Today, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), in partnership with BuzzAngle Music, launched Canadian independent-only music charts, the CIMA 20 and CIMA 40. The two charts available every Tuesday represent the market success of independent artists in Canada, by ranking their current album packages encompassing music sales, downloads, and streams. This week Mario Pelchat’s Agnus Dei (MP3 Disques) topped the CIMA 20 and CIMA 40 charts.
A new initiative called CanadaSound has been launched, which is created by cleansheet communications in partnership with CBC Music, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), The JUNO Awards, SOCAN, ICI MUSIQUE, and the Department of Canadian Heritage. CanadaSound is an interactive virtual platform that anyone can access, explore and contribute to – building a sound library that expresses the experience of living in Canada. Canadians are invited to upload, post, or send their favourite homegrown sounds to the site to inspire artists nationwide to create new, distinctly Canadian songs. As well, artists like Walk Off the Earth, Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies, Florence K, and many more have joined the initiative.
The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) has announced the nominees for the fifth annual CMAOntario Awards. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards recognize the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories. Meghan Patrick leads the pack with seven nominations while James Barker Band, River Town Saints, Jessica Mitchell, Cold Creek County, Jason Blaine, Tim Hicks, and The Abrams are among the multiple nominees being honoured at the ceremony on Sunday, June 11th at Centennial Hall in London, ON. See the full nominees listing for the 2017 CMAOntario Awards below.
The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced that Paul Brandt is the 2017 inductee to the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, presented by FACTOR. In addition to this honour, Brandt will be performing acoustically at the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch during BreakOut West.
BreakOut West takes place this year in Edmonton from Sept. 13-17, 2017, returning to Alberta’s capital city for the first time since 2008. Delegate registration opens on April 18th, and a full list of Western Canadian Music Award nominees will be announced on April 24th, commencing the member voting period for nominees.
Nielsen Music Canada, in its capacity as the official data provider for the JUNO Awards, has released its “week after” insights detailing the consumer reaction to winning artists and those who performed at the show. Held last Sunday, April 2nd at in Ottawa, the awards proved a boon for featured artists.
Vancouver folk-rock band The Long War have beat out roughly 1,200 other competitors to be named the winners of CBC Music’s 2017 Searchlight competition. The band’s win was revealed on Sunday during a nationally-televised finale on CBC Television where they performed along with the other top-four finalists: Saskatchewan’s The Wolfe and Toronto’s WILL and Jaryd Stanely.
The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced the top six finalists of the 2017 CCMA Discovery Program. The finalists are: Danielle Bourjeaurd (Ontario), Jesse Gold (Ontario), Kalsey Kulyk (Alberta), Steph La Rochelle (Ontario), Shylo Sharity (British Columbia), and Sons of Daughters (British Columbia). Now in its fifth year, this national initiative of the CCMA was created to educate and support Canadian country music artists and acts in their pursuit of a career in the music industry.
FACTOR has announced several significant changes to its programs and policies for 2017-18. Among them is the elimination of its loan repayment policy, which means only grant funding will be provided as of April 1, 2017.
The following explanation of the changes is from FACTOR:
The Business Policies have been reorganized, amended and restated. The major changes are:
SOCAN and SODRAC today announced that the two organizations are actively discussing the possibility of combining operations with the aim of creating an integrated approach to the management of both performing rights and reproduction rights of songwriters, composers, and music publishers.
This initiative by SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada) and SODRAC (Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada) is, they say, a proactive response to the transformation of the markets and modes of consumption of music, mostly notably streaming.