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Indie Week Canada Announces First Round of Artists; Still Accepting Showcase Applications

July 27th, 2016

Indie Week TOIndie Week takes over Toronto’s music venues from Nov. 15-20, 2016 showcasing emerging talent from all over the world. Organizers, who say this year’s will feature more showcases, events, and parties, have announced the first round of showcasing artists. As well, the week includes music, film (Reel Indie Film Fest), industry and tech conference (indie101), and more to be announced.

Indie Week Canada 2016 1st Round Artists

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NWC Hires Attila Hajzer as Technology Support Coordinator

July 26th, 2016

ADD3 Attila HajzerJim Norris, president of Norris-Whitney Communications Inc. (NWC), has announced the appointment of Attila Hajzer as the company’s technology support coordinator. NWC publishes Professional Sound, Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade and Professional Lighting & Production magazines.

Hajzer is a graduate of Niagara College in general arts and Science and new media web design. He is an accomplished website designer and an expert in computer software and hardware. He is also musician, playing keyboards and guitar, and is also an avid songwriter.

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Canadian Music Industry Celebrates $66M Settlement in Lawsuit Against isoHunt

July 26th, 2016

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[Photo: Jon Åslund/Wikimedia Commons]

Gary Fung and the Vancouver-based torrent-sharing website he created, isoHunt, have settled a lawsuit that began in 2010. The Supreme Court of British Columbia ordered Fung to pay $66 million to the Canadian and international record labels for knowingly enabling “massive copyright infringement” via the website he began in 2003.

More than 20 Canadian and international music companies launched the lawsuit in 2010 against isoHunt Web Technologies Inc. and Fung. Music Canada says in a statement celebrating the legal victory that the Copyright Modernization Act, which the Canadian government passed in 2012, “ensures that businesses that enable infringement can be held liable for the activities they facilitate. In public statements, government representatives identify isoHunt as the type of “enabler” that the law is intended to target.”

The settlement requires isoHunt and Fung ato CAD$55 million in damages and an additional CAD$10 million in punitive damages, plus CAD$1 million for court costs.

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SOCAN Enters Mechanical Rights Business with Purchase of Audiam

July 21st, 2016
SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

In a move that some are speculating could put performing rights organization SOCAN in competition with the Canadian Mechanical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) over the collection of mechanical royalties, SOCAN has purchased 100 per cent of the New York-based tech company Audiam, empowering SOCAN to expand into the business of licensing digital services and royalty payment for songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

With Audiam, SOCAN says it now has a comprehensive database, and metadata of all compositions and commercially-released digital sound recordings, and the technology and business understanding to match and connect the two, issue licenses and get rights-holders paid.

The problem of licensing and payments recently came to a head again in the form of several class-action lawsuits by rights holders against music streaming companies, mostly notably Spotify. The streaming service recently reached a settlement with the National Music Publishers’ Association, a U.S. organization, that will see Spotify pay around $20 million to publishers for dispute over licensing and unpaid royalties.

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Polaris Music Prize Short List Unveiled

July 14th, 2016

2016 Polaris short listThe Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, announced its 2016 Short List of Canadian albums today.

Announcing the 2016 Short List were this year’s gala hosts: Tom Power, CBC Radio 2 Morning host and Polaris jurist, and Amanda Parris, host of CBC Radio 2’s Marvin’s Room and CBC’s Exhibitionists. The Polaris Music Prize gala will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET and streamed live on CBC Music’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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Dean Brody & Brett Kissel Lead the Pack of CCMA Award Nominees

July 14th, 2016

Gord Bamford performing at the 2015 CCMAs. [Photo: Grant Martin Photography]

Gord Bamford performing at the 2015 CCMAs. [Photo: Grant Martin Photography]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced the final nominees in 34 CCMA Award categories, eight of which will be presented during the 2016 CCMA Awards Show on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. It will once again be hosted by Canadian television personality Jessi Cruickshank and broadcast on CBC.

Dean Brody heads into the 2016 CCMA Awards season with five nominations: Fans’ Choice, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Brett Kissel also boasts five nominations; four in the artist award category: Fans’ Choice, Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year, and one industry nomination for Record Producer of the Year.

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DMC Canada Announces Vancouver Regional DJ Competition for Aug. 12

July 14th, 2016

Pioneer DJ - 2016 DMC Canada - Vancouver Regional LargeDMC Canada has released the details for its upcoming Vancouver regional DJ competition, which will take place at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 12th at the LED Bar (967 Granville St.).

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.

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Canadian Music Publishers Join Ranks With Trade Groups In Rebuking DoJ Over Consent Decrees

July 13th, 2016

CMPA-logo-RGBReported on FYI Music News

In a show of unity, three independent trade bodies AIMP (US independent publishers), A2IM (US independent labels) and CMPA (the Canadian Music Publishers’ Association) have issued a joint statement regarding the DoJ position on 100 per cent licensing on behalf of the independent music publishing and record label community in North America.

This follows July 5 and 7 phone conversations where experts from the DoJ held two, one-hour phone conversations with representatives from creators, including Music Creators North America (MCNA), the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC), the International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) and the European Composers and Songwriters Alliance (ECSA).

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Fast Romantics’ Song “Julia” Wins 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

July 12th, 2016

FastRomanticsToronto-based indie rock band Fast Romantics have been voted the winner of the 11thannual English SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song “Julia,” written by founding band member Matthew Angus.

From June 9 to 23, 2016, Canadian music fans voted for their favourite from the 10 songs nominated by a panel of music industry experts. Other than nominees having to be members of SOCAN, the Canadian music rights organization had no role in determining nominees or winners.

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MusiCounts Honours Dozen Exceptional Music Students with Fred Sherratt Award

July 12th, 2016

2016 Fred Sherratt Award recipientsMusiCounts, a Canadian music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), has announced its 2016 Fred Sherratt Award recipients who exhibit extraordinary talent, leadership, prowess and potential in the music industry. This year’s celebrations included a visit to Universal Music Canada; a tour of the SOCAN offices, the Bell Media headquarters, and Noble Street Studios; and an industry Music Mixer hosted by The Spoke Club where the recent graduates had access to insight and experience from a range of executive-level music industry professionals in attendance. Award-winning broadcasting pioneer Fred Sherratt was onsite to congratulate the 11 of the 12 recipients present who were selected from post-secondary music programs across the country.

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