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Folk Music Ontario Awards One-Time ‘President’s Choice’ Honour

March 28th, 2014
Richard Flohil at the SOCAN Awards.

Richard Flohil at the SOCAN Awards.

Folk Music Ontario has recently received a small donation that is allowing the association to create a new, one-time award. This one is to be called President’s Choice, and is chosen by the FMO president. The award extends lifetime membership in Folk Music Ontario. The 2014 award goes to two Richard Flohil and Lynn Miles.

Richard Flohil heads his own music publicity and promotion company called Richard Flohil & Associates. He has spent three decades working in the Canadian music industry in Canada, including as the founding editor of The Record magazine and editor of Applaud! magazine.

Lynn Miles is an award-winning and critically acclaimed Canadian folk artist with 10 albums to her credit. Last year, Miles took home the Canadian Folk Music Award for Solo Artist of the Year for her album Downpour. Miles’ album Unravel won the 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2014 Dates

February 20th, 2014

GWP_poster_pre2014Guitar Workshop Plus has announced three sessions for its 2014 summer schedule. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

Toronto (Session 1):  July 13-18, 2014.

Toronto (Session 2):  July 20-25, 2014.

Vancouver Session:   August 10-15, 2014.

Registration has already begun for the 2014 sessions and, for a limited time, there are early bird registration offers where participants can save on tuition and be entered into draws to win prizes such as guitars, amplifiers, gig bags, cymbals, and more. Most sessions have sold out in the past so those interested are encouraged to register early.

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2014 East Coast Music Award Nominees Announced

February 18th, 2014

EMCW_2014_626x381_Entourage.095029The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) has announced the 2014 East Coast Music Award nominees. Classified, David Myles and Paper Lions lead the pack with six nominations. Amelia Curran trails closely with five, followed by Dave Gunning and Mo Kenney with four nominations each. The 2014 East Coast Music Award nominees are as follows:

Album of the Year

· Classified – Classified (Producer: Classified)
·  David Myles – In the Nighttime (Producers: Aaron Davis & Classified)
·  Old Man Luedecke – Tender is the Night (Producer: Tim O’Brien)
·  Paper Lions – My Friends (Producers: Colin Buchanan &  Howard Redekopp)
·  Two Hours Traffic – Foolish Blood (Producer: Darryl Neudorf)

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Canadian DJ Show Holding Calgary Event in May

February 14th, 2014

ADD2 CDJThe 2014 Canadian DJ Show presented by Pioneer DJ will be held May 4th at The BMO Centre in Calgary. The show will officially kick off on May 3rd with an Evening Networking Social where show attendees can mingle and get to know each other before the May 4th show day. Early bird advance tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. The Fall 2014 Toronto Show date and details have not been confirmed but organizers say details are coming soon.

This will be the first time that an additional show will take place outside of Ontario. The Calgary show will provide a new opportunity to the nightlife entertainment industry members from Western Canada – DJs, artists, and producers to club owners and promoters – the chance to attend educational seminars, clinics, and Q&As with Canadian and international artists and scene builders.

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Canadian Music Fund Gets Permanent Renewal

February 13th, 2014

FACTOR has announced that it received notification from The Department of Canadian Heritage indicating that in the federal government’s 2014 budget, it has renewed the Canada Music Fund (CMF) permanently.  A portion of the CMF, $8.81 million, was due to sunset on March 31, 2015. From 2015-2016, the CMF’s overall investment will be at the same current level, $24.61 million, with the difference that these funds will now be permanent.

Through the Canada Music Fund, the government provides $24.61 million in funding each year to help support over 400 album production projects and 1,000 marketing, touring, and showcasing initiatives.

Excerpt from the Budget 2014: Supporting the Canada Music Fund

Beginning in 2015–16, Economic Action Plan proposes to provide ongoing funding of $8.8 million per year for the Canada Music Fund. Canada’s music sector generates nearly $3 billion every year in economic activity from sound recordings, concerts, commercial radio and performing rights. The Canada Music Fund helps Canadians access new Canadian music and Canadian artists. Beginning in 2015–16, Economic Action Plan proposes to provide ongoing funding of $8.8 million per year for the Canada
Music Fund.

Source:, p. 217.

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2014 JUNO Awards Nominees Unveiled

February 5th, 2014
Serena Ryder performing at  the 2013 JUNO Awards. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

Serena Ryder performing at the 2013 JUNO Awards. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

The nominees for the 2014 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, as Canada’s top artists now get ready for a trip to Manitoba during JUNO Week in Winnipeg, March 24–30, 2014.

To view a complete list of the 2014 JUNO Award nominees announced today, as well as their bios and hometown information, go to

Arcade Fire and their album Reflektor garnered a leading six nominations: JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Alternative Album of the Year.

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Submissions Now Open For 2014 BreakOut West

January 31st, 2014

2014_LOGO_copy_2Submissions are now open for the 2014 BreakOut West Festival, Western Canadian Music Awards, and Industry Awards. The deadline for submission is March 14. The 2014 edition of Breakout West will take place in Winnipeg, MB from Oct. 2-5.

In October of last year, musicians, fans, and delegates descended on Calgary for a weekend of information sharing, live music and, of course, the Western Canadian Music Awards. Hosted once again by CBC’s Grant Lawrence, the gala event saw Jill Barber, Rah Rah, Hannah Georgas, The Sheepdogs, and Jann Arden honoured with WCMAs and featured special performances by award winners Jack Semple, Don Amero, Kytami, and more.

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February & March MusicOntario Workshops Announced

January 27th, 2014

music ontarioHere is a list of upcoming MusicOntario workshops that are open to both members and non-members:

Sync’d Up: A 101 Approach to Music Placements in Film and TV

Wednesday, February 19th | 7pm

Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex –  118 James St. North, Hamilton, ON


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Manitoba Musicians Going Curling For Unison Benevolent Fund

January 27th, 2014

UnisonCurlingManitoba’s music community is trading instruments for brooms and getting ready rock the house for the Unison Benevolent Fund. For the fourth year, Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music will join forces once again for the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel, which will take place at Winnipeg’s historic Granite Curling Club on Feb. 2, 2014.

In its first three years, the bonspiel has raised over $10,000 for the Unison Fund. To celebrate, Breakfast Television Winnipeg has produced the latest in a series of a fun curling videos, this time pairing curling pro Jon Mead with Imaginary Cities’ Rusty Matyas in the instructional video spoof, ‘Etiquette for the Competent Curler’. Watch the video or find out more at

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Submissions Being Accepted for 2014 Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards

January 17th, 2014

DTGASubmissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards. Three $5,000 prizes will be awarded to Canadian guitarists in the categories of Jazz, Multi-Genre (Rock, Blues, R&B, Country, etc.), and Classical, with trophies designed by  Istvan Fujkin. The deadline for submissions of one 3 to 4 minute performance on video to Sonicbids is Friday, March 28, 2014.

The cash prizes and trophies will be presented with performances by the award winners at the first annual Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards Dinner at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.

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