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Slaight Music Donates $150K to the CCMA

February 10th, 2016
Gary Slaight

Gary Slaight

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced a multi-year $150,000 donation from the Slaight Music, marking its continued support of the association’s Humanitarian Award. This particular CCMA Award of Achievement recognizes individuals and/or events that have made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in the support of humanitarian causes through country music in Canada. The CCMA will recognize Slaight Music’s donation with naming rights to the honour: the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.

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Prism Prize Announces Top 20 Canadian Music Videos

February 9th, 2016

Chad Van Gaalen [Photo: Matthew Kozovski]

Chad Van Gaalen [Photo: Matthew Kozovski]

The Prism Prize has announced the Top 20 best Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 Canadian music, film, and media arts professionals. After viewing hundreds of music videos released in 2015, jurors selected the Prism Prize Top 20 based on originality, creativity, style, innovation, and effective execution.

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2016 JUNO Award Nominees & Performers Revealed

February 2nd, 2016

The Weeknd performing at the 2015 JUNO Awards [Photo: CARASiPhoto]

The Weeknd performing at the 2015 JUNO Awards [Photo: CARASiPhoto]

At a press conference today announcing the nominations for the 2016 JUNO Awards, CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) revealed that Bryan Adams, Dean Brody, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and Alessia Cara are confirmed to perform during CTV’s April 3 JUNOS broadcast from The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Adams garners a 2016 JUNO Award nomination today for Rock Album of the Year, Brody garners two including JUNO Fan Choice and Country Album of the Year, and Mendes earns four including JUNO Fan Choice, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year.

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Corus Entertainment Enters the Live Events Business

February 2nd, 2016

Edgefest Toronto [Photo: Edgefest Facebook]

Edgefest Toronto [Photo: Edgefest Facebook]

Corus Entertainment Inc., which is best known as the parent company of the popular 102.1 The Edge radio station in Toronto, has  announced that it is expanding into live events with the launch of Corus Live. The company says this new initiative will leverage Corus’s TV, radio, digital, and production expertise to connect audiences with talent and brands through immersive, live experiences staged across the country. Corus Live’s inaugural event will be this summer’s CMT Music Fest., a two-day festival taking place July 8th and 9th in Kitchener, ON.

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Music Canada & CMW Announce ‘Mastering Of A Music City’ Summit

January 28th, 2016

Music citiesGlobal city planners and the music industry will take part in Music Canada’s and Canadian Music Week’s (CMW) international creative-economy summit, The Mastering Of A Music City. The day-long summit takes place during CMW on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Center, Toronto.  Individual tickets and CMW VIP passes are available.

According to organizers, the “Music City” is a true 21st Century paradigm; a shared realization that cities across the globe enjoy an often-huge economic dividend from the creation, performance, and reception of music.

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Entertainment One Acquires Dualtone Music Group

January 26th, 2016

The Lumineers [Photo: Sachyn Mital/Wikipedia]

The Lumineers [Photo: Sachyn Mital/Wikipedia]

Entertainment One (eOne) has announced its acquisition of Dualtone Music Group.

Dualtone brings a roster of popular artists to eOne, including Denver-based The Lumineers whose 2012 debut album became a worldwide multi-format hit, selling more than 2.5 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide. In its 15-year history, the label has released 16 Grammy Award-nominated albums, garnering four wins.  Along with The Lumineers, the current roster includes Langhorne Slim & The Law, Noah Gundersen, Wild Child, Robert Earl Keen, recent Americana Music Association Emerging Artist winners Shakey Graves (2015) and Shovels & Rope (2014), along with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Guy Clark. Nashville-based Dualtone was founded in 2001 by Scott Robinson who continues to lead the business along with Paul Roper.

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Music Canada Names Amy Terrill as Executive VP

January 23rd, 2016

ATerrillBOARDMusic Canada has named Amy Terrill as its executive vice president. Terrill, who joined Music Canada in August 2010, has been promoted to the new position from her previous role as the organization’s vice president of public affairs.

In her new role, Terrill will continue to oversee Music Canada’s branding, research, communications and media relations activities, and play a leadership role in federal, provincial, and municipal government relations and stakeholder outreach. The role adds executive responsibilities.

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ole Promotes Jennifer Essiembre to Senior Manager of Creative

January 19th, 2016

J_Essiembre_WEBIndependent rights management company, ole, has announced that Jennifer Essiembre has been promoted to Senior Manager of Creative. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing creative operations for ole’s pop/urban division, working closely with ole Vice President of Business Development David Weitzman and the company’s Label Services team in Los Angeles.

A graduate of Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Productions, Essiembre entered the music business with U.S.-based artist management company Jamm Entertainment Group, where she became the personal assistant to Bad Boy Records recording artists B5 during the promotional tour for their sophomore release, “Don’t Talk, Just Listen.” She joined ole as an office coordinator before being promoted to creative coordinator and then creative manager. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing all catalog management, as well as working cooperatively with the ole creative team to maximize opportunities for ole properties across all media, genres, and borders.

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Steve Hill Wins Big at 2016 Maple Blues Awards

January 19th, 2016
Steve Hill

Steve Hill

Montreal blues guitar virtuoso Steve Hill was last night’s big winner at the 19th annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto. Hill took home three awards for Entertainer, Electric, and Guitarist of the Year.  Despite being nominated in five categories, Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk, was shut out this year.

Aside from Hill, the only other multiple award winner was Colin Linden for Songwriter of the Year and Recording/Producer of the Year for his latest solo album, Rich in Love. Other winners included Matt Andersen for Male Vocalist of the Year, Angel Forrest for Female Vocalist of the Year, Big Dave MacLean for Acoustic Act of the Year, and The Kirby Sewell Band for New Artist of the Year.

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SOCAN Tracks More Record Financial Results in 2015

January 18th, 2016
The Weeknd and other Canadian superstars are raising the country's music profile & revenues internationally

The Weeknd and other Canadian superstars are raising the country’s music profile & revenues internationally.

SOCAN has released its preliminary 2015 financial highlights, which the organization says surpass its own expectations for the year by setting a new high for royalties identified, collected, and distributed to its more than 130,000 members, while also reaching new records in cost-effectiveness. All number are estimates and the final figures will be determined following the March 2016 meeting of the SOCAN Board of Directors. The preliminary highlights include:

-A new record for total revenue of approximately $310 million, the first time in the organization’s history that it has exceeded the $300-million milestone. This is an increase of at least 3 per cent over the record $299 million of 2014.\

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