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Music Canada’s Graham Henderson Offers Recommendations to Copyright Act Review Committee

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
Music Canad Pres. Graham Henderson

Music Canada’s Graham Henderson

Today Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson appeared before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology as part of the statutory review of the Copyright Act. Music Canada provided Canadian Musician with a copy of Henderson’s prepared remarks ahead of his testimony.

“Your committee’s review of the Copyright Act and the work of the Heritage committee on artists’ remuneration come at a critical time for all creators. It is a time when governments around the world are questioning whether the current digital marketplace is functioning fairly for the world’s creators. The reality for Canadian music creators is that there are provisions in our own Copyright Act preventing them from receiving fair market value for their work. I believe the best way that this committee can assist in creating a marketplace that is transparent and supports Canadian creators is by providing the government with straightforward, accessible solutions to address the Value Gap,” said Henderson in his prepared remarks.

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Project WILD Top 12 Finalists Announced

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Project WIld winners 2017After a province-wide callout for the top talent in Alberta, WILD 953 and Alberta Music have announced the Top 12 artists for Project WILD.

A professional development program designed to develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up and coming artists, this year’s Top 12 artists are as follows (in alphabetical order):

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NXNE Talks Conference & Other Festival Programming Announced

Friday, June 8th, 2018

nxne-logoNorth by North East (NXNE) has announced the final round of programming for the 2018 edition of the festival, including NXNE Talks, House of Aurora, Festival Village Comedy Tent, and the Lost Craft beer garden. House of Aurora (aka The Great Hall) will feature an art show and industry mixer, a live podcast recording, musical performances, and NXNE Talks across three days on June 11th, 13th and 14th at The Great Hall in Toronto.
All House of Aurora programming, including NXNE Talks are open to the public. RSVP here.

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SOCAN to Honour Daniel Caesar, Burton Cummings, Sarah McLachlan & Others at 2018 Awards

Friday, June 8th, 2018
(L-R) Dallas Green, Randy Bachman & Mars Bonfire with their SOCAN Awards. [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

(L-R) Dallas Green, Randy Bachman & Mars Bonfire with their SOCAN Awards. [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

The success of Canada’s most accomplished songwriters, composers and music publishers is being celebrated at the 29th annual SOCAN Awards on June 18 in downtown Toronto. Musician and folks from around the Canadian music industry will come together to celebrate with contemporary Canadian producers, writers and publishers of rap, country, rock, film & television, jazz, electronic dance, folk-roots, pop, classical and virtually every other genre of music.

Honourees will include:

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Folk Icon Bonnie Dobson to be Inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame at Mariposa Folk Festival

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Bonnie Dobson album coverOrganizers of the Mariposa Folk Festival have announced that the seminal composer and lyricist, Bonnie Dobson, will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for her composition, “Morning Dew,” on Saturday, July 7, 2018, on the Mariposa Main Stage.

Dobson performed the anti-nuke protest ballad, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, at the first Mariposa Festival in 1961. “Morning Dew” went on to metamorphose into a powerful blues-rock protest anthem, with subsequent singers adding lyric variations. It has been covered by artists ranging from The Grateful Dead, Lulu, Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers, and Nazareth, to Long John Baldry, Serena Ryder, and countless others. Dobson performed her song with Robert Plant at the Royal Festival Hall in 2013.

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Canada’s Walk of Fame Launches the RBC Emerging Musician Program

Monday, June 4th, 2018
Jaryd Stanley

Jaryd Stanley

Canada’s Walk of Fame has announced the launch of its sixth annual RBC Emerging Musician Program (formerly the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program), which supports aspiring Canadian musical artists. Valued at more than $100,000, the program provides musicians with the tools needed to take their careers to the next level including private studio time at Metalworks Studios, introductions to renowned artists, access to music industry influencers, exposure to audiences and media, as well as artist development and funding. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET.

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Music Canada Live Report: Live Music Contributes $815.8M in GDP to B.C. Economy

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

bc live reportLive music industry association Music Canada Live, has launched Here, The Beat: The Economic Impact of Live Music in BC.  This first-ever assessment of B.C.’s live music sector was unveiled at the Creative BC offices in Vancouver to a room of industry and media, featuring speakers and B.C. artist Gillian Thomson.

Key highlights of the study include:

– The live music sector contributed 6,950 FTEs, $619.3 million in labour income, and $815.8 million in GDP to the B.C. economy in 2017.

– A vibrant live music industry provides the conditions that the broader music industry requires to thrive. It is increasingly becoming the financial lifeblood for the wider music sector.

– BC festivals attracted over 7.4 million attendees in 2017, and 78% are predicting increases in attendance in the future.

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Jasmine Netsena Wins First SOCAN Foundation Indigenous Songwriter Award

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Jasmine NetsenaThe SOCAN Foundation, in partnership with TD Bank Group, presented its very first Indigenous Songwriter Award to Jasmine Netsena at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards.

SOCAN member Netsena, who is from Fort Nelson, BC, received the award, which included a $10,000 cash prize, and airfare and accommodations to attend the award ceremonies in Winnipeg. The award was presented by Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation, and Tim Laronde, Regional Manager of Indigenous Banking at TD.

“I feel honoured to be selected for this award, and very grateful to everyone who worked to make this happen,” says Netsena.

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NXNE Announces Final Lineup for Festival Village & Club Land Curator Series

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

[Photo courtesy of NXNE]

[Photo courtesy of NXNE]

North by Northeast (NXNE) has announced the final round of programming for both Festival Village and the Club Land Curator series line-up. Genre-fluid R&B pop-star Tinashe will close out the festival on Sunday, June 17 along with Big Freedia, newly added Toronto pop-punk band Bueller and more. For full festival village line up and schedule see below. More announcements are expected surrounding Game Land and NXNE Talks.

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Music Heals’ Music Therapy Motorcycle Ride to Take Place on Aug. 25

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Music Heals motorcycle rideBritish Columbia-based music therapy charity Music Heals has announced the 2018 edition of its annual Music Therapy Motorcycle Ride. Since 2001, the Music Therapy Ride has raised more than $1-million for music therapy in Canada. West coast motorcyclists are invited to join the ride on Aug. 25th for VPD presidential escorted ride up the Sea to Sky for a campout under the stars, beer garden, food trucks, and live performances to raise funds and awareness for music therapy with a special focus on programs for those on the autism spectrum.

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