Roland has announced it will hold a worldwide live and online live streaming event on Sept. 9, 2016 called “The Future. Redefined.” It is 24-hour online event streaming live from eight famous cities across the world. A mix of music festival and product launch, this one-off event will introduce and demo 30+ brand-new Roland instruments, including synthesizers, electronic pianos, V-Drums, DJ rigs, guitar accessories from the BOSS brand, and more. Plus, there will also be performances and lectures from well known artists. A teaser video is currently available at tfr.roland.com/ca.
The Canadian Music Café, presented by the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), has announced its lineup of artists who will take the stage in its eighth annual showcase. The Café will take place Sept. 12-13 at the Gladstone Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Guests of the Café will see sets from music festival favourite Young Empires, French-Canadian pop auteur Charlotte Cardin, folk songbird Rose Cousins, and Juno-nominated Hannah Georgas, among others.
Canada’s Walk of Fame has announced that JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Brett Kissel is will be the recipient of the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour. Recognizing young, inspirational Canadian music artists who have achieved international success, Kissel will be presented with this honour during Canada’s Walk of Fame Celebration Events on Oct. 6, 2016 at Toronto’s Allstream Centre.
“At only 26, Brett has solidified his place in country music,” says Melanie Hurley, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “His strong work ethic, enthusiasm and determination is unparalleled and we are proud to recognize him with this honour.”
On Saturday night, millions in Canada and around the world gathered around screens and radios and at hundreds of public viewing events worldwide to celebrate Canada’s unofficial poet laureates, The Tragically Hip, as they brought down the house in an emotional and historic performance. According to Numeris*, the live, commercial-free broadcast of The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration reached 11.7 million (2+) Canadians across all CBC television, radio, and digital platforms as Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay played the final date of their Man Machine Poem tour at Kingston’s K-Rock Centre. The concert special was also streamed 900,000 times in Canada and around the world. The nearly three-hour Saturday evening broadcast attracted an average minute audience of 4.04 million.
From Sept. 24 to Oct. 28, 2016, the Red Bull Music Academy will touch down in Montreal for a deep and distinguished exploration of Canadian and international music culture, featuring events, club nights, performances, public lectures, and a special VR exhibition.
Since 1998, the world-travelling Red Bull Music Academy has been celebrating and documenting music history, while also creating a network of events, lectures, editorial content, and radio programming. Taking root in cities like Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Paris, São Paulo and Cape Town, the Academy says it has been nurturing local music scenes for almost 20 years.
Chosen by a selection committee of music industry experts, Canada’s Walk of Fame announced that Ayaz Virani of North York, ON is the Grand Prize winner of its Emerging Artists Music Mentorship Program , supported by RBC as part of Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists Programs and Scholarships. The program, valued at more than $100,000, provides musicians with the opportunity to grow and develop their skills and industry connections, and take their budding music careers to the next level.
Seven finalists were selected from more than 350 hopefuls from coast-to-coast who submitted applications that ranged across all genres of music.
The prize also announced the Grand Jury. Among the 11 jurists is Canadian Musician Editor Andrew King. The following 11 jurists will convene on the night of the gala to decide the winner: Adrien Begrand (freelance), Lisa Christiansen (CBC Radio One – Vancouver), Del Cowie (CBC Music), Howard Druckman (SOCAN Words and Music), Lana Gay (Indie 88), Carla Gillis (NOW Magazine), Andrew King (Canadian Musician), Lisa Lagace (Turn The Record Over), Trevor Risk (Ion Magazine), Joni Sadler (CKUT) and Fateema Sayani (Ottawa Magazine).
A West Coast Scratch Battle will be hosted by LCU Nightlife with DJs Stimulant J & Floetic and Rashad Rawkus & JTraxx.
Since the reboot of the Canadian DMC Branch in 2011, Amir Prince has continued to provide a platform for Canadian DJs to display their turntable talents and represent Canada at the DMC World DJ Competition. New for 2016, DMC Canada is launching the first ever Online DMC Regional, which will allow DJs outside of live markets to participate and advance to the national finals on Sept. 3rd in Toronto.
CMRRA has announced that it has finalized a licensing agreement with YouTube for Canada. This marks the first major agreement for reproduction rights between YouTube and CMRRA in the Canadian territory. The CMRRA calls this a “major step forward for Canada and completely changes the landscape for rights administration in this country.”
CMRRA is licensing the copies of audiovisual content made by YouTube in the course of delivering that content to users. This activity is similar to CMRRA’s Broadcast Mechanical licensing: each time audiovisual content is reproduced by YouTube or their users, so too is the music contained in that content. This type of licensing is an opportunity for an entirely new revenue stream for clients of CMRRA, says the organization.
The 2016 edition of Saskatchewan’s Stickman Drum Experience camp completed season five with a world-class line up of drum instructors including Carter McLean, Jason Sutter, Mark Kelso, Emmanuelle Caplette, Brent Fitz, Jayson Brinkworth, and Chris Dimas. Thirty campers were provided with up-close-and-personal instruction through out the four-day camp.
Adding some very different perspectives to this year’s camp were the internationally recognized names of Regina’s own Kevin Churko and Ronn Dunnett. Drummer and renowned producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Ringo Star, Slash) provided invaluable life experience garnered from his journey that lead him to become one of the industry’s top engineer/producers. Ronn Dunnett established a first at the camp by leading a select group of campers through the hands-on process of designing and building their own snare drums from start to finish.