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Music Canada Launches Study of the Ontario Live Music Industry

October 17th, 2014

music-canadaMusic Canada has announced the launch of a province-wide study of the live music industry entitled Measuring Live Music.

This economic impact study will provide never-before-calculated data and information about the live music industry in Ontario that will:

– Identify strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats facing the live music community;

– Provide the live music community with a critical tool that will assist individual and cooperative efforts to grow the industry;

– Inform future government policy decisions and initiatives; and,

– Provide benchmarks for future measurement and tracking.

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Government of Canada Responds to the Review of the Canadian Music Industry

October 16th, 2014

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has provided a fairly detailed summary of Heritage and Languages Minister Shelly Glover’s response to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s Review of the Canadian Music Industry report.  From CIMA:

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage wrapped up its Review of the Canadian Music Industryback in May, and issued its Report in June 2014. Now, the Government of Canada has issued its responseby presenting it to the House on Friday, October 10.

In case you need a quick refresher, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage moved to undertake a study of Canada’s music industry in December 2013 through Standing Order 108(2). Originally intended to hear from a variety of industry stakeholders over the course of no more than 7 meetings, it was quickly expanded to 12 meetings, allowing a wide swath of music industry players and stakeholders to provide testimony.

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Coalition for Music Education to Host “Casa Musica” Fundraiser

October 10th, 2014

CFMECoalition for Music Education is hosting its first gala fundraising event, “Casa Musica – an evening of music and meaning,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. at Toronto’s famed Casa Loma. Coalition for Music Education is best known for its annual Music Monday, the nation-wide sing-a-long that brings together hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music aficionados from coast to coast and which celebrated a milestone 10th anniversary earlier this year. Casa Musica the organization’s inaugural fundraising gala will be hosted by the charismatic Juno-winning jazz vocalist Kellylee Evans, with special guest speaker and musician Colonel Chris Hadfield. Funds raised from the evening will support Youth for Music, a new program of the Coalition for Music Education.

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International Songwriting Competition Extends Submission Deadline to Nov. 4

October 6th, 2014

ISCThe International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended its deadline for entering songs to Nov. 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.

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Music Monday Launches National Songwriting Competition

October 3rd, 2014

Music MondayThe Music Monday Anthem Search, a national songwriting competition created to inspire and engage music makers of all backgrounds, is now accepting submissions. The first of its kind, the competition is inviting aspiring songwriters from across the country to enter original compositions for the chance to be chosen as the next Music Monday Anthem. The composer of the winning submission will win $10,000 worth of musical equipment generously provided by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

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Cowboy Junkies to be Inducted into Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

October 2nd, 2014

cowboy junkiesCanadian Music Week has announced Cowboy Junkies as the 2015 inductees to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. One of Canada’s iconic alternative country/blues/folk rock bands, Cowboy Junkies have been producing their signature brand of roots music for more than three decades, simultaneously playing a seminal role in building the foundation of Canada’s independent music sector. On Thursday, May 7, 2015, their successes will be celebrated among their colleagues, collaborators, and the industry at large at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala taking place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

“It’s rare when a band comes onto the scene and takes the whole industry by storm,” says Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “But Cowboy Junkies did just that. At a time when music was dominated by rock and pop, they transformed the landscape as we knew it – they defied genre and in the process created a new one. They broke down barriers, opening new doors for Canadian artists and in doing so, introduced the world to a fresh new Canadian sound. For that – for their ingenuity and their inspiration, we are proud to honour them with an induction to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.”

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Tanya Tagaq’s “Animisim” Wins 2014 Polaris Music Prize

September 23rd, 2014

AnimismAnimism by Tanya Tagaq was voted as the winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize last night at The Carlu in Toronto. The winner was decided and announced during the ninth annual gala event. Tanya Tagaq was awarded a cash prize of $30,000. The winner was announced by the gala host, actor Jay Baruchel.

“We’ve been doing it our own way without backing down artistically or conforming, so to be recognized in this way and have so many people latch on makes me feel the world is tolerable. There’s so much hurt in the world and within indigenous cultures with colonialism,” said Tanya Tagaq. “Canada is in a desperate need for repair and I think a lot of people are tired of living this way and just to have people understand where we’re coming from makes me have hope that we can move forward and expose the true history of Canada.”

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Polaris Music Prize Gala Being Streamed Tonight

September 22nd, 2014

bannerTonight, the winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize will be announced.  The gala is at The Carlu in Toronto and will be hosted by actor Jay Baruchel.  The event will be webcast live at 8 p.m. ET on via YouTube (go to the live stream HERE) and audio broadcast live on SiriusXM’s Iceberg (Sirius 161) and The Verge (XM 173).  Performers include Short List nominees Basia Bulat, Jessy Lanza, Mac DeMarco, Owen Pallett, Shad, and Tanya Tagaq. Members of Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre, and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN will be also in attendance for the ninth annual gala. The gala webcast and radio broadcasts start with their pre-shows at 7 p.m. ET.

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MusicOntario Announces Fall Season Panels & Workshops

September 19th, 2014

music ontarioMusicOntario has announced a series of panels and workshops for this fall in Toronto, Guelph, Kingston, and Mississauga.

Royalties, Rights & Revenues: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!
September 23, 2014, 12-1pm
Silver Flex Studio, Artscape Youngplace – 180 Shaw St.

For most musicians, the complex world of music rights, royalty rates, copyright laws and the roles of the various collective bodies is tricky to make sense of and apply to one’s own situation. In this session, we will discuss how various organizations work to collect money owed to artists, as well Tariff 8 – a current hot-button issue affecting all Canadian music creators.

Richard Pfohl (Music Canada)
Julia Train (MROC)
Melanie Hubbard (Re:Sound)

Members: $5
Non-members: $10
*Lunch included

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Canadian Unsigned Only Competition Winners

September 19th, 2014

UO logoThe winners of the 2014 Unsigned Only global competition have been announced and Canadian artists have fared very well. Unsigned Only is a music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to “find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or polished – the ‘gem’ that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.”

The Canadian winners include:

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