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CBC Music & MusiCounts Launch 3rd Annual Canadian Music Class Challenge

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

1024px-Music_class_usaCBC Music in association with MusiCounts has announced the return of the Canadian Music Class Challenge, which encourages eligible music classes, music clubs, and after-school programs to submit a video performance of a Canadian song (full 2017 list below) for a chance to win one of six $5,000 classroom recording studios. This year’s competition launches on Sept. 1 and will close on Nov. 24, with winners to be announced on CBC Radio 2 Morning with Raina Douris on Dec. 15.

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Red Bull Music Academy Returns to Montreal for 4-Day Weekender Next Month

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

RBMAThe Red Bull Music Academy will return to Montreal for a four-day festival this Sept. 21-24, 2017. On the one-year anniversary of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, which saw 70 music-makers from across the globe come together for five weeks of lectures, workshops, and mutual inspiration, this fall’s Red Bull Music Academy Weekender will feature a series of experimental and immersive events around the city celebrating music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Audiences can expect a musical takeover featuring a wide range of performances and unique collaborations.

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SOCAN & Re:Sound Launching Beta Version of Joint Music Licensing Portal

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN and Re:Sound are working together on a joint licensing portal that will benefit the two organizations’ respective rights holders – songwriters, composers, publishers for SOCAN and artists and record labels for Re:Sound – by making the licensing process simpler and more straightforward for businesses like bars and restaurants, hairdressers, and retailers that play music in their establishments.

The pilot will allow music users to obtain a single report and payment for their use of recorded music through an online portal. This portal will serve as a one-stop-shop where businesses can report and pay both their quarterly SOCAN and Re:Sound licensing fees in one place, rather than reporting and paying separately for licenses with each organization.

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BreakOut West Unveils Conference & Festival Schedules

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Breakout West conference 2015 [Photo: Keri Coles Photography]

Breakout West conference 2015 [Photo: Keri Coles Photography]

The Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) has released the full festival and conference schedules for the 2017 edition of BreakOut West (BOW), taking place from Sept. 13-17 in Edmonton. BOW incorporates a four-day conference, three-night music festival, and the Western Canadian Music Awards.

The BreakOut West Music Festival features a multi-genre line-up of over 50 established and emerging artists from Western Canada performing at multiple venues throughout Edmonton. New this year is the East Meets West collaboration between the East Coast Music Association and WCMA, which will see Maritime artist like PEI’s Dylan Menzie Nova Scotia’s Hillsburn showcase at BOW. In this reciprocal arrangement, western artists will be selected to perform at the next East Coast Music Week.

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UTA’s Former Canadian Agents Finding New Homes; APA & Paradigm Opening Toronto Offices

Monday, August 21st, 2017
Ralph James

Ralph James

Karen Bliss at Billboard.com has reported that following the surprising Aug. 1st announcement that UTA would close its Canadian office in Toronto, a number of the let go agents and other staff have found homes. Most prominently, former UTA COO Jack Ross and CEO Ralph James are going to lead a new Toronto office for APA, while Rob Zifarelli and Adam Countryman are doing the same for Paradigm.

Additionally, according to Billboard, Stefanie Purificati and Mike Graham are joining Ross and James at the new APA Canadian office. Paquin Artists Agency, a Canadian company, are hiring Adam Kreeft, Rob Thornton, and Sarah Litt. It’s believed that most of the artists represented by the agents will follow them to their new agencies.

For more information, including reactions to the news from members of the Canadian music industry, go to Bliss’s article HERE.

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Nielsen Music Canada Releases its First ‘Live Music & Brands Report’ for Industry Members

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Nielsen Music Canada has released its inaugural Live Music and Brands Report. The report, which is not available to general public, delivers consumer data and insights for artists, brands, labels, management and event producers, helping them optimize monetization at live music events.

The comprehensive report analyzes how Canadian fans engage with live music from purchasing and decision-making, to travel and accommodations, on-site activations and post-event spending habits.

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‘Kaneshii’ Boutique Vinyl Pressing Facility to Open in PEI in September

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

KaneshiiKaneshii Vinyl is gering up for the official opening and September production launch of their vinyl record pressing facility. The Prince Edward Island-based company will serve as the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Founded by local entrepreneurs Gideon Banahene and Ghislaine Cormier, Kaneshii offers a one-stop-shop for record pressing and customized packaging.

The only boutique-style vinyl record pressing facility in Canada, Banahene and Cormier say Kaneshii pairs the latest technology in vinyl manufacturing with classic vinyl pressing techniques to create high-quality, hand-picked, hand-packaged products.

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Nielsen Music’s Data to Support Balloting & Selection Process for 2017 CCMA Awards

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Gord Bamford performing at the 2015 CCMAs [Photo by Grant Martin Photography]

Gord Bamford performing at the 2015 CCMAs [Photo by Grant Martin Photography]

Nielsen Music Canada and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) have announced that Nielsen Music is serving as the exclusive data provider for Canada’s biggest country music awards show by supporting the balloting and selection process of the 2017 nominations with its music data and insights through the Music Connect platform.

The CCMA Awards show will take place on Sept. 10 in Saskatoon, SK, and will air on CBC featuring a number of musical performances, including Gord Bamford with Jim Cuddy, Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke, Meghan Patrick, Dallas Smith, The Washboard Union, as well as international superstar Blake Shelton.

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Rifflandia to Expands its Industry & Showcase Initiatives in September

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

[Photo: Keri Coles Photography]

[Photo: Keri Coles Photography]

To coincide with its 10th anniversary, Rifflandia Festival has teamed up with Music BC to expand its industry and showcase initiatives in 2017. Starting on Thursday, Sept. 14th, Victoria will welcome industry delegates from around the world to take part in the annual festival and its slate of BC artists and performers.

In partnership with Rifflandia and Music BC’s How-To Series, the weekend will feature multiple panels and B2B meetings, as part of our commitment to support artists and industry professionals in British Columbia. Confirmed delegates from across the globe include representatives from: ATC Live (UK), Sound Diplomacy (UK), AEG Presents (USA), Spotify (USA), WME (USA), Konzertburo Schoeneberg GmbH (GER), Music Solutions (JPN), Vladimir Radovanov Law (USA), as well as other BC and Canadian music industry professionals.

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Suspicious Fire Further Wrecks Quebec’s Legendary ‘Le Studio’

Friday, August 11th, 2017

le studioThe legendary, but long closed, Quebec recording facility, Le Studio, has been the site of a suspicious fire, according to multiple news reports. The studio – which in its heyday hosted clients like Rush, Cat Stevens, David Bowie, and The Police – had been closed and the building unused since 2008 and had fallen into disrepair.

According to the CBC, the fire department received a call around 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Aug. 11. It’s also reported that the fire department believes the fire was purposely set and an investigation is now taking place.

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