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RCM Announces Formation of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Untitled-3A major initiative by The Royal Conservatory of Music, which celebrates the cultural diversity and pluralism of Canada as it turns 150, is the formation of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra. This project, conceived by Mervon Mehta, executive director of performing arts, is led by Artistic Director David Buchbinder, the Juno Award-winning trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and cultural inventor. More than 100 Canadians hailing from 47 countries applied to be in the orchestra, out of which 12 members have been chosen after three rounds of auditions.

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Toronto Expands Support for Its music Community with City Hall Live

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Naiman-226x300@2xThe following is from Corey Poole at Music Canada:

Music Canada, in partnership with TD Bank Group, is proud to return as sponsor of City Hall Live, formerly known as Live From City Hall.

The program will expand this year to include new collaborations with local venues, events, presenters and musicians. This past weekend, City Hall Live presented eight artists performing at 159 Manning Ave as part of Doors Open Toronto. Today, City Hall Live is presenting performances by Toronto artists Ammoye and Charmie as part of the pre-Lulaworld 2017 festivities at Lulu Lounge following a 6:30pm panel discussion on diversity and live music in the media. More collaborations will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Kaytranada Replaces Tyler, The Creator as NXNE Headliner

Monday, May 29th, 2017

NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

NXNE Port Lands main stage in 2016 [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

North By Northeast (NXNE) has announced that Canadian DJ, producer, Prism Prize and Polaris Prize-winner Kaytranada will perform at the Portlands site on Saturday, June 24. He will join previously announced acts Passion Pit, Post Malone, Bleachers, Tinie Tempah and more for the all ages weekend long event. Organizers say attendees can look forward to a unique and immersive festival experience filled with rides, games and special prizing opportunities.

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CosmoFEST Happening This Saturday with Free Concert from Mother Mother, Honeymoon Suite & More

Monday, May 29th, 2017

ADD1-CosmoFestCosmoFEST is returning to Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill, ON this Saturday, June 3rd. Admission and parking is free with lots of activities for all ages.

In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday, every Main Stage act represents the best home-grown talent in several genres ranging from folk, country, classic rock, indie rock to modern alternative. Free Main Stage concerts kick off at 12:30 p.m. with Jacob Moon (folk), 2 p.m. with Meghan Patrick (country), 3:45 p.m. with Honeymoon Suite (classic rock), 5:30 p.m. with The Beaches (indie rock), and this year’s headliners at 7:15 p.m. – Mother Mother (modern alternative).

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BreakOut West Launches New Website & Mobile App for 15th Anniversary

Friday, May 26th, 2017

BOW websiteWith support from The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), the Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters through the Collective Initiatives, Digital Marketing program, BreakOut West has announced the launch of its new website for the event’s 15th year, as well as a mobile app for BreakOut 2017, taking place in Edmonton from Sept. 13-17.The new website is now live at www.breakoutwest.ca.

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Polaris & Lixar to Partner for Long List & Live Podcast Event in Ottawa

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Kaytranada accepting the 2016 Polaris Music Prize [Photo by Danny Williams]

Kaytranada accepting the 2016 Polaris Music Prize [Photo by Danny Williams]

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, have partnered with Lixar to present the Long List and the first-ever live Polaris Podcast episode.

Taking place on June 13 at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa at 7pm, this special edition of the Polaris Podcast will feature a roundtable selection of Polaris jurors as well as special guests. They’ll be tasked with discussing the freshly unveiled 40 album 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List, which is being revealed earlier that day at the National Arts Centre.

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New CRTC Decision Will Likely Kill MuchFACT

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

muchFACT_logoalttaglineblkA recent decision by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has put the future of the MuchFACT video funding program into question. In its Broadcasting Decision 2017-149, the CRTC has removed the requirement by Much and Gusto (formerly M3), which are owned by Bell Media, to provide funding for the MuchFACT program as a requirement of its broadcasting licence.

MuchFACT was created in 1984 and for decades has funded and promoted Canadian music videos and related music content. Many prominent Canadian artists have funded music videos with the help of MuchFACT, including  Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Serena Ryder, The Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, K-OS, Feist, Shad, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts, Metric, k.d. lang, and the Barenaked Ladies. MuchFACT has also been a crucial source of support for developing Canadian directors. Since its inception, MuchFACT has awarded more than $100 million dollars and funded nearly 9,000 projects.

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Matt Epp & Faouzia Ouihya Named First Ever Canadian Winners of the International Songwriting Competition

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
Matt Epp & Faouzia Ouihya

Matt Epp & Faouzia Ouihya

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is has announced its 2016 winners and for the first time in the history of the competition, the Grand Prize is awarded to Canadian songwriters. Now in its 16th year, the ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving more than 16,000 entries from 137 countries throughout the world. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

This year, the ISC has given its highest honor to Winnipeg troubador Matt Epp and Morocco-born Manitoba-raised 16-year old phenom Faouzia for their co-written song “The Sound Ft. Faouzia.” The Grand Prize winners take home $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $45,000 in additional prizes.

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Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young & Stéphane Venne to be Inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, after a five year hiatus, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) Induction ceremony returns with four inductees — Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, and Stéphane Venne — at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall. The bilingual ceremony presented by Richardson GMP, will feature tributes and performances from sought after Canadian artists including, Arkells, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Damien Robitaille, Daniel Lavoie, Don Ross, Élage Diouf, France D’amour, Florence K, Julie Payette, k.d. lang, Randy Bachman, William Prince, and Whitehorse with special surprise artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

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SoundExchange Acquires CMRRA

Monday, May 15th, 2017
CMRRA President Caroline Rioux

CMRRA President Caroline Rioux

SoundExchange today announced that it has acquired the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), the music licensing collective that represents the majority of songs recorded, sold, and broadcast in Canada on behalf of music publishers. The move is a dramatic development for the Canadian music industry and represents SoundExchange’s first expansion into the collective management of music publishing rights.

This transaction will allow the expanded organization to service an enormous cross section of Anglo-American sound recordings and music publishing repertoire. SoundExchange says the acquisition will provide it with a unique opportunity to offer a broad and comprehensive range of services to rights holders in both sound recordings and music publishing and music users alike across North America.

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