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SOCAN Presents ‘Music in Film & TV’ Workshop at Kingston Canadian Film Festival

February 19th, 2015
Emily Klassen and Richard Pell

Emily Klassen & Richard Pell

SOCAN will present a “Music in Film & TV” session at the 15th annual Kingston Canadian Film Festival (KCFF), to be held from Feb. 26 to Mar. 1, 2015, in Kingston, ON.

The workshop, moderated by SOCAN’s Paul Stillo, will feature emerging film composer and SOCAN member Emily Klassen and Vertigosound Music founder Richard Pell candidly discussing their work composing music for films and television, and the industry in general. The event is scheduled for Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m. in Harrison LeCaine Hall, Room 124, at the Queen’s School of Music.

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Economic Study Commissioned on Alberta’s Music Industry

February 18th, 2015

AlbertaMusicThe Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in partnership with Alberta Music, has commissioned Nordicity to conduct a study to profile Alberta’s music industry. This research will be utilized in the development of a strategic plan for the music industry in Alberta. The survey results will provide a foundation for government industry to develop informed approached in building industry capacity.

This is an opportunity for all members of this multifaceted sector to contribute their views to enhance understanding. This study will document where the Alberta music industry stands today, and through analysis of trends, opportunities, and challenges, guide future industry initiatives.

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NWC Hires New Computer Services Coordinator

February 18th, 2015

Kyle Chiki smallerJim Norris, president of CM publisher Norris-Whitney Communications, has announced the appointment of Kyle Chiki as NWC’s computer services coordinator.

Chiki has studied website development, computer programming, and games development at Niagara College and computer science and business at Brock University.

Chiki will be in charge of all online and computer activities for NWC and will be providing web development and other online services for the company’s clients.

Chiki can be contacted at or 905-374-8878.

Submissions Being Accepted for the 2015 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program

February 17th, 2015

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program. Launched three years ago as a partnership between MusiCounts and TD Bank Group, the initiative has provided funding to 31 organizations across Canada since inception, allowing access to musical instruments and equipment to thousands of children in under-served communities.

“In the first two years of this program, we saw a substantial amount of applications,” says Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “That response serves to underline the substantial need that exists for these programs. We’re thrilled to continue this partnership with TD that provides opportunities for youth to discover a talent or passion that they might not have known they had if it wasn’t for the local programs that expose them to music.”

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Polaris Music Prize Announces Key Dates for 2015

February 11th, 2015

Polaris_Music_Prize_logoSteve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, today announced key dates for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. Celebrating its 10th year, the Prize will head east to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the announcement of The Long List.  The 40 titles will be announced on June 16th at world famous Carleton music venue.

“After bringing the Long List to Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, we’re excited to be travelling to Canada’s far east. We feel the proceedings will be safely overseen from upon high by the spirits of Thrush Hermit, Stan Rogers, The Inbreds, Stinkin’ Rich, The Guthries, Jale, The Superfriendz, and Hip Club Groove,” said Jordan. The Long List event will be organized in conjunction with the team at Halifax Pop Explosion.

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CMW 2015 Tickets & Wristbands Now On Sale

February 11th, 2015

CMW 2015Tickets  and festival wristbands are now on sale for Canadian Music Week’s showcases and headlining performers, including King Tuff, The Orwells, Daniel Lanois, Rival Sons, Cloud Nothings, and more via the CMW website.  CMW 2015 takes place around downtown Toronto from May 1-10, 2015.

In just over two months Toronto music clubs and venues will be a-buzz with hundreds of bands and thousands of music fans taking in the vibe of Canadian Music Week. For 10 nights – and in some cases til 4 a.m. – will be bringing some of the best acts from around the world, from unknown to mass acclaim.

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SOCAN: Record Royalties Sourced for Canada’s Music Creators in 2014

February 10th, 2015

Canada’s songwriters, composers and music publishers will collectively see a record amount of royalties from the public performance of their copyright works in 2014, according to early analysis by SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada).

A snapshot of the preliminary 2014 financial results for SOCAN:

– Another record year for total revenue, $299-million was collected from domestic, international, and private copying proceeds – a year-over-year increase of eight per cent from $276 million brought in during 2013, already a record setting year for SOCAN.

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Prism Prize Announces Top 10 Canadian Music Video for 2014

February 10th, 2015
Director Noah Pink with the 2012 Prism Prize for Rich Aucoin’s “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.”

Director Noah Pink with the 2012 Prism Prize for Rich Aucoin’s “Brian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E.”

The Prism Prize has announced the Top Ten Best Canadian Music Videos of 2014, as voted by a jury of more than 120 industry professionals from the worlds of music, film, broadcast, and web media.  After viewing hundreds of music videos released in 2014, jurors selected the Prism Prize Top Ten based on originality, creativity, style, innovation, and effective execution. The jury will vote once more to determine the Prism Prize winner, who will receive a $5,000 grand prize at the awards presentation on March 29, 2015 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. For the first time ever the Prism Prize Awards Presentation will be open to the public. Tickets are available at

In addition to the grand prize announcement, the Prism Prize Awards Presentation will include a screening of the Top Ten videos, sponsored by MuchFACT; and presentation of the Audience Choice Award, presented by Noisey Canada; the Prism Prize Special Achievement Award for artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage; and the Arthur Lipsett Award, presented by Art Works Art School, for innovative and unique approaches to music video art.

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More Details Released for Expanded 2015 Canadian DJ Show

February 5th, 2015

CDJThe Canadian DJ Show presented by Pioneer DJ has announced its 2015 Toronto dates. Previously a two-day event, the 2015 Toronto CDJ Show now features a third day of events, educational sessions, and networking opportunities. It’ll be taking place March 13-15 in downtown Toronto and will focus on professional development, unique training opportunities, and exclusive product releases for DJs, producers, and music enthusiasts of all skill and experience levels.

The 2015 venue is the Hilton Toronto, located at Richmond Street West and University, in the heart of downtown Toronto. It is a larger venue than previous years with more space to accommodate larger exhibits, special features, and guests than ever before. The CDJ Show features the latest equipment, technology and information that the DJ and music industries have to offer. Organizers say this year’s show will easily be the biggest in CDJ Show history.

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Upcoming Report Says Ottawa’s Music Scene Lacks Infrastructure

February 4th, 2015

From the Ottawa Citizen: 

More than 180 made-in-Ottawa recordings were released last year and some 2,500 local songwriters collected royalties, but the city is falling behind compared to other Canadian cities of a similar size, say the authors of a new report entitled Connecting Ottawa Music.

The report was presented at the opening of Megaphono, a new showcase music festival, at city hall Tuesday. Despite the report’s assessment there was a sense of optimism about the city’s music scene.

“It’s an exciting time to be working in music in Ottawa,” said Megaphono director Jon Bartlett, who also runs the Ottawa independent label, Kelp Records. “It’s like nothing I’ve felt in 15 years of living here. We are in the middle of a musical boom here in Ottawa.”

A final report is due for release in March, but the authors of Connecting Ottawa Music participated a panel discussion on Tuesday about their findings. Ottawa musician/consultant Andrew Vincent, researcher Ian Swain and city of Ottawa staffer Kwende Kefentse prepared the report, while ex-pat Canadian Shain Shapiro, who works in the U.K. as a music-city strategist, joined the discussion on Skype from his office in London.

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