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M for Montreal 2015 Accepting Artist Submissions

May 21st, 2015
OBGMs

The OBGMs at M for Montreal 2014

The Call for Submissions for the 10th edition of M for Montreal, taking place from November 18-21, 2015 is now open.

M for Montrealoffers an opportunity to play in front of more than 200 music industry professionals from 20-plus countries? Would you like to have a chance to meet delegates and generate solid career opportunities?

The deadline to apply is July 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST. Note that an administrative fee is required for each submission.

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Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame to Launch This Year

May 21st, 2015
The Brood were selected as the 2014 Artist in Residence

The Brood were selected as the Casino Nova Scotia 2014 Artist in Residence

Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia announced today their latest collaboration – the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. The Music Hall of Fame will recognize the contributions of east coast musicians and industry movers and shakers who have had an impact on the development and promotion of Canada’s East Coast culture and music.

“Since opening in 1995 we have embraced and supported our east coast culture. Live music featuring local artists has been a significant part of the entertainment experience for our guests, including tourists, as well as our employees,” says Gary Moore, Interim General Manager of Casino Nova Scotia. “We are celebrating 20 years in operation this year so we decided to create a legacy project. The Music Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates our region’s rich cultural and musical heritage. As a long-time supporter of east coast music and culture this is an investment we are excited to make.”

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Polaris Prize to Increase to $50,000

May 12th, 2015

Tanya Tagaq winning the 2014 Polaris Prize [Photo: Dustin Rabin]

Tanya Tagaq winning the 2014 Polaris Prize [Photo: Dustin Rabin]

This past Saturday at the Slaight Music CMW Social, Steve Jordan, founder and executive director of the Polaris Music Prize, and Gary Slaight, president of Slaight Music, announced that Slaight will contribute an additional $20,000 to the Polaris Prize, bringing the total to $50,000. In addition, Slaight will also increase their contribution to the short list prizes from $2,000 to $3,000.

Along with these additional contributions, Polaris announced The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, a new award that will annually honour five albums from the five decades before Polaris launched in 2006. Further details about the dates and selection process of this new prize will be revealed in the coming months.

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Western Canadian Music Award Nominees Revealed

May 6th, 2015
Said the Whale at the WCMAs.

Said the Whale at the WCMAs.

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has revealed the nominees for the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards, announced at a press conference yesterday at McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, BC.

The 13th annual BreakOut West and Western Canadian Music Awards will be hosted in Victoria, BC, September 17-20, 2015. The festival, gala, and conference will run concurrent with Rifflandia Festival with the goal of increasing opportunities for artists and networking with industry representatives from many different markets.

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Music Nova Scotia Sets Date for AGM & Call for Board Nominations

May 6th, 2015

Music Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Music Nova Scotia office at 2169 Gottingen St. in Halifax.  The meeting will go from 6:30–8:30 p.m. All Music Nova Scotia members in good standing are invited and encouraged to attend.

Music Nova Scotia is also holding its annual election for its board of directors. There are six incumbents re-offering and seven positions in total to fill. Music Nova Scotia members are encouraged to nominate anyone who, in their opinion, would be a good candidate for the Music Nova Scotia board of directors. Anyone interested in being nominated is invited to declare their interest by contacting Music Nova Scotia Nominations Committee Chair James Stewart. Nominations open May 5 and close on May 19, 2015.

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KoSA 20 Drum Camp Details Released

May 5th, 2015

KOSAThis year, KoSA Drum Camp is celebrating its 20th anniversary within the picturesque campus of Castleton State College, in Vermont. KoSA 20 will take place July 21-26, 2015 and students can receive up to three transferable graduate or undergraduate college credits for attending. The camp offers participants a chance to learn, perform with, and live with some of the finest artists.  The KoSA alumni faculty, over the past two decades, features a veritable “who’s who” of contemporary percussion.  From Neil Pert to Benard Purdie, from Carmine and Vinny Appice to Greg Bissonette, and many more.

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Panel Schedule Revealed for PEI’s Canadian Song Conference

May 5th, 2015

ConferenceRegistration is open for the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference, which will be held on May 13 – 14, 2015 in Charlottetown, PEI. It will feature a series of panels and workshops at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Canadian Song Conference will focus on the multifaceted world of songwriting; the craft, studio production, song rights, revenue streams, etc. Organizers say this new conference will be well-curated to scrutinize “the song” and the opportunities they create.

Delegates inlcude music supervisors from Canada, the U.K., and the U.S., music publishers, songwriters, and other. Full list can be found HERE.

REGISTER HERE

These panels include:

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Music Monday Begins Second Decade With New Anthem, International Celebrations

May 4th, 2015

Music MondayWith music ranging from classical to hip hop, jazz to country, choral to throat singing, steelpan and drumline, Music  Monday sent a strong message today for music education in schools. A signature program of The Coalition for Music Education in Canada, supported by TD Bank Group,  Music Monday celebrated its 11th year with a live webcast connecting groups across Canada who joined in the annual synchronized performance of  the Music Monday anthem, “We Are One / Nous sommes unis.” Montréal and Calgary took centre stage, with anthem composer, high school student Connor Ross leading the nation in the signature sing-a-long from Montreal. The nationwide event united approximately 600,000 Canadians in 1,250 events to help raise awareness of the importance of music education for young people. Congratulatory messages from the country’s highest offices were also received from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston,  and Minister of Canadian Heritage Shelly Glover.

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Registration Open for Inaugural Arts in the Community Conference in Mississauga, ON

April 30th, 2015

The inaugural Arts in the Community conference, organized by the Mississauga Arts Council, will take place at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON on May 7. The conference will feature speakers from across Ontario speaking about community art, and why art is good for neighbourhoods. There will also be MAC Open Pitch Sessions; an opportunity for community artists to compete for additional mentorship for their projects. Community artists will have 10 minutes to convince a panel of judges to support their project.

Keynote Speaker: Gil Moore, founder and CEO of the Metalworks Institute

“Mississauga’s vibrant arts community is growing exponentially with the infusion of younger and younger local talents. The Mississauga Arts Council has made a huge impact fostering this development, while recognizing the achievements of our established and emerging artists simultaneously. MAC’s developmental approach combined with strong stewardship will ensure the viability of Mississauga’s arts community for the next generation.” – Gil Moore, CEO & Founder, Metalworks Inc.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Names 2015 Guest Artists

April 30th, 2015

05 GWPGuitar Workshop Plus (GWP) has announced the guest artists for this summer’s sessions. As previously reported, GWP has a new location in San Diego, CA in addition to its regular sessions in the Vancouver and Toronto areas. The two Toronto area sessions will take place July 19-24 and July 26-31, 2015, while the Vancouver area session will be held Aug. 11-16, 2015. The new-for-2015 San Diego session will be held June 21-26.

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