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Lineup Announced for JUNOfest 2017 in Ottawa

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Arkells perform at the 2015 JUNO Awards [Photo: CARASiPhoto]

Arkells perform at the 2015 JUNO Awards [Photo: CARASiPhoto]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced the artist line-up for the 2017 edition of JUNOfest, presented by CBC Music. The annual two-night music festival will showcase performances by top Canadian acts on stages in more than 15 venues across Ottawa on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 as part of the 2017 JUNO Week.

JUNOfest wristbands are available to purchase for $30 (plus tax and service fees) and go on sale at www.ticketfly.com today (Tuesday, March 7.) Wristbands provide priority access to all venues participating in JUNOfest for both nights. Single show tickets will also be available for purchase in advance or at the door, but are subject to space and availability.

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Jazz Performance & Education Centre Keeping Jazz & Music Education Alive in Toronto

Monday, March 6th, 2017
The David Mott Trio at a 2016 JPEC concert

The David Mott Trio at a 2016 JPEC concert

The Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) is a non-profit organization that presents concerts and events related to jazz and it also has an outreach program for schools in underserviced areas of Toronto. It arranges and pays for musicians to present workshops in the schools with approximately 50 events per year. Started in 2008, JPEC brings together business people, musicians, and arts professionals in order to keep Toronto’s jazz community vibrant and also bring music education to under-served students.

JPEC’s Spring 2017 concert schedule has been announced and includes an Ella Fitzgerald 100th birthday tribute concert on March 18, a father and son dueling pianos show with Eddie and Quincy Bullen on April 8th, and a show by the Caribbean Jazz Collective, featuring Eddie Bullen and Joaquin Hildago, and much more.

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CMW Confirms 2017 Conference Speakers & Events

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

CMW2 smallCanadian Music Week (CMW) has confirmed the speakers, events, and award recipients for the Industry Conferences and Awards taking place April 19 – 21, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

CMW’s three-day Music Summit, the centrepiece of the festival, will include keynotes, celebrity interviews, panels, and workshops. Music Summit highlights include: Denise Donlan sharing stories and life lessons from her career as a MuchMusic VJ, Sony Music Canada president, radio executive, and more; Michael Wekerle of Dragons’ Den and the El Mocambo will participate in the second annual “Startup Launch Pad,” a pitch competition for new businesses; and Dan Mangan with “Don’t Play By Their Rules: An Artist Guide on How to Market to Fans” panel discussion.

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Serena Ryder & Walk Off The Earth to Headline the 2017 CBC Music Festival

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

cbc music festCBC Music has announced the return of the CBC Music Festival to Echo Beach in Toronto on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Celebrating its fifth year, the festival will showcase an all-Canadian lineup featuring co-headliners Serena Ryder and Walk Off The Earth. The day will cinlude more talented acts, including Keys N Krates, Ruth B, Scott Helman, Bobby Bazini, Austra, BROS, Sarah Slean, William Prince, Alx Veliz, IsKwé, RALPH, Valley and the 2017 CBC Searchlight winner. More updates will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public today, Friday, March 3 at 10 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster, with general admission passes going for $39.50 +fees. Children 12 and under enjoy free entry.

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Department of Canadian Heritage releases #DigiCanCon consultation report

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Canada digital report coverThe Department of Canadian Heritage has released its Canadian Content in a Digital World consultation report, which is compiled by polling and data analysis firm Ipsos based on the DigiCanCon consultations with the creative industries in 2016, lead by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly.

Ipsos describes the report as a “synthesis of feedback collected by Ipsos on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage via the online portal, in-person events, and social media discussions, as well as mail and e-mail submissions received from the general public between September 13 and November 25, 2016.” As the report states, “The rapid pace of the emergence and expansion of digital technologies presents many opportunities for Canada, as well as challenges in ensuring that Canada remains competitive in a global market in terms of distributing and discovering Canadian content.”

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Music Heals Announces Event in Support of Music Therapy Awareness Month

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

03 StrikeAChordMarch is Music Therapy Awareness Month and Music Heals is offering events and opportunities in every province across Canada this month with a goal of raising awareness for music therapy.

The main event is this Saturday, March 4th, with A Night Out For Music Heals. Over 80 bars, clubs and pubs in 30 cities across Canada are donating $1 per cover charge (or making a flat donation of $1 per patron, for those that don’t charge cover) to Music Heals for one night. You can support music therapy programs in your province simply by going out on Saturday March 4th. Check the full list of participating establishments at www.musicheals.ca/nightout.

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Jesse Northey Joins Alberta Music as Program Manager

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Jesse NortheyAlberta Music has announce that Jesse Northey has joined the team and will take on the roles and responsibilities of program manager.

Northey is a well-known and active participant in the Alberta music community as a performer, recording engineer, producer, and consultant. with a Bachelor of Music (Digital Audio Arts) from the University of Lethbridge. He has spent his entire life and career in the Alberta music industry. Most recently, Northey returned from eight weeks in Toronto where he was enrolled in Canada’s Music Incubator Music Management program. This experience and training, combined with his professional musical perspective in grant-writing, tour-booking, radio mail-outs, and performance has given him the skills to be an ideal mentor to Alberta artists and the members of the industry, according to the association.

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Sunrise Records Announces National Expansion with Takeover of 70 HMV Locations

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Sunrise Records' Cloverdale Mall location in Etobicoke, ON [Photo: Google Maps/Peter Cichoszewski]

Sunrise Records’ Cloverdale Mall location in Etobicoke, ON [Photo: Google Maps/Peter Cichoszewski]

Ontario-based music retailer Sunrise Records has announced it will take over 70 previously-owned HMV brick and mortar locations in malls across Canada. The expansion takes Sunrise into all major markets coast-to-coast from British Columbia to Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. The acquisition includes Metrotown in Burnaby, BC, Polo Park in Winnipeg, MB, Limeridge Mall in Hamilton, ON, Square One in Mississauga, ON, Promenades St-Bruno in Saint Bruno, QC, and a two-level, 20,000 square foot store in West Edmonton Mall that features a stage for performances. Other locations will be announced in the coming days once more details are finalized. Stores will start opening in early April 2017. The news comes on the heels of music chain HMV Canada being put into receivership after recently announcing the closure of all nationwide stores.

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ECMA Industry Conference to Focus on Music in Film, TV & New Media

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Ashley MacIsaac performing at the ECMAs [Photo: Pam & Alan Samson/Volunteer Photographers]

Ashley MacIsaac performing at the ECMAs [Photo: Pam & Alan Samson/Volunteer Photographers]

As part of East Coast Music Week in Saint John, NB from April 26-30, 2017, the ECMA Industry Conference aims to be premiere destination for all Atlantic Canadian artists and industry professionals. It is a place for artists and members to connect with international guest delegates and educators, offer mentorship and be mentored by peers and industry experts, and ultimately elevate their careers.

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DMC Canada Announces 2017 Regional DJ Competitions & New Initiatives

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

DMCDMC Canada is gearing up for the 2017 Canadian DMC Battleground. Turntablist DJs will be vying for an opportunity to advance from regional qualifiers through to the National DMC Championships on Sept. 1, 2017 in Toronto. The 2017 National DMC DJ Champion will then advance to the DMC World Championships to represent Canada in early Fall.  DMC Canada has confirmed 2017 regional dates in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa.

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