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Music Executive Randy Lennox Awarded the 2017 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

January 23rd, 2017

Randy Lennox  [Photo: Bell Media]

Randy Lennox [Photo: Bell Media]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that music industry veteran executive Randy Lennox will be awarded the 2017 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for his longstanding commitment to Canadian Music.

The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recognizes industry leaders who have vastly contributed to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. Named after famed Canadian publisher and trailblazer Walt Grealis, this year’s award will be presented to Lennox at the 46th Annual JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

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Melissa Etheridge, Hollerado & More Added to CMW 2017 Lineup

January 20th, 2017

Billy Talent at the Indie Awards during CMW 2015. [Photo: Michael Raine]

Billy Talent at the Indie Awards during CMW 2015. [Photo: Michael Raine]

Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced the next wave of artists for the 2017 edition of the festival. Newly added performers include double platinum rock icon Melissa Etheridge, Toronto’s indie-rock mainstays Hollerado, along with the city’s critically acclaimed rising stars Charlotte Day Wilson, Weaves, and Greys, Montreal’s electronic-punk outfit Duchess Says, and the new psychedelic-jazz collaboration from composer/producer Toro Y Moi, Chaz Bundick Meets Mattson 2. The SiriusXM House will land at The Great Hall, packed with two nights of music including a special headlining set on Saturday with Canadian Country act High Valley.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie to Receive 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the JUNOs

January 18th, 2017

Buffy Sainte-Marie. [Photo: Matt Barnes]

Buffy Sainte-Marie. [Photo: Matt Barnes]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that iconic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, social activist, educator, philanthropist and visual artist Buffy Sainte-Marie will be the award recipient of the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, presented by Bell Media. CARAS says Sainte-Marie exemplifies the essence of humanitarianism through her dedication to protecting indigenous communities and indigenous intellectual property, which have been at the epicentre of her lifelong activism.

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The JUNO Awards Rename Award Category to Indigenous Music Album of the Year

January 12th, 2017

Performance by A Tribe Called Red at the 2014 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

Performance by A Tribe Called Red at the 2014 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that its JUNO Award category Aboriginal Album of the Year will be renamed Indigenous Music Album of the Year, in support of acknowledging all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in Canada.

“The renaming of this award to Indigenous Music Album of the Year aims to honour, respect, and acknowledge the Indigenous peoples of Canada and their long standing contributions to the Canadian music industry and their rich history in this country,” says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “At CARAS we always strive to provide equal celebration for all of Canada’s diverse musical specialities.”

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Music Monday Celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary with New Anthem by Juno Award-Winning Duo

January 11th, 2017

Sing It Together screengrabInspired by Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Coalition for Music Education will commemorate Canada’s musical heritage with a new Music Monday anthem that celebrates the unifying power of music. Commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education, the new anthem is co-written by award-winning songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. Entitled “Sing It Together,” the new anthem unveiled today is available in various languages and arrangements to be used in this year’s Music Monday celebration.  Music Monday takes place Monday, May 1, 2017 in cities across the country, anchored by a showcase event in Ottawa, ON.

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Bruce Cockburn to be Honoured with Inaugural People’s Voice Award by Folk Alliance International

January 11th, 2017

Bruce CockburnAs part of a permanent commitment to honouring the socially-conscious roots of folk music, Folk Alliance International (FAI) will launch two new awards during the 2017 International Folk Music Awards show.

The People’s Voice Award will be presented annually to an individual who has “unabashedly embraced and committed to social and political commentary in their creative work and folk music career.” The first ever recipient of the People’s Voice Award will be iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn.

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Ontario Arts Council Launches New Online Grant Application System & New Website

January 11th, 2017

OAC websiteThe Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has launched a new website to support Nova, OAC’s new online grant application and management system, which is now live. The new website and Nova are designed to make it easier for applicants to search for granting programs that best suit a proposed arts activity.

With the launch of the website and the successful completion of Nova pilot testing, all OAC grant applications will now be submitted online. The OAC’s plan is for the new application process will be easier for OAC’s approximately 12,000 applicants each year, and more cost-effective for both applicants and OAC.

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Nielsen Music Year-End Report: Music Consumption Up 5%; On-Demand Streaming Up 203% in Canada

January 6th, 2017
Drake's album "Views" was the most consumed album in Canada by far in 2016

Drake’s album “Views” was the most consumed album in Canada by far in 2016

Data and research company Nielsen Music has released its 2016 Canada Year-End Report for the 12-month period ending Dec. 29, 2016. The report provides comprehensive coverage of the year in music from the Nielsen Music Year-End charts, presented by Billboard, to insights on the most important industry trends from sales and streaming to social media and overall consumer engagement across today’s most popular platforms.

The Nielsen Music Canada Year-End Report confirms that the music industry experienced steady and consistent growth in 2016, with total audio consumption up 5.3% over 2015, fueled by a 203% increase in on-demand audio streams compared to last year. The industry did experience decreases in digital album and digital track sales, but the growth in streaming led the total digital music consumption to be up over 4% this year. In 2016, catalogue album sales surpassed current sales for the first time in the Nielsen Music-era. 2016 also marked the highest vinyl sales total to date with a 29% increase over 2015.

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Music Heals Partners with Hard Rock Casino Vancouver to Fund Music Therapy in BC

January 4th, 2017
Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot/Wikimedia Commons]

Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot/Wikimedia Commons]

Music Heals has announced the support of Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in a new initiative that will increase access to music therapy for seniors living in the Tri-Cities area. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver has committed to donating $6,000 to Music Heals, which will add hundreds hours of music therapy programming at a facility in Coquitlam, BC throughout 2017.

“We are absolutely thrilled and couldn’t be happier with this partnership,” says Johnny DeFazio, Vibe Manager, Operations for Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. “It’s a great mix between Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and Music Heals. We hope this partnership succeeds by bringing life and music into the hearts and ears of music lovers of all ages within our Tri-Cities community.”

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Indie Band-Focused Vinyl Pressing Plant, Canada Boy Vinyl, Suspends Operations

January 4th, 2017

cbvThe following is from FYI Music News:

After opening its doors in September 2015 with the promise of offering fast, affordable delivery of vinyl albums it appears that Canada Boy Vinyl is no more.

At launch, COO Dean Reid (who carries the title Commanding Officer) said he won over investors by focusing on Indie bands looking for short production runs, but something has gone amiss with the factory. In a Reddit post, Reid is quoted as stating “I wish to inform you that CBV has suspended operations effective Monday December 12/2016 with an anticipated start date of January 2017.

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