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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.


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:


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.


Nominees Announced for 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Bruce Cockburn and others during the 2016 CFMA gala. [Photo by Mike Bourgault]

Bruce Cockburn and others during the 2016 CFMA gala. [Photo by Mike Bourgault]

The Canadian Folk Music Awards announced their nominees for their 13th edition by YouTube livestream yesterday, celebrating this year’s 75 nominees.

This year’s awards take place in Ottawa on Nov. 18 and 19, 2017 at the Bronson Centre. For the first time ever, the weekend’s focus events will take shape as two evenings, which are open to the-public. The new format will combine the Canadian Folk Music Awards’ live music showcases and the awards gala.


Music Heals’ Strike a Chord Gala Just a Month Away

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Strike a Chord 2015Music therapy charity Music Heals’ annual Strike a Chord gala and concert is just under a month away. It will be held at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on Thursday, Oct. 19th.

The fourth annual Strike A Chord promises another memorable evening of entertainment and special guests. The concert lineup is a kept a secret, but past performers have included Serena Ryder, Big Sugar, Dan Mangan with a 60-kid choir, Maestro Fresh Wes, Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Jully Black, and more. In addition to the celebration of music,  there will also be food, drinks, and dancing. This event has featured Juno and Grammy winning performers and has raised over $250,000 for local music therapy programs in its first three years.


Nova Scotia Music Week Conference to Spotlight Women in the Music Industry & Urban Music

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

NSMWWomen in Music and urban music genres will be in the spotlight during the Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 conference. The conference will also explore the U.K. market and the opportunities it holds for Nova Scotian musicians. Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 will take place in Truro from Nov. 2-5.

The Women in Music conference programming will celebrate the successes and examine the challenges faced by women in the music industry. It will provide the opportunity to network, participate in mentorships, and hear from some of the most influential women in the international music industry. Men are encouraged to attend the panels and key discussions. One-on-one mentoring sessions are exclusive to the female and female-identifying community.


Lido Pimienta Wins 2017 Polaris Music Prize for ‘La Papessa’

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Lido-Pimienta-La-Papessa-680Lido Pimienta has won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for the album .

“Not in English, not in French. But we’re here,” said Pimienta after accepting the award.

The Prize, which was presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation. It was determined by a grand jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the greater Polaris jury pool of almost 200 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs, and personalities from across the country.


Western Canadian Music Awards Winners Announced at BreakOut West

Monday, September 18th, 2017

[Photo: Twitter/@nwc_canada]

[Photo: Twitter/@nwc_canada]

The Western Canadian Music Awards in the artistic and industry categories were given out last during BreakOut West in Edmonton, AB.  The 15th annual industry awards were announced on Friday at the Industry Awards Brunch at BreakOut West at the Sutton Place Hotel.The artistic awards winners were announced at a reception at the Dinwoodie Lounge in Edmonton.

The Industry Awards Brunch included performances from showcasing artists //AMISTAD// from British Columbia and Calla Kinglit from Yukon Territory, as well as a special acoustic performance from this year’s WCMA Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Brandt, who was also inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame the previous week in Saskatoon at Canadian Country Music Week.


Indie Week Announces First Round of Artists & Showcases, Plus New Health & Wellness Day

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Indie WeekIndie Week, the six-day showcase event held in downtown Toronto, has announced the first wave of artists performing from Nov. 7-12, 2017, as well as details for Indie101, its accompanying music and tech conference, and Health & Wellness Day.

Featuring more than 200 of both emerging musicians and leading industry speakers across over 25 venues — and supported by key pillars for breakout stars, such as Slaight Music — Indie Week and Indie101 organizers say they bring the community together for inspiration, education, and live music from bands and artists not currently signed to a major label.


Dallas Smith, Brett Kissel & Meaghan Patrick Win Big at CCMA Awards

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Brett Kissel at the 2017 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

Brett Kissel at the 2017 CCMA Awards [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The 2017 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards Show took place last night at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK, and was televised on CBC. During the two-hour event, eight of the most sought-after CCMA Awards were presented and fourteen exceptional performances entertained fans.

Dallas Smith took home one of the biggest awards of the night, Album of the Year, for the second time in his career; in addition to also winning Single of the Year. Brett Kissel took home Male Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, along with Video of the Year. Newcomer Meaghan Patrick also had a great night, winning both Female Artist of the Year and the SiriusXM Rising Star Award. Thanks to a new partnership with SiriusXM, the CCMA also announced that as this year’s SiriusXM Rising Star Award winner, Patrick will also receive a $10,000 bursary as part of SiriusXM’s continued efforts to support Canadian artists. Fan-favourites, The Road Hammers, took home Group or Duo of the Year, for the third time.


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