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Nielsen Canada Mid-Year Report: Total Music Consumption Up 20%

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Nielsen mid year chartNielsen Music today released its Canadian Mid-Year Report for the six-month period ending June 28, 2018.  Included in the report are the Nielsen Music Mid-Year charts, presented by Billboard, as well as key insights into important industry trends in sales, music streaming, radio, and consumer engagement across today’s most popular platforms.

The Nielsen Music Canada Mid-Year Report confirms that streaming volume is still on the rise, with weekly on-demand audio streams surpassing the one billion mark for the first time ever, during the week ending March 1, 2018. On-demand audio song streams peaked at 1.2 billion during the week ending June 28th and have reached 26.8 billion so far in 2018, up from 17.5 billion a year ago. This 53% year-over-year increase in on-demand audio streaming volume has helped alleviate a 17% decrease in album sales and 22% decrease in digital track sales.

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Toronto’s AfroFest to Attempt World Record for Largest Djembe Drum Ensemble

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Photo: AfroFest.ca

Photo: AfroFest.ca

To celebrate 30 years of Toronto’s AfroFest, Music Africa will attempt to create a New Guinness World Record by putting together the largest djembe drum ensemble. This event is open to everyone: every race, nationality, background, drumming level. The festival is attempting to break two world records: for creating the largest djembe drum ensemble and for the most nationalities playing the djembe drum simultaneously, highlighting Toronto’s diversity. A Guinness World Record representative will be present at the event. This aspect of the festival will take place at Woodbine Park on July 8, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

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London Guitars Launches New Website

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

london gutiars webLondon, ON music store London Guitars has announced the launch of its new national online store, Londonguitars.ca.

The site features both new products, as well as a section dedicated to London Guitars’ ever-changing vintage, used, and limited-edition inventory. Highlighted by bright, colourful photos taken onsite, shoppers can peruse the coolest gear in stock live, from anywhere online. A full listing of parts is also available, ready to upgrade everything from guitars to amps and beyond.

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Canadian Music Week Announces 2019 Dates

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

CMWCanadian Music Week has announced that the 37th instalment of the industry conference and showcase festival will take place May 6 -12, 2019, bringing conferences, awards, film, technology and music to downtown Toronto.

The music festival will kick off CMW on May 6 going through to May 12 across more than 40 venues in downtown Toronto. The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen St W) will once again be host to the various industry conferences (radio, technology, music) running May 9-11. The Canadian Radio Music Awards, Live Music Industry Awards, Indies, Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards, and Sync Awards will return to CMW and will be announced in the future.

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New Ontario Government Suspending Part of the Anti-Scalping Law

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

[Photo: Deadicated/Wikimedia Commons]

[Photo: Deadicated/Wikimedia Commons]

According to a joint report by the CBC and Toronto Star, Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government led by Doug Ford is putting a freeze on a portion of the previous government’s anti-scalping law. The portion of the law that is being suspended is the section that would outlaw the markup of resold tickets to more than 50 per cent over face value.  The section that outlaws the use of ticket-buying bots will still go into effect.

Numerous people and organizations, including Music Canada Live, had previously raised concerns about the unintended consequences of a price cap on resold tickets, saying that the law was unenforceable and would likely drive the resale of tickets to the black market, which only creates more risks for fans. Currently, secondary ticket market websites like SeatGeek and StubHub allow ticket holders to resell the tickets for any price they choose, but the sites at least verify the authenticity of the tickets, providing some security for the buyer.

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SOCAN Foundation Launches TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator to Support Emerging Musicians

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 8.21.22 AMThe SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of companies, in partnership with TD Bank Group, has launched the TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator program.

“The TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator is an exciting new program that provides emerging creators of music with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a progressive webinar series that will hone their entrepreneurial skills and spirit,” says Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of The SOCAN Foundation.  “The digital incubator aims to provide participants with knowledge and resources to support the development of their creative talent into creative business and ultimately a sustainable career.”

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Honey Jam 2018 Concert Set for Aug. 23 in Toronto

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

honey jam smallFor 23 years, Honey Jam has fostered the development of up-and-coming female artists, resulting in successful alumni such as Nelly Furtado, Melanie Fiona, and Jully Black. The annual Honey Jam Canada Concert returns on Thursday August 23, 2018 at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto.

This year’s concert will feature around 15 artists from across Canada and mutltiple genres. The lineup will be announced on Aug. 1, 2018. In past years, the final concert lineup has represented a diverse range of genres, including pop, hip hop, R&B, soul, blues and rock.

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Tosin Abasi & Duke Robillard to Lead Special Seminars at Guitar Workshop Plus’ Toronto Session

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
Tosin Abasi

Tosin Abasi

Guitar Workshop Plus has released the scheduled guest artists and seminars for its 2018 Toronto session, which will be taking place from July 23-28 at York University. For this, Animals as Leaders guitarist and legendary blues guitarist Duke Robillard will be leading special seminars for the Toronto session students.

Tosin Abasi, who is best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders. Before founding Animals as Leaders, he was the guitarist for the technical metalcore band Reflux. He recorded the first Animals as Leaders release with Misha Mansoor (of Periphery), who produced and recorded the album with Tosin. He has since released four albums with Animals as Leaders. Guitar World ranks Abasi on its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time and featured Tosin as a cover story. Tosin also joined Nuno Bettencourt, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and Zakk Wylde, as part of the Generation Axe tour.

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SOCAN Sets New Record by Collecting $352-Million in Royalties in 2017

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Chart: SOCAN

Chart: SOCAN

SOCAN confirmed at its annual general meeting in Toronto that a record $352-million1 in total royalties from the use of music by its songwriter, composer, and music publisher members were collected in fiscal year 2017, continuing a seven-year trend, surpassing the previous record set in 2016 by eight per cent.

Highlighted by a 44 per cent increase in revenue from internet sources to just less than $49-million, and a 13 per cent surge of $76-million in royalties from countries outside of Canada, a record $295-million was distributed to music creators and publishers.

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Burton Cummings, Sarah McLachlan, Daniel Caesar & More Honoured at 29th SOCAN Awards

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

(L-R): Burton Cummings, Daniel Caesar, Sarah McLachlan & SOCAN's CEO Eric Baptiste (CNW Group/SOCAN)

(L-R): Burton Cummings, Daniel Caesar, Sarah McLachlan & SOCAN’s CEO Eric Baptiste [Photo: Grant W. Martin Photography]

SOCAN honoured its member songwriters, composers, and music publishers on June 18th in Toronto during the 29th annual SOCAN Awards. The gala ceremony honoured Canada’s music creators and publishers across an array of genres, including Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock, Film & Television, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical and more.

This year, the iconic Burton Cummings and the legendary Sarah McLachlan were each honoured,  Cummings with the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 50 years of songwriting success and excellence, and McLachlan with the SOCAN Global Inspiration Award for her accomplishments as a singer-songwriter, philanthropist, and advocate for women.

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