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2017 Polaris Music Prize Announces Its 10 Short List Albums

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Polaris short listThe Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, today announced its 2017 Short List of 10 Canadian albums which will vie for the Polaris Music Prize being decided Sept. 18 in Toronto.

The 2017 Short List was announced by CBC Radio 2 Morning host and Polaris juror Raina Douris. Douris will also host the Polaris Music Prize Gala, which will be held at The Carlu in Toronto and live-streamed at cbcmusic.ca/polaris and on CBC Music’s Facebook  page and YouTube channel.

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BreakOut West Announces Second Wave of Festival Artists Featuring Australian Guest Artists

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Acres of Lions at BreakOut West 2015. [Photo: Keri Coles Photography]

Acres of Lions at BreakOut West 2015. [Photo: Keri Coles Photography]

BreakOut West has announced more western Canadian talent to add to the BreakOut West Festival line-up, and another special addition to spice up the 15th anniversary of BreakOut West. This will be first year BreakOut West has welcomed Australian artists to showcase at the annual event, who will perform publicly in addition to the 50-plus western Canadian artists who will take the stage in Edmonton during BreakOut West from Sept. 13-17. Also included are alumni artists The Wet Secrets, and rounded out by a talented variety of rock, country, urban, metal, roots, electronic, and pop music from Francophone artists, Indigenous artists, and many more.

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PUP Win SOCAN Songwriting Prize for “DVP”

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

PUP [Photo: Vanessa Heins]

PUP [Photo: Vanessa Heins]

Toronto-based punk band PUP have been voted the winner of the 12th annual English SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song “DVP,” written by band members Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zachary Mykula, and Steven Sladkowski.

Canadian music fans voted for their favourite songs among 10 finalists nominated by a panel of music industry experts. PUP receives a $10,000 cash prize along with a Yamaha PSR-S970 Keyboard, an Epiphone Masterbilt Century Olympic Guitar, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

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National Music Centre Opens Special Exhibition Dedicated to k.d. lang

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

KD LANG 4767 retouched.tifThe National Music Centre (NMC) has launched a new temporary exhibition honouring iconic Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang.

The exhibition, called Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage, will be in Special Exhibitions Gallery on Level 5 of Studio Bell in Calgary, and trace the versatile performer’s evolution as one of Canada’s most-loved artists.

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Dean Brody, James Barker Band & Brett Kissel Lead 2017 CCMA Awards Nominations

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

Dean Brody performing at the 2016 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced the final nominees in 34 CCMA Award categories today, eight of which will be presented during the 2017 CCMA Awards Show to be broadcast from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Sept. 10 on CBC.

First-time nominees the James Barker Band have five nominations for Album of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Rising Star, Single of the Year, and Video of the Year. Lead singer, James Barker, is also nominated for Songwriters of the Year alongside Gavin Slate, Travis Wood, and Donovan Woods for the James Barker Band single, “Chills.” Dean Brody has five nominations in the categories of Apple Music Fans’ Choice, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for his single, “Time.” Brett Kissel also boasts five nods, including Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year, and Interactive Artist of the Year, as well as Songwriters of the Year with Ted Hewitt and Phil O’Donnell for his single, “Cool With That.”

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First Round of Artists Announced for Indie Week Canada 2017

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Indie WeekReturning for it’s 14th year this November, Indie Week has announced the first round of artists for Indie Week Canada 2017.

Taking over Toronto’s music venues from Nov. 7-12, 2017, Indie Week showcases the best emerging talent from all over the world. Organizers say this year feature more showcases, events, parties, then ever before.

The announced artists are:

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Nielsen Music Canada Mid-Year Report: Drake Sets Record, Radio Still Strong & Streaming Continues Rapid Growth

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Nielsen chart mid year reportNielsen Music has released its Canadian Mid-Year Report for the six month period ending June 29, 2017.  Included in the report are the Nielsen Music Mid-Year charts, presented by Billboard, as well as key insights into important industry trends in sales and streaming, social media, and consumer engagement across the most popular platforms.

The Nielsen Music Canada Mid-Year Report confirms that streaming is still on the rise, with weekly on-demand audio streams surpassing 700 million for the first time ever, during the week ending April 6th. On-demand audio streams peaked at 755 million during the week ending June 22nd and have reached 17.5 billion so far in 2017, up from 9.4 billion a year ago. This 86.6% year-over-year increase in audio on-demand streaming has helped alleviate a 17% decrease in album sales and 20% decrease in digital track sales.

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Inaugural Sync Awards to be Held at CMW 2018

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

sync awardsCanadian Music Week has announced it will host the first annual CMW Sync Awards as part of the Global Creators Summit.  The Sync Awards are the only awards in Canada to recognize the contribution that sync makes to the creative industries. Nominees will include music supervisors, sync teams, publishers, record companies plus the worlds of broadcast and advertising.This celebratory event will honour the acheivements of music in film, television, advertising and brands, video games and online media.

Submissions open in the fall of 2017 where each category has been selected to acknowledge the importance of music placement and the collective achievements of an individual artist. The awards will be judged by a panel of industry professionals according to commercial and creative criteria.

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Nielsen & Billboard Mark Canada 150 with Charts of the Top Canadian Artists, Songs & Albums of the SoundScan Era

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Nielsen ReportIn honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary and Canada Day, Nielsen Music, in partnership with Billboard, has compiled its own celebratory lists of the biggest artists, albums, and songs since the data-tracking system came into Canada in 1996 (and cut off Dec. 31, 2016).

“We’re excited to celebrate the success of Canadian artists at home, in partnership with Billboard, as we honour Canada’s 150th anniversary,” says Paul Shaver, Head of Nielsen Music Canada.

Nielsen Music Canada’s recap charts include all-format and radio charts (started April 1995), album sales (1996 -) and digital song sales (2005 – ). The most recent chart for streaming (July 2014 -) extends to March 2017.

Here are some of the highlights:

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Music Canada Applauds Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in Google Delisting Case

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Supreme_Court_of_CanadaMusic Canada has issued a lengthy statement applauding the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Equustek Solutions v. Google. Though it’s not a case involving music or related companies or rights holders, Music Canada and other music industry organizations feel this decision could be a turning point in their battle against music piracy. In its decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that internet giant Google must delist from its search engine results an entire website that infringed on another company’s  intellectual property. Importantly, the court ruled that Google must delist this website globally, not just in Canada, on the grounds that the internet has no borders.

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