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National Music Centre announces Artist in Residence line-up for winter 2017

December 7th, 2016

Studio Bell Made in Canada exhibition [Photo: Leblond Studio]

Studio Bell Made in Canada exhibition [Photo: Leblond Studio]

After a successful pilot season in 2016, the National Music Centre (NMC) has announced another six acts from across Canada that will visit Studio Bell through NMC’s Artist in Residence (AiR) program for winter 2017.

Selected artists include:

  • Amir Amiri (World, Montreal)
  • Corinthian (Electronic, Calgary)
  • Luke Doucet (Singer-Songwriter, Toronto)
  • Lisa Lipton (Electronic, Halifax)
  • Safia Nolin (Folk-Pop, Quebec City)
  • Woodpigeon and Kathryn Calder (Folk, Montreal and Victoria)

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CDJ Show Dates Announced for 2017

December 6th, 2016

11 CDJ ShowCJD Show organizers have announced that the 2017 edition of the trade show and conference will be held from March 10-12 at the Hilton Toronto.

Previously called the Canadian DJ Show, it is now being branded as the CDJ Show, as show co-founder Ryan Schroeyens told CM following this year’s event that “we’re going more centred towards CDJ Show and that will continue to evolve as we continue to see more music industry—record labels, producers, and songwriters – become involved in the conference.”

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David Francey & Jadea Kelly among 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award Winners

December 5th, 2016

Bruce Cockburn and other during the CFMA Gall finale. [Photo by Mike Bourgault]

Bruce Cockburn and other during the CFMA Gala finale. [Photo by Mike Bourgault]

The recipients of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) were announced on Saturday night at the 12th anniversary gala event at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. Hosted by musicians Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque (La Bottine Souriante) in a bilingual gala event, Canada’s folk music community came together to celebrate Canadian folk music with performances by Bruce Cockburn, Colin Linden, The Ennis Sisters, Sultans Of String, Red Moon Road, and Klô Pelgag.

Nineteen award categories were presented at the gala. Songwriter and guitarist David Francey who is based in McDonalds Corners, ON, came away with two awards – winning Solo Artist of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year for his album Empty Train.

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CIMA Releases New Report on Expanding Canadian Indie Music Exports

November 30th, 2016

Music in motion reportThe Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has released a report examining how the global strategies employed by Canada’s independent record labels, managers, and publishers help their artists export music globally. The report also analyzes the opportunity that music export represents for Canadian music companies, revealing challenges as well as support that exists through public funding.

Music In Motion: An Analysis of Exporting Canadian Independent Music explores how exporting is a vital but expensive proposition for Canadian companies, at a critical time in the commercial music industry. Market changes over the years have increased music companies’ reliance on export revenue, particularly from international touring. This results in missed or lost opportunities due to the limited capacity of companies to invest in their artists. Export barriers include: a lack of stable funding to offset higher-risk exporting, insufficient flexibility of funding programs (in terms of caps and artist-eligibility), timing (more multi-year funding is needed), and the complexity of the application process.

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Rush Announce Charity Donation to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research

November 30th, 2016

RushEarlier this month, Canadian Music Week announced that the members of Rush would be the 2017 recipients of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at Canadian Music Week in April. Part of this prestigious Humanitarian award includes $40,000 CDN made to the recipient’s charity of choice.

The members of Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart – have unanimously decided to direct the funds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook.

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New Coalition, ‘Focus on Creators,’ Launches as 1,100 Artists Sign Letter Urging Canadian Government to Protect Their Livelihood

November 29th, 2016
Graham Henderson ECC

Music Canada Pres. Graham Henderson speaking to the Economic Club of Canada early this month

Nearly 1,100 Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, composers, music producers, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors, and other members of the creative class have signed a joint letter addressed to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, urging the government to put Canada’s creators at the heart of our cultural policy. The letter is part of a newly-launched initiative called Focus on Creators, which is a coalition of Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, and other artistic creators with the organizational support of Music Canada, CIMA, The Writers’ Union of Canada, the Canadian Country Music Association, and more.

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Registration Open for CMW Music Summit

November 25th, 2016
Monster Truck performs at CMW by rcstills

Monster Truck performs at CMW. Photo: rcstills

Registration is now open for the 2017 edition of Canadian Music Week’s Music Summit, a three-day conference to be held in April 2017 in Toronto that brings together influential representatives from all areas of the Canadian and international music business to discuss and educate attendees on all areas of the industry.

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Canadian Children’s Songwriter Marlowe Stone wins USA Songwriting Competition

November 25th, 2016

ML0Alf-IToronto-based children’s songwriter and performer Marlowe Stone of Marlowe & the MiX has won The USA Songwriting Competition first prize of the Children’s music category with her song “Live In Colour”.

This is the first time that the winner of the Children’s music category has been from Canada, and Stowe is the only Canadian winner across all the categories this year. The song is the title cut from their latest album, a former #1 on iTunes Canada Children’s Chart. The fun-filled video can be seen here:

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CD Baby Announces Acquisition of and Related Assets

November 24th, 2016

CD BabyCD Baby, a distribution and royalty administration destination for independent artists, has acquired, the digital music marketing platform and Soundrop, once the most popular playlisting and social listening app for Spotify.

“We’re excited to continue’s powerful marketing tools for musicians,” says Kevin Breuner, VP of marketing at CD Baby. “It’s another set of tools we can offer to the independent musicians we have worked to support and encourage for years.”

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Bruce Cockburn to Host the 2017 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle

November 23rd, 2016

Bruce CockburnMusic legend Bruce Cockburn will host and perform at the 2017 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, to be held in the NAC Theatre at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST.

The JUNO Songwriters’ Circle is an intimate and interactive concert benefiting MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS that works to keep music alive in schools and communities across Canada. Co-presented by SOCAN and Yamaha Canada Music, in association with the Canadian Music Publishers Association, this event is considered the “jewel of JUNO Week,” and will feature some of Canada’s most talented songwriters, including 2017 JUNO Award nominees, performing their songs and sharing the stories behind them.

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