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IMSTA FESTA Toronto Returning to Ryerson University in October

Monday, July 24th, 2017

IMSTA FESTAThe fourth annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto show will head back to Ryerson University on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017.  Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and the SAE Institute, IMSTA FESTA events will be held in Chicago, New York, and Berlin, in addition to Toronto, and showcase the latest music-making and production technologies as well as educational seminars and keynotes speeches and Q&As.

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National Music Centre Releases First Annual Report: Touts Success Despite Tough Alberta Economy

Friday, July 21st, 2017

[Photo: BrandonWallis]

[Photo: BrandonWallis]

The National Music Centre (NMC) has released a report summarizing the first year of operations for Studio Bell. Studio Bell, which houses the National Music Centre, opened to the public in July 2016. Since opening day, it has welcomed over 100,000 visitors and more than 680 events have been hosted at the building.

“The National Music Centre is well on its way to becoming a national cultural institution and a well-known landmark for Calgary,” says Andrew Mosker, president and CEO of the National Music Centre. “And, while this last year has been a difficult one for many in the province, we are committed to seizing on the entrepreneurial spirit that has helped propel so many Albertans forward over the years, and using it to remain competitive, innovative and fully viable during tougher economic times.”

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Music Heals Launches ‘Covers For The Cause’ Fundraising Initiative

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

covers-for-the-cause-screen-shot-music-heals-cover-songs-fundraiser-canada-1024x378Canadian music therapy charity Music Heals has launched the Covers For The Cause program. Music Heals is inviting artists to engage their fans and raise money for music therapy in Canada. Covers For The Cause provides a platform for artists to offer their fans personalized videos of songs that they request by making a tax-deductible donation to Music Heals.

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Dallas Smith, James Barker Band & International Guest Blake Shelton to Perform at the 2017 CCMA Awards Show

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced that Dallas Smith, James Barker Band, and international guest Blake Shelton will all take to the stage to perform at the 2017 CCMA Awards Show. Taking place at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Sunday, Sept. 10, the show will broadcast at 8 p.m. ET that night on CBC. Already announced to perform are Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, and Jess Moskaluke.

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MusiCounts Announces 2017 Fred Sherratt Award Recipients

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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Fred Sheratt Award recipients [Photo by Tania Heath]

On July 12, MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with the JUNO Awards, hosted an intimate Toronto tour to celebrate the 2017 Fred Sherratt Award recipients. The Award recognizes the outstanding achievement, talent, and leadership of graduating students selected from post-secondary music programs across the country. The celebration included a tour of the Bell Media headquarters, Revolution Recording studio, iconic venue Massey Hall, and  label and management company eOne & Last Gang Records. Award-winning broadcasting pioneer  Fred Sherratt was on hand to congratulate the 12 recipients and present them with their awards.

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2017 Polaris Music Prize Announces Its 10 Short List Albums

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Polaris short listThe Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, today announced its 2017 Short List of 10 Canadian albums which will vie for the Polaris Music Prize being decided Sept. 18 in Toronto.

The 2017 Short List was announced by CBC Radio 2 Morning host and Polaris juror Raina Douris. Douris will also host the Polaris Music Prize Gala, which will be held at The Carlu in Toronto and live-streamed at cbcmusic.ca/polaris and on CBC Music’s Facebook  page and YouTube channel.

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BreakOut West Announces Second Wave of Festival Artists Featuring Australian Guest Artists

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Acres of Lions at BreakOut West 2015. [Photo: Keri Coles Photography]

Acres of Lions at BreakOut West 2015. [Photo: Keri Coles Photography]

BreakOut West has announced more western Canadian talent to add to the BreakOut West Festival line-up, and another special addition to spice up the 15th anniversary of BreakOut West. This will be first year BreakOut West has welcomed Australian artists to showcase at the annual event, who will perform publicly in addition to the 50-plus western Canadian artists who will take the stage in Edmonton during BreakOut West from Sept. 13-17. Also included are alumni artists The Wet Secrets, and rounded out by a talented variety of rock, country, urban, metal, roots, electronic, and pop music from Francophone artists, Indigenous artists, and many more.

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PUP Win SOCAN Songwriting Prize for “DVP”

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

PUP [Photo: Vanessa Heins]

PUP [Photo: Vanessa Heins]

Toronto-based punk band PUP have been voted the winner of the 12th annual English SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song “DVP,” written by band members Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zachary Mykula, and Steven Sladkowski.

Canadian music fans voted for their favourite songs among 10 finalists nominated by a panel of music industry experts. PUP receives a $10,000 cash prize along with a Yamaha PSR-S970 Keyboard, an Epiphone Masterbilt Century Olympic Guitar, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

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National Music Centre Opens Special Exhibition Dedicated to k.d. lang

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

KD LANG 4767 retouched.tifThe National Music Centre (NMC) has launched a new temporary exhibition honouring iconic Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang.

The exhibition, called Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage, will be in Special Exhibitions Gallery on Level 5 of Studio Bell in Calgary, and trace the versatile performer’s evolution as one of Canada’s most-loved artists.

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Dean Brody, James Barker Band & Brett Kissel Lead 2017 CCMA Awards Nominations

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced the final nominees in 34 CCMA Award categories today, eight of which will be presented during the 2017 CCMA Awards Show to be broadcast from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Sept. 10 on CBC.

First-time nominees the James Barker Band have five nominations for Album of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Rising Star, Single of the Year, and Video of the Year. Lead singer, James Barker, is also nominated for Songwriters of the Year alongside Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, and Donovan Woods for the James Barker Band single, “Chills.” Dean Brody has five nominations in the categories of Apple Music Fans’ Choice, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for his single, “Time.” Brett Kissel also boasts five nods, including Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year, and Interactive Artist of the Year, as well as Songwriters of the Year with Ted Hewitt and Phil O’Donnell for his single, “Cool With That.”

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