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Paul Anka to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award in Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Paul AnkaCanadian Music Week (CMW) has announced that Paul Anka will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. Anka will be admired for his on-going era of accomplishments and reputable career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto on Thursday May 10th, 2018. Tickets can be purchased here.

Born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Canada, into a close-knit family, Anka didn’t waste time getting his life in music started. From an early age he sang in a choir, studied piano, and honed his writing skills with journalism courses, even working as a cub reporter at the Ottawa Citizen. By 13, he had his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers. Blinded by determination, he would take his mother’s car and drive to perform at every amateur night he could across the river in Quebec. Soon after, he won a trip to New York by winning a Campbell’s soup contest that required him to spend three months collecting soup can labels. After visiting the music hub of New York, was there that his dream to make it as a singer-composer was solidified.

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Music Heals Announces Events & Initiatives for Music Therapy Awareness Month

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Strike a ChordMarch is Music Therapy Awareness Month and Music Heals is offering events and opportunities across Canada with a goal of raising awareness for music therapy. As well, Music Heals, in partnership with the World Federation of Music Therapy, is taking the initiative global by spearheading the first ever World Music Therapy Day on March 1, 2018.

Across Canada on March 3rd will be the sixth annual A Night Out For Music Heals. Over 100 participating clubs and pubs 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. For a list of participating venues in each province, go to www.musicheals.ca/nightout.

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Gibson Fires Back at Reports of Imminent Bankruptcy

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Gibson Brands CEO Henry Juszkiewicz

Gibson Brands CEO Henry Juszkiewicz

After multiple reports that iconic musical instrument company Gibson Brands is on the verge of bankruptcy, the company has responded to say it has met its current financial obligations and has a plan to pay off its debts.

report in the Nashville Post in early February said that “the situation facing the iconic Nashville-based music instrument maker, which has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, is far from normal: CFO Bill Lawrence recently left the company after less than a year on the job and just six months before $375 million of senior secured notes will mature. On top of that, another $145 million in bank loans will come due immediately if those notes, issued in 2013, are not refinanced by July 23.”

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Folk Music Canada to Host Showcase Performances During Folk Alliance International 2018

Monday, February 12th, 2018

FAI 2017Folk Music Canada is  returning to Kansas City to present Canadian artists at the Folk Alliance International Conference from Feb. 14-18, 2018.  Folk Music Canada is hosting more than 30 showcase performances over four days at the conference’s host hotel with artists from across Canada, many of whom are also official showcasing artists at the conference. The full schedule is available at www.folkmusiccanada.ca, and on its Facebook event page.

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Music Monday 2018 Set for May 7

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Music MondayThis year, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada (CMEC) is celebrating the 25 year of Music Monday. Launched in 2005 by The Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers participate in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist.

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Arcade Fire & Jessie Reyez Lead 2018 JUNO Awards Nominees

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

buffy Sainte-Marie presenting The Weeknd with the JUNO Award for Single of the Year winner [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

Buffy Sainte-Marie  &The Weeknd at the 2016 JUNO Award. [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

The nominees for the 47th Annual JUNO Awards were announced today by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference at The Great Hall in Toronto. Canada’s premier talent will head west for JUNO Week 2018, hosted in Vancouver from March 19-25. The week-long celebration will culminate in a live broadcast of The JUNO Awards on CBC on Sunday, March 25 from Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

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New Training Program Created for Export-Ready Canadian Artists & Managers

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

passport19202A new training initiative for the Canadian music industry has been created that is meant to help music companies and artists develop their professional skills to navigate export markets. Called PASSPORT: Music Export Summit, it is designed to assist export-ready Canadian artists and music entrepreneurs develop export markets and increase international trade.

Produced by Manitoba Music in partnership with Music Nova Scotia, Canada’s Music Incubator, and the National Music Centre, PASSPORT will deliver intensive training sessions to prepare export-ready Canadian artists and music entrepreneurs with business skills and product development to help bring Canadian music to the world. The project is funded by FACTOR with support from the Government of Canada.

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Amanda Power Named New Executive Director of Unison Benevolent Fund

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Amanda Power

Amanda Power

The Board of Directors of Unison Benevolent Fund has announced the appointment of a new executive director, Amanda Power. The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

Having been with Unison for the past three years as development director, Power is intimately familiar with the organization’s programs and potential. She will now bring her nearly two decades of experience and extensive knowledge of event management, sponsorship, marketing, and industry relations to her new leadership role with Unison.

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SOCAN Reports Record Revenues in 2017; Raises Concerns About Streaming Rates

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
SOCAN's Eric Baptiste

SOCAN’s Eric Baptiste

SOCAN has reported record revenues accumulated and distributed in 2017 for its songwriter, composer and music publisher members, but says it did so with a large dose of realism, revealing that the vast majority of members who received payment for their streamed music in 2017 earned an average of only $38.72[1] despite a growth of 46 percent in internet-based revenues over 2016.

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Music Industry Charity Curling Tournament Raises $25K for Unison Benevolent Fund

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Photo by Barry Roden

Photo by Barry Roden

On Jan. 26th, Unison Rocks returned for the fourth year to Toronto’s High Park Curling Club. The sold-out charity bonspiel saw the Unison Rocks trophy pass into new hands and raised a recording-setting $25,000 for the Unison Benevolent Fund.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to bring the Toronto music community together for a day,” says Derrick Ross, Chair of Unison’s Board of Directors. “For the majority of participants it’s their first time curling ever, and the sportsmanship and enthusiasm everyone brings to this event is inspiring. The money raised here today represents hundreds of hours of professional, private counselling and assistance for Canadian music workers.”

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