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David Farrell to be Inducted into Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

David FarrellCanadian Music Week has announced David Farrell as the 2018 inductee to the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Farrell will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto on Thursday, May 10th, 2018.

For more than four decades, Farrell has chronicled the ups, downs, triumphs, disasters and constant changes that make Canada’s music industry a roller coaster for its participants.


Stompin’ Tom to be Posthumously Inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Stompin_tom_connors_in_2002The late Stompin’ Tom Connors is among the six honourees who’ll be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Liberty Grand Theatre in Toronto.

Connors’ legacy of uniquely Canadian songs extends far beyond the nearly five million records sold in his career, and deep into the hearts, homes, and classrooms of countless Canadians across the country.


Royal Conservatory of Music to Host Free University & College Music Fair on Nov. 4th

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

RCM_Crest_bigcanvasThe Royal Conservatory of Music is bringing together some of the leading post secondary institutions from across Canada to provide high school students with an opportunity to explore all of their post-secondary options.

The RCM University and College Music Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Telus Centre for Performance and Learning (273 Bloor St. West, Toronto).

In one location, high school students are invited to meet with representatives from Canada’s top college and university music programs and get all their questions answered regarding admission requirements and program structure. Admission to the fair is free.


2017 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Winners Announced

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 8.38.33 AMThe Polaris Music Prize, produced by Blue Ant Media, has announced the winning albums for the 2017 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.

The winners were chosen from four short lists, each representing a different musical era, and were curated by a Heritage Prize jury of music historians and music media. Two winners for each era were chosen — one by public vote and one by the jury. Voting opened at the Polaris Music Prize Gala on Sept. 18, 2017 and ended on Oct. 19.


SOCAN & Pioneer DJ Partner to Provide Canadian EDM Venues with Real-Time Music Royalty Tracking

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

KUVO-DJ_SizedSOCAN has announced a partnered with Pioneer DJ Corporation of Japan to become the first music rights organization in North America to use direct metadata extraction technology, KUVO, to identify electronic dance music performances automatically in nightclubs and other electronic music venues.

The Pioneer-KUVO device is being provided voluntarily to nightclubs, beginning with the Toronto area, as an additional aspect of their SOCAN music license agreement. Once installed, the KUVO device easily plugs into a DJ’s mixing board, capturing metadata from the music, which is then collected and relayed to SOCAN to tabulate and distribute royalties more accurately to the copyright holders of the music.


Yangaroo and the JUNO Awards Renew Multi-Year Agreement

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

buffy Sainte-Marie presenting The Weeknd with the JUNO Award for Single of the Year winner [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

Buffy Sainte-Marie presenting The Weeknd with a JUNO Award. [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

Yangaroo, a secure digital media management and distribution company, has announced the signing of a multi-year renewal with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the organization behind the JUNO Awards. Yangaroo will continue to provide its digital awards management platform, which is powered by the company’s patented Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS), a platform that streamlines eawards show management.

The 47th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CBC from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. on March 25, 2018, with JUNO Week celebrations running from March 19-25, 2018.


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.


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.


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.


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. 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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