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NXNE 2015 Announces First Waves Of Performers

May 28th, 2015

Mac DeMarco at NXNE 2014. [Photo: Courtesy of NXNE]

Mac DeMarco at NXNE 2014. [Photo: Courtesy of NXNE]

The first round of bands has been unveiled for the 21st edition of North by Northeast (NXNE), which is taking place June 17-21, 2015 in venues across downtown Toronto. In addition to live music, there is also the NXNE Interactive music industry conference as well as comedy, film, and visual arts festivals.

There will be free outdoor concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square headlined by The New Pornographers and Action Bronson. Other bands confirmed for the festival include Rae Sremmurd, Best Coast, Real Estate, Ty Dolla $ign, Angel Olsen, Vince Staples, Glass Animals, Blonde Redhead, Deafheaven, ex-Crystal Castles member Alice Glass, Zola Jesus, and many more.

New for 2015, NXNE will offer festivalgoers a chance to purchase advanced tickets for select shows. More artists and events will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information as it becomes available, go to www.nxne.com.

Guitar Workshop Plus Names 2015 Guest Artists

May 28th, 2015

05 GWPGuitar Workshop Plus (GWP) has announced the guest artists for its summer sessions. The two Toronto area sessions will take place July 19-24 and July 26-31, 2015, while the Vancouver area session will be held Aug. 11-16, 2015. The new-for-2015 San Diego session will be held June 21-26, 2014.

Artists taking part in the 2015 sessions include: Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X); guitarist and clinician Andy Timmons (Danger Danger); bassists Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) and Rhonda Smith (Jeff Beck, Prince); blues player Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds); jazz player Mike Stern (Miles Davis, Bill Evans); world renowned electric player Gary Hoey; fingerstylist Muriel Anderson; shredder Dave Martone; drummer Dave Langguth (Nelly Furtado); and more.

For more information, contact Guitar Workshop Plus: 905-567-8000, info@guitarworkshopplus.com, www.guitarworkshopplus.com.

Converse Rubber Tracks Announces Unique Recording Opportunity

May 26th, 2015

The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver [Photo: Fred Gilpin]

The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver [Photo: Fred Gilpin]

Today, Converse Inc. announces the global launch of a new Converse Rubber Tracks program that opens the doors to some of the world’s greatest recording studios in music history. For 10 consecutive days, Converse Rubber Tracks will activate across eight different countries in four continents, offering aspiring musicians the opportunity to record original music at 12 landmark studios, including the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC, at no cost.

Global registration begins today, Tuesday, May 26 and runs through Wednesday, June 24, featuring an online submission process that requires applicants to rank their top three studio preferences, and encourages all to enter a brief artist biography or description via a video or written application. If selected, chosen artists will be notified in early July.

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M for Montreal 2015 Accepting Artist Submissions

May 21st, 2015
OBGMs

The OBGMs at M for Montreal 2014

The Call for Submissions for the 10th edition of M for Montreal, taking place from November 18-21, 2015 is now open.

M for Montrealoffers an opportunity to play in front of more than 200 music industry professionals from 20-plus countries? Would you like to have a chance to meet delegates and generate solid career opportunities?

The deadline to apply is July 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST. Note that an administrative fee is required for each submission.

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Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame to Launch This Year

May 21st, 2015
The Brood were selected as the 2014 Artist in Residence

The Brood were selected as the Casino Nova Scotia 2014 Artist in Residence

Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia announced today their latest collaboration – the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. The Music Hall of Fame will recognize the contributions of east coast musicians and industry movers and shakers who have had an impact on the development and promotion of Canada’s East Coast culture and music.

“Since opening in 1995 we have embraced and supported our east coast culture. Live music featuring local artists has been a significant part of the entertainment experience for our guests, including tourists, as well as our employees,” says Gary Moore, Interim General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia. “We are celebrating 20 years in operation this year so we decided to create a legacy project. The Music Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates our region’s rich cultural and musical heritage. As a long-time supporter of east coast music and culture this is an investment we are excited to make.”

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Polaris Prize to Increase to $50,000

May 12th, 2015

Tanya Tagaq winning the 2014 Polaris Prize [Photo: Dustin Rabin]

Tanya Tagaq winning the 2014 Polaris Prize [Photo: Dustin Rabin]

This past Saturday at the Slaight Music CMW Social, Steve Jordan, founder and executive director of the Polaris Music Prize, and Gary Slaight, president of Slaight Music, announced that Slaight will contribute an additional $20,000 to the Polaris Prize, bringing the total to $50,000. In addition, Slaight will also increase their contribution to the short list prizes from $2,000 to $3,000.

Along with these additional contributions, Polaris announced The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, a new award that will annually honour five albums from the five decades before Polaris launched in 2006. Further details about the dates and selection process of this new prize will be revealed in the coming months.

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Western Canadian Music Award Nominees Revealed

May 6th, 2015
Said the Whale at the WCMAs.

Said the Whale at the WCMAs.

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has revealed the nominees for the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards, announced at a press conference yesterday at McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, BC.

The 13th annual BreakOut West and Western Canadian Music Awards will be hosted in Victoria, BC, September 17-20, 2015. The festival, gala, and conference will run concurrent with Rifflandia Festival with the goal of increasing opportunities for artists and networking with industry representatives from many different markets.

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Music Nova Scotia Sets Date for AGM & Call for Board Nominations

May 6th, 2015

Music Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen St. in Halifax.  The meeting will go from 6:30–8:30 p.m. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend.

Music Nova Scotia is also holding its annual election for its board of directors. There are six incumbents re-offering and seven positions in total to fill. Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to nominate anyone who, in their opinion, would be a good candidate for the Music Nova Scotia board of directors. Anyone interested in being nominated is invited to declare their interest by contacting Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee Chair James Stewart. Nominations open May 5 and close on May 19, 2015.

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KoSA 20 Drum Camp Details Released

May 5th, 2015

KOSAThis year, KoSA Drum Camp is celebrating its 20th anniversary within the picturesque campus of Castleton State College, in Vermont. KoSA 20 will take place July 21-26, 2015 and students can receive up to three transferable graduate or undergraduate college credits for attending. The camp offers participants a chance to learn, perform with, and live with some of the finest artists.  The KoSA alumni faculty, over the past two decades, features a veritable “who’s who” of contemporary percussion.  From Neil Pert to Benard Purdie, from Carmine and Vinny Appice to Greg Bissonette, and many more.

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Panel Schedule Revealed for PEI’s Canadian Song Conference

May 5th, 2015

ConferenceRegistration is open for the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference, which will be held on May 13 – 14, 2015 in Charlottetown, PEI. It will feature a series of panels and workshops at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Canadian Song Conference will focus on the multifaceted world of songwriting; the craft, studio production, song rights, revenue streams, etc. Organizers say this new conference will be well-curated to scrutinize “the song” and the opportunities they create.

Delegates inlcude music supervisors from Canada, the U.K., and the U.S., music publishers, songwriters, and other. Full list can be found HERE.

REGISTER HERE

These panels include:

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