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Big Wreck, Bif Naked & April Wine Among Headlining Acts at Free CosmoFEST Concert & Gear Expo This Weekend

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

ADD1-CosmoFestRichmond Hill, ON’s music megastore, Cosmo Music, is holding its annual music festival and gear expo, CosmoFEST, this Saturday, June 2. This year’s headlining acts on the free mainstage include Big Wreck, Bif Naked, April Wine, Kim Mitchell, and Ritchie Kotzen.

CosmoFEST is one of the region’s premier musical instrument and gear exhibitions and a celebration of live music. An all-ages free event, CosmoFEST 2017 saw 12,000 attendees in a single day. Hosted on Cosmo Music’s four-acre property and 56,000 sq ft facility in Richmond Hill, CosmoFEST is a unique event that brings together  artists, experts, master builders, and leaders come from around the world to connect directly with fans.

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Women Dominate 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Finalists

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Fast Romantics receiving the 2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize [Photo: Tiana Feng]

Fast Romantics receiving the 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize [Photo: Tiana Feng]

SOCAN today announced the finalists for the 2018 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, presented by YouTube Music. The competition celebrates the extraordinary talent of emerging Canadian songwriters over the past year.

This year, women from across the country make up the large majority of the writers of the 10 nominated songs in English. The SOCAN Songwriting Prize allows music fans to decide the winners of $10,000, a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

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POP Montreal Announces First Wave of Artists for 2018

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
The Dead Obies at POP Montreal 2017 [Photo: Louis Longpre]

The Dead Obies at POP Montreal 2017 [Photo: Louis Longpre]

POP Montreal has announced its first wave of artists for the 2018 edition, taking place Sept. 26-30, 2018. The non-profit, artist-centric international music festival says it prioritizes diversity and creativity when selecting the inspiring collective of local and international artists

Known for its robust programming of multidisciplinary artists, and deeply rooted in its local community, this year’s lineup features PC Music affiliate, electronic pop act SOPHIE, the Queen of rockabilly and pioneer of rock and roll, Wanda Jackson, former U2 producer and CanCon icon Daniel Lanois performing with avant-garde electronic maverick Venetian Snares, American art pop R&B singer and Los Angeles super group The Internet collaborator, Kilo Kish, Montreal based lo-fi rock and R&B inspired songwriters Homeshake and indie rock royalty Wolf Parade join the stellar list of artists for the 17th year of the festival. Full list of performers can be found below.

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Music Canada Releases ‘Keys to a Music City’ Report

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Keys to a Music CityMusic Canada has released its latest report entitled Keys to a Music City: Examining the Merits of Music Offices, Boards, and Night Mayors. The report was launched ahead of the Music Cities Summit at Canadian Music Week 2018 and builds on Music Canada’s 2015 study, The Mastering of a Music City.

Music Canada conducted in-depth interviews with practitioners in 17 cities across the world to create the report, which provides a detailed analysis of some of the most common structures used by municipalities to develop and implement their music strategies and policies. Some of these existed prior to 2015, while others are more recent.

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Tom Jackson Holding 2-Day Live Performance Workshop in B.C.

Friday, May 18th, 2018

tom_jackson-199x3001Renowned performance consultant and live producer Tom Jackson is holding a two-day workshop for artists in New Westminster, BC on May 26 and 27, 2018.

This two-day event is designed to help performing artists take their performance and showcasing skills to the next level. Jackson helps every level artists create an engaging and memorable live show, exceeding the audience’s expectations, and creating lifelong fans and followers. He’s taught hundreds of artists of every discipline and genre. He has worked with major artists like Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Magic!, Jordin Sparks, and more. He’s also helped hundreds of signed acts and indie artists “get their show together” for showcases or tours. His experience as a musician and his unique insight has qualified him as one of the premier performance consultants and live producers. He is in demand across North America and has appeared at most of the major industry conferences.

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Music Industry & Artists Descend on CMW 2018

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

[Photo: Mark Matusoff]

[Photo: Mark Matusoff]

The 36th annual edition of Canadian Music Week returned to downtown Toronto from May 7-13, 2018 as hundreds of showcases featuring artists from around the world were held in 40 venues around the city. As well, the CMW Music Summit, which was expanded to four days from May 9-12, brought together Canadian and international industry players to do business and for educational sessions covering a wealth of timely topics affecting music in 2018.

The expanded music conference was held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Among the wide-ranging music industry topics on the schedule were streaming revenues, blockchain’s uses and potential in the music industry, the future of VR/AR content, the power of streaming playlists, as well as spotlights on the USA and other countries. Among the speakers were MAC Presents President Marcie Allen, Lava Records’ Jason Flom, AEG Presents’ Rick Mueller, immigration lawyer Lorraine D’Alessio, Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley, Nathan Wiszniak of Spotify Canada, and many more executives and representatives from all areas of the industry.

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The Unique Sound Symposium XIX Festival of New Music & the Arts is Returning to St. John’s

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Sound Symposium 2016. [Photo by Greg Locke]

Sound Symposium 2016. [Photo by Greg Locke]

The Sound Symposium XIX Festival of New Music & the Arts will be taking place in St. John’s, NL from July 5-15, 2018. Organizers say it’ll offers 10 days that “will change the way you hear the world.” Everything at Sound Symposium is new, whether it be jazz, contemporary classical, world music, improv, or music that defies classification.

This summer’s 19th edition of Sound Symposium is a celebration of sound. For ten days and nights in July, musicians, filmmakers, instrument builders and inventors from across Canada and around the world will turn St. John’s into a lively sound stage. Attendees will also experience new inventions and instruments, along with performance art and “the most off-the-wall garage band in the world.”

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Montreal to Host the 2019 Folk Alliance International Conference

Monday, May 14th, 2018

FAI 2017At an event in downtown Toronto during Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance International (FAI) announced new details of their 2019 conference happening at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal from February 13 -17, 2019. It’ll be the first time the event has been held in Canada since 2013 when it was in Toronto.

The theme of the 2019 conference is “The Spirit of Creativity” which will explore the creative process from inspiration to vocation through discussion of innovation, collaboration, and spirituality in art.

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Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honour the Industries’ Best & Brightest

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Canadian Music Week announced the winners of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards (CMBIA), which took place May 10, 2018 at Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto. The CMBIA gala was hosted by Jessi Cruickshank and celebrated the best and brightest in all fields of the Canadian music and broadcast industries.

Régine Chassagne and Win Butler of Arcade Fire were on hand to receive the 2018 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in recognition of the band’s humanitarian efforts. To date, Arcade Fire has raised and donated more than $4 million, and has also trained thousands of outreach volunteers and engaged over 500,000 fans for a cause that they hold very close to their hearts – the people of Haiti.

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Glorious Sons, Jessie Reyez & July Talk Among the 2018 Indies Winners at CMW

Monday, May 14th, 2018
The Rural Alberta Advantage at the 2018 Indies [Photo: Twitter/@Indie88Toronto]

The Rural Alberta Advantage at the 2018 Indies [Photo: Twitter/@Indie88Toronto]

Canadian Music Week hosted 2018 Indies on Saturday night, presented by Jim Beam with Indie88, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto. The awards show and concert was hosted by Indie88’s Josie Dye, Matt Hart, and Carlin Burton. Jessie Reyez, Gord Downie, Death from Above 1979, and The Glorious Sons took home the top prizes, with Pierre Kwenders, Ria Mae, and Iskwé amongst the other winners. Fan favourites The Rural Alberta Advantage, Said the Whale, and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs took to the stage, accompanied by Jim Beam Talent Search winner Alfie and Hall of Fame Inductees Teenage Head.
 
Celebrating the best of independent music – both Canadian and international – the 2018 Indies nominees and winners (in bold) were: 

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