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Music Heals’ Strike a Chord Gala Just a Month Away

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Strike a Chord 2015Music therapy charity Music Heals’ annual Strike a Chord gala and concert is just under a month away. It will be held at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on Thursday, Oct. 19th.

The fourth annual Strike A Chord promises another memorable evening of entertainment and special guests. The concert lineup is a kept a secret, but past performers have included Serena Ryder, Big Sugar, Dan Mangan with a 60-kid choir, Maestro Fresh Wes, Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Jully Black, and more. In addition to the celebration of music,  there will also be food, drinks, and dancing. This event has featured Juno and Grammy winning performers and has raised over $250,000 for local music therapy programs in its first three years.


Nova Scotia Music Week Conference to Spotlight Women in the Music Industry & Urban Music

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

NSMWWomen in Music and urban music genres will be in the spotlight during the Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 conference. The conference will also explore the U.K. market and the opportunities it holds for Nova Scotian musicians. Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 will take place in Truro from Nov. 2-5.

The Women in Music conference programming will celebrate the successes and examine the challenges faced by women in the music industry. It will provide the opportunity to network, participate in mentorships, and hear from some of the most influential women in the international music industry. Men are encouraged to attend the panels and key discussions. One-on-one mentoring sessions are exclusive to the female and female-identifying community.


Lido Pimienta Wins 2017 Polaris Music Prize for ‘La Papessa’

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Lido-Pimienta-La-Papessa-680Lido Pimienta has won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for the album .

“Not in English, not in French. But we’re here,” said Pimienta after accepting the award.

The Prize, which was presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation. It was determined by a grand jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the greater Polaris jury pool of almost 200 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs, and personalities from across the country.


Western Canadian Music Awards Winners Announced at BreakOut West

Monday, September 18th, 2017

[Photo: Twitter/@nwc_canada]

[Photo: Twitter/@nwc_canada]

The Western Canadian Music Awards in the artistic and industry categories were given out last during BreakOut West in Edmonton, AB.  The 15th annual industry awards were announced on Friday at the Industry Awards Brunch at BreakOut West at the Sutton Place Hotel.The artistic awards winners were announced at a reception at the Dinwoodie Lounge in Edmonton.

The Industry Awards Brunch included performances from showcasing artists //AMISTAD// from British Columbia and Calla Kinglit from Yukon Territory, as well as a special acoustic performance from this year’s WCMA Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Brandt, who was also inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame the previous week in Saskatoon at Canadian Country Music Week.


Indie Week Announces First Round of Artists & Showcases, Plus New Health & Wellness Day

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Indie WeekIndie Week, the six-day showcase event held in downtown Toronto, has announced the first wave of artists performing from Nov. 7-12, 2017, as well as details for Indie101, its accompanying music and tech conference, and Health & Wellness Day.

Featuring more than 200 of both emerging musicians and leading industry speakers across over 25 venues — and supported by key pillars for breakout stars, such as Slaight Music — Indie Week and Indie101 organizers say they bring the community together for inspiration, education, and live music from bands and artists not currently signed to a major label.


Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel & Meaghan Patrick Win Big at CCMA Awards

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Brett Kissel at the 2017 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

Brett Kissel at the 2017 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The 2017 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards Show took place last night at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK, and was televised on CBC. During the two-hour event, eight of the most sought-after CCMA Awards were presented and fourteen exceptional performances entertained fans.

Dallas Smith took home one of the biggest awards of the night, Album of the Year, for the second time in his career; in addition to also winning Single of the Year. Brett Kissel took home Male Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, along with Video of the Year. Newcomer Meaghan Patrick also had a great night, winning both Female Artist of the Year and the SiriusXM Rising Star Award. Thanks to a new partnership with SiriusXM, the CCMA also announced that as this year’s SiriusXM Rising Star Award winner, Patrick will also receive a $10,000 bursary as part of SiriusXM’s continued efforts to support Canadian artists. Fan-favourites, The Road Hammers, took home Group or Duo of the Year, for the third time.


MusiCounts Announces $100,000 Contribution From The Gord Bamford Foundation

Friday, September 8th, 2017

[Photo by Barry Roden]

[Photo by Barry Roden]

Today, Canadian music education charity MusiCounts celebrated the start of Country Music Week with an announcement that the Gord Bamford Foundation is renewing its commitment to MusiCounts with a $100,000 donation. The Gord Bamford Foundation had previously made a generous donation of $100,000 in 2014. A non-profit organization, the Gord Bamford Foundation is passionate about supporting youth and through the ongoing partnership, MusiCounts will be able to provide musical instruments to children who need them most for years to come.


Coalition for Music Education Appoints New Interim Executive Director

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Angela ElsterThe board of directors of the Coalition for Music Education has appointed Angela Elster as Interim Executive Director effective immediately.

“We are delighted that Angela has agreed to temporarily relinquish her seat on the Board to take on this important role as the Coalition prepares for a new school year,” said Eric Favaro, chair of the board.  “Ms. Elster brings to this position a wealth of experience in the field of music and arts education, leading innovative projects that have enabled children and youth to experience the power of the arts in schools and communities across Canada and around the world.”  This interim appointment allows more time for the Executive and Board to establish a leadership model moving forward.


Manitoba’s Faouzia Wins Grand Prize in Unsigned Only Music Competition

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

FaouziaThe winners of the U.S.-based Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced yesterday and the grand prize winner was 17-year-old Canadian artist Faouzia. Selected from 6,000 entries from almost 100 countries, the winners share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes split among 28 winners. Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label.

All entries are narrowed down to a group of finalists that are given to the panel of judges whose task is to select the winners. The panel is comprised of renowned recording artists, music journalists, and music supervisors, including such celebrities as: Aimee Mann, MercyMe, The Killers, O.A.R., Phantogram, Montgomery Gentry, David Crowder, Delbert McClinton, and many more.


Canada’s Music Incubator & National Music Centre Announce National Call for Submissions for AE West

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

AEWestCanada’s Music Incubator (CMI) and the National Music Centre (NMC) are launching AE West this fall and have announced a national call for submissions.

AE West, which stands for Artist Entrepreneur West, is a five-week creative entrepreneurship program to help emerging professional artists, of all musical genres, develop sustainable businesses and careers via hands-on mentoring, networking, and collaboration. It will take place at Studio Bell (850 4 Street SE, Calgary, AB) from November 7–December 8, 2017.  


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