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CM Road to Independence Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the Canadian Musician Road to Independence Sweepstakes. Dean Meehan and Paul both received two delegate passes to the Country Music Association of Ontario Conference, a Country music CD prize pack, and a $20 HMV gift card. Congrats guys – hope you enjoyed the conference. #CMAO2015


The Latest News & Promotions from Sing! Toronto Vocal Arts Fest

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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Here are the latest promotions and news from the Sing! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival:

O Canada! Our Nation’s Greatest Hits

Thursday, May 28, 8 p.m.

The Glenn Gould Theatre will rock on May 28 with the star-studded “O Canada” concert featuring Canadian icons Jane Siberry, David Clayton-Thomas and Quartette, with Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford and Gwen Swick. The renowned Ms. Tyson will receive a Legacy Award from SING! in recognition of her significant and enduring contribution to the Vocal Arts.


Enter the CM & CMAO Road 2 Independence Sweepstakes!

Friday, May 15th, 2015

R2I sweepstakesCanadian Musician has teamed up with the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) for our Road 2 Independence Sweepstakes!

You can win delegate passes to CMAO’s Road to Independence Spring Conference, presented by Slaight Music. Also, win a Country Music CD Prize pack & HMV $20 gift card!

The CMAO Road to Independence songwriting conference will be held May 24-25, 2015 in at the Delta Markham Hotel, in Markham, ON. The two-day conference offers attendees interactive opportunities to learn, network, and expose their music to key members of the music industry. It will also include an Industry Showcase, to help new Ontario talent get noticed and advance their career to the next level, and the SOCAN Songwriter’s Circle Super Session featuring some of Ontario’s hottest country musicians!

To enter the sweepstakes, just head over to

Applications Open for BC’s Missions Folk Festival Opportunity

Friday, May 15th, 2015

BC folkThe 28th annual Mission Folk Music Festival will take place July 24-26, 2015 at the scenic Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission, BC.  Three Music BC members will be selected for performance opportunities at the festival, with the possibility of additional performances including a CBC Nooner Concert in downtown Vancouver.

Read the guidelines below for more information:


Enter Our Sonor Ultimate Drum Sweepstakes!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

sonor drumsEnter the Canadian Musician Sonor Ultimate Drum Sweepstakes today! Follow us on Twitter and enter for a chance to win this incredible Drum set.

This prize package includes:

– SONOR Essential Force Birch Shell STUDIO Drum Set w/ 2000 Series Hardware Package & New DT2000 Drum Throne

– Zildjian ZBTS3P-9 Box Set  includes: 13” Hats, 16” Crash and 18” Crash/Ride

– Vic Firth Drum Set Pack includes: Stick Bag, 5A Wood Tip Sticks, 5B Chop Out Practice Sticks and VICEARPLUG Practice Plugs

Prizes coustesy of Coast Music and retails over $2800.00

Don’t miss out on a chance to win, enter now at

Music Canada Live Wants Your Opinion

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
CM's Michael Raine interview MCL's Erin Benjamin.

CM’s Michael Raine interview MCL’s Erin Benjamin.

Music Canada Live (MCL), an industry association for Canada’s live music sector, is currently engaged in strategic planning activity intended to shape the future of the organization. Music Canada Live represents those in the music industry whose primary business is in the live music sector, this includes both commercial and not-for-profit promoters and presenters, festivals, venues, clubs, agents, ticketing companies, suppliers to live, and others.

MCL is inviting all members of the music community to participate in one of the scheduled meetings taking place on May 19th, 21st, and 22nd – there are six different options and you would select one to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to obtain views of key stakeholders on issues, needs and challenges to help design the future programs, services, and priorities of Music Canada Live.


Visit Canadian Musician at CMW!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

CMW boothNorris-Whitney Communications, publisher of Canadian Musician, will be exhibiting in Booth 111 on the Lower Concourse, The Sheraton Centre at Canadian Music Week 2015. Show hours are May 7, 8, and 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Drop by and pick up the latest issue of Canadian Musician magazine, featuring Canadian superstars, Magic. At our booth, you can enter the Canadian Musician Sonor Ultimate Drum Sweepstakes.

We’ll also be covering CMW in real time through our social media channels. Drop by and say hello to the team or follow our updates on the action at or @cdnmusician on Twitter.

Music Books Plus will be offering special prices on an extensive selection of books on songwriting, recording, social media, digital marketing, business, touring and much more.


Congrats to Our CMW Sweepstakes Winner!

Monday, April 27th, 2015

2.ESMA-Soul-Trigga-1024x681Congratulations to the artist ESMA, who won Canadian Musician‘s Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes giveaway. She’ll receive two delegates passes to the CMW Music Conference, two tickets to the Indie Awards, and two full-access wristbands to the CMW Music Festival.

We hope that at CMW, ESMA will learn the tools and make the connections to take her career to the next level. ESMA’s music is described as “a combination of genres with the use of exotic instruments that make up who ESMA is as a singer, songwriter, dancer and artist. Her sound is not offered by any other female artist in music today, making listeners take notice in a time where music is sounding increasingly generic.”


Via A Brief History of the DJ Mixer

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

abstract-wallpapers-dj-mixer-wallpapers-wallpaper-37293The folks over have put together an interesting history of the DJ mixer. As they say, “two turntables and a microphone” is one of the most common phrases in DJ culture (and also made famous to the general public via Beck’s awesome song “Where It’s At“), but it’s the DJ mixer that brings it all together. Check out the article entitled “A Brief History of the DJ Mizer” by Joshua Glazer. 

“Two turntables and a microphone,” might be the most famous saying in DJ culture, but what about the mixer? The mixer is the literal and metaphorical nexus, where sounds from a trio of devices come together to create a sonic alchemy that has moved dancefloors for more than three decades. And as those decades have passed, so too have multiple waves of technological innovation that saw the DJ mixer evolve from the bastard Frankenstein of live band mixers — MacGyvered together by early electronic enthusiasts — to a multi-billion dollar consumer electronics colossus of computer controllers competing for mass-market dominance and audiophile approval.


The Winners & Losers of SXSW 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Audio Blood‘s Sari Delmar & Sacha Miller were on the ground in Austin as Canadian Musician‘s SXSW 2015 correspondents. Looking back at the fest, Sari shares her thoughts on the Winners and Losers of the 2015 edition of the world’s largest new music festival.

SXSW is a beast of a festival, but that’s why it’s the best time! The music industry is out in full swing, great bands take over every venue, and sponsors bring out the big guns. Everyone is trying to cut through the clutter. While some do it oh so well, others fall hard – and publicly. But hey! You know what they say… There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Here are some of the winners and losers from our time in Austin!


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