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MuchFACT Announces Latest Funding Recipients

July 25th, 2014
Walk Off The Earth

Walk Off The Earth

Bell Media’s MuchFACT (A Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) has announced the 43 fund recipients from the July 24, 2014 music committee meeting. With more than 281 applications considered, a total of $644,481 was awarded to Canadian musicians in the following categories: Music Content Package, Music Videos, Online Music Video/Project, and Digital Tools.

MuchFACT fund recipients from the July 24, 2014 music committee meeting are as follows:

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Guitar Workshop Plus Gears Up For Vancouver Session

July 25th, 2014
Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi

Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi

Following its two Toronto sessions in July, Guitar Workshop Plus is gearing up for its Vancouver session, taking place at Quest University in Squamish, BC from August 10-15. Registration is still open for the event. Guests artists confirmed for the Vancouver session include Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi, fingerstyle virtuoso Don Alder, shredder Dave Martone, and others.

GWP aims to create a healthy, non-competitive environment in which to learn. Courses are offered for all levels, ages, and styles including blues, jazz, rock, acoustic, and classical. The intensive bass, drum, keyboard, vocal, and songwriting courses cover many styles and afford students with many rhythm section and ensemble performance opportunities.

Currently, instruction is provided for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Students elect to study a class or seminar each session. The guitar program is extensive and unique in that students elect to study the style that they enjoy most. Guitar styles include rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, classical and a guitar course for the absolute beginner. GWP also offers comprehensive bass, drums, keyboard, and vocal classes covering various styles, theory, performance, and technique.

Each course combines hands-on technique with musicianship skills such as theory, ear training, rhythm studies, etc. In addition, most of these classes include a one-hour per day rhythm section class in which students are given the opportunity to play with the faculty rhythm section and apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in class.

Classes are offered for varying skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. On the first day of the session, all students are evaluated to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate class level thereby maximizing their learning potential. Class sizes are small to promote individualized attention for each student as well as to facilitate ensemble arrangements.

Seminars are courses which concentrate on specific topics and will sometimes feature guest instructors. Generally, seminars are designed for the intermediate to advanced player although some may be open to all levels. Students are evaluated to ensure that they are at an appropriate level for the course. Seminar students meet with the instructor all day and, because there is no restriction to class size, do not take part in rhythm section classes. Faculty led ensembles for seminars depend upon class size and format.

In addition, all students may attend clinics. Each day, two or three clinics are offered covering topics such as improvisation, songwriting, vocals, scales and modes, building technique, slide, percussion, hand drumming and more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on campus.

For more information, contact Guitar Workshop Plus: 905-567-8000,,

Deane Cameron To Receive 2014 Hank Smith Award Of Excellence

July 22nd, 2014
Deane Cameron

Deane Cameron

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced that Deane Cameron will receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence.

“Deane Cameron has left an indelible impact on the Canadian country music industry. His tenacity for finding and mentoring great talent and ability to stay humble amid successful results speaks to his strengths over a storied career,” says Ron Kitchener, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors.

Cameron worked his way up through the ranks of the music industry, eventually becoming the youngest Canadian president of a major music label in 1988. He has played a significant role in the careers of such Canadian artists as Susan Aglukark, Terri Clark, Tom Cochrane, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Rita MacNeil, John McDermott, Anne Murray, The Rankin Family, Johnny Reid, Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and more.

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Jack Long Receives Order of Canada Honour

July 4th, 2014

ADD3 Jack LongHis Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced the 2014 appointments to the Order of Canada. Included on this esteemed list of recipients is Yorkville Sound Founder and Chairman, Jack Long.

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

This is a very special honour and richly deserved. Jack is being recognized for his engagement as a pioneer in Canada’s music retail and manufacturing industries who is committed to musicians, customers and employees across the country.

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CMW 2015 Artist Submissions Being Accepted

July 4th, 2014

Artist submissions are now being accepted for Canadian Music Week 2015, which will take place in Toronto on May 1-9.

Those who enter by Sept. 1, 2014 can receive earlybird discounts and have a chance to win an Epiphone Hummingbird PRO acoustic guitar.

For more information and/or to submit, go to CMW’s Sonicbids site at For more CMW information, go to

IMSTA FESTA Coming To Toronto

July 3rd, 2014

IMSTA FESTA NY13The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) has announced that its annual celebration of music technology event, IMSTA FESTA, will be coming to Toronto for the first time. Hosted by the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, the event will be held on Sept. 6, 2014 at Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre and in partnership with SOCAN.

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Polaris Prize 2014 Long List Unveiled

June 20th, 2014

Polaris_Music_Prize_logoThe 2014 Polaris Music Prize Long List was announced on June 19 at  the National Music Centre in Calgary, AB in association with the Sled Island Music Festival.

The 40 Long List albums were unveiled earlier today at the National Music Centre in Calgary in association with the Sled Island Music Festival.

The 40 albums on the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Long List are:

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Government Committee Releases Its Review of the Canadian Music Industry

June 13th, 2014

The government’s Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has released its official Review of the Canadian Music Industry. It is a dense but valuable read, which can be view HERE.

On page 25, the committee offers these 10 recommendation:

1. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada examine the time that it takes for decisions to be rendered by the Copyright Board of Canada ahead of the upcoming review of the Copyright Act so that any changes could be considered by the Copyright Board of Canada as soon as possible.

2. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada work with provincial authorities and other stakeholders to improve the musical knowledge and skills of Canadians.

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Apply Now for ‘Breaking Bands,’ A One-of-a-Kind Contest

June 5th, 2014
The Wallflowers performing at Big Music Fest 2013.

The Wallflowers performing at Big Music Fest 2013.

Submissions are now being accepted for Breaking Bands, an Ontario-wide band search dedicated to finding and breaking the best emerging talent in the province. The winning band’s prize will culminate in a performance at Big Music Fest 2015 in Kitchener, ON, but there is much more than that in the year prior to the festival.

Mark Higgins, president and owner of Big Music Fest (whose headliners this year include Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Slash, Moist, Styx, Big Wreck, and more), says he knew that the opportunity to perform with the biggest recording acts in the world could be the vehicle to break a bands career. Higgins wanted something different for the winning band, so along with mentorship, touring opportunities, and other prizes, the winning band will be filmed for a year leading up to their main stage performance at Big Music Fest 2015. The filming will cover rehearsals, studio time, and live performances with a lot of “life in a band” thrown in. The finished documentary will be used as a promotional tool for the band to shop to industry professionals.

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SING! A Cappella Fest To Kick Off May 30

May 26th, 2014
Photo: Robert Saxe, Sing! 2012 Toronto Vocal Arts Festival at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Photo: Robert Saxe, Sing! 2012 Toronto Vocal Arts Festival at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

SING!, is Canada’s premier a cappella festival, will run May 30 to June 1 in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

More than 100 performances, workshops, and interactive events will showcase the best of Canadian and international talent. Tickets and wristbands are on sale now at

According to organizers, there’s something for every musical taste, with world-class concert performances spanning a wide range of genres and cultural influences, including pop and jazz groups; classical, barbershop, and gospel choirs; and world music ensembles.

Industry veterans will lead music and music business workshops for singers of all ages and levels. Concerts will include a reunion from Canadian a cappella pioneers The Nylons as well as performances from UK-based classical crossover artists Cantabile, The London Quartet, and “Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet” The Kinsey Sicks. Read the rest of this entry »

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