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Slaight Music Announces “It’s Your Shot 4”

August 29th, 2014

It's Your ShotSlaight Music has announced the September 1st kickoff of the “It’s Your Shot 4” songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which is open to all musical genres, encourages artists to submit a song and/or video to for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at $50,000.

The “It’s Your Shot” competition is one of the many initiatives put forth by Slaight Music. Each year, Slaight Music partners with one of Canada’s major record labels to support this initiative.  The winning artist this year will receive distribution, radio promotion, publicity, and marketing support via Warner Music Canada, along with a professional photo session, a professionally written biography, the development of an artist website, social network pages, and an opportunity to perform at a high-profile musical event in 2015.

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Feds Renew Financial Commitment To Music

August 29th, 2014

Through the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover, the Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $1.3 million in support to the independent music industry through the Canada Music Fund’s Music Entrepreneur component.

With this money, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) will receive $445,000 from the Canada Music Fund’s Music Entrepreneur component during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. CIMA members Arts & Crafts and Last Gang Records will be receiving $550,000 and $374,790, respectively.

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POP Montreal Set To Take Over City

August 29th, 2014
Killer Mike performing at POP Montreal 2013.

Killer Mike performing at POP Montreal 2013. Photo: Richmond Lam

The 13th annual POP Montreal Music Festival is set to invade the city’s music venues from Sept. 17-21, 2014. POP Montreal combines a music festival starring acclaimed multi-genre Canadian and international acts with showcases for buzzed-about emerging talent. As well, the festival incorporates the Pop Symposium industry conference and festivals for film, art, fashion, and children’s music.

Some of the artists playing this year’s festival include The Unicorns, Ronnie Spector, Hailu Mergia, Suzanne Vega, A Tribe Called Red, Ty Segall, and more.

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Folk Alliance International Now Accepting Applications For 2015 Conference & Camp

August 29th, 2014
Jeremy Fisher performing at the 2013 Folk Alliance International Conference.

Jeremy Fisher performing at the 2013 Folk Alliance International Conference.

Folk Alliance International (FAI) is now accepting applications and registration for the 27th annual FAI conference and camp, which takes place Feb. 18-22, 2015 in Kansas City, MO.

The event brings together over 2,500 attendees from the folk music community, including artists, presenters, instructors, and industry members, and is one of North America’s largest music networking, showcase, and professional development events for folk artists. There are early bird discount for those who register or apply by Nov. 4, 2014.

For more information and to register or apply, go to

MMF Holding Discussion Huddles On Music Management

August 27th, 2014

MMF-Managers-Huddle1Music Managers Forum Canada is holding a series of free “huddles” to generate discussion about ideas in music management.

Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 pm

Cameron House Back Room, 408 Queen St. W., Toronto

Speaker: “Parkside” Mike Renaud (upper management, Said the Whale)


Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 pm

Durham College, 2000 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, ON

Speaker: Larry Wanagas (Bumstead Productions; The Trews)

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Last Day for Indie Week 2014 Applications

August 11th, 2014

Today, Aug. 11, is the last day for artists/bands to apply for the 2014 Indie Week Canada showcase. Indie Week, which runs Oct. 15-19 in Toronto, is now in its 11th year and has become one of Canada’s premiere indie music festivals, showcasing 250 acts from all over the world in front of music industry professionals.

Indie Week offers five nights of showcases, late last call after parties serving until 4 a.m., 20-plus venues, music industry panels, industry judging, demo listening sessions, mentorships, sponsored stages, and more. Approximately 120 slots will be reserved for Sonicbids artists.

For more information and to apply through Sonicbids, go to

Music Heals Announces Partnership With Bikers For Autism & PAFC

August 7th, 2014

PAFC Bikers for Autism music healsThe Pacific Autism Family Centre has announced a partnership with Music Heals and Bikers for Autism to sponsor a new vocational and music therapy space in the centre being built in Richmond, BC (opening January 2016). The fully operational music room will allow access to music therapy at affordable prices to individuals on the autism spectrum.

Naming rights to the music therapy room will be shared between Music Heals and Bikers For Autism based on a 10-year commitment to direct funding to the program.

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MuchFACT Announces Latest Funding Recipients

July 25th, 2014
Walk Off The Earth

Walk Off The Earth

Bell Media’s MuchFACT (A Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) has announced the 43 fund recipients from the July 24, 2014 music committee meeting. With more than 281 applications considered, a total of $644,481 was awarded to Canadian musicians in the following categories: Music Content Package, Music Videos, Online Music Video/Project, and Digital Tools.

MuchFACT fund recipients from the July 24, 2014 music committee meeting are as follows:

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Guitar Workshop Plus Gears Up For Vancouver Session

July 25th, 2014
Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi

Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi

Following its two Toronto sessions in July, Guitar Workshop Plus is gearing up for its Vancouver session, taking place at Quest University in Squamish, BC from August 10-15. Registration is still open for the event. Guests artists confirmed for the Vancouver session include Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi, fingerstyle virtuoso Don Alder, shredder Dave Martone, and others.

GWP aims to create a healthy, non-competitive environment in which to learn. Courses are offered for all levels, ages, and styles including blues, jazz, rock, acoustic, and classical. The intensive bass, drum, keyboard, vocal, and songwriting courses cover many styles and afford students with many rhythm section and ensemble performance opportunities.

Currently, instruction is provided for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Students elect to study a class or seminar each session. The guitar program is extensive and unique in that students elect to study the style that they enjoy most. Guitar styles include rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, classical and a guitar course for the absolute beginner. GWP also offers comprehensive bass, drums, keyboard, and vocal classes covering various styles, theory, performance, and technique.

Each course combines hands-on technique with musicianship skills such as theory, ear training, rhythm studies, etc. In addition, most of these classes include a one-hour per day rhythm section class in which students are given the opportunity to play with the faculty rhythm section and apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in class.

Classes are offered for varying skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. On the first day of the session, all students are evaluated to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate class level thereby maximizing their learning potential. Class sizes are small to promote individualized attention for each student as well as to facilitate ensemble arrangements.

Seminars are courses which concentrate on specific topics and will sometimes feature guest instructors. Generally, seminars are designed for the intermediate to advanced player although some may be open to all levels. Students are evaluated to ensure that they are at an appropriate level for the course. Seminar students meet with the instructor all day and, because there is no restriction to class size, do not take part in rhythm section classes. Faculty led ensembles for seminars depend upon class size and format.

In addition, all students may attend clinics. Each day, two or three clinics are offered covering topics such as improvisation, songwriting, vocals, scales and modes, building technique, slide, percussion, hand drumming and more. Students are welcome to sign up for these clinics on campus.

For more information, contact Guitar Workshop Plus: 905-567-8000,,

Deane Cameron To Receive 2014 Hank Smith Award Of Excellence

July 22nd, 2014
Deane Cameron

Deane Cameron

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced that Deane Cameron will receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence.

“Deane Cameron has left an indelible impact on the Canadian country music industry. His tenacity for finding and mentoring great talent and ability to stay humble amid successful results speaks to his strengths over a storied career,” says Ron Kitchener, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors.

Cameron worked his way up through the ranks of the music industry, eventually becoming the youngest Canadian president of a major music label in 1988. He has played a significant role in the careers of such Canadian artists as Susan Aglukark, Terri Clark, Tom Cochrane, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Rita MacNeil, John McDermott, Anne Murray, The Rankin Family, Johnny Reid, Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and more.

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