6th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cosmo Music superstore. Admission is free. The address is 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill, ON, L4S 0B6.
Buyers are now being recruited from festivals, venues, conferences, agents, and promoters from across Canada, USA, and the U.K. As in the past, each artist will have a 20 minute showcase set. Music PEI will provide full backline and professional sound presentation.