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Canadians Organizing a Guinness World Record Attempt for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists

February 16th, 2017

Guinness recordOn March 17th, Canada will set out to attempt the Guinness World Record for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. Organized by Kevin Ker and Epidemic Music Group, and hosted at the Earl of Whitchurch in Stouffville, ON (40 minutes north of Toronto), the event will run for 16-plus days, ‘round the clock.

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Big Sugar, Jesse Cook, Terra Lightfoot & The Sheepdogs the Latest to Receive CIMA’s ‘Road Gold’ Certification

February 13th, 2017

CIMA gold big sugarCIMA gold CookThe Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has announced Big Sugar, Jesse Cook, Terra Lightfoot and The Sheepdogs are the latest recipients of CIMA’s Road Gold certification. CIMA’s Road Gold is awarded to those Canadian artists who have sold at least 25,000 tickets during their Canadian tour(s) over the course of any 12-month period, recognizing the hard work and dedication it takes to be a touring band or artist.

“On behalf of CIMA and our Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Big Sugar, Jesse Cook, Terra Lightfoot, and The Sheepdogs on their incredible achievement,” says Stuart Johnson, president of CIMA. “By establishing an industry standard for an artist’s touring business, we are recognizing the hard work and dedication it takes to be successful on the road. Selling 25,000 tickets over the course of a year, speaks to the economic impact Canada’s touring musicians provide by filling venues from coast to coast.”

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The 2017 CDJ Show Aims to Offer a Conference for the Entire Electronic Music Industry

February 10th, 2017

CDJ Show 1The 2017 edition of CDJ Show & Conference presented by Pioneer DJ is returning to the Hilton Toronto from March 1012th. In a move that began last year but is going into full effect in 2017, the organizers are broadening the scope of the show beyond just its DJ roots to offer a music industry conference that brings together people from across the entire spectrum of electronic music.

Originally called the Canadian DJ Show, the new CDJ Show name is part of a re-brand that sees the conference offering panels, speakers, presentations, and networking opportunities for not just DJs, but also producers, engineers, songwriters, beat makers, and performers across related genres of pop, dance, electronic, hip-hop, and R&B and putting them in contact with the broader industry.

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Prism Prize Reveals the Top 20 Canadian Music Videos of Year

February 10th, 2017
Screenshot from the video for Grimes' "Kill V. Maim"

Screenshot from the video for Grimes’ “Kill V. Maim”

The Prism Prize has announced the Top 20 Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 music, film, and media arts professionals.

The Prism Prize Top 20 is based on originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution, and the winning video will be awarded $15,000.00 cash at the Prism Prize Award Presentation and Screening on May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

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Drake named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016

February 9th, 2017
Drake's album "Views" was the most consumed album in Canada by far in 2016

Drake’s album “Views” was the most consumed album in Canada by far in 2016

Drake has been named by IFPI as the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2016, highlighting the huge success of his fourth album, Views, which was released last year.

Drake is the fourth recipient of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, an authoritative accolade that reflects an artist’s worldwide success across physical and digital formats, including downloads and streams.

Views became the first album to reach one billion streams on Apple Music, while One Dance, the album’s second single, was the first song to be played one billion times on Spotify. The follow-up singles Pop Style, Controlla and Too Good also all found huge success across the globe.

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Drake, Shawn Mendes & The Weeknd Lead JUNO Nominees with Five Nods Each

February 7th, 2017

20170207_111034_001The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced the nominees for the 46th Annual JUNO Awards at a press conference at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto. JUNO Week 2017 will be hosted in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017, and a live broadcast of The 2017 JUNO Awards will air on CTV and CTV GO on Sunday, April 2 from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

To view a complete list of the 2017 nominations, go to

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The Guess Who’s “Hand Me Down World” Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

February 6th, 2017
Guess Who

The Guess Who

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) has announced the induction of “Hand Me Down World,” a hit song for The Guess Who in 1970, written by bandmate and lead guitarist Kurt Winter. To celebrate the induction, four-time Juno Award winning rock band The Sheepdogs perform “Hand Me Down World” as part of the Hall of Fame and CBC Music/ICI Musique’s Covered Classics series – their rendition can be viewed HERE.

“It was truly a pleasure to cover this timeless classic from Canada’s greatest ever rock band, the Guess Who,” says Ewan Currie of The Sheepdogs.  “‘Hand Me Down World’ still rings every bit as true in 2017 as it did when Burton was belting it out back in 1970.”

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Funding Renewed for the Canadian Film Centre’s Slaight Family Music Lab

February 6th, 2017

2015-CFC-Slaight-Showcase_1The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) has announced The Slaight Family Foundation’s renewal of funding for The Slaight Family Music Lab. CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw shared the news at the CFC Annual Gala & Auction Fundraiser.

“We could not be more thrilled to accept this commitment of support, which enables the initiative – one of our most successful – to continue to flourish and grow,” says Klymkiw. “Our partnership with The Slaight Family Foundation illustrates our shared, sustained investment in promoting Canadian music for film, television and the wider screen-based entertainment industries.”

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Toronto Mayor & Music Advisory Council Chair Issue Statement Addressing Recent Spate of Venue Closures

February 3rd, 2017

[Photo credit: Raul Heinrich/Wikimedia Commons]

[Photo credit: Raul Heinrich/Wikimedia Commons]

In the wake of a number of recent music venue closures in Toronto, Mayor John Tory and Councillor Josh Colle, who is also chair of the city’s Music Advisory Council, have issued a statement to say they’re committed to making Toronto a vibrant music city and that they are working to protect venues.

In recent months, well-known venues like The Hoxton and Soybomb HQ have closed, while The Silver Dollar Room announced two days ago that it plans to close on May 1st. As well, the much-loved Hugh’s Room closed abruptly in early-January. The owners have said they’re working on a new community-ownership structure and plan to reopen in March, but much is still uncertain about Hugh’s Room’s future.

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Huge Streaming Revenue Increase Leads SOCAN to Another Record Year

February 1st, 2017
SOCAN's Eric Baptiste

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN has announced another record year in 2016, with its music creator and publisher members generating a third-of-a-billion dollars in total revenue, which is an eight per cent year-over-year increase.

According to preliminary financial results, SOCAN’s nearly 150,000 member songwriters, composers, and music publishers continued to outperform at virtually every level in 2016. The final year-end figures will be determined following the March 2017 meeting of the SOCAN board of directors.

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