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New Study Provides First Ever Global Overview of Chart Reporting

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

WIN report coverWorldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation that represents the interests of the global independent music community, has unveiled a comprehensive new study, which provides the first ever global overview of chart reporting.

Authored by Henriette Heimdal, this new report, which is entitled WIN Global Chart Report 2017, uses data provided by WINTEL and the IFPI’s RIN, (including value of market, population of a country, internet penetration and indie/major market share split), alongside information provided by independent music trade associations from 28 different countries around the world, including markets such as Canada, China, Brazil, South Africa, and the U.S.

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CCMA: Last Year’s Country Music Week Brought $8.4M in Economic Activity to Ontario

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced today that Country Music Week 2016, which was hosted in London, ON for the first time, delivered $8.4 million in economic activity to the Province of Ontario.

An economic impact assessment of the event, administered by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, shows that 18,500 music fans and industry professionals took in one or more of the Country Music Week marquee events between Sept. 8-11, 2016. More than 4,900 people from outside of London traveled to the city to take in Canada’s largest annual combination of industry conference and music festival dedicated to country music.

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Nominees & Performers Announced for CMW’s 2017 Indies Awards

Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Walk Off The Earth at the 2015 Indies

Canadian Music Week has announced the nominees for the the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards  (Indies) presented by Jim Beam with Indie88. Wintersleep, The Strumbellas, July Talk, Kaytranada, Charlotte Day Wilson, Tanya Tagaq, Jazz Cartier, and A Tribe Called Red are among the nominated artists being honoured across 14 categories on April 19th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto. The full list of nominees is below.

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Metalworks Institute Introduces Four New Programs for Next School Year

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Metalworks_Institute's_Recording_Studios_for_Student_UseMississauga, ON’s Metalworks Institute entertainment arts college will offer four new programs beginning in September 2017.

Metalworks Institute has introduced three new undergraduate programs: Event Planning & Management, Live Sound, and Stage Lighting & Video. Another addition is the college’s first post-graduate program – Music Mixing & Mastering.

“We’re most excited about launching the Music Mixing & Mastering Program because it’s the first of its kind,” says Craig Titus, Metalworks’ Director of Academics. “We’re the only school to offer this type of specialization and it represents another significant way that we can pass on the knowledge and experience from the studio’s success to the next generation of audio engineers.”

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Sun Life Financial Expands its Musical Instrument Lending Library Program

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Sun Financial Lending LibraryIn honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Sun Life Financial has announced the expansion of the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library program. This initiative will be available in more cities across Canada, giving anyone with a valid library card the opportunity to borrow a variety of musical instruments from a local public library free of charge. The announcement was made on Monday at the Vancouver Public Library.

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Toronto’s MademeX Wins IMSTA FESTA International Song Competition

Friday, March 10th, 2017

IMSTA-MadameX-BlackWhiteThe International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) today announced that Toronto-based songwriter, producer, and vocalist Christina Gina (MademeX) has been crowned the winner of the 2016 IMSTA FESTA International Song Competition. A wild card entry at IMSTA FESTA Toronto, MademeX won the regional competition and ultimately earned the grand prize — a free trip to a songwriting camp hosted by Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece — and “Song of the Year” honors for her song “Q.U.E.E.N.”

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Hamilton, Ont. to Host Next Year’s Country Music Week

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Gord Bamford performing at the 2015 CCMAs. [Photo: Grant Martin Photography]

Gord Bamford performing at the 2015 CCMAs. [Photo: Grant Martin Photography]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced that Hamilton, ON has been selected as host city of Country Music Week 2018. Scheduled for Sept. 6-9, 2018, this four-day annual event – part music festival and part industry conference – will culminate with the Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMAs), broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 9. 

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Bryan Adams & Russell Peters Named 2017 JUNO Awards Co-Hosts

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Bryan AdamsCTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that iconic Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and star comedian Russell Peters are set to co-hosts of CTV’s broadcast of The 2017 JUNO Awards. Adams and Peters take the reins as previously announced host Michael Bublé steps down to focus on his family.

Adams and Peters play host to an impressive list of performers, including A Tribe Called Red, Alessia Cara, Arkells, Ruth B, Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas. The 2017 JUNOs will air live in 4K from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on CTV and CTV GO on Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m. ET. Additional performer and presenter announcements for will be released in the coming weeks.

“I’m honoured to be co-hosting this year’s JUNO Awards alongside Russell Peters. We have an incredible music community in Canada and this is the night we celebrate its success,” says Adams.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2017 Program & Artist Line-up

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

GWP 2015 aOntario-based Guitar Workshop Plus has announced the 2017 program and artist line-up for this year. This summer music program, which includes a Toronto-area session, provide a unique and intensive experience in music education and has scholarships available. Four sessions have been announced for the 2017 as follows:

San Diego, CA Session: June 18 – 23, 2017

Toronto, ON Session: July 23 – 28, 2017

Nashville, TN Session: July 30 – Aug 4, 2017

Seattle, WA Session: August 13 – 18, 2017

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Music Canada Live Convenes Advisory Council to Examine Challenges to Toronto Venues

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

[Photo credit: Raul Heinrich/Wikimedia Commons]

[Photo credit: Raul Heinrich/Wikimedia Commons]

The following announcement come Music Canada Live

In light of growing concern around the health, sustainability, and future of Toronto’s live music venues, Music Canada Live is convening a  Regional Advisory Council (RAC) to examine challenges facing Toronto’s venue community.  Live music venues not only represent a critical aspect of Toronto’s cultural and economic small business ecology, but are key stakeholders in ensuring Toronto continues to grow its reputation as one of the most engaging and creative cities in the world.

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