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The Royal Foundry Win the Canadian Songwriting Competition Grand Prize

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
The Royal Foundry

The Royal Foundry

The Canadian Songwriting Competition has announced that its grand prize winners are co-writers Jared Salte and Bethany Salte of The Royal Foundry for their song “Running Away.”

The judges say the song “grabs your attention from the very first note, mixing electronic, rock, folk and pop fundamentals. Their lyrics reflect a ‘seize the moment’ and ‘never settle’ attitude that stirs and stimulates through to the end.”

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SOCAN Signs Comprehensive Services Deal with New PRO for Caribbean Island Countries

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste

SOCAN today announced that it has completed an extensive deal with the performing rights organization, Ducapro, to deliver back-office royalty administration services across the Caribbean island countries of Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, and St. Maarten.

Under the services agreement, which SOCAN won in a competitive process, Ducapro will provide comprehensive performance right administration services for local and international music played on Dutch Caribbean Island radio stations. SOCAN will provide back office services to support Ducapro’s work, based on its industry-leading technologies, including matching reported information from music used on licensed radio stations to the payment to the rights-holders who have earned royalties.

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Music Canada, Ontario Government & Partners to Boost Inventory of Instruments in Public Schools

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

1024px-Music_class_usaIn a new program announced on May 2, 2018, Music Canada and the Government of Ontario will improve the inventory of musical instruments and access to quality music education in Ontario’s publicly funded schools with the supply of refurbished and recycled musical instruments. The program is made possible through a $3 million investment by the Government of Ontario over a period of three years. Ontario Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris and Music Canada EVP Amy Terrill made the announcement at St. Joseph’s College School in Toronto.

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Nominees Announced for 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Said the Whale at the WCMAs.

Said the Whale at the WCMAs.

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the artists and members of the music industry that have been nominated Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs). The winners will be honoured this fall at BreakOut West in Kelowna, BC, which takes place from October 10-14. See below for the full list of nominees and watch for the Hall of Fame announcement coming soon.

The WCMA nominees feature representation from all six member associations, as well as Nunavut. Nunavut has landed a seven nominations; a strong showing for the first year of submissions being open to the territory’s artists. British Columbia, this year’s BreakOut West home province, observed the impact of the BC Music Fund programs (administered by Creative BC, a WCMA partner), with 59 artist and industry member nominations, a significant increase from prior years.

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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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