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ECMA Industry Conference to Focus on Music in Film, TV & New Media

February 24th, 2017

Ashley MacIsaac performing at the ECMAs [Photo: Pam & Alan Samson/Volunteer Photographers]

Ashley MacIsaac performing at the ECMAs [Photo: Pam & Alan Samson/Volunteer Photographers]

As part of East Coast Music Week in Saint John, NB from April 26-30, 2017, the ECMA Industry Conference aims to be premiere destination for all Atlantic Canadian artists and industry professionals. It is a place for artists and members to connect with international guest delegates and educators, offer mentorship and be mentored by peers and industry experts, and ultimately elevate their careers.

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DMC Canada Announces 2017 Regional DJ Competitions & New Initiatives

February 23rd, 2017

DMCDMC Canada is gearing up for the 2017 Canadian DMC Battleground. Turntablist DJs will be vying for an opportunity to advance from regional qualifiers through to the National DMC Championships on Sept. 1, 2017 in Toronto. The 2017 National DMC DJ Champion will then advance to the DMC World Championships to represent Canada in early Fall.  DMC Canada has confirmed 2017 regional dates in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa.

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London, Ontario, Completes First Ever Music Census

February 22nd, 2017

London Music CensusThe following is from Alex Clement at Music Canada: 

The London Music Census is a first-of-its-kind study of London, Ontario’s music industry. The census originated with the London Music Office, and seeks to further the city’s understanding of the assets that make up the city’s music sector. The census has identified both barriers to prosperity and potential areas for future growth of London’s music sector.

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SOCAN Supports Initial Development of dotBlockchain Music Project

February 22nd, 2017

blockhainSOCAN has partnered with its wholly-owned subsidiary MediaNet, Songtrust, CDBaby and FUGA to support the initial, sponsored development of the dotBlockchain music project (dotBC), whose aim is to solve the complex data, rights, ownership and payment issues that currently plague the music industry. The partners will contribute technical and financial resources to the project, which will allow dotBC to accelerate its product development efforts.

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CDJ Show Releases Conference Schedule; Special Hotel Rates Extended

February 22nd, 2017

CDJ Show 1The 2017 CDJ Show, which will be held from March 10-12 at the Hilton Toronto, has released its full conference schedule, which includes the Songwriting Panel presented by SOCAN. As well, for those wishing to book a room at the Hilton Toronto for $189/night, the special room rate has been extended until this Friday, Feb. 24th.

The schedules panels include:

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Canadians Organizing a Guinness World Record Attempt for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists

February 16th, 2017

Guinness recordOn March 17th, Canada will set out to attempt the Guinness World Record for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. Organized by Kevin Ker and Epidemic Music Group, and hosted at the Earl of Whitchurch in Stouffville, ON (40 minutes north of Toronto), the event will run for 16-plus days, ‘round the clock.

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Big Sugar, Jesse Cook, Terra Lightfoot & The Sheepdogs the Latest to Receive CIMA’s ‘Road Gold’ Certification

February 13th, 2017

CIMA gold big sugarCIMA gold CookThe Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has announced Big Sugar, Jesse Cook, Terra Lightfoot and The Sheepdogs are the latest recipients of CIMA’s Road Gold certification. CIMA’s Road Gold is awarded to those Canadian artists who have sold at least 25,000 tickets during their Canadian tour(s) over the course of any 12-month period, recognizing the hard work and dedication it takes to be a touring band or artist.

“On behalf of CIMA and our Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Big Sugar, Jesse Cook, Terra Lightfoot, and The Sheepdogs on their incredible achievement,” says Stuart Johnson, president of CIMA. “By establishing an industry standard for an artist’s touring business, we are recognizing the hard work and dedication it takes to be successful on the road. Selling 25,000 tickets over the course of a year, speaks to the economic impact Canada’s touring musicians provide by filling venues from coast to coast.”

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The 2017 CDJ Show Aims to Offer a Conference for the Entire Electronic Music Industry

February 10th, 2017

CDJ Show 1The 2017 edition of CDJ Show & Conference presented by Pioneer DJ is returning to the Hilton Toronto from March 1012th. In a move that began last year but is going into full effect in 2017, the organizers are broadening the scope of the show beyond just its DJ roots to offer a music industry conference that brings together people from across the entire spectrum of electronic music.

Originally called the Canadian DJ Show, the new CDJ Show name is part of a re-brand that sees the conference offering panels, speakers, presentations, and networking opportunities for not just DJs, but also producers, engineers, songwriters, beat makers, and performers across related genres of pop, dance, electronic, hip-hop, and R&B and putting them in contact with the broader industry.

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Prism Prize Reveals the Top 20 Canadian Music Videos of Year

February 10th, 2017
Screenshot from the video for Grimes' "Kill V. Maim"

Screenshot from the video for Grimes’ “Kill V. Maim”

The Prism Prize has announced the Top 20 Canadian music videos of the year, as voted by a jury of more than 120 music, film, and media arts professionals.

The Prism Prize Top 20 is based on originality, creativity, style, innovation and effective execution, and the winning video will be awarded $15,000.00 cash at the Prism Prize Award Presentation and Screening on May 14, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

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Drake named IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016

February 9th, 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

Drake has been named by IFPI as the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2016, highlighting the huge success of his fourth album, Views, which was released last year.

Drake is the fourth recipient of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, an authoritative accolade that reflects an artist’s worldwide success across physical and digital formats, including downloads and streams.

Views became the first album to reach one billion streams on Apple Music, while One Dance, the album’s second single, was the first song to be played one billion times on Spotify. The follow-up singles Pop Style, Controlla and Too Good also all found huge success across the globe.

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