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CMW 2016 Dates & International Spotlight Announced

July 2nd, 2015
Billy Talent at the 2015 Indie Awards.

Billy Talent at the 2015 Indie Awards.

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.

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Re:Sound Releases ‘Music Has Value’ Study

July 1st, 2015

Value of MusicRe:Sound has released its “Music Has Value” study asking Canadians how music impacts their business, working, and shopping experiences.

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

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Guitar Workshop Plus Seminar Lineup Revealed

June 29th, 2015

09 GWPGuitar Workshop Plus has released its schedule of seminars for its two Toronto sessions, which will take place from July 19-24 and 26-31, as well as its Vancouver session, happening Aug. 11-16. In addition to classes in rock, blues, jazz, classical, acoustic, country, and complete beginner guitar, classes are also offered in bass guitar, drums/percussion, keyboards, vocals, and songwriting.

The first Toronto session will include the “Tools for the Modern Drummer” seminar with Mike Siracusa and guest Dave Langguth. There will also be the “Stand Alone Rock Guitarist” seminar with Gary Hoey. Session two in Toronto includes the “Deep Blues” seminar with Dennis McCumber and Matt Schofield as well as the “All That Jazz” seminar with Rob Bulgar and Mike Stern.

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Big Music Fest Kicks Off With Breaking Bands

June 29th, 2015
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Big Sugar

The 20 finalists have been announced for Big Music Fest’s 2015 edition of Breaking Bands. The acts selected will perform a free show on Friday, July 10th at McLennan Park, headlined by Canadian rock icons Big Sugar.

Along with mentorship, touring opportunities, and other unique prizing, the winner of the 2015 edition of Breaking Bands will be the subject of a year-long documentary leading up to their main stage performance at Big Music Fest 2016. The filming will cover rehearsals, studio time, and live performances with a whole lot of “life in a band” thrown in!

The finished documentary will be used as a promotional tool for the band to shop to industry professionals.

For more information, visit www.bigmusicfest.com.

USS, Big Wreck & Matt Andersen Earn CIMA’s First ‘Road Gold’ Certifications

June 24th, 2015
Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has launched a new music industry certification program called Road Gold. The groups USS, Big Wreck, and Matt Andersen are the first recipients of this new Road Gold certification.

“CIMA is excited to be driving an innovative way to recognize the deep talented pool of Canada’s music community who’ve been able to grow their fan bases through successful touring,” says CIMA President Stuart Johnston. “These road warriors who are being awarded the inaugural Road Gold certification are a testament to our industry’s ability to hit the road and achieve high levels of success.”

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Music Canada & IFPI Release ‘The Mastering of a Music City’ Report

June 24th, 2015

MasteringofaMusicCitygraphicMusic Canada and global recording industry group IFPI, in conjunction with Midem,  have released a report, entitled The Mastering of a Music City, that sets out practical steps on how cities can develop their music economies.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE

The following report summary comes from Music Canada:

The Mastering of a Music City, Key Elements, Effective Strategies and Why it’s Worth Pursuing represents a roadmap that communities of all sizes can follow to realize the full potential of their music economy. Truly global in scale, the report is the result of more than forty interviews with music community experts, government officials, and community leaders in more than twenty cities on every continent.

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Canadian Music Creators & Publishers Honoured at 26th SOCAN Awards

June 24th, 2015

(L-R) Dallas Green, Randy Bachman & Mars Bonfire. [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

(L-R) Dallas Green, Randy Bachman & Mars Bonfire. [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

A who’s who of the Canadian music industry gathered on Monday night in Toronto to honour some of Canada’s most talented songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers at the 26th SOCAN Awards.

Hosted by CMT Canada’s Paul McGuire, the SOCAN Awards recognize the lifetime and more recent achievements of Canada’s music creators, honoured in a host of categories, including Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, and Film & Television.

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Sabian Launches New Education Network for Drum Teachers

June 24th, 2015
Joe Bergamini

Joe Bergamini

In an effort to build a community that will provide important tools for drum educators, cymbal maker Sabian has just announced the launch of the Sabian Education Network (SEN). Headed up by renowned educator Joe Bergamini, SEN is meant to provide an inclusive forum for drum educators worldwide to exchange ideas and share skills.

SEN is open to all educators − from the private home studio teacher with a few students to a music school or educational institution. Sabian says educators who join SEN will get access to the SEN website, which hosts the SEN forum, resource library, and online events. SEN will also host live events throughout the world, featuring a panel of educators and drummers that will engage local teachers in an open exchange of ideas surrounding educational issues.

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Taylor Swift Flexes PR Muscle, Gets Apple Music to Pay Royalties

June 22nd, 2015

Swift Apple letterPop superstar Taylor Swift flexed her considerable PR muscle by getting Apple to reverse its plans to not pay rights holders for music streamed over the soon-to-be-launched Apple Music service during a three month free trial period. As previously reported, Apple received considerable criticism in the music community for its plan not pay royalties on music streamed by users during their free trial period. Others speculated that this could alter labels’ new release schedules in an effort to avoid releasing new music during a period where they would not receive payment from one of the largest music platforms.

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The Weeknd & Ed Sheeran Big Winners at 2015 MMVAs

June 22nd, 2015
Ed Sheeran at the 2015 MMVAs.

Ed Sheeran at the 2015 MMVAs.

Always a big spectacle, last night’s 2015 edition of the Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs) packed the corner of Queen and John  streets with teenage fans eager to see stars such as The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Walk Off The Earth, and more. This year’s biggest winner, Toronto’s own alternative R&B sensation and first-time MMVA performer The Weeknd, took home four awards for Video of the Year, Best Director, Best Pop Video, and Most Buzzworthy Canadian. The broadcast’s o-host Ed Sheeran scored two MMVAs for Best International Artist and Most Buzzworthy International Artist, with local duo, and Drake collaborator, Majid Jordan picking up Best MuchFACT Video for “Forever.” Fans went wild when Drake made a surprise appearance to help present P.Reign with the award for Best Hip Hop Video for “DnF” on which the Toronto rapper is featured.

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