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Music Canada Report Urges Federal Government to Take Steps to Address the Value Gap

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Music Canad Pres. Graham Henderson

Music Canada Pres. Graham Henderson

At its annual general meeting, Playback 2017, Music Canada yesterday released The Value Gap: Its Origins, Impacts and a Made-in-Canada Approach, the first comprehensive collection of information about the “value gap” and the solutions available to Canadian policy makers.

The value gap is defined as the significant disparity between the value of creative content that is accessed and enjoyed by consumers, and the revenues that are returned to the people and businesses who create it.

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IMSTA FESTA Toronto Brings Out Enthusiastic Music & Audio Crowds

Monday, October 16th, 2017
Herb Trawick (seated left) & Dave Pensado at IMSTA FESTA

Herb Trawick (seated left) & Dave Pensado at IMSTA FESTA

The fourth annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto show was held at Ryerson University on Saturday. Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and the SAE Institute, the free event hosted 53 music and audio technology exhibitors, plus a lineup of presentations and panels throughout the day.

Final attendance is not yet available, but organizers say that pre-registration was up over past years. For the presentations, such as the keynote by Grammy-winning mix engineer Dave Pensado and music manager/executive Herb Trawick of Pensado’s Place, the theatre and overflow room were filled to capacity. From the stage, Trawick praised the ethnic and gender diversity of those in the theatre and said it was be most beautiful audience he has had ever seen.

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BreakOut West Heading to Kelowna in 2018

Friday, October 13th, 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 (WCMA) has announced that next year’s BreakOut West will take place in Kelowna, BC. The 16th annual conference, showcase festival, and awards celebration will bring together artists, industry professionals, and the music loving community of Kelowna for a four-day takeover of live performances, business opportunities, career development, and camaraderie from Oct. 10-14, 2018.

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Jessica Mitchell & Other Female Canadian Country Artists to Play Intimate Fundraiser for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Jessica Mitchell

Jessica Mitchell

A group of Canada’s female country stars are coming together for a special, intimate evening of music and whiskey to help raise funds for Las Vegas shooting victims. TopCountry.ca is hosting Jessica Mitchell, Madeline Merlo, The Lovelocks and Vanessa Marie Carter on Oct. 25th at the new Toronto venue, Love Child Social Club (formerly The Hoxton) at 69 Bathurst St..

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NXNE 2018 to Bring Music Back to Yonge-Dundas Square, Ditches Port Lands Site

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Billy Talent playing in Yonge-Dundas Square during NXNE

Billy Talent playing in Yonge-Dundas Square during NXNE

North by Northeast (NXNE) has announced the 2018 edition will be held June 8-17. Now in its 24th year, the festival returns to Toronto’s downtown epicenter, Yonge-Dundas Square, with free outdoor programming from June 15-17. NXNE will turn Yonge Street into a festival village throughout the weekend to host free concerts, NXNE talk sessions, and comedy shows.

Notable this year is the absence of the main festival at the Port Lands, which NXNE experimented with the last two years. The Port Lands’ location, which is removed from the downtown core and more difficult to access by transit, received a lot of criticism on social media for its poor attendance and lack of festival atmosphere.

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SOCAN & Muzooka Collaborate to Streamline Live Show Reporting for Artists

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

SOCAN + MuzookaMuzooka and SOCAN have announced a new partnership that will see them integrate their live performance reporting technologies to make it easier for music creators to get paid when their work is performed on stage.

The Muzooka Setlist Reporter is a simplified solution to the challenge of reporting song setlists to receive more accurate payment of live performance royalties. Songwriters and composers earn royalties when music they own the rights to gets played in public. This new technology from Muzooka enables venues to report live shows, and performers to submit their setlists quickly and easily, integrating with SOCAN’s Notice of Live Music Performance (NLMP) application program interface (API) via the Muzooka platform.

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Dave Pensado, FrancisGotHeat & More to Present at IMSTA FESTA Toronto

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Producer Jimmy Douglass at IMSTA FESTA Toronto

Producer Jimmy Douglass at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2015

The fourth annual IMSTA FESTA Toronto show is approaching, taking place next Saturday, Oct. 14 at Ryerson University’s Rogers Communications Building (80 Gould St.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Presented by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and the SAE Institute, these free IMSTA FESTA events are also held in Chicago, New York, and Berlin and showcase the latest music-making and production technologies as well as educational seminars and keynotes speeches and Q&As.

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Nielsen Music Canada’s Q3 Results Show 80% Increase in On-Demand Music Streaming

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

streaming-music-services-logos-300x186Nielsen Music Canada has released its Q3 numbers for the nine-month period ending Sept. 28, 2017. Included in the findings are key insights into important industry trends in sales, streaming, and consumer engagement across the most popular platforms.

The Nielsen Music Canada Q3 numbers confirm that streaming continues to climb, with weekly on-demand audio streams surpassing 800 million for the first time ever, during the week ending Sept. 14, 2017. On-demand audio streams peaked at 852 million during the week ending Sept. 28, 2017 and have reached 27.6 billion so far in 2017, up from 15.4 billion a year ago. This 79.7 per cent year-over-year increase in on-demand Audio streaming has helped alleviate a 17 per cent decrease in album sales and 19 per cent decrease in digital track sales.

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Federal Government Announces ‘Creative Canada,’ Overhauls Support for Arts Industries

Friday, September 29th, 2017
Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly at the Economic Club of Canada

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly at the Economic Club of Canada

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced yesterday, Sept. 28, the creation of  Creative Canada, which is the federal government’s plan for Canada’s cultural and creative industries in the digital world.

Speaking to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa, Minister Joly outlined Canada’s new strategy for the creative economy and a renewed policy approach to strengthen Canada’s  creative sector. With digital technologies rapidly transforming Canada’s cultural landscape, Joly says Creative Canada offers a roadmap for the future of Canada’s creative industries.

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Music Nova Scotia Forms Partnership with Urban Music Advisory Board

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
J-Bru

J-Bru

As part of an ongoing effort to increase engagement and support for underrepresented music communities and genres, Music Nova Scotia has entered into a new partnership with a collective of local urban genre artists and industry professionals. The Urban Music Advisory Board provides Music Nova Scotia with the necessary advice to better serve the urban music community.

The Urban Music Advisory Board will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, input, and advice on the challenges and opportunities facing urban music artists and entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia via a designated seat on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors.

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