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Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Winners Announced

October 9th, 2015

BlueThe Polaris Music Prize today announced the winners of the 2015 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize. The winners, by designated time periods, are: Blue by Joni Mitchell (’60s & ’70s), The Trinity Session by Cowboy Junkies (’80s), Twice Removed by Sloan (’90s) and The Teaches of Peaches by Peaches (’00s: 2000-2005).

The jury for the Heritage Prize consisted of 25 people from current and past Polaris juries as well as former members of the Canadian music media and Canadian music historians. The jury selected five title short lists for each of the periods. The public then voted between Sept. 18th and Oct. 5th to determine the winners.

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CM Publisher Jim Norris Joins Board of Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund

October 8th, 2015

PS Oct15 Input JimNThe Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced the appointment of Jim Norris to its Board of Directors. Norris is the president of Norris-Whitney Communications, an international communications company specializing in the entertainment field, which publishes Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines.

The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to making music therapy available to more people in more communities across Canada. More information at

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Prism Prize Grand Prize Doubled to $10,000 for Year Four

October 7th, 2015
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Director Noah Pink with the 2012 Prism Prize for Rich Aucoin’s “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.”

The Prism Prize returns for the fourth consecutive year to announce the grand prize for Best Canadian Music Video of the Year will be doubled to $10,000.

Traditionally held in March, the Prism Prize Awards Presentation will move to Sunday, May 15, 2016, once again held at TIFF Bell Lightbox. This move is prompted by the introduction of the first-ever Prism Prize Top 20, which will allow for further recognition of deserving Canadian videos, filmmakers, and artists.

“2015 has been the strongest year for Canadian music videos ever. We are happy to spotlight 20 amazing videos, before announcing our Top Ten,” says Louis Calabro, Prism Prize Director. “The support Prism Prize has received from industry partners and the public for the past four years is another sign of Canadians being at the top of their game in the music and media arts environment.”

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Cellist Adrian Fung Appointed as VP of Innovation for Toronto Symphony Orchestra

October 7th, 2015

AdrianProfilePicThe Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has appointmented Adrian Fung to the newly created role of Vice-President, Innovation. Fung will join the TSO team on Oct. 13, 2015, and will work closely with TSO President and CEO Jeff Melanson on a number of projects, including the TSO’s education and outreach programs, upcoming collaborations, and projects focused on artistic, social, and economic innovation at the TSO.

“As a musician himself, Adrian Fung is an incredible addition to our team, bringing a wealth of knowledge and a unique combination of artistic and business skills to this new role,” says Melanson. “We look forward to working with Adrian as we continue to foster innovation and growth at the TSO, and are excited to have him join our strong and diverse leadership team.”

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Dragons’ Den’s Michael Wekerle to be Keynote Speaker at CMW 2016

October 7th, 2015

Mike-Wekerle-Launch-EventCanadian Music Week has announced Michael Wekerle as its 2016 opening keynote on Thursday, May 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Wekerle is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value spotting in the fields of tech, biotech, and media. As the founder and chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect and Blue Ant Media. He also holds significant real estate assets, including a portfolio of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, ON, as well as the historic Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo. And he is a partner in the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers -Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg’s Boston-based burger chain.

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Free Registration for IMSTA FESTA Toronto is Open

October 7th, 2015
Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

The second annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto will head next Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Ryerson University and free registration is open.  Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA), the IMSTA FESTA event are held annually in Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles and showcase the latest music-making and production technologies as well as educational seminars and keynotes speeches and Q&As.

This year’s event will feature a keynote presentation by legendary producers and engineer Jimmy Douglas (Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Al Green). Additionally, Canadian Musician Assistant Editor Michael Raine will be presenting a seminar on “Getting Your Message to the Media.” Other presentation and seminar topics will be “Composing for Visual Media,” “Dance Music Master Class,” and a “Cooking Beats” workshop.

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26th SOCAN Montréal Awards Gala Celebrates Music Creators & Publishers

October 7th, 2015

SOCAN QuebecThe 26th annual SOCAN Montreal Awards Gala attracted more than 400 members of the Quebec music community to celebrate the careers, and past year’s success, of many of the greatest songwriters, composers and music publishers that it has to offer.

Hosted by singer-songwriter Dumas at the Metropolis in Montreal, the annual celebration of the accomplishments of Québec’s music creators and publishers was highlighted by live performances, with 48 awards distributed in 21 categories, including five special achievement prizes: the Cultural Impact Award, the Songwriter of the Year Award, the International Achievement Award, the Special Achievement Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Benefit Concert for Ronnie Morris Tomorrow Night in Toronto

October 7th, 2015

Ronnie MorrisTomorrow night, (Thursday, Oct. 8) at Lee’s Palace in Toronto will be a benefit concert for bassist Ronnie Morris. Morris is best known in the Canadian music scene as the bass player for controller.controller and Liones and is the focus of fundraising efforts from friends and family. There are two benefits planned to help raise money for the Ronnie Morris Recovery Fund.

The Ronnie Morris Recovery Fund was set up by friends in May 2015 after Morris suffered a massive stroke from a double-arterial dissection. After complications during emergency neural surgery, Morris underwent a life saving surgery at the Trillium Health Centre in Etobicoke, ON.

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Air Canada Changes Policies to Protect Musical Instruments

October 2nd, 2015
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Screenshot from Dave Carroll’s video for “United Breaks Guitars”

CBC News has reported that Air Canada is changing its policies regarding the transportation of musical instruments to make it easier for musicians to protect their cargo. The changes include a 50 per cent discount on an adjacent seat for the instrument to make it more affordable for musicians to travel with their instrument in hand. As well, musicians will now be able to pre-board to give them more time to safely store their instrument.

From CBC News:

Changes to Air Canada’s policy on transporting musical instruments are being welcomed by Dave Carroll, the singer-songwriter who wroteUnited Breaks Guitars after his 2009 experience with the American airline company.

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October 1st, 2015

1024px-Music_class_usaThis fall, and MusiCounts, a leading music education charity associated with CARAS and The JUNO Awards, are on the hunt for Canada’s Greatest Music Class. The competition, which kicks off for one month on Monday, Oct. 26 and runs through until Monday, Nov. 30, will seek out students aged 13-17 in traditional music classes, music clubs, and after-school programs across the country. The victor of Canada’s Greatest Music Class will receive an assembly concert performance by a yet-to-be-announced top tier Canadian music artist for the entire student body. To enter, applicants must submit a video of their class performing their version of an approved song as outlined in the guidelines available at

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