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CM Does CMW 2018 – May 10 & 11

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Starcrawler at the Bovine Sex Club

The Canadian Musician crew covered a lot of ground Canadian Music Week 2018, with contributors Samantha Everts-Matusoff and Mark Matusoff covering panels and networking events by day and showcases across the city by night. Here are some pics from Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th, 2018.


Artist Showcase Submissions Open for Nova Scotia Music Week 2018

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

NSMWNova Scotia Music Week is heading back to Truro from Nov. 1-4 for the 2018 edition of the event. The festival features over 100 Nova Scotian artists across multiple stages throughout Truro.

Artist showcasing submissions to play NSMW 2018 are now open. Artists interested in performing during the festival can click here to review the showcase manual for eligibility requirements, and here to apply to showcase. Showcasing submissions will close Tuesday, June 12, at 5 p.m.


CM Does CMW 2018 – The Hotel Lobby

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018


Stage psychologist, performance coach & Canadian Musician contributor Luther Mallory on one of the most important & valuable aspects of Canadian Music Week: hanging in the hotel lobby.

I saw cool shows at CMW and I went to some good panels with some smart speakers. CMW is a well organized, world-class music conference. There’s nothing terribly exciting to report.

So I get thinking about my topic for this blog and I consider covering how many bad-ass rap artists are coming out of Nova Scotia like Quake Matthews, Kayo, Corey Writes, Mitchell Bailey, etc. – some of whom played Saturday night at the Rivoli.

As an artist, though, and now an “industry person,” I’m more interested in what I spent the week noticing in the hotel lobby at the Sheraton Centre, where everyone is hanging out in between panels and performances. It’s more interesting than any of the shows or panels. It’s a better blog topic, too, and a better read for artists.


CM Does CMW 2018 – May 7-9

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Matt & Kim at the Phoenix

Canadian Musician had a huge presence at Canadian Music Week 2018, thanks in large part to Samantha Everts-Matusoff and Mark Matusoff. Sam and Mark were on the ground covering panels and networking events by day and showcases across the city by night. Here are some of Mark’s standout shots from the first three days of CMW, May 7-9, 2018.


RGK’s Dara Conrod Wins Canadian Musician’s Home Recording Package at CMW

Monday, May 14th, 2018
Dara Conrod

Dara Conrod

Canadian Musician is pleased to announce that Dara Conrod has won the CMW Home Recording prize pack, valued at over $1,000. The prize include a Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII desktop recording interface, a Blue Spark Microphone, and a copy of the bestselling book Modern Recording Techniques. Dara’s name was randomly selected from hundreds entered in the draw at the Canadian Musician booth during the Canadian Music Week conference at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto last week.

Dara works in the music industry at RGK Entertainment Group, which represents some of Canada’s top country artists, including Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Madeline Merlo, The Road Hammers, and many more. The umbrella of RGK includes Open Road Recordings (country record label), RGK (management division), Roots Three Music and Rogue Eleven (publishing), (premier music news source), and more.  Having studied music business in Nashville TN, and with a background in management, Dara found a home at RGK in 2015. As Artist & Touring Coordinator, Dara deals with many elements of RGK’s companies, including digital releases, touring, grant funding, and administrative tasks. In her spare time she plays guitar and other instruments.


Canadian Musician is Geared Up for a Big CMW 2018!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

cmw-2017-fest-300x300@2xNWC, publisher of Canadian Musician magazine, is going to have a major presence at the Canadian Music Week Conference beginning tomorrow, May 9th, and running until Saturday, May 12th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto (123 Queen St. W.).

There is LOTS going on this year at CMW and we want to make sure you aren’t missing any of it!

First, stop by BOOTH #311 to say “Hi” to the NWC group and take advantage of everything happening at our booth this year. Then pick up a complimentary copy of the latest issue of Canadian Musician magazine.

Once again, Music Books Plus is on the road and at CMW 2018 and we’ve brought along our most popular titles for you to browse and purchase at a CMW discount. Again, stop by Booth #311.


#CMPremiere – The Young Novelists’ “in city & country”

Monday, April 30th, 2018

On their upcoming third LP, in city & country, award-winning indie folk outfit The Young Novelists decided to travel out of the city and into small-town Ontario in order to connect the two places. After years of firsthand experience combined with historical research, core songwriters Graydon James and Laura Spink wrote over 30 songs inspired by a dozen Canadian towns. From that set, in city & country was born, and in this exclusive #CMPremiere, we’re sharing these 10 tracks with you ahead of the album’s May 4th release.


Congrats to CMW Sweeps Winner Simon Poole

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Simon Poole

Simon Poole

Canadian Musician is happy to congratulate Simon Poole for winning our 2018 Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes.

Simon is a Toronto-based musician and composer who plays bass in The Dying Arts and composes music for Discovery Channel documentary series Fear Thy Neighbor. He and a friend will get the full CMW experience to help further their music careers.

For winning Canadian Musician’s CMW Sweeps, Simon receives:

Music Summit Delegate Passes |  (2) 4-day passes

Canadian Radio Music Awards | 2 tickets

Explorer+ Pass | 2 passes

Live Music Awards | 2 tickets


Honey Jam Audition Set for June 2nd

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Honey Jam 2017Auditions for the 2018 Honey Jam Showcase will be held on June 2nd at Rivoli in Toronto. As always, Honey Jam auditions are open to all female artists ages 14 to 25 in any genre. The final Honey Jam showcase will be held Aug. 23, 2018 in Toronto. Artists outside of Ontario may submit their audition online.

All of the artists chosen to perform this year will attend a music industry workshop at Harris Institute, receive one-on-one vocal and performance coaching from Elaine Overholt of Big Voice Studios, have their original songs played on radio, promotion on for one year, participate in a mentor cafe, participate in a presentation and tour of the YouTube/Google offices, attend a presentation and tour of the Junos/Caras/Music Cares Office.


A Conversation with Recording Engineer Blake Harden

Thursday, April 19th, 2018


Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn recently caught up with engineer Blake Harden (Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, SZA) for the latest installment of his “A Conversation with…” series.

Do you know anyone who has packed up everything they owned, drove across a continent, and made a fresh start in pursuit of their musical dreams? One day about five years ago, engineer and producer Blake Harden made such a journey. After working in the Atlanta music scene for years, he set off in search of bigger opportunities in L.A., and the risk has paid off.


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