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Stingray Set to Launch an all-4K Music Video TV Channel in Canada

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 11.10.22 AMStingray, a business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider, today announced the launch of an all-4K music television channel. The only 4K television channel made in Canada will launch in July 2017 and will be offered to all pay TV providers across the country.

The new channel, developed with the needs of Canadian audiences in mind, according the company, complements Stingray’s existing 4K offering: Stingray Ambiance 4K and Stingray Festival 4K.

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Guitar Workshop Plus 2017 Special Seminars Revealed

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

GWP Muriel AndersonGuitar Workshop Plus has revealed some of the seminars that will be happening at its 2017 camps in the U.S. and Canada. This summer music program, which includes a Toronto-area session, provides a unique and intensive experience in music education and has scholarships available. Four sessions have been announced for the 2017 as follows:

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Honey Jam Concert Set for Aug. 24

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

honey jam smallHoney Jam, now in it’s 22nd year, has completed it’s nation-wide search in Canada for female artists, ages 14-25, representing pop, hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, country – all styles of music. Artists at the live auditions in Toronto had one minute to show their talent in front of a dozen music industry judges including the legendary Director X.

“One of the most inspiring things to watch is young people going after their dreams,” says Ebonnie Rowe, founder of Honey Jam. The concert, made up of the artists in a variety of genres from across the country (out of province artists submitted auditions online), will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at The Mod Club (722 College Street) in Toronto.

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Steve’s Music Montreal Being Forced to Move

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

steve's musicSteve’s Music’s flagship Montreal location, one of the best known musical instrument stores in Canada, is being forced to move from its St. Antoine Street location. Later this summer it will be moving to a new address on St. Catherine Street East.

“We’re moving because we’re forced to, not because we want to,” store manager Sheldon Sazant told the Montreal Gazette newspaper.

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SOCAN Awards Shine Bright Lights on Canada’s Music Creators & Publishers

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Left to Right: Ruth B, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance & Carly Rae Jepsen.

Left to Right: Ruth B, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance & Carly Rae Jepsen.

Songwriters, composers and music publishers behind some of the biggest songs in the world gathered in Toronto Monday night for the 2017 SOCAN Awards. The gala ceremony honoured Canada’s music creators and publishers across a wide variety of genres, including pop, rock, film and television, urban, dance, folk/roots, jazz, country, classical, and more.

This year, the legendary Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance were honoured, as one of the greatest songwriting teams in music, with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 35 years of songwriting success and excellence.  The SOCAN Cultural Impact Award was presented to Andy Kim for the 1969 hit “Sugar, Sugar,” and world-renowned singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith charmed the audience with his rendition of the classic song.

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NXNE Future Land Conference Returns June 21st

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

NXNE has announced the return of Future Land, a one-day conference presenting a platform for industry experts and artists to discuss all elements of the music, digital, gaming and interactive worlds. Featuring SXSW Co-founder Louis Black, Dreyuh Safo (Rap Season), Jasmyn Burke (Weaves), Raina Douris (CBC Radio 2) and more, this year’s contributing speakers comprise a variety of roles and influence across the industry landscape. Future Land also welcomes Intersessions, a production panel and workshop with Kat Duma, Harrison and Shifra Rifka hosted by Chippy Nonstop. This year’s event will take place at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) on Wednesday, June 21. For more information visit: http://nxne.com/future.html

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Indie Music Industry Honoured at the CIMA Awards

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Polaris Prize Founder Steve Jordan receiving the Unsung Hero Award [Photo: David Leyes]

Polaris Prize Founder Steve Jordan receiving the Unsung Hero Award [Photo: David Leyes]

On, Monday, June 12 the Canadian independent music industry came together at Toronto’s Glass Factory to celebrate this year’s award recipients at the third annual CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala. CBC media personality Grant Lawrence hosted the festivities that honoured Canadian industry professionals for their contributions to independent music. Announced at the CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala, Arts & Crafts was presented with the Marketing Award for their outstanding work on Gord Downie’s Secret Path.

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2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists Announced

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
2015 SOCAN Songwriting Prize winner Dear Rouge with SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

2015 SOCAN Songwriting Prize winner Dear Rouge with SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN today announced the finalists for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, the prestigious competition that celebrates the talent of emerging Canadian songwriters over the past year. The selection of 10 English and 10 French songs showcases artists from diverse genres. Once again, music fans will determine the winner, and for the first time in the 12-year history of the prize, fans will have the opportunity to vote for a single nominee – Charlotte Cardin – in both English and French categories beginning on June 15th.

The 10 English songs nominated this year:

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SOCAN Releases Final 2016 Financial Results, Sets New Records

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

socan report imageSOCAN has announced final financial results for its fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2016, reporting that it has achieved new highs on almost every front, collecting $330 million in total domestic and international royalties from the performances of the music of its nearly 150,000 songwriter, composer, and music publisher members.

More than $289 million in combined domestic and international royalties were distributed to SOCAN members, an increase of five per cent over 2015. Royalties from outside of Canada identified and collected increased to $67-million, a 31 per cent three-year growth rate. Internet music streaming revenues jumped 118 per cent over the previous year, bringing in a total of $33.8-million for music created or published by SOCAN members.

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2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List Revealed

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Kaytranada accepting the 2016 Polaris Music Prize [Photo by Danny Williams]

Kaytranada accepting the 2016 Polaris Music Prize [Photo by Danny Williams]

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, unveiled the 40 albums on this year’s Long List earlier yesterday at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa with the support of Lixar.

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation

Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs

Anciients – Voice of the Void

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