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Violinist Dennis Kim Appointed to The Royal Conservatory of Music

October 21st, 2016

Dennis_KimThe Royal Conservatory of Music announced the appointment of acclaimed violinist and educator Dennis Kim to the faculty of The Glenn Gould School and The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, The Conservatory’s internationally recognized training programs for professional musicians. Kim is the concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and a Royal Conservatory alumnus.

“Being appointed to the faculty of The Glenn Gould School and The Taylor Academy is a huge honour and a huge responsibility,” says Kim. “The Royal Conservatory is renowned internationally and it’s also where I first learned to play the violin—coming home is a dream come true!”

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Music Canada Provides Year in Review at 2016 AGM

October 21st, 2016

Music CanadaMusic Canada’s Corey Poole has provided the this wrap up of the organization’s Year in Review from its recent 2016 AGM:

At Music Canada’s 2016 AGM, our Executive Vice President, Amy Terrill, provided an update on what was a busy year for the organization. Music Cities are a red-hot topic worldwide. Municipalities and regions continue to look to the power of music to grow their economies, attract tourists and skilled workers, and increase quality of life.

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SOCAN, Re:Sound & Core Rights Partner on New Online Music Licensing Marketplace

October 19th, 2016
SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN has announced that it partnered with tech start-up Core Rights and Re:Sound to build a Canadian, country-wide digital marketplace for licensing music rights.

According to the press release from SOCAN, Core Rights is creating an integrated direct licensing electronic marketplace where businesses that play music; companies that supply music; and songwriters, composers and publishers that create, and hold the rights to, music converge to create the greatest value for all.

This intelligent, blockchain-enabled solution is designed to be simple to use, and a highly efficient one-stop shop for businesses using music in a general way, such as restaurants, hairdressers, dentists’ offices, retail stores, and so on.

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National Music Centre Announces Line-Up for Artist in Residence program for Fall/Winter 2016 Season

October 14th, 2016

StudioBell_Night-Aerial-1600pxThe National Music Centre (NMC) has announced the first five acts that have been selected to participate in NMC’s Artist in Residence program for the fall/winter 2016 pilot season.

Selected artists include: Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire (Singer-Songwriter, Edmonton); Jeremy Dutcher (Classical, Toronto); Joshua Van Tassel and James Bunton (Electronic, Halifax/Toronto); Quinsin Nachoff (Jazz, Brooklyn/Toronto); and Rococode (Indie/Electro-Pop, Vancouver).

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BreakOut West Announces the First Wave of Western Canadian Music Award Winners

October 14th, 2016

The Weird Party at BreakOut West  [Photo: Jamie von Sacken]

The Weird Party at BreakOut West [Photo: Jamie von Sacken]

Last night, BreakOut West kicked off a weekend of music in Regina with the Western Canadian Music Awards Show at Casino Regina, celebrating the best in western Canadian talent. A star-studded event honoured the winners for several of the Western Canadian Music Award categories as well as Hall of Fame Inductee Colin James. Performances by Colin James, host Brett Kissel, David Morin, Diyet, Justin Lacroix, Lexi Strate, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Rosie & The Riveters, and William Prince were enjoyed by a full house.

Throughout Friday and Saturday night (Oct. 14 and 15) at various showcases, the genre-based artistic award winners will also be announced, including rock, pop, country, roots solo, roots duo, electronic, jazz, spiritual, world, instrumental, metal, and blues artists of the year. The Industry Award winners will also be announced during a brunch on Saturday, October 15. A full list of all award winners will be released on Sunday, October 16.

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Indie Week Canada Announces Lineup & Events for November

October 13th, 2016

Indie Week TOMore than 200 artists set to take to stages across Toronto for Indie Week Canada 2016, which will be held at 20 venues throughout Toronto from Nov. 15-20.  Sponsors Jack Daniel’s, Mill Street Brewery, and Slaight Music present the Indie Week Canada festival, which celebrates emerging artists from around the world. This year, a curated line-up of new talent from across the globe, as well as headliners like Finger Eleven (Thurs., Nov. 17 at The Mod Club).

“I saw Finger Eleven perform in Ottawa and knew we had to have them in the festival. Their show is high energy and I couldn’t be happier that they are part of Indie Week 2016,” says Darryl Hurs, Indie Week Founder.

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Jann Arden to be Inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

October 12th, 2016

jann-homepage2Canadian Music Week has announced that Jann Arden is the 2017 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. Arden will be honoured for her achievements and longstanding career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

“Jann Arden is an award-winning musician, best-selling author, TV host and one of Canada’s best-loved celebrities. With 13 albums to her credit, she is known for her artistic integrity, wit and humour as much as she is for her music. We are proud to have this award winning artist join the Hall of Fame alumni at Canadian Music Week,” says CMW President Neill Dixon.

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iHeartRadio Launches in Canada

October 6th, 2016

iHeart Radio CanadaBell Media has announced that North America’s fastest growing digital audio service iHeartRadio is now available in Canada during a preview period, before its official launch on Monday, Oct. 10. Featuring streaming channels and music events, the digital radio service is free to Canadians via iOS and Android apps, and at With instant access to hundreds of stations, including popular stations like Virgin Radio, TSN Radio, Newstalk stations, and more, the iHeartRadio Canada digital service showcases music, news/talk, comedy, and sports content from Bell Media, Canada’s largest radio broadcaster with 105 licensed English and French radio stations, plus more than 100 additional curated streaming music channels, with more announcements to come.

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Arthur Fogel Announced as 2017 Inductee to Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

September 28th, 2016

Arthur FogelCanadian Music Wee (CMW) has announced the legendary tour promoter Arthur Fogel will be a 2017 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.

Fogel is known as The Man behind some the biggest rockstars – producing some of the most successful tours in history. As part of Live Nation, the largest concert promotion company in the world, he reunited The Police, saved Lady Gaga from bankruptcy, and has managed four of the top five highest-grossing tours in history.

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Music Industry Taking Legal Action Against YouTube-ripping Website

September 27th, 2016

youtube-mp3.orgThe BBC has reported that the three major labels – Universal, Sony, and Warner — along with other labels have launched a legal in an Los Angeles federal court against the Germany-based operator of The website being sued allows users to enter a URL from a YouTube video and receive back an MP3 of the video’s audio that can be downloaded for free.

The labels are seeking $150,000 for every alleged instance of piracy. In the legal papers, the labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds, of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month” and that has more than 60 million users each month.

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