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Music BC & Artists’ Legal Outreach Offering Legal Advice Clinic for Musicians

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Music BC Executive Director, Bob D’Eith, will be hosting a one-on-one legal advice clinic for musicians at the Music BC office in association with Music BC and Artists’ Legal Outreach. This is a free service provided by ALO while D’Eith, an entertainment lawyer, will be offering his pro bono services. This event takes place on Feb. 10, 2015 from 5-7 p.m.

D’Eith advises those attending to come with question prepared and offers this list of questions he regularly gets asked:


15 Canadian Venues Rank in List of Top 200 Busiest Arena Venues Globally

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Toronto's Air Canada Centre, the world's 11th busiest arena venue.

Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, the world’s 11th busiest arena venue.

Global concert listing website Pollstar ( has tallied the number of tickets sold in 2014 at the world’s busiest arena venues. In its list of the 200 busiest arenas, there are 15 Canadian venues that make the list, with Toronto’s Air Canada Centre ranking the highest at number 11 globally with 584,729 tickets sold last year. Three U.K. venues hold the top three spots, with London’s O2 taking the top spot with 1,818,742 tickets sold.

The Canadian venues in the top 200 are:


2014’s Top Album Sales by Genre in Canada

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The team at Canadian Music Blog ( has broken down the top selling albums in Canada in 2014 by genre. The below pie chart includes both domestic and foreign releases and breaks it down by percentage of sales.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


A Conversation With… Bibi McGill

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Bibi McGill (left) onstage with Beyonce

Bibi McGill (left) onstage with Beyonce

We’re pleased to host yet another edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series. This edition finds Jeff catching up with Beyonce guitarist Bibi McGill.

The warm summer wind seemed to quicken my pace and elevate my state of excitement as I made my way to Rawlicious in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Once inside, I was greeted by one of the greatest guitarists and musicians on the touring scene, Bibi McGill. She was kind enough to meet for our interview on her night off while in the middle of Beyonce’s On the Run Tour. Guitarist, musical director, entrepreneur, and yoga instructor, Bibi’s spiritual character beams both onstage and in everyday life.


ole 2101 Songs’ catalog from RedOne Productions

Monday, January 12th, 2015

ole, the Toronto-based independent rights management company, has acquired the 2101 Songs catalog from RedOne Productions, adding more than 1,000 pop and urban songs to ole’s catalog. Founded by renowned producer, songwriter, and musician Nadir Khayat, also known as RedOne, 2101 Songs was created to be a publishing home for developing and established songwriters and producers, resulting in collaborations on hits such as “Starships” (Nicki Minaj), “Live While We’re Young” (One Direction), “On the Floor” (Jennifer Lopez), “Who’s That Chick” (David Guetta and Rihanna), and “Rain Over Me” (Pitbull and Marc Anthony).


For Nova Scotia Residents, Viola Desmond Singer/Songwriting Contest Accepting Submissions

Friday, January 9th, 2015

ViolaDesmondContestFrom Music Nova Scotia:

Singer/songwriters who are residents of Nova Scotia are invited to submit their work for a chance to win $10,000 as part of the Viola Desmond Singer/Songwriter Contest . Presented by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage in partnership with Music Nova Scotia, the contest pays tribute to Viola Desmond and her contributions toward the civil rights movement in Canada. The contest will also create a heightened sense of awareness around Nova Scotia’s Heritage Day holiday. The inaugural holiday honours Viola Desmond on Feb. 16, 2015.  Submissions for the contest are open until Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.


Registration Open for First Ever Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

UnisonRocks_postimage_FINALrevDon’t miss the first annual Unison Rocks Charity Bonspiel. Ten teams will square off at High Park Curling Club in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 vying for the title of “Masters.”

Registration includes two games, snacks, dinner, and swag – a great day for a company team! Sheet sponsorships available, and all proceeds support the Unison Benevolent Fund. Space is limited. Download and print out the registration form HERE.

Submit completed registration form and fee VIA EMAIL to


10 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Showcasing at SXSW

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

sxsw-2013-6th-street-austinCanadian Musician contributed Sari Delmar has some wise words for artists getting set to showcase at SXSW 2015 in Austin, TX.

I’ve been to South by Southwest (SXSW) for the past few years and every time I go, there’s a common thread to bands that stand out from the crowd. They’re full of energy, ready to network, and of course, have killer songs.

But most of all, they’re prepared for the special kind of beast that is SXSW. And we all know – this is a weird one. South By is a big deal and a big opportunity if you play your cards right. In 2014, some of my favourite Canadian acts took the plunge to Austin – Arkells, Grand Analog, and Slow Down Molasses, among many others – and with my artist development hat on, I got to see who stood out from the pack.

While many acts are impressive (and many more are not), there’s always a few that miss their chance to make a strategic impact. I’ve come up with a few tips below garnered from my time watching and learning at SXSW 2014.


Enter the Canadian Musician Steinberg Music Production Sweepstakes!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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Reminder: CMW 2015 Artist Showcase Submission Deadline is Dec. 31

Friday, December 19th, 2014

CMW15A reminder that Canadian musicians have until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply for a showcase slot at the 2015 edition of Canadian Music Week (CMW), which will take place May 1-9, 2015 in Toronto. CMW is accepting showcase applications online via Sonicbids, and It costs $50 CDN to apply.

More than 300 performance slots (out of more than 900 total) are reserved for Sonicbids artists. Showcasing artists receive a complimentary registration to the CMW Music Summit 2015 (valued at $799 CDN).


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