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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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Immigration Lawyer Lorraine D’Alessio to Give Keynote at CMW’s Live Touring Summit 2018

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Lorraine D'AlessioCanadian Music Week (CMW) has announced that renowned international immigration attorney Lorraine D’Alessio will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Live Touring Summit. The Live Touring Summit takes places from Thursday, May 10th to Friday, May 11th at the Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto.

D’Alessio’s keynote topic will be “Changing times: How the immigration landscape is adapting to new digital and streaming trends,” which will touch on such things as: How to use a digital platform to launch your career in the US (O-1B visas for bloggers, social media influencers, YouTube stars etc.); how to move from an O-1B to a green card; how to choose the right law firm to represent you; and how to maximize involvement at CMW to boost your O-1B visa case strength and eligibility.

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JUNO Awards Heading to London, ON in 2019

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Host Michael Buble closes the 2013 Juno Awards broadcast. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

Host Michael Buble closes the 2013 Juno Awards broadcast. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

The JUNO Awards will be heading to Southwestern Ontario as The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that London will host The 2019 JUNO Awards along with all JUNO Week festivities from March 11-17, 2019. The 48th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Budweiser Gardens on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

JUNO Week 2019 will return to Ontario with the support of the Province of Ontario, the City of London, Tourism London, and the 2019 Host Committee. London will host Canada’s music awards for the first time since the award show began touring across Canada in 2002.

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Denise Donlon to Receive 2018 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Denise Donlon

Denise Donlon

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced music industry veteran Denise Donlon will be awarded the 2018 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for her long standing commitment to Canadian Music.

The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recognizes industry leaders who have vastly contributed to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. Named after famed Canadian publisher and trailblazer Walt Grealis, this year’s award will be presented to Donlon at the 47th Annual JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC.

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Sloan, Measha Brueggergosman, The East Pointers & More Added to 2018 East Coast Music Awards Lineup

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

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

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

Sloan, Measha Brueggergosman, Rose Cousins, The East Pointers, and more have been confirmed as performers for the 2018 East Coast Music Awards Show, which will be held on May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, NS.

Classic Canadian alt-rockers Sloan headlinethe second wave of artists unveiled for the awards show lineup, which also includes celebrated soprano Measha Brueggergosman, as well as Rose Cousins, The East Pointers, Port Cities, Quake Matthews, Kinley, Makayla Lynn, and City Natives. They join previously announced acts Joel Plaskett, Universal Soul, Barra MacNeils, Les Hay Babies, and The Once for the celebration.

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Steven Page to Join Barenaked Ladies for 2018 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Barenaked Ladies [Photo Credit: Matt Barnes]

Barenaked Ladies
[Photo Credit: Matt Barnes]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC have announced the 2018 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame will be the Barenaked Ladies – Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart – alongside original member, co-founder, and singer-songwriter Steven Page. The band celebrates their 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades as legendary performers and one of Canada’s most celebrated collectives, earning countless accolades including eight JUNO Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and multiple Grammy nominations.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame was created by CARAS in 1978 to acknowledge artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the international recognition of Canadian music. Barenaked Ladies will come together for a one-time special appearance with Steven Page on Sunday, March 25 at The 47th Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CBC, to mark their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

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Jann Arden & Bob Rock to Co-Host JUNO Songwriters’ Circle

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Jann Arden [Photo: Alkan Emin]

Jann Arden
[Photo: Alkan Emin]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that eight-time JUNO Award winning artist Jann Arden and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Bob Rock will co-host and perform at the 2018 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle Presented by SOCAN, Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.

After co-writing what is known as Arden’s most personal and poignant album to date, These Are the Days, to be released in March 2018, the pair will reunite as co-hosts of the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle

Presented by SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers) JUNO Songwriters’ Circle is an intimate and interactive event, benefiting MusiCounts. Considered the “Jewel of JUNO Week,” JUNO Songwriters’ Circle showcases some of Canada’s most talented songwriters, performing their original songs and sharing the stories behind them. Arden and Rock will be joined on stage by 2018 JUNO Award nominees who will be announced in February 2018.

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Colin James a Triple Winner at the 21st Maple Blues Awards

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Colin James performing at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards [Photo by Greg King]

Colin James performing at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards [Photo by Greg King]

The annual Maples Blues Awards were handed out on Jan. 15th at the Koerner Hall in Toronto. The night’s only multi-award winner was renowned Canadian blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer Colin James, who took home three honours for Electric Act and Guitarist of the Year, as well as Recording/Producer  of the Year alongside Dave Meszaros for his album Blue Highways. 

Entertainer of the Year went to Montreal’s Paul DesLauriers Band and Big Dave McLean won the Maple Blues Award for Acoustic Act of the Year. Hamilton, ON’s Harrison Kennedy won Songwriter of the Year and Matt Andersen was named Male Vocalist of the Year. Female Vocalist of the Year went to Angel Forrest. Ottawa’s Laura Greenberg won for Bassist of the Year and Victoria, BC’s Jason Buie was named New Artist of the Year.

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