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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.


Canadian Artists Battle Aliens In New Video Game

LOUD on Planet X is a new arcade-style music game currently seeking funding by Toronto-based multimedia studio Pop Sandbox. The game features some of Canada’s biggest artists like Tegan & Sara, Lights, Metz, July Talk & Purity Ring as playable characters in the quirky Planet X universe. In the game, players battle through a mid-show alien attack by tapping to the music and using speakers, strobe lights, fog machines, amplifiers, bouncers and custom special attacks to ward off the hordes of invaders.

Pop Sandbox is aiming for a Fall 2015 release with an initial launch on the Playstation Networks, Steam (PC) and iOS/Android devices. While support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation and FACTOR did help with early development costs, the project does have a $100,000 budget shortfall which the development team hopes will be raised through Kickstarter.  Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will help secure more music for the game and include more platforms like Nintendo Wii U and Xbox One. Rewards for pledges include signed characters prints of the bands, a personal avatar in the first level of the game and a 7″ vinyl of the game’s instrumental music by members of Broken Social Scene and F*cked Up.

The Kickstarter campaign for Loud On Planet X is currently live and approaching it’s first goal of $50,000. Learn more about the project in the video below and help save Planet X!


Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame Inductees Steve Kane and Cowboy Junkies Recognized at Queen’s Park

This morning, 2015 Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame inductees Steve Kane and Cowboy Junkies were recognized at a breakfast event at Queen’s Park, which was well attended by more than thirty Members of Provincial Parliament from all three parties.

IMG_2395 Premier Kathleen Wynne dropped by the 2015 Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame breakfast to honour the new inductees Cowboy Junkies and Steve Kane, President of Warner Music Canada.

IMG_2432 Premier Kathleen Wynne dropped by the 2015 Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame breakfast to honour the new inductees Cowboy Junkies and Steve Kane, President of Warner Music Canada.

Amy Terrill, Music Canada’s VP of Public Affairs, provided welcoming remarks, commending the Ontario government for extending the Ontario Music Fund in the provincial budget last month, and reiterating Music Canada members’ commitment to continue to use the Fund to drive investment and job creation in Ontario’s music sector.

The Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, also spoke at the event, noting that Ontario generates more than 80 per cent of Canada’s total recording industry revenue, which is a competitive advantage for the province.

IMG_2424 Premier Kathleen Wynne dropped by the 2015 Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame breakfast to honour the new inductees Cowboy Junkies and Steve Kane, President of Warner Music Canada.
After the event, Steve Kane and Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins and Michael Timmins sat in the gallery of the legislature for Question Period, where they were introduced in statements by Sophie Kiwala, MPP, Kingston and the Islands, and Bill Walker, MPP, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

During the event, several MPPs took the opportunity to pose for photos with the inductees, which were shared on Twitter:


Update: Artists react to proposal to extend the term for copyright of sound recordings in Canada to 70 years

Budget 2015, announced on April 21, 2015, committed to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings in Canada to 70 years from 50 years. This is what some artists have had to say in reaction to the news:

“I applaud the efforts of our Government to extend the copyright protection term for our recording artists. It is only fair that they continue to reap the rewards of their creative works well into their dotage, when they need it most.”
– Anne Murray


“Thank you for recognizing all that the performers and producers put into creating music and their continued need to be recognized for that effort 70 years later. The government’s Budget 2015 amending the term of copyright is very much appreciated in the music community.”
– Alex Lifeson (Rush)


“As a Canadian band, we appreciate that our government recognizes the cultural and economic value in musical recordings, and has protected that value by extending the copyright term of those involved in producing these records.”
– Arkells


“The extension of the copyright protection for sound recordings has been long overdue in Canada. I beseech the Canadian government to do the right thing by their recording artists and bring our country up to the seventy year rule that most of the world has adopted. Why should Canada be the only country among our trading partners to lag behind? Our music has enriched the cultural landscape both here and abroad, and we the copyright holders of our albums should be fairly compensated. Thank you!”
– Liona Boyd


“I’ve been making music since the early 1970s. Term extension is a huge relief – in just a few short years I thought I would start to see copies of my work and no revenue. Not anymore, thank you PM Harper.”
– Myles Goodwyn


“It’s great that Canada has extended the copyright term to align with our international trading partners. This will allow labels to continue to invest in new Canadian artists.”
– Ladies of the Canyon


“Thank you PM Harper for recognizing the importance of extending copyright protection to recordings to 70 years, which will allow continued re-investment in the next generation of artists.”
– Brett Kissel

“Term extension is music to my ears and the ears of so many creators in Canada. Thank you.”

– Kim Mitchell


“By extending the term of copyright to match our major trading partners, the Canadian government is adding incentive for companies to invest in more Canadian recordings, which will help artists, and everyone in the recording ecosystem.”
– Miranda Mulholland

“Thank you to the federal government for encouraging more investment in Canadian artists and recordings by extending our term of copyright.”

– Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies)


“We’re glad to see Canada extend our length of copyright protection to terms consistent with other artists in other countries.”
– The Sheepdogs

“Canadian artists create music that is world-renowned and stacks up next to our counterparts from around the world – I’m thankful to the government that our Copyright laws now also stack up to our global counterparts.”

– The Tenors


“It is great to see Canada extend our copyright term to match our international counterparts, thank you for caring about the economic contribution music makes to Canada.”
– Tom Cochrane

“I’m still releasing albums but my fans love my older songs. Thanks to the federal government for the recent legislation. Its passage will make sure the sun doesn’t go down on my early songs.”

– Gordon Lightfoot

“As a member of the vast community of Canadian recording artists and labels, I am deeply grateful to this government for taking the initiative to bring even more of our copyright regulations in line with the rest of the world and other cultural industries such as publishing. The creativity which goes into a given performance and the recording process and arrangements should not be undervalued in the ultimate success of a composition. The copyright principle is an essential ingredient in a business model which should allow all creative participants to see a fair return on their investment of time, money, experience and education in the development of their career and product.”

– Loreena McKennitt

“PM Harper – you’ve made Canada’s music, and music industry, competitive with the rest of the world, thank you.”

– Toronto Symphony Orchestra


“As artists, ownership of our music is almost like a retirement plan. It is great to see that by extending Canada’s copyright term, the government is protecting that investment”
– Triumph

“Thanks for term extension PM Harper, you really are taking care of business.”

– Randy Bachman


“The world has changed since our original copyright laws were drafted. Every piece of music is, at least theoretically, with us forever. Extending the copyright term is an eminently sensible response to this new situation, and a welcome one!”
– Bruce Cockburn


“In just a few short years, songs we recorded in the late 1960s will no longer have copyright protection in Canada. Many of us in our 70’s and 80’s depend on income from these songs for our livelihood. We would deeply appreciate any adjustment that would avert a financial disaster in our lives.”
– Leonard Cohen


“We are thankful to the government for extending the commercial life of our music.”
– Cowboy Junkies


“I support extending the length of copyright for sound recordings in Canada to 70 years.  The copyright of a creative work should not expire in the lifetime of an author.”
– Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo)


“I’m glad that Canada has extended our copyright term, so we can continue to use the proceeds from classic Canadian recordings to invest in great Canadian talent.”
– Kardinal Offishall

“It is great to hear that Canada has extended our length of copyright for music recordings, which will help our songs maintain their value for years to come.”

– Serena Ryder


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