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Music Canada Live Responds to Passing of Ontario’s Ticket Sales Act

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

[Photo: Deadicated/Wikimedia Commons]

[Photo: Deadicated/Wikimedia Commons]

Earlier today the Government on Ontario voted to pass the Ticket Sales Act as part of a larger consumer protection bill. The government says the new laws will protect music and sports fans by giving them fairer access to event tickets. The biggest changes under the new law is that it is now illegal for scalpers to use ticket buying technology called “bots” to buy up large groups of tickets, and it also caps the resale price of tickets on such websites as StubHub at 50 per cent over face value.

As a response to these new rules, industry association Music Canada Live, led by Executive Director Erin Benjamin, has released the following state:

“Music Canada Live congratulates the Ontario Government on the passing of the Ticket Sales Act. Banning harmful BOT technology and empowering ticketing companies and live events through civil litigation are steps in the right direction.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2018 Dates & Locations

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

GWPGuitar Workshop Plus has announced its 2018 schedule and early registration discounts. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

San Diego, CA Session: June 17 – 22, 2018

Nashville, TN Session: July 15 – 20, 2018

Toronto, ON Session: July 23 – 28, 2018

Seattle, WA Session: August 19 – 24, 2018

Now in its 17th year, the Guitar Workshop Plus summer music education program announced its 2018 dates, locations, and some limited-time registration incentives including discounts and gear giveaways. After expanding last year to add another location, Guitar Workshop Plus had a successful season and is returning to all locations in 2018 due to popular demand, according to organizers.

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The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts & TD Bank Group Renew Partnership

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and TD Bank Group have announced the renewal of their seven year partnership. The exclusive collaboration will provide enhanced and continued support for Canadian music through a variety of events, community, and educational programs across the country.

As part of the renewed collaboration, MusiCounts says that TD will be increasing its support with a contribution of $1.875 million, over the next three years. As Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS, MusiCounts serves communities across Canada by giving under-served youth access to musical instruments and equipment. To date, the initiative has supported almost 100 programs across Canada with over $1.7 million provided in instruments and equipment.

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Bell Media, Music Canada & Re:Sound Partner on New Process to Make Cross-Platform Reporting & Royalties More Efficient

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Bell Media Pres. Randy Lennox

Bell Media Pres. Randy Lennox

Music Canada, Re:Sound, and Bell Media has announced new advancements in cross-platform reporting that they say will usher in a new era of cooperation between Canada’s music and media industries. Developed by Bell Media, Music Canada and Re:Sound, the new process aligns terrestrial broadcast data with digital in order to ensure all music industry stakeholders are served with greater efficiency, transparency, and accountability, while setting a new industry standard for data reporting. With this initiative by Bell Media, the automation of the existing music content distribution tool allows the industry to streamline sound recording data within the Canadian music ecosystem.

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Calgary’s Brad Saunders Wins 2017 Project WILD Grand Prize

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Project WIld winners 2017WILD 953 and Alberta Music have the final order of the top three winners in this year’s Project WILD. This year’s grand prize winner is Calgary’s Brad Saunders who took home $100,953.

The final three were:

First Place ($100,953): Brad Saunders (Calgary)
Second Place ($75,000): Nice Horse (Calgary)
Third Place ($50,000): Tanya Ryan (Okotoks)

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The Band’s “This Wheel’s On Fire” Inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Band Big PinkThe Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) has inducted The Band’s root-rock classic “This Wheel’s On Fire.” To highlight the induction, Joey Landreth (of the Bros. Landreth) takes on the song for the Hall of Fame’s Covered Classics series. Covered Classics honours newly-inducted songs by inviting Canada’s brightest musical talents to perform their own renditions of these classics.

The enigmatic “This Wheel’s on Fire” was a key track on the hugely influential album Music from Big Pink, The Band’s debut album. Even more impressively, the song was penned by Canadian and The Band bassist Rick Danko, along with the legendary Bob Dylan.

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Winners Revealed

Monday, November 20th, 2017
Kobo Town at the CFMAs [Photo: Karen Atcheson]

Kobo Town at the CFMAs [Photo: Karen Atcheson]

Twenty awards were handed out over two bilingual evening celebrations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards 13th edition in Ottawa over the weekend. Hosted by musicians Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque the nominees and performers included MAZ, Twin Flames, Beyond The Pale, BEYRIES, Kobo Town, Danny Michel, Cassie and Maggie, Braden Gates, Coco Méliès, Scott MacMillan & Colin Grant, Oh Susanna, and Stephen Fearing.

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CISAC: Creators’ Global Royalty Collections Hit Record $10.1 Billion

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

CISAC NumbersThe  International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has released its 2017 Global Collections Report, which highlights some positive trends worldwide in royalty collections for creators, particular with regards to music.

According to CISAC, global collections are up 6% to just under €9.2 billion (US$10.1 billion). For music, royalties are up 7% to €8.0 billion (US$8.9 billion). Global collections have risen for three years in a row and are up 19% from 2012.

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David Farrell to be Inducted into Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

David FarrellCanadian Music Week has announced David Farrell as the 2018 inductee to the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Farrell will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto on Thursday, May 10th, 2018.

For more than four decades, Farrell has chronicled the ups, downs, triumphs, disasters and constant changes that make Canada’s music industry a roller coaster for its participants.

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Stompin’ Tom to be Posthumously Inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Stompin_tom_connors_in_2002The late Stompin’ Tom Connors is among the six honourees who’ll be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Liberty Grand Theatre in Toronto.

Connors’ legacy of uniquely Canadian songs extends far beyond the nearly five million records sold in his career, and deep into the hearts, homes, and classrooms of countless Canadians across the country.

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