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PHOTOS: Mo Kenney Stops By Music Canada

Earlier this week, Halifax, NS singer-songwriter Mo Kenney dropped by the Music Canada office for an intimate courtyard performance featuring songs off her latest album In My Dreams and a cover of “Five Years” by David Bowie by request. In My Dreams is Kenney’s sophomore release and was produced by Joel Plaskett, who also co-wrote some of the songs for the album. Mo Kenney is currently on tour across Canada and you can check out the tour dates here.

You can purchase In My Dreams from iTunes and Bandcamp.

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Ticket Giveaway: Retweet To Attend A Screening Of WHIPLASH In Toronto On October 23, 2014

On Thursday October 23, 2014, Mongrel Media & 4479 proudly present Whiplash at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre, and an evening of Canadian Music in support of the charity MusiCounts. A favourite among festival goers this year, Whiplash tells the story of Andrew Neyman (played by Miles Teller), an aspiring young jazz drummer whose ambitious instructor (J.K. Simmons) helps push his ability using unorthodox (but effective) training methods.

Following the screening, we’ll head on over from Scotiabank Theatre to Adelaide Hall for the official after party!

Want to go? Simply retweet Music Canada’s tweet below by Wednesday October 22 at 12 PM and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the screening and after party. You must be 19+ to enter. Transportation to Toronto will not be provided.

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Guest blog: Fairness in the Fishbowl – Reconsider the Copyright Board Ruling on Tariff 8

The following is a guest blog by Greg Nisbet, Founder & CEO of Toronto-based digital music company Mediazoic:

Made-in-Toronto music biz legend Bob Ezrin recently wrote about the Copyright Board ruling on Tariff 8, speculating that it may be “The Day The Music Died”. In the piece, he states the following:

Perhaps the worst result of the low rate is that we will be granting a 90% discount to American streaming companies that covet our market and will eagerly sweep in here with powerful and well-funded systems that will wipe out any Canadian-owned competition – all at the expense of the creators you have historically supported with thoughtful policy.

I run a 100% Canadian music streaming company and I agree with Mr. Ezrin. The ruling was a bad idea and the rates are too low.

It may at first seem counter-intuitive that a streaming company would advocate for paying higher costs to do business, in a business that is already notoriously expensive. Indeed, I was asked in a recent Globe & Mail article if music streaming companies will ever make money.

Well, I don’t know about other companies, but I am proud to be able to claim that ours has been built without any of the digital and entertainment grants available, and, not having had access to those deep wells of venture capital available to many of the international streaming companies, we have therefore managed any progress we’ve made through our own devices.

In our first couple years in business, that lack of funding was actually by choice 😉 People in the industry told me for years that Mediazoic was the ultimate grant magnet – Canadian, digital, music, and media all rolled into one. I used to respond that I didn’t think we could consider ourselves a viable business model unless and until the market had decided our fate. We were going to focus on getting clients, not writing grants.

Then one day we lost a huge deal to a very well-funded international service because, in order to enter our market, they were willing to do for free what I’d have actually had to pay my people to do. I understood immediately the frustration of the local merchant with the big box store opening next door (and yes, we started applying for all the grants we could!)

So yes, Bob Ezrin has a point, but mine is not an argument for protection of companies like mine up against better-funded international competitors. I still think having to stand on our own two feet helps us understand how to build something valuable and sustainable.

My concern with the Copyright Board ruling is that it will foist this “big box” model on our music creators as well. The price-driven “big box stores” (streaming companies) are set up to thrive, but their “suppliers” (artists, management, labels, etc.) are not. And listeners may think they’re better off, but when the creators suffer, it is ultimately music fans who suffer.

It would have been one thing if licensors, who have a deep understanding of the business/culture balance and of Canadian/international ownership complexities, had decided the timing and nature of a change in rates. As we all know, streaming even at low rates is still preferable to file sharing, or streaming from sources that don’t report their plays. The progress that has been made in monetizing convenient access to great music is not something likely to reverse, and in spite of the whipping-boy status earned during the piracy wars, I haven’t found anyone in the business who understands that better than label folks.

And yes, streaming companies do need an environment in which to make a profit. But rather than push for lower rates, my company chose to innovate the business model. Basically, we believe the success of each project we undertake is based on three parties – us for providing the platform, the rightsholders of the music played on our system, and our station hosts (clients) for getting it out there. As such, when planning and implementing a project, we always strive for a fair and transparent split of the revenue between the parties. This isn’t just because we’re nice and we love music – we believe that in the music business of the future, the most successful companies will be the most fair and transparent.

Indeed, we hear repeatedly that one of the main reasons our clients choose to do business with us is that they want to support a flourishing arts community, even more so if that has built-in support for Canadian artists and companies.

We live in a fishbowl. Fairness may be desirable now for organizations, but it is rapidly becoming necessary. Systems that are not based on fairness are doomed to fail, as they will not bear the ever-increasing scrutiny that comes with our interconnected world.

Simply put, the Copyright Board ruling is not fair. It is my hope that the artistic community will use every means at its disposal to support the many innovative new ways of delivering music that actually focus on giving artists a fair shake.

 

Greg Nisbet

Mediazoic…Radio, Evolved

gregn [at] mediazoic [dot] com

http://www.mediazoic.com

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Bob Ezrin: “Please don’t let this be the day the music died”

Esteemed Canadian music producer Bob Ezrin has published the following op-ed on the Copyright Board of Canada’s Tariff 8 decision in this week’s edition of The Hill Times.

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE HILL TIMES, SEPT. 22, 2014

Please don’t let this be the day the music died

By BOB EZRIN
Published: Monday, 09/22/2014 12:00 am EDT

TORONTOIt’s always been a mixed blessing to live next to the economic and cultural behemoth to our south. On one hand, we have access to the world’s largest market, while still enjoying the more liberal and enlightened Canadian life. On the other hand, they can easily overwhelm us with sheer bulk and easy access to our market.

One of Canada’s most valuable resources—and most profitable exports—is our culture. Per capita, we may be the world’s largest exporter of culture and talent. This has been made possible by the wise decisions of our hard-working parents and by forward-thinking government policy to support the arts in schools and in the marketplace and to provide developmental resources to Canada’s creative class.

We’ve grown successive generations of creators who are the equal to any of their global counterparts. And we have a vibrant national cultural industry.

Historically we’ve ensured that our creators are not just “sponsored” as they grow, but able to earn a sustainable livelihood. But now we face a major sea of change in the marketplace that begins with Canadian music and will ultimately swamp Canadian television, film, and even literature.

It is clear that in the future most music will be consumed through digital streaming services, offering low-cost “all you can eat” subscription plans in place of selling “à la carte” songs or albums. This will become true for television and film as well.

Streaming services want rights holders to believe that, with universal penetration, we will earn much more than we used to collect selling our creations. The reality is quite different. Historically, huge global hit songs would generate millions and fund the industry’s investment in tomorrow’s hit-makers—our R&D.  Today, in the streaming model, the return is a fraction of that.

And in Canada, we are beginning to set rates that are dramatically less than that.

Today, a massive hit streamed 100,000,000 times on  “non- or semi-interactive” services in most developed countries earns performers and their record labels between $130,000 and $220,000. Under the tariff set by our Copyright Board earlier this year, 100,000,000 listens in Canada—a near impossibility given our size—would generate a whopping $10,200. That is less than 10 per cent of what is paid in most other major markets—and roughly 10 per cent of what our industry had already negotiated in direct deals with the streaming services here! And the amount paid to Canadian songwriters and publishers is a similar pittance.

I know that the board operates with the best of intentions, but I am afraid in the case of Tariff 8 it has miscalculated what this industry needs, and Canadian music creators will suffer the consequences.

In short, if the Copyright Board’s inadvertent devaluation of our music is widely adopted and spreads to other rights, we’re dead. Our homegrown Canadian music industry cannot survive this. We will shrivel and die. And when we shrink, it will affect all the workers who support us, from graphic artists to marketing people to truck drivers to hotel workers to stagehands and software engineers—because many of us will simply no longer be able to afford to be creators and marketers of music, or to put our shows on the road.

Perhaps the worst result of the low rate is that we will be granting a 90 per cent discount to American streaming companies that covet our market and will eagerly sweep in here with powerful and well-funded systems that will wipe out any Canadian-owned competition—all at the expense of the creators Canada has historically supported with thoughtful policy.

My message to our government and the Copyright Board is simple:  Please pay attention to the marketplace, because that’s where we make our living. And please recognize that if our digital marketplace is to flourish, it will depend on the health and sustainability of our creative industries, which provide the content that fuel the digital marketplace. Please reconsider Tariff 8. And let’s sit down together to find a way to protect this most valuable of Canadian resources—our culture—in the new economy.

Please don’t let this be the day the music died.

Bob Ezrin has produced some of the world’s most important music artists, including Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Reid and Young Artists for Haiti. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2013. In 2013, he was also named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Bob can be reached at:  bobezrin@nimbusarts.ca.

 

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4th Edition Of “It’s Your Shot” Songwriting & Artist Development Competition Kicking Off Sept. 1

On September 1st, Slaight Music and Warner Music Canada will kickoff It’s Your Shot 4 Canadian songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which is open to all musical genres, encourages artists to submit a song and/or video to www.itsyourshot.ca for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at $50,000.

Each year, Slaight Music – a company focused on discovering, developing, inspiring and supporting Canadian recording artists – partners with one of Canada’s major record labels to support this initiative.  The winning artist this year will receive distribution, radio promotion, publicity, and marketing support via Warner Music Canada, along with a professional photo session, a professionally written biography, the development of an artist website, social network pages and an opportunity to perform at a high-profile musical event in 2015.

Derrick Ross, President of Slaight Music comments, “Every year the It’s Your Shot competition highlights the fact that Canada produces many of the most creative and talented musicians in the world.  Winning this competition is a giant step towards a successful musical career for any emerging artist and we can’t wait to hear what the entrants to It’s Your Shot 4 bring this year!”

Past winners of the competition include: Liz Coyles (2011) who had a Top 20 hit with her debut single “Butterflies”; Hamilton’s Thought Beneath Film (2012), currently writing their sophomore album; and 20 year-old Jill Godin (2013), from Saint John, NB, who is currently in the studio adding the finishing touches to  her debut single and EP  that are due for release via Universal Music Canada in early 2015.  “Most other music contests offer money, but with It’s Your Shot, the money goes toward real artist development and comes with a team dedicated to launching a career”, Jill says.

The contest will run from September 1st to October 31st with the winning submission announced on December 15th.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Six music cities to share best practices for music development at Music Cities Exchange during NXNE

Toronto, June 12, 2014: Representatives from six cities who have taken a pro-active approach to developing their music scenes will take part in a Music Cities Exchange during NXNE on Friday, June 20, 2014. Panelists from Toronto, Austin, Hamilton, London, Chicago, Kitchener, and Montreal have been invited to participate in a moderated forum where panelists discuss the steps their city has taken to leverage their respective music scenes and grow opportunities for music development.

The Music Cities Exchange will share best practices, discuss challenges and opportunities facing their respective music communities, and explore the relationship between music and tourism agencies, municipal governments and other sectors.

When: Friday, June 20 @ 2:30 – 4 pm

Where: The Portland Room, The Spoke Club, 600 King St W, Toronto

To arrange interviews with panelists, please contact Quentin Burgess at qburgess@musiccanada.com or 647-981-8410.

This event is proudly sponsored by NXNE, 4479, and Music Canada.

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For more information:

Music Canada Media Contact: Quentin Burgess, 647.981.8410, qburgess@musiccanada.com

NXNE Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY Damien Nelson, 416.533.7710 X221, damien@flip-publicity.com

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The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – Review of the Canadian Music Industry

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has undertaken a Review of the Canadian Music Industry, following an approved motion at the Committee on December 5, 2013, where “it was agreed, — That, pursuant to S.O. 108(2) the Committee undertake a review of the Canadian music industry… in order to:

a) inform Committee members of the details and impacts of the government support on Canadian music, as well as the creators and entrepreneurs who create and distribute music in Canada;

b) determine how funding is allocated;

c) to establish whether the government support is meeting the objectives laid out for it, and to make recommendations to the government on how it might strengthen support for Canadian music, and report its findings to the House.”

 

 

Music Canada is looking forward for an opportunity to address the committee on themes as explored in The Next Big Bang, A New Direction for Music in Canada.

For reference, links to witness appearances and transcripts are below, and we will update this page following future appearances.

Past Meetings:

March 4, 2014:
Witnesses:
Department of Canadian Heritage: Jean-François Bernier, Director General, Cultural Industries; Sophie Couture, Director, Music Policy and Programs.
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March 25, 2014:
Witnesses:
Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada
: Alain Lauzon, General Manager.
Connect Music Licensing: Victoria Shepherd, Executive Director.
Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists: Brad Keenan, Director, Recording Artists’ Collecting Society; David Faber, Canadian Musician, Faber Drive .
Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ) : Solange Drouin, Vice-President of Public Affairs and Executive Director.
Canadian Independent Music Association: Stuart Johnston, President; Shauna de Cartier, Chair.
Music BC Industry Association: Robert D’Eith, Executive Director.
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March 27, 2014:
Witnesses:
Canadian Music Publishers Association: Elisabeth Bihl, Executive Director; Jodie Ferneyhough, President.
Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada: Gilles Daigle, General Counsel and Head of Legal Services.
Professional Music Publishers’ Association: David Murphy, President.
Library and Archives of Canada: Hervé Déry, Acting Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Office of the Librarian and Archivist of Canada; Cecilia Muir, Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Chief Operating Officer.
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission: Scott Hutton, Executive Director, Broadcasting; Annie Laflamme, Director, Radio Policy and Applications.
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Transcript
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April 1, 2014
Witnesses:
Alliance nationale de l’industrie musicale
: Natalie Bernardin, President; Benoit Henry, Chief Executive Officer.
Songwriters Association of Canada: Greg Johnston, Vice-President; Jean-Robert Bisaillon, Vice-President.
Gospel Music Association of Canada: Martin Smith, President.
Volu.me: Shawn Cooper, President and Co-Founder.
SiriusXM Canada: Andréanne Sasseville, Director, Canadian Content Development and Industry Relations; Paul Cunningham, Vice-President.
Songza: Vanessa Thomas, Managing Director, Canada.
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Transcript
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April 8, 2014
Witnesses:

Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences:
Allan Reid, Director, MusiCounts
As individuals: Brett Kissel; Louis O’Reilly, Manager, O’Reilly International Inc.
Re:Sound Music Licensing Company: Ian MacKay, President
Avalanche Productions and Sound Publishing: Sébastien Nasra, President-Founder, M for Montreal – Mundial Montreal
Artisti and Union des artistes: Richard Petit; Annie Morin, Director
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Transcript
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April 10, 2014
Witnesses:
Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec: Pierre-Daniel Rheault, Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Federation of Musicians: Mark Tetreault, Director of Symphonic Services
Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec: Luc Fortin, President
North by Northeast (NXNE): Mike Tanner, Director of Operations
Live Nation Canada: Riley O’Connor, Chairman; Ken Craig, Promoter
Ticketmaster Canada: Patti-Anne Tarlton, Chief Operating Officer
Minutes
Transcript
Audio streams

April 29, 2014
Witnesses:
Cerberus Management and Consulting: Brian Hetherman, President
Quebecor Media Inc.: J. Serge Sasseville, Vice-President, Corporate and Institutional Affairs; Christian Breton, Vice-President, Music sector, Groupe Archambault
Polaris Music Prize: Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director
RBC Ottawa Bluesfest: Mark Monahan, Executive Director
Canadian Tourism Commission: Greg Klassen, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tourism Industry Association of Canada: David F. Goldstein, President and Chief Executive Officer
Minutes
Transcript
Audio stream

May 1, 2014
Witnesses:
Institut de la statistique du Québec:
Dominique Jutras, Director, Observatoire de la culture et des communications; Claude Fortier, Project Manager, Observatoire de la culture et des communications
Warner Music Canada:
Steven Kane, President
Nettwerk Music Group:
Simon Mortimer-Lamb, President and Chief Operating Officer
L’Équipe Spectra:
François Bissoondoyal, Director, Label; Roseline Rico, Vice-President, Governmental Affairs
Coup de coeur francophone:
Alain Chartrand, Executive and Artistic Director
Lula Lounge:
Jose Ortega, Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre; Tracy Jenkins, Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre
Notice of meeting
Transcript
Audio stream

May 6, 2014
Witnesses:
Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association: Zachary Leighton, Executive Director; Gregg Terrence, President
National Music Centre:
Andrew Mosker, President and Chief Executive Officer
Stingray Digital:
Eric Albert, Executive Vice-President; Mathieu Peloquin, Senior Vice-President Marketing and Communications
Google Canada:
Jason Kee, Counsel, Public Policy and Government Relations
Deezer:
Justin Erdman, Managing Director, Canada
Notice of meeting
Audio stream

May 8, 2014
Witnesses:
Quinlan Road Limited:
Loreena McKennitt, President; As individuals, Jim Vallance, Paul Hoffert
Mo’fat Management:
Stéphanie Moffatt, President; Mylène Fortier, Director, Marketing
Music NB
: Jean Surette, Executive Director; Richard Hornsby, Director of Music, University of New Brunswick
Manitoba Music:
Stephen Carroll, Board Member
Notice of meeting

Audio stream


May 13, 2014

Witnesses:
Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR):
Susan Wheeler, Chair; Duncan McKie, President; Allison Outhit, Vice-President, Operation
Fondation Musicaction: Pierre Rodrigue, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Louise Chenail, Chief Executive Officer
Fonds RadioStar: François Bissoondoyal, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Louise Chenail, Chief Executive Officer
Music Canada: Graham Henderson, President
Radio Starmaker Fund: Sylvie Courtemanche, Chair of the Board; Chip Sutherland, Executive Director; Alan Doyle, Member of the Board
Canadian Music Week: Neill Dixon, President
Notice of meeting
Video stream

May 15, 2014

Drafting Instructions for a Report
Notice of meeting
Video stream

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A Tribe Called Red & Lisa LeBlanc deliver incredible performances at Minister of Canadian Heritage Shelly Glover’s Canadian Music Night

A Tribe Called Red & Lisa LeBlanc delivered incredible performances this week at Minister of Canadian Heritage Shelly Glover’s Canadian Music Night, an event series celebrating Canadian music and its contribution to Canada’s economy. The event, organized by Music Canada and Quebecor, with the support of TD Bank, Stingray Digital Group, CIMA, and ADISQ, was held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and was well attended by a non-partisan crowd including Members of Parliament from various parties, Senators, members of the media, and representatives from Canada’s music industry.

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Photo: Lisa Leblanc performs at the National Arts Centre

Photo by John Major Photography

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Photo: A Tribe Called Red perform at the National Arts Centre

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The Minister’s Music Night series is an opportunity to expose Members of Parliament to some of Canada’s top musical talents, and the fifth iteration of the event highlighted Canada’s diverse and eclectic music styles. This was the first time the event featured Aboriginal and Acadian artists, with the distinct mix of A Tribe Called Red’s blend of traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music, and Lisa LeBlanc’s unique style of francophone Acadian ‘folk-trash’ songs. In an interview with QMI, Lisa LeBlanc said it was a great opportunity to share the stage with A Tribe Called Red, “which doesn’t happen often, because we have such different music styles.”

This was the second Canadian Music Night hosted by Minister Glover, following an event held at Museum of Civilization (History) in Gatineau, QC last December, which featured performances by Kaïn & Brett Kissel. After the event, Minister Glover highlighted the vitality of Canada’s music industry, noting the cultural and economic importance of the sector.

“I was thrilled to once again host the popular Music Night and showcase some of Canada’s best and brightest stars in the music industry. This unforgettable evening left me with a deeper sense of pride in our country’s dynamic, brilliant musicians and artists,” said Minister Glover. “Our guest artists, folk-rock singer-songwriter Lisa Leblanc and electronic music group A Tribe Called Red, have made waves and enriched the lives of many, both at home and abroad, with their unique styles.”

 

Prior to the show, A Tribe Called Red & Lisa LeBlanc toured Parliament Hill with MP Patrick Brown, which included a visit to the Senate, the Library of Parliament, and the Peace Tower.

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Photo: A Tribe Called Red and Lisa Leblanc in the Library of Parliament

Photo by John Major Photography

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Photo: A Tribe Called Red and Lisa Leblanc in the Peace Tower
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Photo: A Tribe Called Red, Lisa Leblanc, and the Honourable Shelly Glover at Parliament

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Photo: A Tribe Called Red, Lisa Leblanc, and the Honourable Andrew Scheer at the Speaker’s Reception

Photo by John Major Photography

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Photo: Serge Sasseville, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Institutional Affairs, Quebecor, speaks at the National Arts Centre

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Photo: Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada, speaks at the National Arts Centre

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Photo: Gary Clement, Senior Manager, Government Relations, TD Bank Group, speaks at the National Arts Centre

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Photo: the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, speaks at the National Arts Centre

Photo by John Major Photography

After a sound check and meet and greet at the National Arts Centre, Lisa LeBlanc kicked off the show, wowing the audience with her energetic performance on guitar and banjo, drawing comparisons to kd lang, Linda Ronstadt, and Janis Joplin. LeBlanc earned a standing ovation from the crowd, who were clapping and stomping their feet along with the music.

A Tribe Called Red’s set continued the high level of energy in the room, both with their mix of traditional pow wow drumming and dubstep and electronic music, and the incredible dancing from James Jones, the traditional hoop dancer who joined them on stage. By the end of their set, members of the audience were on stage as well, joining James in a circle dance.

After their performances, both bands joined members of the audience in a post-reception in the lobby, signing autographs and snapping photos with their new fans.
Several guests of the events shared highlighted from the concert on Twitter, embedded below:

 

For more photos from the event, see our album on our Facebook page.

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FitMix launched as one-stop music solution for fitness instructors

Canadian fitness instructors have a new option for high-energy music to power their spin classes and bootcamp sessions: FitMix Inc. is a new digital service offering a one-stop music solution for fitness instructors.FitMixPlaylist

Licensed by all of Canada’s major labels and top independent labels through Connect Music Licensing, FitMix leases continuous mixes of ten to twelve songs, which are mixed especially for exercise classes. As Julie from Fitmix described, this means the mixes are continuous, which allows the exercise classes to maintain their pace as there are no breaks between the songs. Each mix is timed between 45 and 48 minutes, so classes keep a consistent time.

The tempo of Fitmix’s songs are also designed to fit with exercise class routines, with the songs’ beats per minutes matching the desired intensity of the class. As the chart shows, some of the latest FitMixes gradually gain intensity, while others end with a slower song for the cool-down portion of the class.

FitMix is a welcome addition for instructors, says Julie, because it allows them to have a one-stop shop for their music, which is pre-licensed and allows them to spend their time working with clients instead of preparing playlists, which is generally unpaid work for instructors. The Connect Music License covers the reproduction of sound recordings, while the gym operaters can cover the public performance of the music with a license from SOCAN & Re:Sound.

FitMix releases are in mp3 format, which allows instructors to bring them to class on their mp3 player or mobile phone. All of FitMix’s songs are performed by the original artist, and are clean versions to avoid offensive language during classes.

For more information, visit their website at https://fitmix.ca/.FitMixBPMs

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Record Store Day 2014: Celebrating independent record stores from coast to coast

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This Saturday, April 19th is the 7th Annual Record Store Day, and independent record shops from across Canada will be celebrating with special releases, live-in store performances, and special deals. Record Store Day was created in 2007 by a group of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate the unique culture of the independent record store, and the special role these stores play in their local communities. Today, Record Store Day is celebrated in stores on every continent except Antarctica.

To find a participating store near you, visit Record Store Day Canada’s list of participating stores.

Independent stores celebrating from coast to coast:

Record Store Day 2014 is a cross-Canada celebration, with more than 170 stores across Canada celebrating, with shops in all ten provinces taking part.

Fred’s Records in historic downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland, will be the first store in Canada to open on Record Store Day, as the only store in the Newfoundland Time Zone. They open their doors at 9am and will be hosting live in-store performances and are promising “the usual bevy of limited edition vinyl.”

Back Alley Music is Prince Edward Island’s go-to Record Store Day location, and will feature live music from The Meds, Al Tuck, Emilee Sorrey, Peter Forbes, and more. In addition to the performances, Back Alley will have exclusive RSD releases and deals on new and used LPs.

In Nova Scotia, Halifax’s Black Buffalo Records, Obsolete Records, and Taz Records will be filled with vinyl-loving Haligonians. The Coast features an informative overview of RSD happenings in the three stores, as well as a look ahead to the Halifax Record Fair on May 3rd.

New Brunswickers will have multiple options to get their RSD fix, with Moncton’s Spin-It Records & Video featuring live music from Michael Goguen, Colonial Quarrels, Outtacontroller, Kappa Chow, and Fifty Feet of Earth, while Live Wire Records and Music Emporium will be opening at 8am, and will feature RSD exclusive releases, food, and door prizes. Also in Moncton, Frank’s Music at 245 Carson Drive will be celebrating Record Store Day beginning at 10am.

150 km down the Trans-Canada Highway in Saint John, Backstreet Records kicks off their celebration at 8am with special releases and live performances beginning at 1pm. Also in Saint John, SecondSpin will be celebrating with special releases, sales, and prizes, beginning at 10am.

Backstreet Records’ Fredericton location is celebrating with special releases and live performances beginning at noon.

Quebecers have a bevy of Record Store Day options, with nine stores taking part in Montreal, including Aux 33 Tours, Beatnick, Boutique L’Oblique, Le Pick Up, Phonopolis, Primitive, Sonik, Sonorama, and Soundcentral. In Quebec City, Cd Mélomane and Sillons le disquaire are your sources for that special RSD vinyl. Other participating stores in La belle province include Rimouski’s Audition Musik, Sherbrooke’s Musique Cité, and Saint-Hyacinthe’s Fréquences Le Disquaire.

Ontarians have lots of options for RSD swag, with Belleville’s Sam the Record Man, Bowmanville’s Vinyl Alibi, Brantford’s The Beat Goes On, Burlington’s Looney Tunes, Cobourg’s Zap Records, Dundas’ Records on Wheels, Hamilton’s Dr. Disc, Hammer City Records, and The Beat Goes On, Kanata’s CD Warehouse, Kingston’s The Jungle and Zap Records, Kitchener’s Encore Records, The Beat Goes On, and X-Disc-C Music all taking part, in addition to happenings at Lindsay’s Iceman’s Games Movies and Music, London’s Grooves, Hot Dog Musique and Cinema, Speed City Records, and the Beat Goes On. Merrickville’s Vinyl Destination, Mississauga’s Ric’s Recollections, Nepean’s CD Warehouse, and Oshawa’s Star Records. Peterborough’s Bluestreak Records, Port Dover’s Robot Café, Sarnia’s Cheeky Monkey and Red Vinyl Records are all taking part, while Ottawatonians can visit CD Warehouse – Ottawa, Compact Music, LEGEND RECORDS, The Record Centre, or Vertigo Records for their fix. Sunrise Records in Barrie, Brantford, Burlington, Etobicoke, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Scarborough, St. Catharines, Toronto and Willowdale are all taking part. For more on Toronto’s RSD offerings, see BlogTO’s overview.

In Manitoba, eight shops are participating in Record Store Day in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Free Press’ Jen Zoratti has a great overview of RSD events in The Peg , where Argy’s Collectables, Into the Music,McNally Robinson, Music Trader,Planet of Sound, the Winnipeg Record & Tape Co., War on Music, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store celebrate with special releases and live in-store performances.

Saskatchewan is represented by Regina’s X-Ray Records and Saskatoon’s Vinyl Diner , Bluemont Film & Record, the Vinyl Exchange, all of whom will be celebrating RSD in their own way.

In Alberta, Calgarians can celebrate Record Store Day at Heritage Posters & Music,Hot Wax Records, Recordland,the Inner Sleeve, Melodiya Records, andSloth Records. Jerry Keogh of Heritage Posters and Music spoke with Breakfast Television Calgary about what vinyl fans can expect at his shop this RSD beginning at 9am.
In Edmonton, Blackbyrd Myoozik, Freecloud Records, Listen Records, Permanent Records, Sound Connection, and the Gramophone Inc. will be taking part in RSD, which is a nice lead-in to the Edmonton Music Collectors Show, happening April 27th.

British Columbia boasts a bounty of participating record shops, with Vancouver represented by Audiophile, Beatstreet Records, Dandelion Records & Emporium, Highlife Records, Red Cat Records,Scrape Records, Sikora’s Classical Records, Vinyl Records, Zoo Zhop, and Zulu Records. In Victoria, Ditch Records & CDs, Lyle’s Place, Talk’s Cheap, and the Turntable will be outfitting vinyl fans with special RSD releases. Vinyl fans can also get their RSD fix at Kelowna’s Milkcrate Records or Underground Music, Penticton’s Remember Vinyl Records or The Grooveyard, Richmond’s Beat Merchant, Salt Spring Island’s Salt Spring Sound, or Maple Ridge’s The CD Shack.

For the official list of special releases, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases, or download the PDF here.

For more on Canadian record store promotions this Record Store Day, visit http://recordstoredaycanada.com/, follow our Twitter List of Canadian record stores, and get out to visit your local record store!

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