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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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Halifax Pop Explosion Conference Details Released

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

TRY-HPX-CONFThe details of the conference portion of the 25th Halifax Pop Explosion have been released. HPX25 will be held in venues around downtown Halifax, NS from Oct. 18-21, with the three-day conference be held from Oct. 19-21.

The first day of the conference on Thursday, Oct. 19 will feature presentations on entertainment law, legal access to the U.S. markets, publicity and branding, festival management, and an examination of emerging label Buzz Records. These sessions are all free and open to the public, though seating is limited. The Canadian Label Summit and Halifax Pop Explosion Sync Summit will also kick off with focused, high-level roundtable discussions for registered participants. These sessions require pre-registration.

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Caveboy, Ivory Hours & Quake Matthews Named 2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Winners

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music announced today that Caveboy, Ivory Hours, and Quake Matthews have been selected as the 2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners. Chosen by a Super Jury comprised of JUNO alumni, this year’s winners will receive support one of Canada’s topr artist development programs to propel their careers to the next level and get “JUNO ready” before heading to the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver.

2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners:

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SOCAN Seeks Judicial Review of the Copyright Board of Canada’s decision for Streaming Services for 2011-2013

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

SOCAN has released the following statement objecting to the Copyright Board of Canada’s recent decision on rights and royalty rates for streaming services: 

On August 25, 2017, the Copyright Board of Canada released a decision on the use of music by Internet streaming services. Today such services include Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify.

This was the Copyright Board’s first opportunity to consider the new “making available right,” which was introduced in the Canadian Copyright Act as part of 2012 amendments. The decision also set the royalties to be paid by streaming services for the period 2011 to 2013.

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