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Music Heals Launches ‘Covers For The Cause’ Fundraising Initiative

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

covers-for-the-cause-screen-shot-music-heals-cover-songs-fundraiser-canada-1024x378Canadian music therapy charity Music Heals has launched the Covers For The Cause program. Music Heals is inviting artists to engage their fans and raise money for music therapy in Canada. Covers For The Cause provides a platform for artists to offer their fans personalized videos of songs that they request by making a tax-deductible donation to Music Heals.

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Dallas Smith, James Barker Band & International Guest Blake Shelton to Perform at the 2017 CCMA Awards Show

Tuesday, July 18th, 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 that Dallas Smith, James Barker Band, and international guest Blake Shelton will all take to the stage to perform at the 2017 CCMA Awards Show. Taking place at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK on Sunday, Sept. 10, the show will broadcast at 8 p.m. ET that night on CBC. Already announced to perform are Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, and Jess Moskaluke.

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MusiCounts Announces 2017 Fred Sherratt Award Recipients

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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Fred Sheratt Award recipients [Photo by Tania Heath]

On July 12, MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with the JUNO Awards, hosted an intimate Toronto tour to celebrate the 2017 Fred Sherratt Award recipients. The Award recognizes the outstanding achievement, talent, and leadership of graduating students selected from post-secondary music programs across the country. The celebration included a tour of the Bell Media headquarters, Revolution Recording studio, iconic venue Massey Hall, and  label and management company eOne & Last Gang Records. Award-winning broadcasting pioneer  Fred Sherratt was on hand to congratulate the 12 recipients and present them with their awards.

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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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