Below is a new column from David Farrell at FYI Music News on the lack of vocal support for the CBC coming from Canadian musicians during this election campaign. Regardless of your party allegiances or where you fall on the political spectrum, it is hard to deny that the CBC has done more than any other media outlet to support and promote Canadian music and the arts. With that, it’s surprising it sees so few Canadian musicians speaking out about the federal government’s funding cuts to the public broadcaster.
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We are about to enter into the world of the .music realm, as the domain will soon be available for registration for the first time. In other words, “www.[yourname].music” will soon become a possibility. Constantine Roussos, the leader of DotMusic, is leading this charge. DotMusic wants to be the neutral administrator of the distribution of these domains. DotMusic’s goal: to clean up the online music community by allowing music artists, music professionals and music companies to claim the domains that are rightfully theirs. Now, DotMusic needs your help to push this community-based application across the finish line, to put an end to the common frustrations that music artists experience when they go to claim a domain, and find out that it has been taken by someone whose sole purpose is to sell it at a premium. Other DotMusic policies include mandating only legal music content, prohibiting spammy parking pages and suspending any .music domain with obvious mass copyright infringement. If DotMusic’s initiative doesn’t succeed, major players like Google and Amazon – who do not care about artists’ rights – will end up controlling the rights to these domains.
Canadian Musician correspondent Adam Kovac was at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau this past weekend, enjoying some loud sounds and cheap suds at the 2015 edition of Heavy Montreal. Here’s the report from Day 2:
There’s a Chinese proverb that I’m fairly sure is made up, but it applies pretty damn well to Heavy Montreal, or at least those of us blessed enough to have media credentials: that the word for crisis is the same as that for opportunity.
Canadian Musician correspondent Adam Kovac was at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau this weekend, enjoying some loud sounds and cheap suds at the 2015 edition of Heavy Montreal. Here are his findings from Day 1:
The first thing that needs to be said about Heavy Montreal 2015 is that the festival is most notable for who is not there.
This Friday, Aug. 14th at the Burlington Music Centre, drummer Steve Gaul will begin an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for solo drumming; a record that he himself set in 2011 for a good cause. During that record-breaking drumathon in 2011, Gaul raised over $70,000 for cancer research. Now, on Friday, he will go for it again, this time to honour his daughter who was born with a congenital heart defect and undergone three heart surgeries.
Everyone is invited to participate, cheer, and witness this outstanding event in support of Caridac Kids.
The event begins at 9 p.m. and there is a cover fee of $10.
The winner of the Vancouver regional competition will go on to compete at the DMC Canadian Championships.
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.
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).