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2016 Western Canadian Music Awards Nominees Revealed

May 4th, 2016
The Wet Secrets at the WCMAs

The Wet Secrets at the WCMAs

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has revealed the nominees for the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards. Member voting for the awards has officially begun and tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Leading the diverse group of artists and industry represented are Aidan Knight, and the duo of Nadia Gaudet & Jason Burnstick, with three nominations each in this year’s newly revised category list. Knight’s recent music video also gets a nod in the Video Director category. Brett Kissel, Corb Lund, David Morin, George Canyon, Le Destin du Jazz-Club!, Library Voices, We Are The City, William Prince, and Yukon Blonde have also drawn solid two nominations each in the artistic categories, with Kissel’s recording also nominated for an Industry Award in Audio Engineering. In the industry categories, producer Russell Broom, and venue The West End Cultural Centre make double appearances. This year’s nominee list also shows major growth for the Western Canadian music industry, as many names are appearing for the first time in 2016, showing the vibrancy of these rising talents. For a full list of categories and all 2016 nominees, visit

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Music Monday Events Unite Canadians in Celebration of Music Education

May 3rd, 2016
Canadians representing every region of the country emphasize the importance of music education during the 2016 Music Monday celebrations. (CNW Group/Coalition for Music Education in Canada)

Canadians representing every region of the country emphasize the importance of music education during the 2016 Music Monday celebrations. (CNW Group/Coalition for Music Education in Canada)

Canada’s youth shone brightly yesterday, May 2nd, as the nation united their voices in celebration of the importance of music in our lives. Music Monday events took place across the country with concerts, school-wide assemblies, “zone festivals,” as well as special presentations including a showcase concert at Toronto’s City Hall where Youth4Music Ambassadors introduced a four-point plan for developing meaningful and sustainable music in their schools and communities.

The Youth4Music manifesto was developed during the 1st Annual Youth4Music Leadership Symposium by a group of inspiring youth ambassadors from various musical organizations, including Music Canada, Choral Canada, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and representatives from the music industry. The plan articulates an actionable set of goals for all Canadians.

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Kristof Brandl Announced as Recipient of the Prism Prize Arthur Lipsett Award

April 28th, 2016
Screen grab from "Le Fantôme"

Screen grab from “Le Fantôme”

The Prism Prize has announced the recipient of the Arthur Lipsett Award is Kristof Brandl, who is also a Prism Prize Top Ten nominee this year as the director for “Le Fantôme” by Monogrenade.

Born and raised in Montreal, Kristof Brandl entered the world of filmmaking at just 17 years old. His first short film Pop Le Cheval – planned as a test on a DSLR – was widely acclaimed and became a Vimeo Staff Pick. Kristof Brandl has since developed an uncompromising signature style creating music videos for artists such as Nikki Yanofsky, Zedd, Point Point, The Shoes, and Majid Jordan.

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Feds Announce Major Review of Cultural Policies; Launch Online Consultation Survey

April 27th, 2016
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly has announced that the federal government will conduct a wide-ranging review of all cultural policies, which includes everything from CanCon regulations to the Canada Music Fund, the Canadian Council for the Arts, the Broadcast Act, the CRTC, the CBC, and more. As she told the Globe & Mail, “everything is on the table.”

“Canada’s cultural industries account for more than 600,000 jobs and generate 3 per cent of Canada’s GDP, or $47.7-billion a year. As Canadian Heritage likes to point out, that is double the size of Canada’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors combined,” noted the Globe’s Daniel LeBlanc.The cultural sector is facing an unprecedented level of upheaval, as foreign websites that offer everything from movies to music to information shake up Canada’s broadcasters, producers, publishers and video-game developers.”

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ole Announces $100K Contribution to MusiCounts’ Band Aid Program

April 25th, 2016
Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of Rush with Don Bossé (middle).

Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of Rush with Don Bossé (middle).

As announced at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards in Calgary, rights management company ole is making a $100,000 contribution to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The contribution will support the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, which provides musical instruments and equipment to school music programs in need across the country. Since MusiCounts’ establishment in 1997, over $9 million has been awarded to help support music education in Canada.

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ECMA announces new partnership with Music Canada & Music Canada Live

April 22nd, 2016
ECMA's Andy McLean

ECMA’s Andy McLean

Last week, over 600 performing artists and 8,000 fans gathered in Cape Breton, NS for East Coast Music Week (ECMW). Amidst the performances music professionals and representatives from music associations from across Canada met and as ECMW came to a close, Andy McLean of the East Coast Music Association, announced the beginning of a process to study the east coast’s music industry. In partnership with Music Canada and Music Canada Live, this initiative will eventually lead to the production of an industry profile of Atlantic Canada, which will identify its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth and development.

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CIMA Report Excamines Opportunities & Challenges Facing Canadians Playing in the U.S.

April 18th, 2016

Over the Board reportThe Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), which represents Canadian indie music labels, today released a new cultural industries report that illustrates the opportunities and challenges that exist for Canadian musicians seeking to play shows and do business in the United States. The report calls on fairness and reciprocity when it comes to U.S. immigration and tax policies as they relate to Canadian artists.

Over the Border and Into the Clubs: Canada’s Independent Music Industry and the US Market quantifies the risks, costs, and difficulties that impact Canadian artists who seek to promote their music in the United States. The report explores how Canadian independent musicians face considerable barriers to performing, touring, and promoting themselves south of the border. These include: problems with obtaining visas and completing other paperwork; high withholding taxes that limit capital for funding tours; and behind-the-border issues (such as the regulation and infrastructure of the music sector) that increase lost opportunity costs.

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Nominees Announced for 2016 Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards

April 18th, 2016

Bryan Adams at the 2015 CMBIAs

Canadian Music Week has announced the nominees and opened voting for the 2016 Canadian Music  & Broadcast Industry Awards. The awards gala will be held May 5, 2016 during CMW at teh Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

The nominees are:

I Book Shows
Invictus Entertainment
Paquin Artists Agency
Sakamoto Entertainment
The Billions Corporation
The Feldman Agency
United Talent Agency

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The Nylons to Receive Legacy Award at Expanded SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival 2016

April 18th, 2016


The Nylons

The Nylons

Canadian a cappella icons The Nylons have announced that their current tour will be their last and as such, SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival will be bestowing the group with the SING! Legacy Award at their May 14 concert at Jane Mallett Theatre in recognition of their decades of inspiring singers and audiences.

Nylons founder Claude Morrison says, “It is with equal parts pride and humility that we receive this very gratifying honour. We, The Nylons, have been favoured over the course of many years for having inspired others who sought to emulate our accomplishments and endeavours, occasionally even surpassing us! The Nylons have for a long time been more than a career or a living: it has been a life. We are very thankful.”

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Big Night for Hey Rosetta! at 2016 ECMAs

April 15th, 2016

Donnell Leahy & Natalie MacMaster and family at the ECMAs [Photo: Twitter/@CBPostElizabeth]

Donnell Leahy & Natalie MacMaster and family at the ECMAs [Photo: Twitter/@CBPostElizabeth]

Hey Rosetta!, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, and Amelia Curran are among the artists who took home East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) last night at the 2016 Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Show in Sydney, NS. City Natives, Jenn Grant, Everglow, Joey Robin Haché, Christina Martin, and Coyote were also honoured during the live national broadcast hosted by Heather Rankin and Ashley MacIsaac.

Amidst performances from artists such as Hey Rosetta!, Jenn Grant, Fortunate Ones, City Natives, Heather Rankin, Ashley MacIsaac, Neon Dreams, Ben Caplan, Christina Martin, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, The East Pointers, and Raphaël Butler, the following ECMAs were presented:

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