The inaugural ‘master class’ includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed with Coalition Music. The program provides hands-on mentoring with industry professionals, networking and opportunities for collaboration. “Slaight Music remains committed to assisting, promoting and developing opportunities for Canadian musicians to flourish and the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is a fabulous extension of our objectives,” says Gary Slaight, CEO /President Slaight Communications. “My father, Allan, was a true leader in championing Canadian artists beginning with Gordon Lightfoot, and I know that he is proud to have this initiative named in his honour.”
Music Nova Scotia has put out a content acquisitions request to source items that are significant to the music industry and its history in Atlantic Canada to be put on display at the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. Music Nova Scotia has struck a committee to choose the first inductees and an announcement will be made later this month. Music Nova Scotia will also be leading the efforts to source items for display in the Hall of Fame.
Music Nova Scotia is seeking individuals and organizations that may have items they wanted to share and have on display in the hall of fame. It can permit signage identifying the group, individual, or organization lending the item.
The second Merge Songwriting Camp took place in Toronto from July 12-18, 2015. Hosted by 1916 MGMT, Nettwerk One Music and Black Box Music, and sponsored by SOCAN, it was meant to showcase some of Canada’s “hottest” songwriters and songwriter/producers and connect them with their equally successful colleagues from the U.S.
Writers and producers attending the camp included Jordan Evans (who’s co-written songs for Drake and co-produced Jazz Cartier); Matthew Burnett (who’s co- written songs for Eminem, Drake, Nikki Minaj and Lil Wayne); Simon Wilcox (who’s co-written Nick Jonas’ hit “Jealous,” and Scott Helman’s hits “Bungalow” and “That Sweater”); and up-and-coming writers DZL and Jillea. Attending writers and producers from the U.S. included Monsters and Strangerz (who’ve co-written hits for Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna, and Maroon 5); and Sean Douglas and Ian Kirkpatrick (both of whom have separately co-written songs for Jason Derulo).
It was also announced that singer/songwriter Fred Penner will be the host of this year’s Gala event, taking place on Sept. 21st at The Carlu. “I am honoured to be the host for this year’s prize. I have been part of the Canadian music scene for over four decades. As I perform at festivals from coast to coast I am continually impressed with the incredible range of talent we have in this country. I particularly love that Polaris celebrates this musical diversity. The level of prestige involved with this organization is admirable and I am delighted to be associated with it,” said Penner. Fred Penner is a member of the Order of Manitoba and Order of Canada.
Vancouver-based duo Dear Rouge are the winners of the 10th annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song “I Heard I Had.” Band members Andrew and Danielle McTaggart will receive a $10,000 cash prize, along with a Martin D-16GT acoustic guitar, a Yamaha PSR-S950 keyboard, a $500 Gift Card from Long & McQuade, 20 hours of studio time with Timothy Abraham, and six hours of vocal coaching with Amanda Mabro.
“Being honoured and recognized for songwriter craftsmanship is probably the greatest respect and appreciation a musician can receive,” says Danielle McTaggart. “We’re awestruck by every one of the nine other nominated songs, each of which could have been a worthy winner. Thanks to our fans for voting and to SOCAN for organizing this great contest, and for sticking up for the rights of songwriters like us.”
South by Southwest (SXSW) is now accepting artist submissions for the 2016 edition of the festival, which will take place in Austin, TX from March 15-20. Around 2,000 acts from numerous countries, wide array of genres, and in varying stages of their career perform each year. The artist application can be found at www.sxsw.com/music/festival/apply.
The Summit at Pemberton Music Festival is returning for its second year on July 15, 2015. The one-day industry conference is taking place at the Squamish Cultural Centre in Whistler, BC and is presented in partnership with Music BC’s “How-to Series.”
The focus of this years’ PechaKutcha-style discussion is “Building a Scene / Maintaining a Music City.” Representatives from markets around the world will share insights on local scenes and the successes and failures in creating a viable music city. Speakers include: Amy Terrill (Toronto), David Grice (Adelaide), Mollie Moore (Los Angeles), Casey Rae (Washington, DC), Jeff Leake (Toronto), Billy Jones (NYC), and Crispin Giles (Toronto). MC for the discussions will be Jeff Leake of Sirius XM.
Canadian Music Week (CMW) has to announced that its 34th installment will take place May 4 -14, 2016 and will once again be bringing conferences, awards, film, comedy, and music to the city of Toronto.
For the first time, the industry conference will take place at the beginning of the festival at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West), and will host the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on Thursday, May 5th. The Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon will take place on Friday, May 6th, followed by the CHUM Fan Fest and finally capping off the weekend with Sirius XM’s annual Indie Awards on Saturday, May 7th.
Here are some summarized findings:
59% of Canadians agree that music adds to their experience at work.
87% agree that they would prefer to patronize businesses that support musicians by using music legally & ethically
87% agree that musicians should be paid for their work like anyone else.
2/3 say that gyms, fitness classes, spas, and hair salons benefit from music being played.
7/10 Canadians agree that music adds to the experience of shopping at a store