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Music Canada Applauds Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in CBC v. SODRAC

November 27th, 2015

Supreme_Court_of_CanadaMusic Canada has released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in CBC vs. SODRAC. SODRAC is The Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada. The Supreme Court confirmed that broadcast incidental copies of musical works for television and Internet are indeed reproductions protected by the Copyright Act that have a specific value, contrary to what CBC was claiming. The Supreme Court also unequivocally recognized the right for SODRAC to issue synchronization licenses and to reserve the rights for the subsequent reproductions. The court even stated that SODRAC was fully justified to do so, in order to improve its members’ royalties.

Music Canada welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today in the CBC v. SODRAC case which reaffirms that a copy of a recording has value for which creators must be fairly compensated.

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Music NB Releases Economic Impact Assessment of New Brunswick’s Music Industry

November 26th, 2015

NB reportMusic NB has released an economic impact study of the New Brunswick music industry, including a sector profile and strategic recommendations for the industry going forward. The study, completed by Nordicity, builds upon a 2004 report and provides up to date information on the industry which has experienced significant changes over the last decade.

The study highlights the economic aspect of New Brunswick’s music industry which accounts for $65.2 million in GDP and contributes $19.6 million in tax revenues to all levels of government. The province’s music industry has also experienced an estimated 284 percent increase in revenues over the last decade, increasing from $19.9 million in 2003 to $76.5 million in 2013.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2016 Schedule With New Nashville Session

November 25th, 2015

GWP 2015 aGuitar Workshop Plus has announced its 2016 schedule including an additional location in Nashville, TN. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

San Diego, CA Session – June 19 – 24, 2016

Nashville, TN Session – July 31 – Aug. 5, 2016

Toronto, ON (Session 1) – Aug. 7 – 12, 2016

Toronto,ON  (Session 2) – Aug. 14 – 19, 2016

Vancouver, BC Session – Aug. 14 – 19, 2016

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Leeroy Stagger Wins 2015 Alberta PEAK Performance Project

November 25th, 2015
Leeroy Stagger

Leeroy Stagger

Lethbridge’s Leeroy Stagger has been named the winner of the 2015 Alberta PEAK Performance Project, which earns him a prize of $100,953. The top three were finalists were:

First Place ($100,953): Leeroy Stagger
Second Place ($75,000):The Royal Foundry
Third Place ($50,000): TRANSIT 

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Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy & Greg Keelor Appointed Officers of the Order of Canada

November 25th, 2015
Jim Cuddy with the Right Honourable David Johnston, Govenor General of Canada.

Jim Cuddy with the Right Honourable David Johnston, Govenor General of Canada.

Last week, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor were appointed Officers of the Order of Canada.  The ceremony took place at Rideau Hall, the governor general’s residence in Ottawa, and they received this honour alongside astronaut Chris Hadfield, former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, and others.

The Officer of the Order of Canada is one of the country’s top honours recognizing national service or achievement.

“It’s an incredible honour, and as I read over the accomplishments of everybody else who was invested today, Greg and I are like, ‘What are we doing here?'” said Cuddy to CBC News from Rideau Hall. “It’s just an overwhelming experience.”

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Bed of Stars Wins 2015 BC PEAK Performance Project

November 20th, 2015

Bed of StarsLast night, 102.7 The PEAK and the Music BC Industry Association announced the winners of the 2015 BC PEAK Performance Project live at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. This marks the final year of the seven-year program that has invested over $5 million into the British Columbia music community.

This year’s winner and prizing are as follows:

1st place $102, 000 – Bed of Stars
2nd place $75, 000 – JP Maurice 
3rd place   $50,000 – Van Damsel

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Toronto Approves Music-Friendly Park Permit Category

November 19th, 2015

Music parkOn Nov. 3rd, 2015, Toronto City Council adopted recommendations to support the Arts in the Parks pilot program by creating a “Music in Parks” permit category that will specifically authorize musicians to play live performances in parks around the city.

The Arts in the Parks initiative, created in partnership with the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation, will bring music and other arts programming to parks and neighbourhoods outside the downtown core. These events will be open to the public and are meant to increase the vibrancy of the communities in which they take place, and help support the artists themselves.

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Regina to Host WCMAs & BreakOut West 2016

November 17th, 2015

Weird Party at The Copper Owl during Breakout West 2015 [Photo by  Jamie von Sacken]

Weird Party at The Copper Owl during BreakOut West 2015 [Photo by Jamie von Sacken]

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced that Regina, SK has been named host city for the 14th annual BreakOut West, taking place Oct. 13-16, 2016. SaskMusic, Creative Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, City of Regina, and Regina Hotel Association have all taken part in bringing the annual festival, conference and Western Canadian Music awards back to Regina, which last hosted the event in 2012. The first Western Canadian Music Awards was also hosted in Regina in 2003.

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GoFundMe Page Created for Beloved Merchandise Manager Killed in Paris

November 17th, 2015

Nick AlexanderA GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for the family of Nick Alexander, the British citizen killed in the terrorist attacks at Paris’ Bataclan while working as the merchandise manager for Eagles of Death Metal. Alexander was well known in the industry, having worked for Sum 41, Panic! At the Disco, The Black Keys, and many other bands. He was 36 years old.

The GoFundMe page can be found here:

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Music Heals’ Strike A Chord Gala Raises $100K for Music Therapy

November 17th, 2015

Strike a Chord 2015Music Heals has announced that the second annual Strike A Chord gala raised $100,000 for BC music therapy programs. The sold out Oct. 22nd event at Imperial in Vancouver brought together business, community, and music industry leaders with a shared appreciation for the power of music.

The evening featured entertainment from Dan Mangan, who performed with the 60-person Coastal Sound Youth Choir; The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, who were joined on stage by blues legend Jim Byrnes; Grammy-winner Chin Injeti backed up by The Lifetimes; soul sensation Tonye Aganaba; “violinistextremist” Kytami; drum-machinist and Sound Battle Royale champion, Fresh Kills; Beatbox Champion & Canada’s Got Talent finalist Scott Jackson; and surprise special guest, Maestro Fresh Wes.

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