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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!


Toronto Mayor John Tory speaks at 2015 Music Canada Annual General Meeting

Yesterday we had the pleasure of not only coming together with our peers in the industry for the Music Canada AGM, but to host a number of wonderful speakers on the subject of Music Cities. Since the release of our report The Mastering of a Music City in June 2015, we have passionately pursued this subject around the world, learning from our colleagues in more than 40 cities. Yesterday it was especially special to talk about what Toronto is doing at home, with our own “music-friendly mayor” and champion of the music city: Mayor John Tory.

John Tory - Graham Henderson

In last year’s municipal election, Mayor Tory had a music platform that included tourism, enhanced live performances and festivals, and a standalone music office. Now, nine-months into his term, many of those things have become a reality in a short period of time. In a candid conversation with Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson, Mayor Tory spoke about the strides we’ve made so far, what’s next, and what inspires him in his vision of a music city.

We asked whether he remained optimistic about continuing to see this music platform develop – he looked to his trip to Austin, saying: “I stand here more committed because I’ve now seen another place where they made this a success – and we aren’t going to be Austin. We’re different. But I’m encouraged…and I think we’ve got to put our energy…with perhaps getting some more help behind making some of this stuff happen.”

Looking at Austin, he realized that “when the city is fully committed to all aspects of music, and the performance of music, and to the attraction of musicians to the city…they got great things done…It had gigantic economic benefits for the city that went way beyond the jobs created by the music industry and spoke to the whole question of the attraction of global companies, technology companies and so on.”

This is a vision he has for Toronto: seeing the same kind of support rallied around music in the same way as we have done for film for the past 30 years.

According to the Mayor, “we have all of the ingredients here” to build this. He elaborated, saying that the music industry is further ahead of where film was 30 years ago, but that we haven’t yet fully pulled together the industry and the infrastructure. He committed support from the government, saying they could provide support “by way of helping to make opportunities available, helping to showcase, helping to facilitate things, helping to modernize regulations, and secondly, helping by sort of getting out of the way.” In recognizing the ongoing struggle against bureaucratic red tape, he said “if you’re really committed to being a music city, you have to put your money where your mouth is.”

His determination was clear – “I’m very determined at the end of 4 years…when my term happens to be up, that we can look back and say: we actually got something done here, moving us towards what we are in film, and what we can be for sure in music…It starts with yes, the regulatory framework that is better defined and better accommodating of music, but it also starts with an administration that…says we’re going to find a way to say yes as opposed to automatically saying no. And I think that’s going to be big and…start to come next year with the plans people have to do bigger things. They’re going to be a little bolder because we’ve got to be bolder, we have to find places to do bigger and more things…it’s all part of building a great city.”


Live Music Industry Awards launched by Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced the first annual Live Music Industry Awards, taking place on May 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The awards, created by CMW in partnership with the International Festival Network and Music Canada Live, will honour outstanding individuals and achievements in the live music sector.

“We know the live music sector is driving revenue for the music industry, with festivals and concerts also increasing tourism in cities across North America,” said Cameron Wright, Vice President, Operations and Live Programming for Canadian Music Week, in a release. “We look forward to recognizing the players and decision-makers from Canada and around the world who are advancing this growth, through an award show dedicated to the live music industry. The awards will celebrate a wide range of Canada’s venues, market sizes and the artists that fill those venues as well as the infrastructure of personnel that make this happen.”

“The time has absolutely come for a comprehensive celebration of live music in this country,” said Music Canada Live Executive Director Erin Benjamin. “We are thrilled to collaborate with CMW – to highlight the important achievements of our members, and those working hard to put amazing talent in front of audiences across the country, from coast to coast to coast.”

Nominees will be posted at, with winners determined by votes from the general public and members of the industry. The awards will cap off CMW’s Live Music Summit, which has been extended to a two-day event, running May 6-7, 2016.


Music Canada Proud to Sponsor the 2015 CCMA Record Company of the Year Award

Music Canada is proud to return as sponsor of the Record Company of the Year Award at the Canadian Country Music Association Gala Dinner and Awards, taking place this weekend in Halifax, NS.

The 2015 Record Company of the Year Award nominees are:

  • Big Star Recordings Inc.
  • MDM Recordings Inc.
  • Open Road Recordings Inc.
  • Royalty Records Inc.
  • Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.

“As Canada’s country music community comes together in Halifax to celebrate the artists, songs, and industry partners who make Canadian country music great, Music Canada is proud to sponsor the CCMA’s Record Company of the Year Award, which recognizes the effort and drive of the record companies who invest in Canadian country music artists and help bring their talents to the world,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada.

The Record Company of the Year Award will be presented at the CCMA’s Industry Awards Gala at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax on Saturday, September 12th.


CCMA 2015 Ad


Deane Cameron Announced as President and CEO of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall has announced that Deane Cameron has been appointed its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 15, 2015.

The respected music industry executive will oversee all aspects of the Corporation’s management. With more than 40 years of experience in the Canadian music industry, including 24 as President and CEO of EMI Music Canada, Cameron has earned a reputation as a stalwart champion of Canadian culture. He has received some of the highest honours in Canada for his contributions to arts and culture, including an appointment to the Order of Canada, the JUNO Awards’ Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, and the Canadian Country Music Association’s Hank Smith Award of Excellence.

“The Board are excited and pleased to have a person of Deane Cameron’s calibre to lead the Corporation at such an exciting time in our organization’s history,” said Richard Hamm, Chair of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Board of Governors, in a release. “We have full confidence that Deane will bring meaningful opportunities for audiences and artists alike on behalf of one of Canada’s premiere music and entertainment institutions.”

“I am honoured and thrilled to not only be a part of this iconic music company’s legacy, but to join the impressive momentum within the organization” said Cameron of the appointment. “The team is a creative force in the live entertainment world and this is truly a unique opportunity for me, as a proud Canadian, to explore and support all exciting ways that we can best serve the community through the revitalization of Massey Hall, new program initiatives on all of our stages, and beyond.”

Cameron’s appointment was applauded by artists, industry personnel, and music organizations following the announcement.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Deane for many years, and I could not be more pleased to see such a passionate and proud supporter of Canadian creators assuming the helm at Roy Thomson/Massey Hall,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “Deane’s passion for the promotion and development of Canadian artists is legendary.  From Anne Murray to Serena Ryder, Deane has worked with a galaxy of Canadian artists helping them to make their mark in Canadian music history.  He was not given the Order of Canada for nothing!  His knowledge of every facet of the music industry, gained from his years as President and CEO of EMI Music, will be invaluable as the Corporation continues to grow and reach out to new generations of Canadians.  It is, moreover, immensely gratifying to see that a Canadian has been entrusted with the stewardship of two of our beloved, cultural crown jewels.”

“Since the very early stages of my professional career Deane has supported and encouraged me, and he was there to celebrate with us when I made my headline debut at Massey Hall just over a year ago,” said recording artist Serena Ryder in the release. “Every artist knows that these are among the greatest stages a musician can aspire to anywhere in the world. I congratulate Deane on this announcement on behalf of all artists fortunate enough to work with him and know that music fans everywhere will benefit – because he’s one of us. A true music champion.”

Congratulations to 2011 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recipient Deane Cameron on his new gig as the President and CEO of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall!

Posted by The JUNO Awards on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Deane Cameron is the new president of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. Deane is a real music man, someone I’ve had the…

Posted by Nicholas Jennings on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nice new gig for Deane. The venues will be in great hands.

Posted by Bob Roper on Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Rita Davies Appointed Chair of the Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has announced that Rita Davies has been appointed Chair of the OAC, following her nomination by the Government of Ontario.

Ms. Davies brings extensive leadership experience in the arts community to the role, having been Executive Director of Culture for the City of Toronto from 1999 through 2012. Prior to that role, she was Executive Director of the Toronto Arts Council from 1984 through 1999. More recently, she launched Cultural Capital, which provides consulting services in cultural planning and policy.

“We are delighted with the appointment of Rita Davies as Chair,” said Peter Caldwell, OAC Director & CEO in a release. “The Chair plays a crucial role at agencies like the Ontario Arts Council. Rita’s extensive and in-depth knowledge of the arts in Ontario, and particularly public funding of the arts, will serve OAC and the arts community very well in the years ahead.”

“I’d like to congratulate Rita on her appointment as Chair,” said Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Over the past few decades, Rita’s efforts to advance the interest of artists and arts organizations in Ontario have led to lasting, tangible change.  The Ontario Arts Council, artists and arts organizations across the province will benefit from the impressive experience, knowledge and passion that she brings to the table.”

“I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to lead the Ontario Arts Council, one of the great cultural institutions of this province,” said Rita Davies in the OAC release. “The OAC makes a difference in the lives of communities large and small and adds to our economic prosperity.  I look forward to working with arts organizations across Ontario.”


Music Canada, as well as many other Canadian arts organizations, congratulated both parties on the appointment via social media.


Jeffrey Remedios Named President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, Randy Lennox Departs for Bell Media

The Canadian music industry has seen a major development today with the change in leadership at Universal Music Canada.

Randy Lennox has been appointed the President of Entertainment & Broadcasting at Bell Media. Having most recently served as the President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, Randy will bring more than 25 years of music industry experience to this newly-created position at Bell Media, where he will oversee all English and French radio and local television broadcasting and their associated digital assets.  Randy leaves behind a deep legacy in the Canadian music industry, having influenced the careers of hundreds of artists and countless music professionals.

Jeffrey Remedios will begin his position as Universal Music Canada’s President and CEO effective September 21. Jeffrey co-founded Arts & Crafts in 2003, and has created an impressive global operation with offices in Toronto, L.A, and Mexico City. He also serves as the Chairman of FACTOR, and volunteers on many boards of directors. Prior to Arts & Crafts, Jeffrey worked at Virgin Music Canada (later EMI Music Canada), working in both Media & Artist Relations and Digital Marketing, and later rising to Director of National Promotion. Jeffrey is a passionate supporter of Toronto’s local music scene.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Randy for many years: first at Universal Music, and most recently as one of our members at Music Canada. He is an experienced and passionate industry leader, whose years of experience and innovative thinking will him make a powerful addition to Bell Media’s senior leadership team. We are excited about his new path, and thrilled to begin working with his successor, Jeffrey Remedios. Jeffrey is a real powerhouse. From co-founding Arts & Crafts to creating the Field Trip festival, his dedication to artists and the music-business is without peer. It’s an exciting time for our industry,” says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada.

For the full release from CNW, click here.

For the full release from Bell Media, click here.


Skrillex Partners With Bridges For Music To Donate Equipment To Canadian Youth Centres

Platinum-certified recording artist Skrillex has announced a partnership with non-profit organization Bridges For Music for for his Full Flex Express cross-Canada train tour, which kicks off July 8 at Ottawa’s Bluesfest. On each stop of the tour, Skrillex will donate two CDJ 2000s and one DJM 900 mixer to a local youth organisation and provide a short a demo for the kids on how to use the gear. The electronic musician will also lead a “behind the scenes” tour during sound check. A portion of all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Bridges for Music’s fund for the construction of the Langa Music School in South Africa. Bridges For Music is also offering exclusive VIP packages and prizes for those who donate through their Urgency Network crowd-funding page.

A list of the local youth organisations supported with this campaign can be viewed below.

July 8th Ottawa Dover Court Community Center
July 9th Quebec Ampli de Quebec
July 10th Montreal Head and Hands 
July 11th Toronto The Remix Project 
July 14th Winnipeg Manitoba Conservatory
July 15th Saskatoon Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre
July 17th Calgary TBD
July 19th Pemberton Pemberton Arts & Cultural Council


Graham Henderson on Taylor Swift, Apple, and the Canadian music industry

Music Canada applauds Apple Music’s decision to reconsider its earlier plans to not pay artists during its three-month free trial period, and we commend Taylor Swift for standing up for artists. In an open letter to Apple that she released on June 22, she writes that she wanted to speak up not for herself, but for “the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field… but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.”

The decision comes after major backlash over the deal both in Canada and abroad, with many independent labels and advocacy groups speaking against Apple.

Yesterday, Music Canada President Graham Henderson appeared on BNN, the Sandie Ronaldo show and CTV’s national news to discuss how this decision will impact Canadian consumers, artists, and the digital music industry as a whole.

Apple’s ‘Swift’ action a step towards bringing back middle class musicians
BNN, June 22 2015



City of London seeking applications for Music Industry Development Officer position

The City of London has issued a job posting for a Music Industry Development Officer, working in the City Manager’s Community & Economic Innovation division.

“The Music Industry Development Officer is responsible for working with the Music Industry Resource Committee composed of representatives from: the City of London, Tourism London Inc. and the London Arts Council on implementation of the London Music Strategy,” reads the position’s Summary of Duties. “Specifically, the Music Industry Development Officer works towards advancing the eleven (11) Key Priorities from the London Music Strategy. The advancing of each of these Key Priorities may involve several organizations, including many community partners.”

Tourism London shared news of the job position this past weekend on Twitter:

The position marks another step forward in the London’s Music Strategy, which was developed by London’s Music Industry Development Task Force in 2014. Earlier this month, the strategy was advanced with the announcement that the iconic downtown building at 182 Dundas St., home to Nash Jewellers for nearly a century, would be repurposed to accelerate London’s music sector. The project, dubbed The London Music Division, is proposed to act as a collective centralized resource for the commercial music sector, featuring a Music Incubator, the London Music Hall of Fame, and a future Music Office.

If you are interested in the Music Industry Development Officer position or know someone else who might be interested, please visit{C346BDCC-9CA8-4708-9456-9846226C9DF3}&LAN=en-US&BackUrl=ViewJobs/Default.asp for more information.


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