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Nominations Now Open for 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards

January 28th, 2015

JulyTalk IndiesMay 9, 2015 marks the 15th Anniversary of the SiriusXM Indie Awards, which honours the best in independent music. Part concert and part awards, it’s a celebration of national and international independent musicians making outstanding achievements in this area.

You can now Submit your nomination(s) for a chance to be recognized among industry peers, media and fans alike.

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2015 JUNO Award Nominees Announced

January 27th, 2015

JUNO TrophyThe nominees for the 2015 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto this morning, as Canada’s top artists now get ready for a trip to JUNO Week in Hamilton, ON from March 9-15, 2015.

MAGIC! garnered a leading five nominations: JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Group of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year.

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Music Canada Releases 2014 Gold/Platinum Year End Review

January 26th, 2015

xmasIn 2014, Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Certification Program recognized a number of Canadian and international releases achieving milestone success.

The full list of albums and tracks certified in 2014 in Canada can be viewed here.

In December 2014, Michael Buble’s 2011 album Christmas received the highest certification of the year, earning Diamond certification status in Canada. It is the first Diamond certification since Adele’s 21 in 2011 and the first Canadian Diamond Certification since Celine Dion’s Christmas album These Are Special Times and her greatest hits compilation All The Way…A Decade Of Song in 2007.

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Submissions Open for CCMA Discovery Program

January 22nd, 2015

CCMA_Discovery_Logo_2014_CS_0Submissions are now open for The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Discovery Program. The program was formed to provide Canadian country music artists with career opportunities and build music industry connections.

The 2015 initiative includes the following opportunities:

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Big Music Fest Has $7 Million Economic Impact In Kitchener, ON

January 13th, 2015
2014 Breaking Bands winners The Modern Hearts

2014 Breaking Bands winners The Modern Hearts

From Music Canada:

On the weekend of July 11-13, 2014, Big Music Fest took place at Kitchener, ON’s McLennan Park headlined by rock superstars Aerosmith and Bryan Adams. As reported by the Waterloo Region Record, Big Music Fest 2014 provided a significant $7 million impact to the local economy, more than doubling the projected economic impact of $3 million prior to the festival.

Of the 60,000 attendees, nearly 65 per cent of spectators came from within 50 kilometers of the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The other 35 per cent was made up of out-of-province and international concert goers, arriving in Kitchener from nearly 15 states and as far as Australia, England, and Japan.

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Manitoba Music Preps for January Music Meeting in Winnipeg

January 7th, 2015

news_image_6288From Manitoba Music:

Manitoba Music is preparing for its second annual industry gathering, January Music Meeting, which takes place Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Winnipeg.

The event welcomes some of Canada’s top music industry pros in a conference format that includes panels, workshops, discussion groups, and one-on-one meetings. Reps from the label, agency, management, festival, publishing, and publicity sides of the industry will converge on Winnipeg to discuss the state of Canada’s independent music industry and provide concrete advice on how to succeed in the ever-changing music business. 

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Free ‘Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method’ Event in Saskatchewan

January 7th, 2015

tom-speakingCreative Saskatchewan and SaskMusic are partnering to bring Tom Jackson Productions to Saskatchewan for an intense two-day event designed to help artists take their performance skills to the next level. This event is for all performers (solo artists, duos, full bands, and freelance musicians) from across genres and is free for Saskatchewan residents.

Live performance is now the largest sole revenue source for musical artists. Artists generally devote sufficient time to their songwriting, and in the recording studio – yet few spend the same amount of time working up their live show, one of the most important pieces of their career. This event is designe to teach artists how to become a stronger performer (no matter what level they are currently at), a more desired side person, and really connect with their audiences! Tom Jackson and his team will teach how to create moments in live shows that will result in dedicated fans, and a connection that can increase album and merchandise sales.

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CM & 94.9 The Rock Team Up For Generation Next Live

January 6th, 2015

GenNextLiveCanadian Musician and 94.9 The Rock have teamed up to present Generation Next Live, a new initiative hosted at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Generation Next Live is a unique concert series showcasing the best Canadian Indie bands. Each month, a team of industry experts will choose four new indie acts to perform on the legendary Phoenix stage. Not only will this showcase give featured bands the chance to expand their following, connect with industry VIPs, and build a solid future for their talent, but fans will also have a chance to support their favourite acts as they build their groundwork in becoming the future of Canadian music.

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Canadian DJ Show Returning to Toronto in March 2015

December 28th, 2014

CDJ Show 2014The Canadian DJ Show presented by Pioneer DJ is returning to Toronto in 2015 and organizers say it will be the largest CDJ Show yet. Taking place March 13-15, 2015, a third day of events and activities has been scheduled and several guest speakers and performers from across the globe have been added in addition to more exhibitors.

The venue for the 2015 show is the Hilton Toronto at Richmond and University, in the heart of downtown. It is a large venue with space to accommodate more exhibits, special features, and guests.

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Yamaha Canada Announces Keys to the JUNOS Keyboard Songwriting Contest

December 22nd, 2014

KeystotheJunosYamaha Canada Music has announced that is the co-sponsor along with SOCAN of the Songwriter’s Circle at the 2015 JUNO Awards Broadcast. In connection with this, Yamaha has launched the Yamaha Keys to the JUNOS Keyboard Songwriting Contest. Open to piano and keyboard users, participants could win a Yamaha Tyros5 Arranger Workstation Keyboard, and a pair of tickets to the 2015 JUNO Awards Broadcast.

The Contest is split into three tiers, each with its own rules and prizes.

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