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Music Canada Releases ‘Keys to a Music City’ Report

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Keys to a Music CityMusic Canada has released its latest report entitled Keys to a Music City: Examining the Merits of Music Offices, Boards, and Night Mayors. The report was launched ahead of the Music Cities Summit at Canadian Music Week 2018 and builds on Music Canada’s 2015 study, The Mastering of a Music City.

Music Canada conducted in-depth interviews with practitioners in 17 cities across the world to create the report, which provides a detailed analysis of some of the most common structures used by municipalities to develop and implement their music strategies and policies. Some of these existed prior to 2015, while others are more recent.

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Tom Jackson Holding 2-Day Live Performance Workshop in B.C.

Friday, May 18th, 2018

tom_jackson-199x3001Renowned performance consultant and live producer Tom Jackson is holding a two-day workshop for artists in New Westminster, BC on May 26 and 27, 2018.

This two-day event is designed to help performing artists take their performance and showcasing skills to the next level. Jackson helps every level artists create an engaging and memorable live show, exceeding the audience’s expectations, and creating lifelong fans and followers. He’s taught hundreds of artists of every discipline and genre. He has worked with major artists like Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Magic!, Jordin Sparks, and more. He’s also helped hundreds of signed acts and indie artists “get their show together” for showcases or tours. His experience as a musician and his unique insight has qualified him as one of the premier performance consultants and live producers. He is in demand across North America and has appeared at most of the major industry conferences.

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The Unique Sound Symposium XIX Festival of New Music & the Arts is Returning to St. John’s

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Sound Symposium 2016. [Photo by Greg Locke]

Sound Symposium 2016. [Photo by Greg Locke]

The Sound Symposium XIX Festival of New Music & the Arts will be taking place in St. John’s, NL from July 5-15, 2018. Organizers say it’ll offers 10 days that “will change the way you hear the world.” Everything at Sound Symposium is new, whether it be jazz, contemporary classical, world music, improv, or music that defies classification.

This summer’s 19th edition of Sound Symposium is a celebration of sound. For ten days and nights in July, musicians, filmmakers, instrument builders and inventors from across Canada and around the world will turn St. John’s into a lively sound stage. Attendees will also experience new inventions and instruments, along with performance art and “the most off-the-wall garage band in the world.”

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Montreal to Host the 2019 Folk Alliance International Conference

Monday, May 14th, 2018

FAI 2017At an event in downtown Toronto during Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance International (FAI) announced new details of their 2019 conference happening at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal from February 13 -17, 2019. It’ll be the first time the event has been held in Canada since 2013 when it was in Toronto.

The theme of the 2019 conference is “The Spirit of Creativity” which will explore the creative process from inspiration to vocation through discussion of innovation, collaboration, and spirituality in art.

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Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honour the Industries’ Best & Brightest

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Canadian Music Week announced the winners of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards (CMBIA), which took place May 10, 2018 at Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto. The CMBIA gala was hosted by Jessi Cruickshank and celebrated the best and brightest in all fields of the Canadian music and broadcast industries.

Régine Chassagne and Win Butler of Arcade Fire were on hand to receive the 2018 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in recognition of the band’s humanitarian efforts. To date, Arcade Fire has raised and donated more than $4 million, and has also trained thousands of outreach volunteers and engaged over 500,000 fans for a cause that they hold very close to their hearts – the people of Haiti.

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Glorious Sons, Jessie Reyez & July Talk Among the 2018 Indies Winners at CMW

Monday, May 14th, 2018
The Rural Alberta Advantage at the 2018 Indies [Photo: Twitter/@Indie88Toronto]

The Rural Alberta Advantage at the 2018 Indies [Photo: Twitter/@Indie88Toronto]

Canadian Music Week hosted 2018 Indies on Saturday night, presented by Jim Beam with Indie88, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto. The awards show and concert was hosted by Indie88’s Josie Dye, Matt Hart, and Carlin Burton. Jessie Reyez, Gord Downie, Death from Above 1979, and The Glorious Sons took home the top prizes, with Pierre Kwenders, Ria Mae, and Iskwé amongst the other winners. Fan favourites The Rural Alberta Advantage, Said the Whale, and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs took to the stage, accompanied by Jim Beam Talent Search winner Alfie and Hall of Fame Inductees Teenage Head.
 
Celebrating the best of independent music – both Canadian and international – the 2018 Indies nominees and winners (in bold) were: 

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The Royal Foundry Win the Canadian Songwriting Competition Grand Prize

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
The Royal Foundry

The Royal Foundry

The Canadian Songwriting Competition has announced that its grand prize winners are co-writers Jared Salte and Bethany Salte of The Royal Foundry for their song “Running Away.”

The judges say the song “grabs your attention from the very first note, mixing electronic, rock, folk and pop fundamentals. Their lyrics reflect a ‘seize the moment’ and ‘never settle’ attitude that stirs and stimulates through to the end.”

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SOCAN Signs Comprehensive Services Deal with New PRO for Caribbean Island Countries

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN today announced that it has completed an extensive deal with the performing rights organization, Ducapro, to deliver back-office royalty administration services across the Caribbean island countries of Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, and St. Maarten.

Under the services agreement, which SOCAN won in a competitive process, Ducapro will provide comprehensive performance right administration services for local and international music played on Dutch Caribbean Island radio stations. SOCAN will provide back office services to support Ducapro’s work, based on its industry-leading technologies, including matching reported information from music used on licensed radio stations to the payment to the rights-holders who have earned royalties.

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Music Canada, Ontario Government & Partners to Boost Inventory of Instruments in Public Schools

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

1024px-Music_class_usaIn a new program announced on May 2, 2018, Music Canada and the Government of Ontario will improve the inventory of musical instruments and access to quality music education in Ontario’s publicly funded schools with the supply of refurbished and recycled musical instruments. The program is made possible through a $3 million investment by the Government of Ontario over a period of three years. Ontario Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris and Music Canada EVP Amy Terrill made the announcement at St. Joseph’s College School in Toronto.

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Nominees Announced for 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Said the Whale at the WCMAs.

Said the Whale at the WCMAs.

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the artists and members of the music industry that have been nominated Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs). The winners will be honoured this fall at BreakOut West in Kelowna, BC, which takes place from October 10-14. See below for the full list of nominees and watch for the Hall of Fame announcement coming soon.

The WCMA nominees feature representation from all six member associations, as well as Nunavut. Nunavut has landed a seven nominations; a strong showing for the first year of submissions being open to the territory’s artists. British Columbia, this year’s BreakOut West home province, observed the impact of the BC Music Fund programs (administered by Creative BC, a WCMA partner), with 59 artist and industry member nominations, a significant increase from prior years.

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