CANADIAN MUSICIAN BLOG
The Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) has grown in recent years into one of the most anticipated and exciting music events in a city that’s ripe with them year-round. The unique inner-city setting and diverse but well-curated lineup help it stand out as a one-of-a-kind musical product, and for 2016, TURF organizers once again outdid themselves. Canadian Musician‘s Samantha Everts and Mark Matusoff were on the ground for TURF 2016, and we invite you to check out some of the Canadian and international acts that took to the event’s various stages this year. A full photo library follows Sam’s review below…
While Canadian Musician‘s Andrew King was sequestered in the Grand Jury room, photographer Mark Matusoff was running around the main room of Toronto’s Carlu, capturing photos of the Polaris Music Prize Gala and its presenters and performers. Ultimately, Montreal producer Kaytranada’s phenomenal album 99.9% took the title and $50,000 grand prize, though the performances from seven of the 10 shortlisted acts proved, to borrow a perhaps overused cliche, that there were no losers associated with this, the 11th edition of the prize.
Revisit some of the highlights of the 2016 gala in Mark’s photos below.
HHB Hosting Free Universal Audio Event on Production, Mixing & Recording at Vancouver’s Little Mountain Studios
HHB Communications Canada invites you to a special educational event, Universal Audio Users Group – Produce, Mix, Record, which will held at Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. The event is free to attend but require registration at space is limited. Online registration can be found at https://vancouver-ua.eventbrite.ca.
Canadian music industry website FYI Music News has published an interview with Canadian Musician Assistant Editor Michael Raine regarding music streaming revenue in Canada, which Mike investigated in his latest feature article for Canadian Musician.
The article, titled “Streaming Money is Flowing… But Where To?” can be found in the new September/October 2016 issue of Canadian Musician, which you can see HERE.
The article can also be read HERE.
CBC Music and music education charity MusiCounts have teamed up for this year’s edition of the Canadian Music Class Challenge, which kicks off on Sept. 30, 2016, and runs until Dec.16, 2016. The challenge seeks out students in music classes, music clubs, and after-school programs nationwide.
Jason Wood from Edmonton, AB
Zach Periard from Saint John, NB
and Philippe Bardet from Winnipeg, MB
Each winner has won a vinyl copy of the Arkell’s recently released Morning Report album, a Morning Report poster (LOVE this poster:)!!) autographed by the Arkells, and a copy of Canadian Musician’s July/August issue featuring a look at the Arkells’ latest project.
Congratulations – and stay tuned for the next CM sweeps starting soon.
Here is a very interesting column from songwriter and musician Ari Herstand at Digital Music News. Much of the information is U.S.-focused, but it’s still a worthy read with a good breakdown of how royalties work in the streaming age.
As the battles rage on in Washington over the recent DOJ ruling for 100% licensing of compositions and theSongwriter Equity Act continues to sit in purgatory in the halls of the do-nothing Congress, it’s time we rethink how to approach songwriter royalties. Because clearly, relying on the laws to properly compensate songwriters is a losing (and timely) battle. By the time they figure it all out, many songwriters will have packed in their guitars for non-starvation careers – like working at Starbucks.
The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. AST on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. The ECMA is working with Marcato once again for the submission process.
After 30 years and nine print editions, Norris- Whitney Communication Inc. has announced the launch of Music Directory Canada Online. Music Directory Canada is a guide to all things musical and just as its printed predecessor, this digital version is an easy to refer to directory and the only one of its kind in Canada.
Music Directory Canada Online encompasses over 10,000 industry contacts within more than 60 industry categories from all across the country.