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Yangaroo Announces Partnership with IMD Fastrax

December 19th, 2014

Toronto-based media distribution company Yangaroo has announced a partnership with London-based Group IMD that will allow North American based record labels and recording artists to deliver music videos to all major and secondary broadcasters in the U.K. and Ireland using Group IMD’s Fastrax service, and will provide the opportunity for U.K.-based record labels and artists to deliver music videos and audio tracks to all major and secondary North American broadcasters.

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Halifax Pop Explosion 2015 Accepting Artist Submissions

December 18th, 2014
Tokyo Police Club at HPX 2014. Photo: Chris Smith

Tokyo Police Club at HPX 2014. Photo: Chris Smith

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX), to be held Oct. 20-24, 2015. HPX invites musicians, bands, and comedians to apply now for a chance to showcase at one of Canada’s premier music festivals.

Early bird submission fees are $15 until Feb. 17, 2015; after that date, they rise to $25 until the final submission deadline of May 8, 2015.

Each artist, band or comedian requires the following for their submission: high-res image; bio; stage plot and input list; band member information; contact information; MP3 of song to be juried; and URL of your web presence (website, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Facebook, etc.).

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Sinead O’Connor, Alt-J, The Killers & More Join Unsigned Only Compeition Judges Panel

December 17th, 2014

UnsignedOnly logoUnsigned Only Music Competition has unveiled its high-profile judging panel for the 2015 competition, which is now accepting entries. The panel consists of iconic recording artists and journalists and will determine the winners in 11 categories representing a wide variety of commercial genres of music.

Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only’s goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. Unsigned Only awards over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives to the overall Grand Prize winner. First and Second Place winners in each category will also be chosen. The deadline to enter is March 18, 2015. Original and cover songs are accepted in all categories except for Screen Shot, which accepts original songs only.

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OIART Names New Admissions Coordinator

December 12th, 2014

OIART_News-Release-Photo_Admissions-Coordinator-AshaThe Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) has announced the appointment of Asha Hall as Admissions Coordinator as of Dec.1, 2014.

OIART says that Hall has the skill set, experience, and enthusiasm to make her an excellent advocate for OIART. Her primary responsibilities include serving as primary liaison for new and prospective students, working closely with career placement faculty and orchestrating internal marketing and social media. The role of Admissions Coordinator was previously held by Lynne Dubuc.

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RIP: SaskMusic Executive Director Derek Bachman

December 11th, 2014

DerekBachmanThe Canadian Musician team is extremely saddened to find about the passing of Derek Bachman, executive director of SaskMusic. Bachman died this week after a short illness at the age of 38.  Our deepest condolences go out to all of Bachman’s family and friends and all the folks across the music industry that he touched.

The following is from The StarPhoenix newspaper in Saskatchewan

Bachman was a key player in Saskatchewan’s music scene for the past two decades. News of his passing was quickly shared on social media by dozens of artists and bands who worked with him.

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2014 CBC Music Award Winners Announced

December 9th, 2014
Screen grab from July Talk's "Summer Dress" music video.

Screen grab from July Talk’s “Summer Dress” music video.

CBC Music fans have voted and decided the winners for CBC Music Awards. From tens of thousands of nominations, Canadian music fans have selected winners in 10 categories. The winners are fan favourites chosen from across the country, representing different genres and languages and celebrate this year’s top Canadian talent.
Announced this morning on, the 2014 winners are as follows:

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SOCAN Montreal Gala Celebrates Quebec’s Music Creators & Publishers

December 4th, 2014
25th annual SOCAN Montreal Awards winners (from left to right): Klô Pelgag (Breakout Award), SOCAN’s Chief Executive Officer Eric Baptiste, Marie-Mai and Fred St-Gelais (Songwriters of the year), Stan Meissner, President of SOCAN, Conner Molander and Dylan Phillips of Half Moon Run (International Achievement) and Geneviève Côté, Chief Quebec Affairs Officer of SOCAN. (Photo: Michel Gagné/CNWGroup/SOCAN).

25th annual SOCAN Montreal Awards winners (L-R): Klô Pelgag (Breakout Award), SOCAN’s CEO Eric Baptiste, Marie-Mai & Fred St-Gelais (Songwriters of the year), Stan Meissner, President of SOCAN, Conner Molander & Dylan Phillips of Half Moon Run (International Achievement) and Geneviève Côté, Chief Quebec Affairs Officer of SOCAN. (Photo: Michel Gagné/CNWGroup/SOCAN).

The 25th annual SOCAN Awards Montreal Gala was held Tuesday in the Grand Salon of the Hyatt Regency Montreal hotel. Hosted by Michel Rivard, this anniversary edition of the awards ceremony expressly sought to showcase successes of music creators and publishers from Québec and beyond.

Over 100 awards in 20 different categories were presented, including five honours for extraordinary achievement: Excellence, Homage, Global Inspiration, International, and Songwriter(s) of the Year.

The late “Gentleman of Country” Georges Hamel, a legend of the Québec country music scene, received the Award of Excellence, with his widow Réjeanne Leblanc accepting in Hamel’s name. During his 40-year career, the singer-songwriter recorded 44 albums that sold more than two-million copies, penned over 200 songs, received five Félix awards (ADISQ), and was granted the medal of the National Assembly.

One of the most famous managers in Canadian music history, René Angélil, received the Global Inspiration Award for his distinguished career and extraordinary influence. His son Patrick Angélil accepted the trophy on his behalf.

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CARAS Announces JUNO Week 2015 Venues & Award Broadcast Performers

December 4th, 2014

JUNO 2015 PerformersThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced the official venue details for 2015 JUNO Week celebrations to be held in Hamilton, ON from March 9-15.

Tickets for The 2015 JUNO Awards go on sale Friday, Dec. 5 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Tickets range from $39 to $149 (plus service charges) and are available through the FirstOntario Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-855-872-5000, and online at

Key JUNO Week signature events and official venue announcements include:

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NMC Releases Report Exploring Economic Opportunities in Alberta’s Music Industry

November 28th, 2014

Fertile Ground reportThe National Music Centre (NMC) has released Fertile Ground: Alberta Music Cities Initiative, a new report on Alberta’s music sector that outlines the economic benefits of a strong provincial music industry. The report identifies the unique opportunity for the development of Alberta’s music sector and provides four key recommendations for further growth.

The NMC commissioned Music Canada to author the report, which was supported by funding from the Scotlyn Foundation. In a release, NMC President and CEO Andrew Mosker said the report was inspired by Music Canada’s success in demonstrating the value of provincial and municipal live music strategies in Ontario.

“Graham and Paul Lessard with the Scotlyn Foundation approached us, eager to do something meaningful for Alberta’s music industry,” says Mosker. “I was very aware of the incredible work Music Canada had done in Ontario, and wondered if the same strategic business approach could work in Alberta.”

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Prism Prize Returning to Honour the Best Canadian Music Video

November 27th, 2014
2014 winner Emily Kai Bock .

2014 winner Emily Kai Bock.

The Prism Prize is returning for the third consecutive year to honour the Best Canadian Music Video released in the 2014 calendar year.  The Prism Prize Top Ten will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, followed by the Prism Prize Awards Presentation on Sunday, March 29 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

For the first time ever the Prism Prize Awards Presentation will be open to the public, and will include a screening of the Top Ten videos at TIFF Bell Lightbox. In addition to the Top Ten screening, several awards will be presented, including the Special Achievement Award for artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art, the Arthur Lipsett Award for innovative and unique approaches to music video art, the Audience Award, and the Grand Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video of the Year featuring the Prism Prize trophy and a cash reward of $5000.

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