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André Ménard & Alain Simard announced as 2016 Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame inductees


Quebec music industry veterans André Ménard and Alain Simard have been announced by Canadian Music Week as the next 2016 inductees into the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame. They will join previously announced 2016 inductees Andy Kim and Rob Steele at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, ON, on Thursday May 5, 2016.

As co-founders of L’Équipe Spectra and the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Simard and Ménard have over 30 years of experience working together in Montreal’s live industry and contributing to the city’s cultural life.

The full release about the pair’s induction can be viewed on CMW’s website.


Music Canada extends heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Trudeau and his new cabinet

Music Canada extends a heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Trudeau and his new cabinet.  The Honourable Mélanie Joly is Canada’s new Minister of Heritage.  She brings to the portfolio her legal background, a demonstrated interest in the arts, and a desire to improve and innovate wherever she goes.  The Honourable Navdeep Bains is Canada’s new Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.  He brings to the portfolio his deep understanding of how businesses and the economy function.

We look forward to meeting Minister Joly and Minister Bains in Ottawa to discuss continued support and growth of Canada’s music businesses through the music and copyright files.


Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame announces Andy Kim as 2016 inductee

Canadian Music Week has announced Andy Kim as one of the 2016 inductees to the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame. The veteran singer/songwriter will be honoured at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards on May 6, 2016 in the Grand Ballroom at Toronto, ON’s Sheraton Centre.

Over his 50+ year career, Andy Kim has sold over 30 million records worldwide for hits like “Sugar, Sugar”, “Rock Me Gently” and “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby”, which was re-recorded in 2015 for his album It’s Decided, a collaboration with Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew.

The full release about the induction can be viewed on CMW’s website.

Newcap Radio President and CEO Rob Steele will also be honoured at the 2016 gala as he is inducted into Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.


Arkells Receive First Gold Plaques For High Noon

Arkells - High Noon - GOLD

Hamilton, ON’s Arkells paid a visit to the Universal Music Canada offices in Toronto last week, where they were presented with their first Canadian Gold award plaques for 2015 JUNO Rock Album of the Year High Noon. The band, who also took home the JUNO for 2015 Group of the Year in their hometown, thanked their fans through their Twitter page earlier this summer when the album was officially certified.

Arkells are currently preparing for a European tour in November before returning to Canada for a run of shows beginning November 21 in Quebec City.

Watch Arkells video for 11:11″ from the Gold-certified High Noon below:


Trevor Guthrie Releases New Single Benefiting Canadian Veterans

trevorguthriestrongJuno-winning singer/songwriter Trevor Guthrie has just released his latest single “Strong Hands”, an acoustic song benefiting Wounded Warriors Canada, a non-profit organization that supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families.

While Guthrie has become known for his dazzling club anthems like the Gold-certified “Soundwave” and Double-Platinum collaboration with Armin van Buuren “This Is What Feels Like”, his latest emotional ballad aims to raise awareness and respect for Canada’s military Veterans.

“Strong Hands”, written nearly 10 years ago, was inspired by Guthrie’s trip to Normandy, France and Holland for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, where he befriended many Veterns – including one man that lived down the street from his childhood home.

The charity single can be purchased through iTunes and is available now.



Music Canada Welcomes New Federal Government

Yesterday Canadians voted for change and elected a new federal government. Music Canada congratulates Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, and we look forward to working with him and the newly elected government to rebalance the copyright regime and ensure the business needs of the music sector are met.

We are pleased that the Liberal government has committed to taking a leadership role to initiate preliminary consultations for the 2017 Copyright Review. The Liberal government’s Copyright Review promises to give full consideration to the views of artists and creators. This is an opportunity to ensure that copyright legislation works for the 21st century.

Importantly, the Liberal government recognizes the significant challenges that creators face with the current Copyright Board structure. They have said that the current 2-3 year wait time for decisions is unacceptable due to its negative impact on people’s ability to earn a living. Music Canada has been a strong advocate for Copyright Board reform, and we look forward to partnering with our new government to find some real solutions to the problems that creators in Canada continue to face.

We look forward to speaking with the new government further on these issues, and about the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage study of the Music Industry. You can read more about the Liberal government’s plan for Canadian arts & culture on their website.

Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada. We also partner with a diverse cross-section of the music industry to promote and develop the business framework for music right across Canada. These partners include some of Canada’s leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists. Music Canada has undertaken groundbreaking research on the music sector and is a trusted source, a passionate advocate and we provide a respected forum for discussion of issues relating to music.


Ottawa To Host 2017 JUNO Awards










As Ottawa begins preparations for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and broadcast partner CTV have announced that the nation’s capital will host the 2017 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations, taking place March 27 – April 2, 2017.

The 46th annual JUNO Awards marks the third time the city has hosted Canada’s music awards show, which will broadcast on CTV from the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Ottawa previously hosted the awards in 2003 and 2012.

“As Ottawa 2017 commemorates Canada’s incredible heritage and values, the JUNO Awards will pay tribute to this important milestone,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “The Capital’s devoted music fans are proudly supportive of both their local and the national music scene, making Ottawa the perfect home for the JUNO Awards in 2017.”

“Surely there is no better way to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary than honouring the best in Canadian music, this country’s greatest cultural export,” said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

“The 2017 JUNO Awards on CTV will be a special one as we broadcast from the nation’s capital during Canada’s sesquicentennial year,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “We look forward to inviting the entire country to celebrate with us in Ottawa.”

From 2007 to 2015 the JUNO Awards have created a total economic impact of almost $99 million, including $11 million for the 2012 JUNO Awards in Ottawa, $14 million for the 2011 JUNO Awards in Toronto, and $10 million for the 2015 JUNO Awards in Hamilton.

“We have so much talent in this city and we want to share your gifts, with Canada and the world,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who has also issued a challenge for the local arts and music community to begin planning an unprecedented week of music in the Capital. “Yes, we want to fill every venue, but we also want workshops, clinics and classroom programming. This is your chance to inspire the next generation of Canadian artists and contribute to the legacy of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.”


2016 JUNO Award Submissions Now Open

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that submissions for the 2016 JUNO Awards are open today, October 1st. Applicants can now submit their package at for consideration. The JUNO Awards will be presented during JUNO Week, held in Calgary, Alberta, March 28th through April 3rd, 2016.

The eligibility period for the 2016 JUNO Awards is between September 1st, 2014 and November 13th, 2015. Other important dates to remember:

  • October 23, 2015, 5:00 pm (EST): Early-bird deadline to receive discounted submission rates
  • November 13, 2015, 5:00 pm (EST): Final submission deadline for ALL categories (except International Album of the Year and Album of the Year)
  • January 6, 2016, 5:00 pm (EST): Final submission deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year

Applicants can save up to 40% on the submission fee by becoming a member of CARAS at

The JUNOs have also announced that for the first time, streaming data will now be considered in determining nominees in the sales based categories. This change allows the JUNO Awards to better reflect how fans are consuming music. The streaming data will be provided by Nielsen Media Research Ltd.

The JUNOs also announced that the nominees for the JUNO Fan Choice will now be determined by an equal weight of single sales, streams, and Next Big Sound data, rather than album sales and Next Big Sound data in years past.

Additionally, the JUNOs announced a change to the criteria for album submissions. Going forward, a project that is 20 minutes or has 6 unique songs will be considered a full album. In this context, ‘unique’ means no remixes, acoustic versions, or added accompaniment versions, etc.

The JUNOs also announced that The Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo and Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group categories have been changed to Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and Traditional Roots Album of the Year, which will ensure two genres of music are not competing against each other in the same category.

The nominees will be announced on February 2nd, 2016 at the JUNO Nominee Press Conference. For full submission details, visit

Good luck to all applicants!


Ontario Seeking Input in Developing Province’s First Culture Strategy

Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has announced plans for a province-wide consultation to help develop Ontario’s Culture Strategy, which will outline a vision for arts and culture in the province for years to come.

Ontario is seeking input from across the province, and inviting Ontarians to share their feedback by:

“Ontario’s cultural landscape has evolved and it is important that government priorities reflect this. That’s why I am proud that our government is developing the province’s first-ever culture strategy,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I look forward to hearing from Ontarians about what they value about arts and culture in their lives and what culture means to them. This is an opportunity for the province to take a fresh look at how it invests in arts and culture, to build our vibrant sectors and to enrich our diverse communities.”

Minister Coteau - Cultural Strategy Announcement

The cultural strategy will reflect what is important to all Ontarians and will be guided by the following principles:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Quality of life and economic development
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Respect for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples
  • Public value and accountability

The province’s release notes that culture is one of Ontario’s fastest growing economic sectors, generating approximately $22 billion of Ontario’s GDP, and supporting more than 280,000 jobs. The release states that Ontario is home to more than 58,000 artists; nearly twice as many as any other province. The release also notes that the province’s film and television production supported more than 44,000 direct and indirect jobs, and that Ontario’s music industry is the largest in Canada. .

The province also announced the creation of the Culture Strategy Advisory Group, comprised of seventeen members of Ontario’s cultural industries, from various backgrounds including music, dance, theatre, fine arts, documentary film, museums, literature, and more.

Music Canada encourages the music community in Ontario to share their perspective by taking part in the province’s consultation. To add your voice to the discussion, visit the province’s Culture Talks website, where you can sign up and share your ideas, see what others are saying and vote on ideas, or send your suggestions via private message.


Ontario College Of Trades’ ‘Tune In Trade Up’ Campaign Highlights Skilled Trade Careers in the Music Industry

There’s nothing quite like catching your favourite band at an outdoor music festival, but the real headliners are the hundreds of hard-working skilled tradespeople preparing the grounds before you and the artists arrive. With the launch of their new Tune In Trade Up! campaign, the Ontario College Of Trades aims to attract prospective tradespeople looking for a new and fulfilling adventure in the music industry.

Highlighting the tradespeople behind Republic Live’s WayHome and Boots & Hearts festivals in their new promotional video, the College showcases the benefits of earning a skilled trades certificate for carpenters, electricians, chefs, equipment operators, and more. The video features interviews with The Road Hammers, For Esme and Cross Dog, who stress the importance and appreciation for the trade work that gives them a stage to play on.

View the Tune In Trade Up! video below and click here to learn more about how you can work towards making next summer’s music festivals rock!


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