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Ontario Music Fund Announces Recipients of $14 Million in Grants

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Photo: Flickr/Sara Long

Photo: Flickr/Sara Long

The Ontario Music Fund, which is now in its fifth year, has announced the recipients of this year’s round of grant money. There are more than 200 grants totalling $14 million being given out to music companies, organizations, festivals, and artists of all sizes.

“Our government understands that the music industry is vital to the province’s economic prosperity and a huge part of our cultural landscape and identity,” Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Daiene Vernile said in a statement.

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Sing! Toronto Vocals Arts Festival Gears Up for 2018 Edition

Friday, April 27th, 2018
Photo: Robert Saxe, Sing! 2012 Toronto Vocal Arts Festival at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Photo: Robert Saxe, Sing! 2012 Toronto Vocal Arts Festival at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival will be shining a light on vocal music once again from May 23-June 3, 2018 at various venues in Toronto. The festival features a range of club shows, free concerts, and educational workshops for singers of all ages and skill levels. Performing artists include Rockapella, the House Jacks, Toronto Northern Lights Chorus, Cadence, and Retrocity, among others.

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CMW Announces Prizing for First Annual Hackathon

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

[Photo: @matylda/flickr]

[Photo: @matylda/flickr]

Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced its first round of prizes for the first annual Canadian Music Week Hackathon taking place May 8-9, 2018 in Toronto.

Worth over $5,000, the prizes will include a Universal Music Canada Vinyl and Merch Prize Pack, dinner for winning team at the Thompson Hotel, passes for Ottawa Bluesfest, Moogfest, The INDIE Awards, Canadian Music Week Conference, and O’Cannabiz Expo, Rebelution VIP tickets and autographed merch package, Beyerdynamic headphones, a five year subscription and music book certificate from Canadian Musician and much more.

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IFPI 2018 Global Music Report: Streaming Continues to Push Industry’s Growth

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

03 IFPI Global reportIFPI has released its 2018 Global Music Report, which provides state-of-the-industry overview of the top global music markets last year and highlights industry trends.

After rising to sixth place in 2016, Canada dropped slightly to seventh in 2017 in the rankings of largest recorded music markets in the world. Revenues from subscription streaming services continue to grow, with its trade value in Canada increasing from $95.34 million in 2016 to $160.9 million in 2017 (all figures in USD). Ad-supported streaming, on the other hand, declined slightly last year, dropping from $16.59 million in 2016 to $16.24 million in 2017. Video streaming equaled $23.32 million in trade value in 2017, which is up from $21.56 in 2016. Put together, the total value for all streaming rose more than 65 per cent in Canada, up to $200.4 million in 2017 compared to $135.5 million in 2016. That is greater than the global average growth in combined streaming revenue of 41.1 per cent.

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NXNE Announces 2018 Club Land Curators

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Mac DeMarco at NXNE [Photo: courtesy of NXNE]

Mac DeMarco at NXNE [Photo: courtesy of NXNE]

North by Northeast (NXNE) has announced the 2018 Club Land Curators and second edition of Game Land. The Club Land Curator series returns from June 10-16 at participating venues across Toronto’s downtown core with Game Land once again kicking off the festival June 8-10, at The Concert Hall (888 Yonge St).

“We’re thrilled to have top Canadian artists share the spotlight with up-and-coming acts that they believe in. We think this is a great refresh for the club hopping wristband that has been an essential part of NXNE since 1995,” says Michael Hollett, NXNE founder and president.

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ECMA Partners with Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame to Annually Honour the Legacy of East Coast Songwriters

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

song for miraThe East Coast Music Association has announced a new partnership with the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, beginning at this year’s East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference in Halifax.

The two organizations will partner each year to induct a new song written by an East Coast artist into the Hall of Fame, celebrating those who have helped shape the unique sound of East Coast music. This year the inducted song will be “Song for the Mira” by Allister MacGillivray, that has made the secluded, picturesque Cape Breton community of Marion Bridge and its Mira River famous the world over.

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More Speakers Announced for BreakOut West 2018

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Graham Ashton, Juliette Carter, Michael Lambert & Vanessa Cito

Graham Ashton, Juliette Carter, Michael Lambert & Vanessa Cito

A new batch of speakers has been announced for the BreakOut West conference, which takes place in Kelowna, BC from Oct. 10-14, 2018. Among the new speakers are an Australian who launched a music services company specializing in artist, project, and event management; a U.S.-based artist manager who works with the likes of Karen O and Washed Out; the co-owner of a management company and record label out of the U.K.; and master at developing customized social marketing plans and strategy for musicians and brands across multiple platforms.

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Canadian Artists Earn Four First Place Wins in International Songwriting Competition

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Faouzia Ouihya

Faouzia Ouihya

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2017 winners. Created in 2002, ISC is widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world and received more than 16,000 entries from almost 140 countries. Prizes include more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise. Once again, Canadian artists did very well, with four first place wins, three third place, and 39 honourable mentions.

The Grand Prize winners this year are Nicholas Miller (better known as Illenium), Annika Wells, Kate Morgan, and Michael Biancaniello for the song “Crawl Outta Love Ft. Annika Wells.” The Grand Prize consists of $25,000 in cash (USD) and over $35,000 in additional prizes.

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Nominees Announced for the 2018 Indies

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Alvvays at the 2015 Indies

Alvvays at the 2015 Indies

Canadian Music Week has announced the nominees for the 2018 Indies – the 18th annual Independent Music Awards – presented by Jim Beam with Indie88. R&B artist  Daniel Caesar, breakthrough artist Jessie Reyez, Indigenous pop and electronic music singer Iskwe, and Montréal-based Congolese rhumba- electronic fusion artist and Moonshine collective founder Pierre Kwenders are among the many Canadian artists nominated at this year’s awards.

Featuring performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Said the Whale, Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs and the winner of the Jim Beam talent search, the awards show honours top  independent artists at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto on May 12. Public and industry votes decide the winners of the Indies.  Voting is now open at www.indies.ca/voting/.

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New Report Offers a New Vision & Recommendations for Ontario’s Live Music Industry

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Moon King performing at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

Moon King performing at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern [Photo courtesy of NXNE]

The Ontario Live Music Working Group (OLMWG), an industry/government round-table convened by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced its “Vision for Ontario’s Live Music Industry” during a press conference hosted by Music Canada Live on Monday, April 16, 2018 in Toronto.

“We are thrilled to be able to share this vision for the live music sector,” said Music Canada Live Executive Director, and OLMWG co-chair, Erin Benjamin. “It’s so timely for industry and artists working within Ontario’s incredible live music community.  We now have a plan to ensure the momentum being built in, and with the support of the Province, can continue. The government’s commitment to the sector is exemplary, and this Vision will help to formalize the critical next step: development of a live music strategy for Ontario.”

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