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Nominees Announced for 2018 Indigenous Music Awards

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

[Photo by: Jen Doerksen]

[Photo by: Jen Doerksen]

The nominees for the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards have been announced. The awards will return on May 18 at Winnipeg’s Club Regent Event Centre and will coincide with the Manito Ahbee Festival.  Awards will be handed out in 19 categories, honouring the best music created by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. At the ceremony, Redbone will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

The Manito Ahbee Festival, which runs May 16-20, celebrates Indigenous arts, culture, and music each year in Winnipeg. The 13th annual festival will feature the Indigenous Music AwardsInternational Pow WowIndigenous Music ConferenceCasinos of Winnipeg Indigenous Marketplace and Trade ShowGetting Jiggy With ItArt ExpoArt Challenge, and MTS Youth Education Day.

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Dean Brody Cements International Success with Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

DeanBrodyCMA182A6201-hr--Current CCMA Fan’s Choice, 16-time CCMA Award winner and two-time Juno Award winning artist Dean Brody has firmly cemented himself on a global scale, taking home the The Jeff Walker Global Artist Award presented by the U.S.-based Country Music Assocation (CMA), following his main stage performance at CMC Rocks in Australia this past weekend, where other headline acts included Luke Bryan and Kelsea Ballerini.

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CCMA Confirms Tracy Martin as President

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Tracy Martin [Photo courtesy of CCMA]

Tracy Martin [Photo courtesy of CCMA]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) board of directors have announced Tracy Martin as president, effective immediately. Martin has been interim in the position since July 2017.

“Under the direction of Tracy, the CCMA is already seeing pivotal changes at organizational and conceptual levels,” says Ted Ellis, chairman of the CCMA Board of Directors. “Tracy has the respect of her peers, the industry and the Board. Her extensive background in country music, content and development, marketing and creative is exceptional, and her ability to push boundaries and challenge the status quo is exactly what the CCMA needs right now. We’re thrilled to have her at the helm.”

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Halifax’s Aquakultre Wins CBC Music’s 2018 Searchlight Competition

Monday, March 19th, 2018
aquakultre

aquakultre

Live this morning on q with Tom Power, CBC Music announced Halifax hip-hop, singer-songwriter aquakultre as the winner of the Searchlight 2018 competition. The annual contest to find Canada’s next big music act was narrowed down from over 2,000 entries from every province and territory by a combination of public votes, a Canadian music industry panel, and three celebrity judges.

Recognized by the local music scene as the “best new rapper to come out of Halifax in 20 years” (The Coast Magazine), aquakultre, also known by his given name Lance Sampson, earned the 2018 Searchlight title with his song “Sure.” The 25-year-old is a plumber by trade and a self-taught musician who started writing music to overcome a challenging past.

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Nominations Now Open for the 2018 Canadian Live Music Industry Awards

Monday, March 19th, 2018

The Tragically Hip managers Bernie Breen & Patrick Sambrook at the 2017 Live Music Industry Awards. [Credit: Grant W. Martin Photography

The Tragically Hip managers Bernie Breen & Patrick Sambrook at the 2017 Live Music Industry Awards.
[Credit: Grant W. Martin Photography

Music Canada Live and Canadian Music Week have announced that nominations for the third annual Canadian Live Music Industry Awards are now open. Deadline to submit nominations is  Monday, March 26.

Celebrating the best in live music achievement across the country – big and small, non- and for-profit – the Canadian Live Music Awards acknowledge the value and impact of this country’s diverse and passionate concert promoters, clubs, venues, festivals, agents, organizations, cities, and others who work to animate their cities, towns, and neighbourhoods with live music.

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Canadian Radio Music Awards Nominees Announced

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Magic! at the 2015 Radio Music Awards

Magic! at the 2015 Radio Music Awards

Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced the nominees and performers for the 21st Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA) on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in the Dominion Ballroom. Jessie Reyez, Dvbbs, and New City lead in nominations.

The Canadian Radio Music Awards will spotlight first-time charting artists on the airwaves. The CRMA nominees include artists who have hit the Canadian charts for the first time and who have achieved top airplay in different formats based on radio “spins,” as recorded by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) in 2017. Votes cast by program directors, music directors, and on-air personalities determine the winners.

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Diana Krall, The Jerry Cans & Shawn Hook Added to JUNOs Broadcast Lineup

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
Diana Krall

Diana Krall

The next group of artists set to perform at The 2018 JUNO Awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Arts and Sciences (CARAS). World-renowned jazz singer, Diana Krall, singer-songwriter and Vancouver local Shawn Hook, and Nunavut indie roots band The Jerry Cans, will take the Rogers Arena stage on March 25, 2018.  They will join previously-announced performers Arcade Fire, Daniel Caesar, Lights, Arkells, Jessie Reyez, and more. The JUNO Awards will be broadcast live nationwide 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Radio, and globally on cbcmusic.ca/junos.

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Guitar Workshop Plus Reveals 2018 Guest Artists; Addition Class & Seminar Details

Friday, March 9th, 2018

GWP 2015 aGuitar Workshop Plus has announced the 2018 program with another steller artist line-up for this year. The 2018 guest artists include rock virtuosos Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X, solo), Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, solo). Blues veteran Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues, solo, Fabulous Thunderbirds), bassist Rhonda Smith (Jeff Beck, Prince, solo), country legend Albert Lee (solo, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris), blues/rock masters Eric Gales and Gary Hoey, modern acoustic and fingerstyle masters Andy McKee and Christie Lenee, and more.

In addition to all the regular classes, special seminars including Modern Rock Guitar, Still Got The Blues, Acoustic Expressions, The Art of Country Guitar, Groove Academy (for Bass), Virtuoso Rock, Rockin’ The Blues, and more have also been added to the course options.

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CD Baby Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Paying $600M to Indie Artists Since Its Founding

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
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This year, music distributor CD Baby celebrates its 20th anniversary and says that, in those 20 years, it has paid out $600 million to independent artists, with $80 million of that being in 2017 alone.

Independent artists continue to make up an ever-growing share of the music business overall, with the proportion growing year-over-year. According to CD Baby, for 2017, it was around 40 per cent of total industry revenue. CD Baby has seen similar growth, with its artists earning around $80 million payout on a catalog of more than 9 million digital tracks. CD Baby added around 1 million digital tracks in just 2017.

Much of the growth in the market for independent music comes from new platforms like Spotify and YouTube, where it’s easier to discover and listen to indie artists. At the same time, physical sales and downloads remain important for some styles, pointing to the diversity of models among independent artists. It all adds up to an increasingly vibrant scene that’s come a long way since CD Baby was founded 20 years ago, says the company.

“Just six years ago, iTunes downloads were the main source of sales revenue for our artists,” explains Kevin Breuner, VP of marketing at CD Baby. “Now, large amounts of money are generated by streams on Spotify and Apple Music. With this shift, we’ve seen revenue increase dramatically. The overall pie is growing, and indie musicians are getting their slices.”

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Jim Cuddy to Receive the 2018 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Jim Cuddy at the 2017 JUNO Cup Jam.   (Photo: CARASiPhoto).

Jim Cuddy at the 2017 JUNO Cup Jam. (Photo: CARASiPhoto).

Canadian music education charity MusiCounts has announced that iconic Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy will be the recipient of the 2018 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. The award recognizes individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on music education and MusiCounts.

“We are thrilled to present this year’s MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award to Jim Cuddy, through the generous support of The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation,” says Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “We are very grateful for the extensive work Jim has done for us at MusiCounts, to champion our various programs and initiatives over the years. His support has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of music students across the country.”

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