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Submissions Being Accepted for Road to Indie Week: Alberta Contest

Friday, February 13th, 2015

RoadtoIndieWeekSubmissions are now being accepted by Alberta artists for the Road to Indie Week contest. The Road to Indie Week: Alberta is entering its third year. Indie Week Canada will be taking place in Toronto on Oct. 15-19, 2015.


NuMuBu Hosting Live Songwriters Series Webcast

Friday, February 6th, 2015

numubuwritersMusic industry networking site NuMuBu will be hosting a live web broadcast Songwriter Series on Feb. 10, 2015.

The Songwriter Series

The live Songwriters Series can be viewed at


FACTOR’s Annual Review Approaching – Do You Need to Update Your Profile?

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The following notice and advice is provided by FACTOR.

It’s time for FACTOR’s Annual Review

On Feb. 27, 2015 we will re-assess all Artist Profile and Applicant Profiles in the system. Both Artist and Company Ratings may go up or down at this time. Your current rating will remain in place until March 31 2015. New Ratings received during the Annual Review take effect on April 1, 2015.

“Why Should I update my Artist Profile?”


CMW Unveils Impressive List of 2015 Headliners

Friday, January 30th, 2015

CMW2015 HeadlinersCanadian Music Week (CMW) has released a pretty impressive list of headlining artists for the 2015 edition of the festival/showcase, which will be taking place in downtown Toronto from May 1-10. It features some of the top Canadian artists, old and new, including, Alvvays, Billy Talent, Kiesza, Magic!, LIGHTS, Daniel Lanois, and Ron Sexsmith. As well, there are a number of major international acts coming through town, including The Jesus & Mary Chain, ex-Oasis mainman Noel Gallagher,  and Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts.

This year will once again feature The Concert Lottery. Offering CMW wristband holders the chance to guarantee a spot at some of the larger shows during the festival – and sometimes the only way in to a sold out show – and the opportunity to optimize their time during the festival. Now spanning 10 days CMW will showcase over 1000 bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.


SOCAN Presents Performing Rights Workshop in Edmonton

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

MakeMusic@epl_2015_Poster_11x17_v1Aspiring and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to attend SOCAN’s Performing Rights Workshop to be held this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at the Edmonton Public Library (EPL).

The workshop is part of the EPL’s “Make Music at EPL” series, and is presented by Terry O’Brien, Education and Outreach Manager for SOCAN, West Coast Division. The workshop is free to attend, and no registration is required.


Submissions Open for 2015 Breakout West & Western Canadian Music Awards

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

BOW_logoArtist submissions are now being accepted for the Breakout West 2015 festival, conference, and showcase, as well as the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards. Breakout West 2015 will be taking place in Victoria, BC from Sept. 17-20.

The Breakout West organizers warn to those interested to make sure to read all guidelines prior to submitting. Any submissions that are not within the indicated guidelines will be disqualified without refunds.


Music Nova Scotia Accepting Submissions for CMW Showcase

Monday, January 26th, 2015

From Music Nova Scotia:

The Music Nova Scotia Showcase Stage during Canadian Music Week will take place at the Rivoli in downtown Toronto, ON, on Saturday, May 9th. This showcase stage provides Nova Scotian artists the opportunity to perform for a target audience of influential industry professionals attending Canadian Music Week, including local, national, and international talent buyers, managers, and media. The Music Nova Scotia Showcase Stage is an official partnered stage of CMW.

The call for submissions is now open and will close on Monday, February 2 at 5:00pm (AST).


Montreal Electronic Groove Festival Accepting Artist Submissions

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MEG_Logo_2015_CSThe 17th edition of the Montreal Electronic Groove (MEG) festival will run from July 23 to August 2, 2015, and electronic music artists are invited to apply for a chance to showcase at the event.


Music BC Presents: “How to Make Fans, Not Just Likes”

Friday, January 16th, 2015

MakeFans posterOn Sunday, Jan. 25, Music BC is presenting a panel discussion and Q&A called “How to Make Fans, Not Just Likes.” It will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the VSO School of Muisc – Pyatt Hall at 843 Seymour St. in Vancouver.

Music BC provides this description: Are you connecting with your audience or are you just yelling at them? This session will explore how artists can use social media to define their brand and create genuine moments with fans. Forget simply pushing out a message and hoping that it gains traction! We’ll dig into how to cultivate relationships and a develop a committed fan base via the latest and most relevant platforms.


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:


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