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Sloan, Measha Brueggergosman, The East Pointers & More Added to 2018 East Coast Music Awards Lineup

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Ashley MacIsaac performing at the ECMAs [Photo: Pam & Alan Samson/Volunteer Photographers]

Ashley MacIsaac performing at the ECMAs [Photo: Pam & Alan Samson/Volunteer Photographers]

Sloan, Measha Brueggergosman, Rose Cousins, The East Pointers, and more have been confirmed as performers for the 2018 East Coast Music Awards Show, which will be held on May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, NS.

Classic Canadian alt-rockers Sloan headlinethe second wave of artists unveiled for the awards show lineup, which also includes celebrated soprano Measha Brueggergosman, as well as Rose Cousins, The East Pointers, Port Cities, Quake Matthews, Kinley, Makayla Lynn, and City Natives. They join previously announced acts Joel Plaskett, Universal Soul, Barra MacNeils, Les Hay Babies, and The Once for the celebration.


Steven Page to Join Barenaked Ladies for 2018 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Barenaked Ladies [Photo Credit: Matt Barnes]

Barenaked Ladies
[Photo Credit: Matt Barnes]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC have announced the 2018 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame will be the Barenaked Ladies – Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart – alongside original member, co-founder, and singer-songwriter Steven Page. The band celebrates their 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades as legendary performers and one of Canada’s most celebrated collectives, earning countless accolades including eight JUNO Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and multiple Grammy nominations.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was created by CARAS in 1978 to acknowledge artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the international recognition of Canadian music. Barenaked Ladies will come together for a one-time special appearance with Steven Page on Sunday, March 25 at The 47th Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC, to mark their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.


Jann Arden & Bob Rock to Co-Host JUNO Songwriters’ Circle

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Jann Arden [Photo: Alkan Emin]

Jann Arden
[Photo: Alkan Emin]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that eight-time JUNO Award winning artist Jann Arden and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Bob Rock will co-host and perform at the 2018 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN, Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.

After co-writing what is known as Arden’s most personal and poignant album to date, These Are the Days, to be released in March 2018, the pair will reunite as co-hosts of the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle

Presented by SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers) JUNO Songwriters’ Circle is an intimate and interactive event, benefiting MusiCounts. Considered the “Jewel of JUNO Week,” JUNO Songwriters’ Circle showcases some of Canada’s most talented songwriters, performing their original songs and sharing the stories behind them. Arden and Rock will be joined on stage by 2018 JUNO Award nominees who will be announced in February 2018.


Colin James a Triple Winner at the 21st Maple Blues Awards

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

ColinJames_HiResThe annual Maples Blues Awards were handed out on Jan. 15th at the Koerner Hall in Toronto. The night’s only multi-award winner was renowned Canadian blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer Colin James, who took home three honours for Electric Act and Guitarist of the Year, as well as Recording/Producer  of the Year alongside Dave Meszaros for his album Blue Highways. 

Entertainer of the Year went to Montreal’s Paul DesLauriers Band and Big Dave McLean won the Maple Blues Award for Acoustic Act of the Year. Hamilton, ON’s Harrison Kennedy won Songwriter of the Year and Matt Andersen was named Male Vocalist of the Year. Female Vocalist of the Year went to Angel Forrest. Ottawa’s Laura Greenberg won for Bassist of the Year and Victoria, BC’s Jason Buie was named New Artist of the Year.


CBC Music Launches 2018 Searchlight Contest

Monday, January 15th, 2018
2017 CBC Searchlight winners The Long War

2017 CBC Searchlight winners The Long War

CBC Music’s annual contest to find Canada’s next big music act kicks off today with this year’s edition returning to its roots as a digital-only, audio-first search for the country’s undiscovered talent. Submissions for Searchlight 2018 officially open Tuesday, Jan. 23 and CBC Music will accept entries up until the Feb. 6, 2018 deadline. A variety of musicians including solo artists, duos, and groups from all genres are encouraged to enter at


New Managing Director Appointed for the Coalition for Music Education

Friday, January 12th, 2018

unnamedThe Coalition for Music Education has announced the appointment of Patricia Valenteyn as managing director, effective Jan. 15, 2018.  Most recently, Valenteyn has been national programs manager at The Royal Conservatory.

Welcoming her appointment, the Coalition Chair, Dr. Eric Favaro, says, “I am delighted to welcome Patricia Valenteyn as the new managing director of The Coalition for Music Education. This appointment reflects the Coalition’s commitment to further expanding and deepening its advocacy initiatives to ensure that all students in all schools in Canada have access to quality music education.  Ms. Valenteyn brings with her a wealth of expertise, both as a leader and an innovator, at a key point in the Coalition’s evolution.”


SOCAN Survey: 70% of Young Canadians Want to Live in Music Cities

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

[Photo credit: Raul Heinrich/Wikimedia Commons]

[Photo credit: Raul Heinrich/Wikimedia Commons]

According to new SOCAN research seven-in-ten city-dwelling Canadians younger than 35 feel it’s important to live in a neighbourhood with a vibrant local arts scene that includes live music. This comes, the organization says, as many small and medium-size live music venues across Canada are struggling due to lack of funding and revenue.

SOCAN says cities should play a critical role in maintaining local arts and music scenes and, in response to study findings, has identified several steps that cities can take to foster music in communities across the country.


Junos to Recognize Canadian Philanthropist & Music Industry Icon Gary Slaight with 2018 Humanitarian Award

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Gary SlaightThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that broadcast and music industry leader and philanthropist Gary Slaight will be honoured with the 2018 Humanitarian Award. CARAS says Slaight personifies the essence of the award through his devotion to Canadian music and emerging Canadian artists as well as his philanthropic support of health care, social service, culture, and at-risk youth at home and abroad.

Given out annually at the JUNO Awards, the Humanitarian Award celebrates and recognizes the philanthropic efforts made by Canadian artists or industry leaders who have made a positive impact on social welfare worldwide. This year’s award will be presented at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver.


RIP Marlene Palmer, Publicist for Some of Canada’s Biggest Stars

Friday, January 5th, 2018

marlene-palmer-billboard-1548Marlene Palmer, who worked with some of the biggest names of Canadian music, died of ovarian cancer at 3 a.m., Saturday, December 30th, 2017 at the Victoria Hospice in Victoria, BC, according to her husband Phillip Hurst. She was 62.

Unfailingly cheerful, a valued colleague, friend and confidant to all, Marlene was a much sought after publicist, and a tenacious advocate for her clients. She had an incisive wit, great creative instincts, and came from a PR tradition that the media was to be treated with respect.


Nielsen Canada Year-End Report: Music Consumption Up 13.6% in 2017 Thanks to On-Demand Streaming

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Nielsen 2017 reportNielsen Music has released its 2017 Canada Year-End Report for the 12-month period ending Dec. 28, 2017. The report offers in-depth analysis of the consumer trends and behaviors that shaped the year in Canadian music, with forward-looking insights into the year ahead. The report contains the Nielsen Music Year-End charts, presented by Billboard, and covers a wide range of essential industry verticals, from streaming to social media, live music and events, brand activations, artist and genre insights, television and film, format trends and much more.

Listen to Nielsen Music Canada VP Paul Shaver dig into these numbers and more on the latest episode of the CM Radio podcast at


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