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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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JUNOfest Lineup & Details Announced

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
2017 JUNO Fan Fare. The Strumbellas perform to start round 1 of JUNO Fan Fare. Rideau Centre, Ottawa, On. April 1, 2017. (Photo: CARASiPhoto).

The Strumbellas at JUNO Fan Fare 2017 (Photo: CARASiPhoto)

The lineup of Canadian talent confirmed to perform at JUNOfest was announced today by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Over 95 artists are set to play JUNO Week during the two-night annual music celebration that can be seen at 15 stages across Vancouver. The music festival presented by CBC Music will take place on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

Wristbands for JUNOfest will be available for $30 (plus tax and service fees) and are on sale now at junofest.ticketfly.com. JUNOfest wristbands offer priority access to all JUNOfest venues over two nights (subject to capacity). Individual tickets will also be sold in advance at ticketfly.com and available at the door of each venue ($15-$30).
Artist confirmed to perform include:

 

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DMC Celebrates 35 Years of Championing DJs

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

5-time DMC Canada Champion DJ Vekked [Photo: Peter Savic]

5-time DMC Canada Champion DJ Vekked [Photo: Peter Savic]

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the DMC World organization and the eighth year since the reboot of DMC Canada. DMC’s Canadian branch is in the process of scheduling its 2018 Canadian DMC Battleground, which will see Canadian DJs compete to represent Canada at the DMC World Championships.

DMC was founded in the U.K. in 1983 by Tony Prince as the first legal, members-only, remix pool that serviced DJs worldwide with cassettes and vinyl featuring the latest sounds from across the globe. In 1986, the DMC World DJ Competition was established as an annual global event that continues to provide a high-profile stage for DJs to test their skills against their peers. Some of the world’s most notable DJs have competed in the DMC World DJ Championships including, A-Trak, Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill), Carl Cox, and Roger Sanchez. Over the years, an abundance of celebrity guest performers have also graced the stage of the DMC World Finals, including James Brown, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Run DMC, Public Enemy, and more.  The competition has evolved over time from its humble beginnings but remains true to the art form of turntablism and their utilization as instruments rather than simple playback devices.

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Billy Talent to Receive the Legends of Live Special Achievement Award

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Billy Talent at the Indie Awards during CMW 2015. [Photo: Michael Raine]

Billy Talent at the Indie Awards during CMW 2015. [Photo: Michael Raine]

Canadian Music Week (CMW) and Music Canada Live have announced that Billy Talent – Ben Kowalewicz, Ian D’Sa, Jonathan Gallant, Aaron Solowoniuk, and Jordan Hastings – as the 2018 recipients of the Legends of Live Special Achievement Award. The multi-platinum rock band will be honoured for their achievements and longstanding career in music and live touring. Billy Talent will join the celebrated list of previous Legends of Live recipients, which include:Blue Rodeo and The Tragically Hip. In celebration of their 25th anniversary and receiving the Legends of Live Award, Billy Talent will deliver a special two song performance at the third annual Live Music Industry Awards at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in the Dominion Ballroom (123 Queen St W, Toronto ON) on Friday, May 11th for Happy Hour from 4:30PM – 6:30PM. Purchase tickets here.

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Hedley Dropped by Managers & Agents Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations [Updated]

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

hedleyCompanies and people associated with Canadian pop-rock group Hedley are cutting their ties with the band amid a growing storm of sexual misconduct allegations. Today, the latest to cut their connections with the band include their management company, Watchdog Management, and agents at The Feldman Agency. As well, the band Neon Dreams have announced they are leaving the Cageless Tour, which they were currently on as Hedley’s openers.

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Enter Shure’s “Off the Beaten Track” Mobile Recording Contest

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

CapitolShure is inviting bands, singers, and solo musicians to enter its “Off the Beaten Track” mobile recording contest to compete for a grand prize trip to Los Angeles with a professional recording session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California. To enter, artists must simply upload a video of an original song performed in a unique location.

The winner of the grand prize will receive a trip to Los Angeles and a professional recording session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, along with $5,000 USD worth of Shure gear. Legendary producer and engineer Al Schmitt, who has worked with Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and many more over his lengthy career, will oversee the recording session.

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Ed Sheeran Named World’s Best Selling Artist in 2017; Drake & The Weeknd in Top 10

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Ed Sheeran with the IFPI global Award [Photo Credit: John Marshall]

Ed Sheeran with the IFPI Global Award
[Photo Credit: John Marshall]

IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has named Ed Sheeran as the world’s best-selling recording artist of 2017, reflecting the unparalleled, record-breaking success of his third studio album ÷ (Divide) and its singles including the global smashes Shape of You, Castle on the Hill, Galway Girl and Perfect.

Released in March 2017, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ was the global best-selling album of last year and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 36 markets. “Shape of You” was the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-platinum in 32 markets. It is the first time that the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.

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CIMA Unhappy with Lack of Music Funding in 2018 Federal Budget

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Bill Morneau delivering the 2018 budget speech

Bill Morneau delivering the 2018 budget speech

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), which represents the country’s indie music industry, has voiced its displeasure with the new federal budget, which was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Feb. 27, 2018. CIMA says the budget fails to provide much-needed additional support for the Canadian independent music sector.

“Current funding programs, such as the [Canadian Music Fund (CMF )], are over-subscribed and underfunded,” says CIMA President Stuart Johnston says. “The Federal Government missed an important opportunity to support Canadian creators and the world-class entrepreneurs such as record label executives, managers, and publishers who leverage the Canada Music Fund investments for our artists.”

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