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MusiKiva Donates Instrument to Alberta Music Therapists

May 27th, 2016

MusiKivaMusic Heals has received a donation of instruments from MusiKiva Canada Inc., a not-for profit created to provide music exchange programs, using the foundations of music therapy, between children and youth in Canada and those in Africa.

It is the wish of the organization that the intended purpose of these instruments be fulfilled and that they be used for music therapy programs and ideally in Alberta.  As such, Music Heals, is making these available at no charge to music therapists that are members of the Music Therapy Association of Alberta.  The instruments are intended for use in a music therapy practice.

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Does CanCon Still Make Sense?

May 25th, 2016

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By Michael Raine

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Canadian Musician

Canadian content regulations worked. It’s just an accepted fact, even by many of its critics. CanCon succeeded in creating a music industry and infrastructure where none existed on Jan. 18, 1971, the day Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s government made it law to play Canadian music on the radio. To the extent that Canada now regularly produces nationally and internationally successful artists who are signed to Canadian record labels, record in Canadian studios, and work with Canadian managers, agents, promotors, publicists, and others while selling out Canadian venues and festivals, there is common consensus that CanCon has succeeded well beyond most expectations. But 45 years later, we have a Trudeau as prime minister and, with the exception of a few tweaks, the same CanCon system. The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the cliché goes.

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Will It Get Easier to Tour the U.S.?

May 25th, 2016

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By Michael Raine

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Canadian Musician. UPDATE: In March 2016 three American congressmen have introduced legislation designed to streamline the P-2 visa process for Canadian artists entering the U.S. to perform. The Bringing Entertainment Artists to the States (BEATS) Act was introduced in Congress on March 21st by Representatives Dave Trott (R-Michigan), Chris Collins (D-NY), and Peter Welch (D-Vermont).

Back in 2014, the Canadian Government eliminated both the Labor Market Opinion fees and visa requirements for foreign musicians and their crews, thus making it much easier and more affordable for American artists to tour Canada. The same courtesy has not been extended to Canadian artists touring the United States. Currently, getting visas for a tour of any size can be very time and cost prohibitive.

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BreakOut West Announces Colin James as 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee and Awards Show Headliner

May 25th, 2016

ColinJames_HiResThe Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced that Colin James will be the 2016 inductee to the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, presented by FACTOR. In addition to this honour, James will be headlining the Western Canadian Music Awards Show in Regina on Oct. 13, kicking off BreakOut West’s 14th year of celebrating western Canada’s talent. Colin James’ return to his birthplace city for the Hall of Fame endowment also marks the birth of BreakOut West itself, which started in Regina in 2003 and featured James as an awards show performer. Additional artists performing at this year’s more concert-focused Awards Show will be announced in the coming weeks.

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When Do You Need A Publicist?

May 25th, 2016

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By Michael Raine

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of Canadian Musician

From the megastar on the cover of Rolling Stone to the up-and-comer interviewed for a popular blog, there may be a lot more to those media spots than you realize. There is likely a media strategy laid out months in advance and carried out by a publicist working their web of contacts. Sure, some artists do it successfully themselves, and others ride a wave of grassroots buzz, but they’re the anomaly. Generally speaking, if an artist has ambitions of being known beyond their city or region, at some point, they’ll hire a publicist. But at what point?

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What Is The Value Of Music? Re:Sound Is Letting Businesses Know

May 25th, 2016

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By Michael Raine

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2015 issue of Canadian Musician

Music may be the most ubiquitous art form in our modern world. At the mall, in the waiting room, at the gym, in the fast food joint, and on the sidewalk, music is in the background. You may linger a little longer in the store to hear the end of the song, or the endless loop of canned jazz instrumentals may make you look forward to the dentist’s needle, but it’s all there for a reason. Music affects consumer behaviour, which means music adds value to businesses. In turn, those businesses have a legal and moral obligation to pay for the public performance of that music. That is the basic message Re:Sound is trying to spread with its Music Has Value report, website, and campaign.

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The Cloud-Based Instant Mastering Debate: Which Side Are You On?

May 25th, 2016

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By Michael Raine

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Canadian Musician

Depending on who you listen to, drag-and-drop, cloud-based mastering is either the great equalizer of the recording industry, or it’s a con job that further degrades the quality of music. Around the globe, from Los Angeles-based (and Justin Timberlake owned) AfterMaster Labs to Spanish company MasteringBOX, services are popping up that promise to make the “black art” of mastering unfathomably simple, quick, and affordable. But these companies are all playing catch-up to one Montreal-based start-up, MixGenius, and its flagship product, LANDR.

When people speak about tablets, they’re primarily referring to the iPad, and similarly, when there is discussion of online instant mastering, the talk focuses on LANDR. And there has been a lot of talk.

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Folk Music Canada Launching ‘FolkNorth’ Showcasing & Industry Event

May 20th, 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-05-13-at-1.51.38-PM-e1463667947577Folk Music Canada will be launching a new national showcase and industry event, to be held in Toronto from November 30 to December 3, 2016.  Called FolkNorth, the gathering is meant to spotlight export showcases, foster Canadian folk industry, and provide professional development to current and future generations of folk presenters and leaders.

Anchored in the goal of expanding market opportunities for the Canadian folk industry, and spotlighting the strength of Canadian folk talent on a world stage,  FolkNorth will showcase 24 of Canada’s best folk acts.  The event will also include showcases featuring eight international artists as part of reciprocal partnerships with foreign music organizations destined to increase international trade relationships. To complement the showcasing activities, FolkNorth will invite 40 ‘buyer’ delegates to attend the event, and organize over 500 B2B meetings to foster market development.

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SOCAN Launches New Royalty Analysis Dashboard

May 18th, 2016

Royalty guruSOCAN says that through its introduction of  proprietary software Royalty Guru, it is enabling its members to use high-quality, flexible analytics tools to assess and monitor their royalties. Designed specifically for songwriters, composers, and music publishers, Royalty Guru’s analytics capabilities allow SOCAN’s 135,000-plus members to visualize their data in a variety of ways to help them manage their business and career in music.

SOCAN is the first major performing rights organization in North America to offer such a royalty-analysis business intelligence too to its members. Its exclusive Royalty Guru services run on any web browser and enable SOCAN members to better understand the trends in royalties earned when their music is played live, on radio, on television, and streamed on the Internet. The service will be accessible in English and French through the members’ portal at www.socan.ca.

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Polaris Music Prize Long List to be Announced on June 15

May 16th, 2016

Buffy Sainte-Marie accepts award the Polaris Prize [Photo by: Dustin Rabin]

Buffy Sainte-Marie accepts the 2015 Polaris Prize [Photo by: Dustin Rabin]

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, is heading north.  Celebrating its 11th year, the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Long List will be announced Wednesday, June 15th at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon.  The announcement of the 40 titles that comprise the Long List, produced in conjunction with Yukon’s Film & Sound Commission, will begin at 12 p.m. PT with a special live stream broadcast on the Polaris Facebook page.

CBC Radio 2 will feature a special hour-long broadcast celebrating the Polaris Music Prize Long List on Drive with Rich Terfry at 6 p.m.  (6:30 p.m. NT). Local CBC Radio 2 frequencies can be found at cbc.ca/frequency or the broadcast can be streamed online at cbcmusic.ca.

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