On May 6th The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto will host Unison Jam, which is an evening of live music, featuring the considerable talents of dozens of celebrated Canadian artists that are loaning their support to the Unison Benevolent Fund. The non-profit charity provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community, assisting professional music makers in times of hardship, illness, or economic difficulties. Included in the evening will be a special announcement of a new program to provide financial support to Canadian music makers in times of crisis.
This year, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada will present a webcast of events in Montréal and Calgary. Each event will showcase the musical spirit and creativity from local well-known musicians and school music groups, and will be hosted by a Youth4Music Ambassador.
Submissions are now open for the 11th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2014 to June 14, 2015 are eligible.
Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 20 categories. Five nominees are chosen for each category. A three stage jury process by 100 jurors located across Canada representing all official provinces, territories and languages determine the official winners in each category. Complete eligibility requirements are listed at www.folkawards.ca/eligibility/
Renowned music and entertainment producer Bob Ezrin will chair the international jury panel for the 11th Glenn Gould Prize, which includes singer, actress and composer Petula Clark; The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson; tenor Jay Hunter Morris; arts philanthropist HRH Julie of Luxembourg, Prospero Pictures president, and chairman of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Martin Katz; pipa virtuoso and Grammy Award-nominee Wu Man; Booker Prize-winning novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje; renowned actor, director, and writer Sarah Polley; and acclaimed soprano Deborah Voigt.
Annerin Productions, in conjunction with Blue Wolverine Media & Arts, presents OH CANADA What A Feeling! – Part One, opening August 11th, 2015 at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre for its premiere residency!
The stage show was inspired by the 2014 book Oh What A Feeling: A Vital History of Canadian Music – The Next Generation (Fox Books/Quarry Press), authored by Martin Melhuish, who is also the writer on the theatrical production, which is available through Music Books Plus.
The auditions are open for female artists of any genre ages 14-25. Admission is $10.00 for spectators and artists.
What to bring:
– One-page bio with photo which should include your age, address, email, whether or not you have a manager and, if so, his/her contact info, how long you have been performing, places you have performed in the past, and any upcoming gigs, websites, etc.
– Background music on CD. The track you are using should be the only thing on the CD, which should also be cued and labelled with your name.
SING!, one of Canada’s premier a cappella festivals, will run May 28-31, 2015 in Toronto.
More than 100 performances, workshops, and interactive events will showcase the best of Canadian and international talent. Tickets and wristbands are on sale now at www.singtoronto.com.
Canadian Music Week has announced nominations for the 18th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards. Kiesza, MAGIC! and Hedley, are among those honoured. This year’s award show will take place on Friday, May 8th at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The Canadian Radio Music Awards celebrate first-time charted artists and honour individuals or groups with some of the most played songs on Canadian radio. This year’s show will feature performances by MAGIC!, Kiesza, Dear Rouge, Andee, Virginia to Vegas, and Jess Moskaluke.
The Prism Prize Audience Award was presented to director Natalie Rae Robison for Kandle’s “Not Up To Me,” based on thousands of online votes collected in collaboration with Noisey Canada.
This year, 123 recipients will receive more than $14 million in grants from the Ontario Music Fund, has announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne during a press conference on March 25. Announced in 2013, the Ontario Music Fund is a three-year, $45-million grant program.
Premier Wynne announced the grants at Coalition Music in Toronto, one of the companies that received support through the Ontario Music Fund last year. The fund provides grants to music businesses — large and small — that produce, distribute, and promote Ontario-based music and artists. This support is meant to help create a business environment where Ontario’s artists from diverse musical genres and backgrounds can grow and thrive, while helping the industry become more competitive internationally.