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Allan Slaight Juno Master Class Submissions Being Accepted Until Monday

July 23rd, 2015

2015 JUNO Awards  Arkells perform "Come to Light". Accompanied by Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.  FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, March 15, 2015. Photo: CARASiPhoto.

Arkells performing at the 2015 JUNO Awards. [Photo: CARASiPhoto.]

There are four days left to apply for the  Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, a new initiative devoted to developing the careers of musicians across Canada. JUNO Award Winners Sam Roberts, Max Kerman (of Arkells) and producer Gavin Brown are all amongst the “super jury” that will choose the three finalists that will participate in the program. Submissions are now open until Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST.

The inaugural ‘master class’ includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed with Coalition Music. The program provides hands-on mentoring with industry professionals, networking and opportunities for collaboration. “Slaight Music remains committed to assisting, promoting and developing opportunities for Canadian musicians to flourish and the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is a fabulous extension of our objectives,” says Gary Slaight, CEO /President Slaight Communications. “My father, Allan, was a true leader in championing Canadian artists beginning with Gordon Lightfoot, and I know that he is proud to have this initiative named in his honour.”

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Upcoming Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame Looking for Display Items

July 23rd, 2015
Maritime folk music legend Stan Rogers. (www.StanRogers.net)

Maritime folk music legend Stan Rogers. (www.StanRogers.net)

Music Nova Scotia has put out a content acquisitions request to source items that are significant to the music industry and its history in Atlantic Canada to be put on display at the Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame. Music Nova Scotia has struck a committee to choose the first inductees and an announcement will be made later this month. Music Nova Scotia will also be leading the efforts to source items for display in the Hall of Fame.

Music Nova Scotia is seeking individuals and organizations that may have items they wanted to share and have on display in the hall of fame. It can permit signage identifying the group, individual, or organization lending the item.

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Canadian & American Hit Songwriters Come Together at Second Merge Songwriting Camp

July 23rd, 2015

Merge CampThe second Merge Songwriting Camp took place in Toronto from July 12-18, 2015. Hosted by 1916 MGMT, Nettwerk One Music and Black Box Music, and sponsored by SOCAN, it was meant to showcase some of Canada’s “hottest” songwriters and songwriter/producers and connect them with their equally successful colleagues from the U.S.

Writers and producers attending the camp included Jordan Evans (who’s co-written songs for Drake and co-produced Jazz Cartier); Matthew Burnett (who’s co- written songs for Eminem, Drake, Nikki Minaj and Lil Wayne); Simon Wilcox (who’s co-written Nick Jonas’ hit “Jealous,” and Scott Helman’s hits “Bungalow” and “That Sweater”); and up-and-coming writers DZL and Jillea. Attending writers and producers from the U.S. included Monsters and Strangerz (who’ve co-written hits for Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna, and Maroon 5); and Sean Douglas and Ian Kirkpatrick (both of whom have separately co-written songs for Jason Derulo).

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Artists New & Old Make 2015 Polaris Prize Short List

July 16th, 2015

Tanya Tagaq winning the 2014 Polaris Prize [Photo: Dustin Rabin]

Tanya Tagaq winning the 2014 Polaris Prize [Photo: Dustin Rabin]

The 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List was announced this morning at The Carlu in Toronto.

It was also announced that singer/songwriter Fred Penner will be the host of this year’s Gala event, taking place on Sept. 21st at The Carlu. “I am honoured to be the host for this year’s prize.  I have been part of the Canadian music scene for over four decades. As I perform at festivals from coast to coast I am continually impressed with the incredible range of talent we have in this country. I particularly love that Polaris celebrates this musical diversity. The level of prestige involved with this organization is admirable and I am delighted to be associated with it,” said Penner. Fred Penner is a member of the Order of Manitoba and Order of Canada.

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Toronto Seeking Local Music For Call-Hold Music & City Hall Concerts

July 15th, 2015

[Photo by Raul Heinrich/WikiCommons]

[Photo by Raul Heinrich/WikiCommons]

The City of Toronto has launched a new initiative called Music 311, which aims to bring the music of Toronto artists to the 311 phone system. 311 is a three-digit phone number residents, visitors, and businesses can use to get information about City of Toronto services or programs, or make a request for service. People who call 311 are occasionally placed on hold. As part of the Music 311 program, callers will hear recorded music from local artists while they’re waiting to speak to a customer service operator.

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Dear Rouge Wins $10,000 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

July 9th, 2015

DearRougeVancouver-based duo Dear Rouge are the winners of the 10th annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song “I Heard I Had.” Band members Andrew and Danielle McTaggart will receive a $10,000 cash prize, along with a Martin D-16GT acoustic guitar, a Yamaha PSR-S950 keyboard, a $500 Gift Card from Long & McQuade, 20 hours of studio time with Timothy Abraham, and six hours of vocal coaching with Amanda Mabro.

“Being honoured and recognized for songwriter craftsmanship is probably the greatest respect and appreciation a musician can receive,” says Danielle McTaggart. “We’re awestruck by every one of the nine other nominated songs, each of which could have been a worthy winner. Thanks to our fans for voting and to SOCAN for organizing this great contest, and for sticking up for the rights of songwriters like us.”

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SXSW 2016 Accepting Artist Submissions

July 8th, 2015

SXSWSouth by Southwest (SXSW) is now accepting artist submissions for the 2016 edition of the festival, which will take place in Austin, TX from March 15-20. Around 2,000 acts from numerous countries, wide array of genres, and in varying stages of their career perform each year. The artist application can be found at www.sxsw.com/music/festival/apply.

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Summit at Pemberton Music Festival Returning for Second Year

July 6th, 2015

Pemberton conferenceThe Summit at Pemberton Music Festival is returning for its second year on July 15, 2015. The one-day industry conference is taking place at the Squamish Cultural Centre in Whistler, BC and is presented in partnership with Music BC’s “How-to Series.”

The focus of this years’ PechaKutcha-style discussion is “Building a Scene / Maintaining a Music City.” Representatives from markets around the world will share insights on local scenes and the successes and failures in creating a viable music city. Speakers include: Amy Terrill (Toronto), David Grice (Adelaide), Mollie Moore (Los Angeles), Casey Rae (Washington, DC), Jeff Leake (Toronto), Billy Jones (NYC), and Crispin Giles (Toronto). MC for the discussions will be Jeff Leake of Sirius XM.

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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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