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Budweiser New Music Fest Accepting Artist Submissions

April 23rd, 2015

New Music Fest bannerBudweiser New Music Fest is now accepting artist submissions for Barrie & Sudbury, ON. Deadline for artists to submit to both festival cities is April 30th. Full artist submission details are available at

New Music Fest 2015 is scheduled for Barrie, ON (July 17-18) and Sudbury, ON (Aug. 28-29). Each two-day festival will host over 30 live regional and national acts of various genres performing at multiple live music venues. Festival headliners and ticketing info is soon to be announced.

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2015 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Nominees Announced

April 21st, 2015

Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) has released its list of nominees for its 3rd Annual CMAO Awards Show. This year’s star-studded event will once again be hosted by Jason McCoy of the Road Hammers, and will be held Monday, May 25, 2015, at the Flato Markham Theatre.

Peterborough country star Tebey leads the pack of 2015 CMAO Awards nominees with f six nominations, including Single and Album of the Year. St. Catharines native Tim Hicks follows close behind with five nominations and Jason Blaine, Runaway Angel, and Small Town Pistols each come in with four nominations apiece. See the full listing of 2015 CMAO nominees below.

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GOODWOOD ATOMS Win 2015 Nimbus Recording Competition

April 20th, 2015


On Thursday, April 16th at The Roxy Cabaret, Nimbus School of Recording & Media hosted their 7th Nimbus Recording Competition Finals. After outstanding performances from all 4 finalists—Lovecoast (Nanaimo), GOODWOOD ATOMS (Vancouver), Night Argent (Pasco, WA), and The Carlines (Victoria)—GOODWOOD ATOMS was given the highest amount of votes and awarded the grand prize.

Over the past several weeks, 144 artists and bands from around the world entered the competition. The acts were each individually adjudicated by Nimbus Music Business students. The four finalists were selected based on originality, song and music composition, vocals, and overall strength of their EPK. Previous winners of the competition have included Raquel Cole, We Hunt Buffalo, Cobra Ramone, and Randy Ponzio.

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CMW Music Summit Schedule Released

April 20th, 2015

CMW2 smallCanadian Music Week, which will take place May 1-10, 2015 in Toronto, has released details on its keynote Q&As, panels discussions, and more that will be part of the three-day Music Summit. Some of the highlights include:

Keynote Interview with Ben Turner – Director for Bestival & Bestival Toronto

Description: Ben Turner is one of the leading global figures in the fast-growing EDM sector. He is co-founder of the Association of Independent Festivals, co-owner of the Ibiza International Music Summit with Pete Tong, co-founder of the IMS Engage convention, and the owner of U.K.-based management and branding firm Graphite. Turner is also the director of Bestival and Camp Bestival – an award-winning creative experience from the U.K., which is widely heralded as one of the most unique and strongest festival brands worldwide. Additionally, Turner has managed Bestival creator Rob da Bank for nearly 15 years. Most recently Turner brokered a partnership with SFX Entertainment and Embrace in Canada, which will bring the experience to Toronto for its first international event in June 2015. Turner also co-founded AIF (Association for Independent Festivals) with Rob da Bank, in addition to founding AFEM (Association for Electronic Music) – two trade bodies that help address major industry issues for festivals around the world. He is also the manager of Canadian artist Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman.

In this interview, Turner will share his thoughts and insights on the challenges of launching a new independent festival brand internationally, and uncover just what it takes to go up against the well-financed giants of the industry.

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I Mother Earth, The Trews, Kardinal Offishall, K-OS & More to Headline “Unison Jam”

April 14th, 2015

unison jamOn May 6th The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto will host Unison Jam, which is an evening of live music, featuring the considerable talents of dozens of celebrated Canadian artists that are loaning their support to the Unison Benevolent Fund. The non-profit charity provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community, assisting professional music makers in times of hardship, illness, or economic difficulties. Included in the evening will be a special announcement of a new program to provide financial support to Canadian music makers in times of crisis.

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Music Monday To Present Webcasts From Montreal & Calgary

April 13th, 2015

Music Monday webcastFrom 12-1 p.m. EDT on May 4th, which of course is Music Monday, Connor Ross will lead the nation-wide sing along of “We Are One/Nous Somme Unis,” which is this year’s Music Monday anthem.

This year, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada will present a webcast of events in Montréal and Calgary. Each event will showcase the musical spirit and creativity from local well-known musicians and school music groups, and will be hosted by a Youth4Music Ambassador.

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Accepting Submissions

April 8th, 2015

cfma_logos_4cSubmissions are now open for the 11th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2014 to June 14, 2015 are eligible.

Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 20 categories. Five nominees are chosen for each category. A three stage jury process by 100 jurors located across Canada representing all official provinces, territories and languages determine the official winners in each category. Complete eligibility requirements are listed at

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Petula Clark, Michael Ondaatje & Deborah Voigt Confirmed as Jurors for 11th Glenn Gould Prize

April 1st, 2015


[Photo by Brian Levine]

[Photo by Brian Levine]

Renowned music and entertainment producer Bob Ezrin will chair the international jury panel for the 11th Glenn Gould Prize, which includes singer, actress and composer Petula Clark; The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson; tenor Jay Hunter Morris; arts philanthropist HRH Julie of Luxembourg, Prospero Pictures president, and chairman of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Martin Katz; pipa virtuoso and Grammy Award-nominee Wu Man; Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje; renowned actor, director, and writer Sarah Polley; and acclaimed soprano Deborah Voigt.

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‘OH CANADA What A Feeling! – Part One’ Theatre Production Premiering Aug. 11th in Toronto

March 31st, 2015

Oh-What-a-Feeling-Martin-Melhuish-copy1Annerin Productions, in conjunction with Blue Wolverine Media & Arts, presents OH CANADA What A Feeling! – Part One, opening August 11th, 2015 at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre for its premiere residency!

The stage show was inspired by the 2014 book Oh What A Feeling: A Vital History of Canadian Music – The Next Generation (Fox Books/Quarry Press), authored by Martin Melhuish, who is also the writer on the theatrical production, which is available through Music Books Plus.

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Honey Jam Auditions Scheduled for May 31st

March 31st, 2015

honeyjam_intro_2015-preFemale musical artists across Canada are invited to audition for the 2015 edition of Honey Jam on My 31st at 2 p.m. in Toronto at the Mod Club.

The auditions are open for female artists of any genre ages 14-25. Admission is $10.00 for spectators and artists.

What to bring:

– One-page bio with photo which should include your age, address, email, whether or not you have a manager and, if so, his/her contact info, how long you have been performing, places you have performed in the past, and any upcoming gigs, websites, etc.

– Background music on CD. The track you are using should be the only thing on the CD, which should also be cued and labelled with your name.

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