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Burton Cummings, Sarah McLachlan, Daniel Caesar & More Honoured at 29th SOCAN Awards

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

(L-R): Burton Cummings, Daniel Caesar, Sarah McLachlan & SOCAN's CEO Eric Baptiste (CNW Group/SOCAN)

(L-R): Burton Cummings, Daniel Caesar, Sarah McLachlan & SOCAN’s CEO Eric Baptiste [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

SOCAN honoured its member songwriters, composers, and music publishers on June 18th in Toronto during the 29th annual SOCAN Awards. The gala ceremony honoured Canada’s music creators and publishers across an array of genres, including Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock, Film & Television, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical and more.

This year, the iconic Burton Cummings and the legendary Sarah McLachlan were each honoured,  Cummings with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 50 years of songwriting success and excellence, and McLachlan with the SOCAN Global Inspiration Award for her accomplishments as a singer-songwriter, philanthropist, and advocate for women.

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Women’s Audio Mission Holds Its First Ever Arts Conference for Female Music & Audio Pros

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

WAM conferenceThe Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, presented the first-ever recording arts conference for women in Los Angeles on June 9, 2018 at the legendary Capitol Studios, sponsored by Capitol Music Group, The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing, and Cloudinary.

Over 100 aspiring women engineers and music producers attended the sold-out WAM @ Capitol: Women’s Recording Arts Conference that featured interactive panels and workshops with some of the world’s top female producers, engineers, and music executives, including mix engineer Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica (Pink, Madonna, Jay-Z); Senior VP of Business and Legal Affairs of Universal Music Group Jennifer Baltimore; drummer Michel’Le Baptiste (Fifth Harmony and Beyoncé); award-winning singer, songwriter Blush (Meghan Trainor, Disney); Front of House Engineer Amanda Davis (Janelle Monáe, Tegan and Sara); singer-songwriter Jane Handcock (Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland); Chief Operating Officer of Capitol Music Group Michelle Jubelirer; VP of Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore; and music producer and beatmaker TRAKGIRL (Jhene Aiko, Luke James).

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Nielsen Music 360 Canada Report: 71% of Canadians Now Stream Music & Radio Still #1 for Discovery

Friday, June 15th, 2018

canada-music-360-teen-millennial-streamingIn 2018, 91% of Canadians are listening to music, with teens and Millennials leading the way by listening to music on multiple devices, using new technology and paying for streaming subscriptions. That is according to Nielsen Canada’s recently-released Music 360 Canada report.

According to Nielsen, 98% of music streaming teens and 96% of music streaming Millennials are listening to streaming service playlists compared to 84% of the general population of Canadian music streamers.

With 91% of all Canadians listening to music,Nielsen says teen and millennial consumers are at the leading edge of device-agnostic, mobile-heavy consumption behaviours. According to the report, 93% of teens and 91% of millennials are now streaming music online, compared to 71% of all Canadian music listeners. Teens are more adventurous with new technology, listening to music on an average of 2.6 devices (compared to millennials at 2.3), with smartphones at the top of their list (68% among teens). And they’re also more likely to pay for a streaming subscription, with 34% of both teen and millennial music listeners currently paying.

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Canadian Creative Industries Launch ReadtTheCode.ca

Friday, June 15th, 2018

readthecodeThe Canadian creative industries responsible for creating an industry-wide Code of Conduct have now launched a complimentary website, readthecode.ca, as a resource for industry members.

In addition to the Code, the website houses a list of Code signatories and their contact information, additional resources including downloadable, printable versions of the Code (in both English and French), and updates from two working groups on their progress. The Education, Training and Awareness Committee is producing multi-level, industry-wide education and training programs, and the Reporting Committee is creating safer and more effective reporting mechanisms. Updates from these two working groups will be made to this website as they become available.

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Three Finalists Announced for SiriusXM Top of the Country Competition

Friday, June 15th, 2018
Andrew Hyatt

Andrew Hyatt

With the votes cast, SiriusXM Canada has announced the three finalists as chosen by Canadians from coast-to-cost for the inaugural SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Each artist is competing to be crowned Canada’s next big country star, in addition to winning $25,000, a SOCAN songwriting camp in Pender Island, BC and more.

Whittled down from nine semi-finalists, the three 2018 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists are:

Western Canada- Leaving Thomas (Hometown—Calgary, AB)

Central Canada – Andrew Hyatt (Hometown—Sudbury, ON)

Eastern Canada – Jason Benoit (Hometown—Fox Island River, NL)

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Partner Claims $10,000 SOCAN Songwriting Prize

Friday, June 15th, 2018
Partner

Partner

A series of quirky videos and social media savvy helped Josée Caron and Lucy Niles clinch the top spot in the 13th annual English SOCAN Songwriting Prize presented by YouTube Music. “Play The Field” was written by the Atlantic Canada natives and is performed by the band they co-front, Partner.

Variety and balance were evident in the 2018 competition in which women dominated, several genres were represented and, for the first time, a country song landed in the top 10. Music fans voted for their favourite songs among the finalists, and in the end, Partner prevailed, receiving the $10,000 cash prize, a  Yamaha PSR-S970 Keyboard, and a  $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

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Polaris Music Prize 2018 Long List Revealed

Friday, June 15th, 2018

2018-LL-polaris-longlist-collage-680-207The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 40 albums on the 2018 Long List.

In total, 225 albums were considered by the 203 member jury for Long List selection.

Presented by Canada Council for the Arts, the announcement took place on June 14, 2018 at The Drake Underground in Toronto.

The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

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Music Canada’s Graham Henderson Offers Recommendations to Copyright Act Review Committee

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
Music Canad Pres. Graham Henderson

Music Canada’s Graham Henderson

Today Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology as part of the statutory review of the Copyright Act. Music Canada provided Canadian Musician with a copy of Henderson’s prepared remarks ahead of his testimony.

“Your committee’s review of the Copyright Act and the work of the Heritage committee on artists’ remuneration come at a critical time for all creators. It is a time when governments around the world are questioning whether the current digital marketplace is functioning fairly for the world’s creators. The reality for Canadian music creators is that there are provisions in our own Copyright Act preventing them from receiving fair market value for their work. I believe the best way that this committee can assist in creating a marketplace that is transparent and supports Canadian creators is by providing the government with straightforward, accessible solutions to address the Value Gap,” said Henderson in his prepared remarks.

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Project WILD Top 12 Finalists Announced

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Project WIld winners 2017After a province-wide callout for the top talent in Alberta, WILD 953 and Alberta Music have announced the Top 12 artists for Project WILD.

A professional development program designed to develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up and coming artists, this year’s Top 12 artists are as follows (in alphabetical order):

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NXNE Talks Conference & Other Festival Programming Announced

Friday, June 8th, 2018

nxne-logoNorth by North East (NXNE) has announced the final round of programming for the 2018 edition of the festival, including NXNE Talks, House of Aurora, Festival Village Comedy Tent, and the Lost Craft beer garden. House of Aurora (aka The Great Hall) will feature an art show and industry mixer, a live podcast recording, musical performances, and NXNE Talks across three days on June 11th, 13th and 14th at The Great Hall in Toronto.
All House of Aurora programming, including NXNE Talks are open to the public. RSVP here.

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