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Why It’s So Expensive for Canadian Musicians to Cross the Border

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

BorderNoisey, the music division of Vice Media, has published this interesting article on the financial barriers that make it difficult for Canadian acts to tour the U.S.:

With Canadian artists occupying the top four spots on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first time ever, it may seem like the Canadian invasion of the American music market is well underway. But while artists like Drake and The Weeknd have managed to break out of Canada and take over the American pop charts, the passage across the border isn’t as smooth as they make it seem. The US music market is the biggest in the world, and with 75% of Canadians living within 100 miles of the border, that market is tantalizingly close for most Canadian musicians in an industry where opportunities are hard to come by. For most Canadians, visiting the US is a matter of routine. For American touring musicians, entering Canada follows more or less that same routine. But for many Canadian musicians, the border presents a significant logistical and financial barrier that can stunt their careers before they’ve really gotten started. This barrier has even led some to question the impactfulness of the investments made by the national and provincial governments to develop the Canadian music industry.


Visit Us at IMSTA FESTA Tomorrow at Ryerson University

Friday, October 16th, 2015

NWC boothIMSTA FESTA 2015 takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ryerson University in Toronto. We will be exhibiting at Booth 21 so please drop by. This is a free event open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.

  • Music Books Plus will be displaying an extensive selection of books and DVDs at special show prices.
  • We will have complimentary copies of the latest issue of Canadian Musician magazine
  • Our assistant editor, Michael Raine will be presenting a seminar on “How To Work the Media” at 2 p.m.

For information on IMSTA FESTA, visit


Final ‘Steve’s Supports Country’ Day Happening Saturday

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Steve’s Music Toronto alongside Alessia pictures at Steve's music country day 016with their Co-Country sponsor, Boots & Bourbon Saloon teamed up this past summer to show support for upcoming Canadian country artists and to gain exposure to the every growing country music scene in Toronto and surrounding areas through the Steve’s Supports Country Campaign. The campaign consisted of live performances, an on-air Live Broadcast interview with CIUT 89.5 and a unique way for up and coming artists to showcase their talent in the Steve’s Country Corner on site in the Toronto store.

This Saturday, Oct. 17 at Steve’s Music on 415 Queen St. W. between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Steve’s Country Corner there will be performances by country artist Elyse Saunders as well as official spokesperson and country artist Alessia Cohle and country music veteran Don Graham. They will exchange some stories, songs and music with the country fan public. All performance & interviews run 30 minutes each.


Panel Schedule & More Details Released for IMSTA FESTA Toronto

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

SMALL RK & WG full roomThe International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) jhas announced that its annual celebration of Music Technology event, IMSTA FESTA, will be returning to Toronto. Hosted by Ryerson University, this free event is set to take place on Saturday, October the 17th, 2015.

• Keynote speech delivered by Jimmy Douglass.
• Get inside knowledge by attending informative panels at the IMSTA FESTA Professional Panel Series that cover all aspects of the industry.
• Be sure to attend a Master class and learn how to maximize the efficiency of your studio equipment.
• Network with industry “heavy hitters” and make valuable connections that will advance your career.
• Receive hands-on experience with the latest music production tools on the market.
• Win raffle prizes from top audio technology companies.


Where do the Federal Parties Stand on Arts & Culture?

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

leadersFYI Music News has compiled this excellent summary of the Canadian federal political parties’ platforms with regards to supporting arts and culture.

The Liberal Party has released its cultural platform that is ambitious to say the least.

Investments include doubling the budget for the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million each year; restoring the PromArt and Trade Routes cultural export trade programs (cut by the Conservatives) to the tune of $25 million a year; stabilizing the CBC/Radio Canada with $525 million investment over four years; bolstering cultural infrastructure to the tune of $6 billion over 4 years, and almost $20 billion over 10 years. It is also the only party to have completed a questionnaire put to the parties by the Canadian Coalition for the Arts, and promising to review both the Broadcasting Act as well as completing the mandated review of the 2012 Copyright Act in the short-term.


Yamaha Announces Instant Rebate/Free Gift Offer until Nov. 30th

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Yamaha TDP 162R

Yamaha YDP162R

Yamaha Canada Music has announced that it is offering in-store instant savings or free gifts with purchase on a large selection of their most popular studio monitors, mixers, stage pianos, synthesizers, and more. This offer is only available through authorized Yamaha dealers from Oct. 1st to Nov. 30th, 2015.

For studio monitors, this includes the: HS5; HS7; HS8; and HS8.

For mixers, this includes: MG12; MG12XU; MG16XU; and MG20XU.

For stage piano/arranger workstations, this includes: CP4 Stage; CP300; Tyros 5-61; and Tyros 5-76.

For digital pianos, this includes: YDP S52; YDP 162R; and P255.

For more more informaiton on the Yamaha instant rebate program/free gift offer, go HERE.

Ernie Ball Presents The Bonamassa Experience Contest

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Ernie Ball has teamed up with legendary blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa to give Canadian guitar players a chance to win over $70,000 in prizes and the opportunity to spend a day with Bonamassa and a selection of his most cherished guitars in the famed Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room.

Now through Nov. 30, 2015, players can visit to enter unique codes and instant-win Joe Bonamassa custom picks hidden in select packs of Ernie Ball guitar and bass strings available at participating dealers. Each code also comes with a free exclusive 11-song Joe Bonamassa album download, Best of Canadian Musician E-Book, and a one-year digital subscription to Guitar World Magazine.


Could Techno Music be used to Treat Parkinson’s Disease?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

[Photo from McMaster University]

[Photo from McMaster University]

Here is a very interesting article from Thump on research being done at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. The school’s Large Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) Lab is conducting some groundbreaking research on live music and the way the human brain responds to it.

From the article:

McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, is finally going to answer some hard-hitting questions like: What do brainwaves look like when they’re waiting for a fat bass drop? Or, how would your killer Chromeo cover band sound if they played at Carnegie Hall?


CIMA Offering Discounted Registration & Other Opportunities At World Music Expo 2015

Monday, September 28th, 2015

WOMEXThe Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), the Canada Council for the Arts, Folquébec and the International Exchange for the Performing Arts (CINARS) have announced a partnership arrangement to represent Canada at the 21st edition of the World Music Expo 2015 (WOMEX), which takes place Oct. 21-25, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.

The expanded Canada-Québec booth will host a strong cross-section of Canadian buyers and sellers (including some of Canada’s top festivals, record labels, managers, promoters and artists from the world music arena).


Win Passes to Jill Hennessy’s Album Release Event on Oct. 2

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Jill Hennessy I Do Album ArtCanadian Musician is giving away a chance for you and a guest to spend an intimate evening of music with Jill Hennessy. Simply follow the link and enter to win. The tickets are for Hennessy’s album launch event at Adelaide Hall in Toronto on Oct. 2, 2015.

Jill Hennessy’s latest album is well worth the wait. Called I Do, it contains 11 new original songs that once again showcase Hennessy’s deep love and understanding of folk-rock and alt-country, as evidenced by such tracks as “Something’s Comin’,” “I Do,” “Edmonton,” “Marsha G” and “Aimee.”

I Do is primarily a collection of stories about love, relationships, and loss – the beauty and the pain and the sacrifice between any two people in love, be it husband/wife, mother/child, or child/parent,” says Hennessy.

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