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CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference Heading to Nashville in August

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

DIY conferenceCD Baby will bring the DIY Musician Conference to Nashville, TN from Aug. 24-27, 2017. The conference is the largest event dedicated to musicians of any genre who share a common professional approach. Last year’s meeting in Chicago attracted artists from 44 different states and 15 different countries.

“Independent musicians and small boutique labels are one of the fastest growing segments of the market, and they share a lot of concerns,” says CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner. “No matter what kind of music you make, no matter where you are in your career, you need similar advice and support, and we program the conference in direct response to the questions and concerns we hear from musicians.”

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Post Malone, Tyler the Creator & More to Play NXNE Port Lands Site in June

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

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

Organizers of the 23rd annual North by Northeast (NXNE) festival have announced that this year’s Club Land shows will be held in venues around downtown Toronto from June 16-26, while the central festival site in the Port Lands will host shows from June 23-25.

NXNE changed formats last year with the introduction of the Port Lands festival site, which shifted much of the club programming to a central location. This year it will include two main stages, art installations, sponsor activations, and places to relax between acts, as well as a comedy tent and carnival rides. The Port Lands headliners will include Post Malone, Tyler the Creator, Passion Pit, Sleigh Bells, Cold Specks, Bleachers, Tinie Tempah, and more.

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IFPI Global Music Report 2017: Record Music Revenues Grew 5.9% in 2016 Thanks to Streaming

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

09 IFPI 2017 ReportThe global recorded music market grew by 5.9 per cent in 2016, the highest rate since IFPI began tracking the market in 1997, according to the IFPI Global Music Report 2017, released today.  Total revenues for 2016 were $15.7 billion (all figures in U.S. dollars).

Of note for the Canadian music industry is that Canada has passed Australia to become the sixth largest market in the world for recorded music. In 2016, Canada’s total recorded music revenue was $374.6 million, which is a 14.8 per cent year-over-year increase that outpaces the global average. This growth is mostly driven by streaming, which saw revenue more than double from $49.82 million in 2015 to $127.8 million in 2016. As has been the global trend, paid subscriptions generated the majority of streaming revenues in Canada, accounting for $94.45 million in 2016, compared to $15.72 million from ad-supported audio streaming and $17.59 million from video streams. As well, synchronization revenue accounted for $7.8 million, up 32 per cent over 2015.

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World Record Attempts, Free Concerts, Student Workshops & More Highlight Schedule for 2017 SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
The Nylons at Sing!

The Nylons at SING!

 Vocal music will take centre stage at SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, taking place at various downtown locations from May 11-28, 2017. The festival highlights the best Canadian and international vocal talent with ticketed and free performances and workshops at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, The Distillery Historic District, and many other downtown venues.

Now in its sixth year, highlights of the festival include:

– Guinness World Record Attempts (Sat, May 13 – The Distillery Historic District): More than 250 amateur and professional singers, who come from all over the world but live in Canada, will attempt to break the Guinness World Records for the “most nationalities singing a national/regional anthem simultaneously” and “the most nationalities in a simultaneous popular music sing-along.” Applications to take part are currently being accepted at singtoronto.com.

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2017 Western Canadian Music & Industry Award Nominees Announced

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Rosie and the Riveters performing at the 2016 WCMAs [Photo courtesy of the WCMA]

Rosie and the Riveters performing at the 2016 WCMAs [Photo courtesy of the WCMA]

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has revealed the nominees for the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards. Winners will be announced and honoured at the Western Canadian Music Awards Networking Reception, and Industry Awards Brunch during BreakOut West 2017, which runs Sept. 13-17 in Edmonton.

Delegate registration is open now and may be purchased through www.breakoutwest.ca.

The nominee announcement also signals the commencement of the member voting period, which is open until May 8th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Current members of Music BC, Alberta Music, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, MusicYukon, and MusicNWT are eligible to vote for nominees in all categories.

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Creative BC & Province Announce $300K Music Innovation Program; Application Period Opens May 1st

Monday, April 24th, 2017

The Province of British Columbia and Creative BC have announced they are allocating $300,000 for a new innovation program, as part of the BC Music Fund.

The innovation program supports the development of new ideas, such as cross-sector collaboration between technology and music, the launch of new B.C.-based businesses that fill gaps in the industry, and other projects that foster diversity and support broad regional and cultural engagement within B.C.’s music industry ecosystem.

Eligible initiatives include cross-sector and multimedia projects related to music, experimental or experiential projects that increase visibility, access, or awareness for British Columbian music, projects that develop new technology, software, or programs, and projects or initiatives related to British Columbia’s music industry that are innovative or experimental in nature.

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New Music Advisory Council Established for Windsor-Essex, Ont.

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Windsor Essex reportThe following announcement comes from Alex Clement at Music Canada: 

A new music advisory council for the region of Windsor-Essex will advocate for the local music community following the recommendations of the Windsor-Essex Music Strategy Report. The report and the advisory council were organized by the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC) and the Small Business Centre (SBC) in their efforts to foster growth and collaboration in the region’s music sector.

The new music advisory council will be made up of musicians, producers, managers, and representatives from other local arts groups, according to WE EDC. One of the council’s goals will be to bolster local artist development and assist musicians with the business side of their careers. The music advisory council will also seek to increase communication between all players in the local music scene.

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CMW Announces the 2017 Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Winners

Friday, April 21st, 2017

unnamed (4)Canadian Music Week held its annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards (CMBIA) gala night in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre Toronto. The CMBIA gala was hosted by Jessi Cruickshank and celebrated the best in all fields of the Canadian music and broadcast industries.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush were on hand to receive the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in recognition of the band’s contribution to a wide variety of worthy causes since the early 1970s. As the recipients of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, Rush received $40,000 CDN, which the band unanimously decided to direct the funds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook.

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CMW Announces Winners of the 2017 Indies

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Hollerado at the 2017 Indies

Hollerado at the 2017 Indies

Canadian Music Week has announced the winners from last night’s 2017 Indies – the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards – presented by Jim Beam with Indie88 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto. Hosted by Indie88’s Josie Dye and Matt Hart,  A Tribe Called Red, The Strumbellas, Kaytranada, andJuly Talk took home the top honours of the night. 54-40 also performed after being inducted into the Indies Hall of Fame, indie-alternative mainstays Hollerado performed along with Repartee who celebrated their Pop Group of the Year win with a fan-favourite show. The Jim Beam Make History Talent Search winners The Nursery and recipient of the Make History Award Dan Mangan hit the stage respectively.

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CMW Announces Live Music Industry Awards Winners

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

lmia-logo-h-2Canadian Music Week has announced the winners of the Live Music Industry Awards, which took place April 19, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre Toronto. The Live Music Industry Awards were hosted by Paul Shaffer and celebrated the best in the business with award presentations and live musical performances by Ruth B and Elm.

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