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Registraiton Open for Folk Music Ontario Conference; Early Bird Rates Available Until July 31

Friday, July 13th, 2018

FMO_Logo_CMYK_ENThe 32nd annual Folk Music Ontario Conference will take place Sept. 27-30, 2018, in Mississauga, ON and early bird rates are on until July 31. Those who FMO as a member will save even before the rates increase.

Folk Music Ontario is a key conference for Canada’s folk, roots, and traditional music community, bringing more than 700 delegates together to listen, celebrate, and learn from each other. Delegates learn about new products and services for performers and presenters; interact with panelists during educational seminars and workshops; engage in lively roundtable discussions and private meetings with industry professionals; along with celebrating recipients of songwriting and lifetime achievement awards.

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Brett Kissel & Jess Moskaluke Lead 2018 CCMA Award Nominees

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced its full list of nominees for the 2018 CCMA Awards, and leading the race with six nominations each are three-time Female Artist of the Year winner Jess Moskaluke, and reigning Male Artist of the Year Brett Kissel. The 2018 CCMA Award Show will be hosted by Shania Twain, and broadcast live from Hamilton on CBC and www.cbcmusic.ca/ccmas on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018,  at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Reigning SiriusXM Rising Star and Female Artist of the Year Meghan Patrick has earned five 2018 CCMA Award nominations. Taking home three awards in 2017, Dallas Smith has earned four 2018 CCMA Award nominations. Smith has also been announced as a performer for the 2018 CCMA Awards show.

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RIP: Big Sugar Bassist Garry Lowe, 1953–2018

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Garry LoweThe entire Canadian music community is very sad to learn that Big Sugar bassist Garry Lowe passed away this weekend, on Saturday, July 7th, following a private two-year battle with cancer. He was 65.

Lowe was long heralded and admired for not only his extensive musical talents, especially with Gordie Johnson and Big Sugar, but also for his infectious energies of love, humanity, humour, and kindness.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Lowe moved to Canada in 1976 at the age of 22, and began playing bass with reggae legend Jackie Mittoo. He joined Big Sugar in 1994, touring and recording many of their most classic and notable records. One of his most recent and final appearances was with Big Sugar and Alex Lifeson of Rush.

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KoSA Holds Inspiring 23rd Edition of Montreal Drum Camp & Workshop

Monday, July 9th, 2018

KoSA MontrealThe KoSA International Percussion Workshop and Drum Camp celebrated its 23rd edition in Montreal, QC this past June at KoSA’s year-round music school: the KoSA Academy.  KoSA’s Co-Founders and Directors, Aldo Mazza and his musician wife Dr. Jolán Kovács  hosted a jam-packed room of eager participants who came from different parts of Canada and the United States to attend this uniquely inspiring and intense event.

KoSA says it prides itself in offering a total percussion immersion (40 hours of drumming in five days) in a variety of world percussion instruments (congas, bongos, djembes, cajon, drumset) and a variety of styles (Cuban, African, jazz, funk, rock). This year’s theme, “Play Better,” was a fitting message about taking control in your life by studying with the top masters and applying what you are learning in achieving the ultimate goal of playing better and improving one’s self.  The students this year ranged in age from 11 to 67 and had a diverse level of ability, from just one year of training, to advanced professionals, and yet despite these marked differences, an intense bond and camaraderie was formed.

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Nielsen Canada Mid-Year Report: Total Music Consumption Up 20%

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Nielsen mid year chartNielsen Music today released its Canadian Mid-Year Report for the six-month period ending June 28, 2018.  Included in the report are the Nielsen Music Mid-Year charts, presented by Billboard, as well as key insights into important industry trends in sales, music streaming, radio, and consumer engagement across today’s most popular platforms.

The Nielsen Music Canada Mid-Year Report confirms that streaming volume is still on the rise, with weekly on-demand audio streams surpassing the one billion mark for the first time ever, during the week ending March 1, 2018. On-demand audio song streams peaked at 1.2 billion during the week ending June 28th and have reached 26.8 billion so far in 2018, up from 17.5 billion a year ago. This 53% year-over-year increase in on-demand audio streaming volume has helped alleviate a 17% decrease in album sales and 22% decrease in digital track sales.

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Toronto’s AfroFest to Attempt World Record for Largest Djembe Drum Ensemble

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Photo: AfroFest.ca

Photo: AfroFest.ca

To celebrate 30 years of Toronto’s AfroFest, Music Africa will attempt to create a New Guinness World Record by putting together the largest djembe drum ensemble. This event is open to everyone: every race, nationality, background, drumming level. The festival is attempting to break two world records: for creating the largest djembe drum ensemble and for the most nationalities playing the djembe drum simultaneously, highlighting Toronto’s diversity. A Guinness World Record representative will be present at the event. This aspect of the festival will take place at Woodbine Park on July 8, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

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London Guitars Launches New Website

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

london gutiars webLondon, ON music store London Guitars has announced the launch of its new national online store, Londonguitars.ca.

The site features both new products, as well as a section dedicated to London Guitars’ ever-changing vintage, used, and limited-edition inventory. Highlighted by bright, colourful photos taken onsite, shoppers can peruse the coolest gear in stock live, from anywhere online. A full listing of parts is also available, ready to upgrade everything from guitars to amps and beyond.

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Canadian Music Week Announces 2019 Dates

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

CMWCanadian Music Week has announced that the 37th instalment of the industry conference and showcase festival will take place May 6 -12, 2019, bringing conferences, awards, film, technology and music to downtown Toronto.

The music festival will kick off CMW on May 6 going through to May 12 across more than 40 venues in downtown Toronto. The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen St W) will once again be host to the various industry conferences (radio, technology, music) running May 9-11. The Canadian Radio Music Awards, Live Music Industry Awards, Indies, Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards, and Sync Awards will return to CMW and will be announced in the future.

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New Ontario Government Suspending Part of the Anti-Scalping Law

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

[Photo: Deadicated/Wikimedia Commons]

[Photo: Deadicated/Wikimedia Commons]

According to a joint report by the CBC and Toronto Star, Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government led by Doug Ford is putting a freeze on a portion of the previous government’s anti-scalping law. The portion of the law that is being suspended is the section that would outlaw the markup of resold tickets to more than 50 per cent over face value.  The section that outlaws the use of ticket-buying bots will still go into effect.

Numerous people and organizations, including Music Canada Live, had previously raised concerns about the unintended consequences of a price cap on resold tickets, saying that the law was unenforceable and would likely drive the resale of tickets to the black market, which only creates more risks for fans. Currently, secondary ticket market websites like SeatGeek and StubHub allow ticket holders to resell the tickets for any price they choose, but the sites at least verify the authenticity of the tickets, providing some security for the buyer.

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SOCAN Foundation Launches TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator to Support Emerging Musicians

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 8.21.22 AMThe SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of companies, in partnership with TD Bank Group, has launched the TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator program.

“The TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator is an exciting new program that provides emerging creators of music with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a progressive webinar series that will hone their entrepreneurial skills and spirit,” says Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of The SOCAN Foundation.  “The digital incubator aims to provide participants with knowledge and resources to support the development of their creative talent into creative business and ultimately a sustainable career.”

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