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Steve’s Music Montreal Being Forced to Move

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

steve's musicSteve’s Music’s flagship Montreal location, one of the best known musical instrument stores in Canada, is being forced to move from its St. Antoine Street location. Later this summer it will be moving to a new address on St. Catherine Street East.

“We’re moving because we’re forced to, not because we want to,” store manager Sheldon Sazant told the Montreal Gazette newspaper.

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SOCAN Awards Shine Bright Lights on Canada’s Music Creators & Publishers

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Left to Right: Ruth B, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance & Carly Rae Jepsen.

Left to Right: Ruth B, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance & Carly Rae Jepsen.

Songwriters, composers and music publishers behind some of the biggest songs in the world gathered in Toronto Monday night for the 2017 SOCAN Awards. The gala ceremony honoured Canada’s music creators and publishers across a wide variety of genres, including pop, rock, film and television, urban, dance, folk/roots, jazz, country, classical, and more.

This year, the legendary Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance were honoured, as one of the greatest songwriting teams in music, with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 35 years of songwriting success and excellence.  The SOCAN Cultural Impact Award was presented to Andy Kim for the 1969 hit “Sugar, Sugar,” and world-renowned singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith charmed the audience with his rendition of the classic song.

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NXNE Future Land Conference Returns June 21st

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

NXNE has announced the return of Future Land, a one-day conference presenting a platform for industry experts and artists to discuss all elements of the music, digital, gaming and interactive worlds. Featuring SXSW Co-founder Louis Black, Dreyuh Safo (Rap Season), Jasmyn Burke (Weaves), Raina Douris (CBC Radio 2) and more, this year’s contributing speakers comprise a variety of roles and influence across the industry landscape. Future Land also welcomes Intersessions, a production panel and workshop with Kat Duma, Harrison and Shifra Rifka hosted by Chippy Nonstop. This year’s event will take place at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) on Wednesday, June 21. For more information visit: http://nxne.com/future.html

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Indie Music Industry Honoured at the CIMA Awards

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Polaris Prize Founder Steve Jordan receiving the Unsung Hero Award [Photo: David Leyes]

Polaris Prize Founder Steve Jordan receiving the Unsung Hero Award [Photo: David Leyes]

On, Monday, June 12 the Canadian independent music industry came together at Toronto’s Glass Factory to celebrate this year’s award recipients at the third annual CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala. CBC media personality Grant Lawrence hosted the festivities that honoured Canadian industry professionals for their contributions to independent music. Announced at the CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala, Arts & Crafts was presented with the Marketing Award for their outstanding work on Gord Downie’s Secret Path.

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2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists Announced

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
2015 SOCAN Songwriting Prize winner Dear Rouge with SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

2015 SOCAN Songwriting Prize winner Dear Rouge with SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN today announced the finalists for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, the prestigious competition that celebrates the talent of emerging Canadian songwriters over the past year. The selection of 10 English and 10 French songs showcases artists from diverse genres. Once again, music fans will determine the winner, and for the first time in the 12-year history of the prize, fans will have the opportunity to vote for a single nominee – Charlotte Cardin – in both English and French categories beginning on June 15th.

The 10 English songs nominated this year:

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SOCAN Releases Final 2016 Financial Results, Sets New Records

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

socan report imageSOCAN has announced final financial results for its fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2016, reporting that it has achieved new highs on almost every front, collecting $330 million in total domestic and international royalties from the performances of the music of its nearly 150,000 songwriter, composer, and music publisher members.

More than $289 million in combined domestic and international royalties were distributed to SOCAN members, an increase of five per cent over 2015. Royalties from outside of Canada identified and collected increased to $67-million, a 31 per cent three-year growth rate. Internet music streaming revenues jumped 118 per cent over the previous year, bringing in a total of $33.8-million for music created or published by SOCAN members.

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2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List Revealed

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Kaytranada accepting the 2016 Polaris Music Prize [Photo by Danny Williams]

Kaytranada accepting the 2016 Polaris Music Prize [Photo by Danny Williams]

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, unveiled the 40 albums on this year’s Long List earlier yesterday at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa with the support of Lixar.

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation

Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs

Anciients – Voice of the Void

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RCM Announces Formation of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Untitled-3A major initiative by The Royal Conservatory of Music, which celebrates the cultural diversity and pluralism of Canada as it turns 150, is the formation of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra. This project, conceived by Mervon Mehta, executive director of performing arts, is led by Artistic Director David Buchbinder, the Juno Award-winning trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and cultural inventor. More than 100 Canadians hailing from 47 countries applied to be in the orchestra, out of which 12 members have been chosen after three rounds of auditions.

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Toronto Expands Support for Its music Community with City Hall Live

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Naiman-226x300@2xThe following is from Corey Poole at Music Canada:

Music Canada, in partnership with TD Bank Group, is proud to return as sponsor of City Hall Live, formerly known as Live From City Hall.

The program will expand this year to include new collaborations with local venues, events, presenters and musicians. This past weekend, City Hall Live presented eight artists performing at 159 Manning Ave as part of Doors Open Toronto. Today, City Hall Live is presenting performances by Toronto artists Ammoye and Charmie as part of the pre-Lulaworld 2017 festivities at Lulu Lounge following a 6:30pm panel discussion on diversity and live music in the media. More collaborations will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Kaytranada Replaces Tyler, The Creator as NXNE Headliner

Monday, May 29th, 2017

NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

North By Northeast (NXNE) has announced that Canadian DJ, producer, Prism Prize and Polaris Prize-winner Kaytranada will perform at the Portlands site on Saturday, June 24. He will join previously announced acts Passion Pit, Post Malone, Bleachers, Tinie Tempah and more for the all ages weekend long event. Organizers say attendees can look forward to a unique and immersive festival experience filled with rides, games and special prizing opportunities.

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