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Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame reveals 2017 Inductees

After a five year hiatus, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will return for 2017 at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall on September 23. This year’s inductees include influential Canadian artists Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, and Stéphane Venne.

“We are thrilled to be back to celebrate the extraordinary careers of Beau Dommage, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young and Stéphane Venne at this year’s ceremony at Massey Hall,” said Stan Meissner, Chair, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. “These inductees truly highlight the depth and incredible legacy of the songwriting talent we have here in Canada.”

The ceremony will feature tribute performances by Canadian artists including Arkells, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Damien Robitaille, Daniel Lavoie, Don Ross, Élage Diouf, France D’amour, Florence K, Julie Payette, k.d. lang, Randy Bachman, William Prince and Whitehorse.

Tickets for the ceremony will be available to the public beginning on Friday, May 19 at 10am via Massey Hall’s website.

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Music is back on Parliament Hill as Scott Helman, Vincent Vallières take the stage at Capital Beat with special guest speaker The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

OTTAWA, May 16, 2017:  Music Canada and Quebecor, as presenting sponsors, are excited to bring an intimate celebration of some of Canada’s best music and artists back to Parliament Hill on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Also sponsored by TD Bank Group and Stingray Digital, Capital Beat will bring together parliamentarians, Hill staff and media for a non-partisan evening designed to celebrate Canadian music among Ottawa’s most important decision-makers. Capital Beat’s previous incarnation, Minister’s Music Night, was named by Maclean’s Magazine as one of the five events that matter most to Ottawa’s power brokers.

The event will take place in The Studio at the National Arts Centre (1 Elgin Street) and will include performances by Scott Helman and Vincent Vallières, as well as special guest speaker The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Following the breakout success of his debut Augusta EP in 2014, which includes the Platinum Single “Bungalow,” Scott Helman has just released his first full-length album Hôtel de Ville on Warner Music Canada and is currently on tour supporting his first single “Kinda Complicated.”

Sherbrooke’s own Vincent Vallières is a staple of the Quebec music scene. His 2009 album Le Monde tourne fort earned a Platinum certification, on the strength of his hit single On va s’aimer encore, which became an instant classic. Three years after Fabriquer l’aube, which earned a Gold certification, Vincent Vallières came out with his seventh album in March of this year, Le temps des vivants, whose first single “Bad Luck” is currently sitting atop the radio charts.

The two headliners will perform 45 minute sets followed by an afterparty at the National Arts Centre with music curated by DJ del Pilar.

“I’m so pleased that we are able to bring this intimate celebration of music back to Parliament Hill with a brand-new look,” said Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada. “Music is an essential part of Canada’s national identity and a significant economic contributor. Capital Beat is an incredible way to emphasize the value of music and the importance of Canada’s music creators.”

“It is both a pleasure and an honour for Québecor to help foster an exchange between artists, politicians and industry people but, most of all, we are happy to bring these remarkable musical talents to the attention of our nation’s parliamentarians,” said J.Serge Sasseville, Québecor’s Senior Vice President, Corporate and Institutional Affairs.

Capital Beat is an invitation only event. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.capitalbeat.ca.

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For more information:

Corey Poole, Music Canada
cpoole@musiccanada.com
+1 (647) 808-7359

Hugo Delaney, Québecor
hugo.delaney@quebecor.com
+1 (514) 463-5880

 

About Music Canada

Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada, namely Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada.  Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster.

About Quebecor

Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.

Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.07% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.

A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations working in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.

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La musique est de retour sur la colline du Parlement à Ottawa, où on pourra entendre Vincent Vallières et Scott Helman en concert ainsi qu’une allocution spéciale de l’honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien

OTTAWA, le 16 mai 2017 : Music Canada et Québecor, à titre de commanditaires présentateurs, sont enchantés de pouvoir faire vibrer une fois de plus la colline du Parlement au rythme de la musique et des artistes canadiens dans le cadre d’un concert intime qui sera présenté le mardi 16 mai 2017. Également commandité par le Groupe Banque TD et Stingray Digital, le concert Au rythme de la capitale rassemblera les parlementaires, le personnel politique et les médias lors d’une soirée non partisane conçue comme une célébration de la musique canadienne en présence des décideurs les plus importants de la capitale nationale. Dans sa première mouture, cet événement précédemment connu sous le nom de « Soirée de musique de la ministre », a été reconnu par le magazine Maclean’s comme l’un des cinq événements les plus importants aux yeux des acteurs les plus influents d’Ottawa.

Le spectacle, qui aura lieu au Studio du Centre national des Arts (1, rue Elgin), mettra en vedette les artistes Vincent Vallières et Scott Helman et comprendra une prise de parole de l’invitée d’honneur de la soirée, la ministre du Patrimoine canadien, l’honorable Mélanie Joly.

Originaire de Sherbrooke, Vincent Vallières est un incontournable de la scène musicale québécoise. Sortie en 2009, Le Monde tourne fort, a été certifié platine et le succès On va s’aimer encore est devenu un grand classique. Trois ans après la parution de Fabriquer l’aube, album certifié or, Vincent Vallières présentait en mars dernier son septième disque, Le temps des vivants, dont le premier extrait « Bad Luck » trône présentement au sommet des palmarès radio.

Dans le sillage du succès remarquable de son premier EP, Augusta (2014), qui renferme l’immense succès « Bungalow », certifié platine, Scott Helman vient de lancer son premier album complet, Hôtel de Ville, chez Warner Music Canada, et fait actuellement la promotion du premier extrait, « Kinda Complicated », en tournée.

Chaque vedette présentera une prestation de 45 minutes et le tout sera suivi d’une réception au Centre national des Arts sur des rythmes sélectionnés par DJ del Pilar.

« Je suis tellement heureuse que nous puissions ramener cette célébration musicale intime sur la colline du Parlement dans une présentation complètement nouvelle », a déclaré Amy Terrill, vice-présidente principale de Music Canada. « La musique est un aspect essentiel de l’identité nationale du Canada, et elle joue un rôle important dans l’économie. Le concert Au rythme de la capitale est une façon fantastique de souligner la valeur de la musique et l’importance des créateurs et créatrices de musique du Canada. »

« C’est un honneur et un plaisir pour Québecor de contribuer à créer un moment d’échange privilégié entre les artistes, les politiciens et les gens de l’industrie, et surtout, de mieux faire connaître nos remarquables talents musicaux aux parlementaires et aux autres décideurs de la capitale », souligne J.Serge Sasseville, vice-président principal, Affaires corporatives et institutionnelles de Québecor.

Au rythme de la capitale est un événement sur invitation seulement. Pour plus d’informations ou pour confirmer votre présence, rendez-vous sur www.aurythmedelacapitale.ca.

 

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Pour plus d’informations :

Corey Poole, Music Canada
cpoole@musiccanada.com
+1 (647) 808-7359

Hugo Delaney, Québecor
hugo.delaney@quebecor.com
+1 (514) 463-5880

 

Au sujet de Music Canada

Music Canada est une association professionnelle à but non lucratif qui représente les grandes maisons de disques au Canada, notamment Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada et Warner Music Canada. Music Canada collabore également à la promotion et au développement du secteur musical en collaboration avec de nombreux chefs de file de l’industrie musicale indépendante – étiquettes et distributeurs de disques, studios d’enregistrement, salles de spectacles, diffuseurs de concerts, gérants et artistes – à la promotion et au développement du secteur musical.

Au sujet de Québecor

Chef de file canadien des télécommunications, du divertissement, des médias d’information et de la culture, Québecor est l’une des entreprises de communication intégrée les plus performantes de l’industrie. Portées par la volonté de faire vivre la meilleure expérience qui soit à ses clients, toutes les filiales et marques de Québecor se distinguent par une offre de produits et services de qualité, multiplateformes et convergents.

Québecor (TSX : QBR.A, QBR.B), dont le siège social est solidement implanté au Québec, détient une participation de 81,07 % dans Québecor Média, laquelle emploie plus de 10 000 personnes au Canada.

Entreprise familiale fondée en 1950, Québecor a à cœur de s’impliquer activement dans sa communauté. Chaque année, elle s’investit auprès des gens qui œuvrent au sein de plus de 400 organismes dans des domaines aussi essentiels que sont la culture, la santé, l’éducation, l’environnement et l’entrepreneuriat.

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Music Canada Newsletter: May 11, 2017

The first May edition of our bi-weekly newsletter is now in your inbox!

This week’s update begins with the launch of “Striking A New A-Chord,” our new Atlantic Canada music report, released at the 2017 ECMAs. We’ll also preview artist Miranda Mulholland’s upcoming speech at the Economic Club of Canada, and include information on Ottawa’s meet & greet with the new OMIC General Manager. As always, we will provide a list of music job opportunities, and a run down the latest Gold/Platinum certifications. The update will conclude with a recommended reading from Canadian Musician Magazine on the Value Gap, which features an interview with Music Canada President & CEO Graham Henderson.

Click here to access the May 11, 2017 edition of our newsletter. Not subscribed? Sign up to get Music Canada’s industry updates straight to your inbox every second Thursday.

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Recommended Reading: Canadian Musician – “YouTube: Friend or Foe of the Music Industry?”

In the May/June 2017 issue of Canadian Musician magazine, journalist Michael Raine spoke with leaders in the Canadian music industry, including Music Canada’s President and CEO Graham Henderson, about the Value Gap and the industry’s complex relationship with the streaming giant.

Regarding YouTube’s assertion that the music community should be satisfied with the payments it receives from the service, Henderson said “it’s ludicrous because if they were on the same footing [as other streaming services], it wouldn’t be $2 billion, it would be $20 billion or $30 billion that they would be paying out and I can tell you we would live in a very, very different world. They would restore the old balance where there was enough money in the hands of independent and major labels so that they could actually invest in artists.”

Stuart Johnston, President of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), expressed similar concerns. “If YouTube were to pay rights holders even what Spotify pays for their free tier, it would be a significant and positive step forward for the independent community, but they don’t,” said Johnston. “So that business model – and I am going to say it over and over again – it devalues music. It is an unfortunate situation.”

Safwan Javed, an entertainment lawyer, songwriter and drummer, and VP of the Songwriters Association of Canada, spoke to the problems resulting from the safe harbour provisions. “Imagine the labels’ move with YouTube is to say, ‘We need to renegotiate our agreement,’ and YouTube says ‘no.’ So what’s the labels’ next move? If they want to go to a contentious and aggressive posture and say, ‘OK, we’re going to pull our catalog,’ well that’s all fine and the videos they’re making are not uploading, but other people are probably going to still be uploading stuff,” said Javed. “The general public will still be able to upload stuff, and sure you can try to police that, but policing that is exceedingly difficult and you’re spending a lot of resources on something that is essentially like a whack-a-mole that doesn’t stop.”

Raine highlights the growing chorus of artists that are speaking out and calling for reforms, specifically the artists petitioning the US Copyright Office to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and the Focus On Creators initiative in Canada, which has sent a letter to to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly, which urges her to put creators at the heart of future policy.

The article is available online at http://canadianmusician.com/features/archives/214.

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Scott Helman receives first Platinum plaque in Toronto

Students from Timmins High and Vocational School’ s music business course got a first-hand look at how hard work in the music industry pays off.

During a visit to Coalition Music in Toronto, the students were given an exclusive mentoring session by Canadian singer-songwriter Scott Helman, who was rehearsing for his upcoming tour in support of his soon-to-be-released debut full-length album, Hotel D’Ville.

Following a Q&A and full band performance, Coalition and Warner Music Canada surprised Helman with the first Platinum plaque of his career for his single “Bungalow.”

Helman was presented with his first ever Gold plaque for “Bungalow” in the summer of 2015, and “Bungalow” was certified Platinum during the first round of certifications for Music Canada’s new Single Award.

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Helman also shared the news with his fans through his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

The music video for “Bungalow” can be viewed below.

 

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Miranda Mulholland to address the Economic Club of Canada on ‘Redefining Success in a Digital Marketplace’

On Wednesday, May 24, singer, songwriter, violinist, label owner and music festival organizer Miranda Mulholland will address the Economic Club of Canada on the reality for music entrepreneurs in the digital age.

Below is the event description:

Music unites us, bridges linguistic, cultural and income divides. Music heals. It connects. It provides a soundtrack to our greatest struggles and our highest triumphs.

Since the arrival of the digital age, music is more readily created, released and shared. It is available at our fingertips and it’s reaching more people than ever before.

With music’s intrinsic value in our lives and this new accessibility, one would expect that the people who create this unifying force would be thriving.

There is a widely held perception that the advent of the digital revolution has enhanced how music is created, money is made and creators’ lives are lived. There is a perception of a level playing field.

But it’s time for a reality check.

Join Artist and Entrepreneur, Miranda Mulholland as she talks about the creative process, reveals actual numbers, discusses how creators are faring in this new landscape and suggests a way forward.

The event runs from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre (525 Bay Street). Lunch will be served. Tickets are available for purchase on the Economic Club of Canada’s website.

Miranda’s speech will be followed by a question and answer discussion with Kate Taylor, author, film critic and arts columnist at The Globe and Mail.

On November 1, 2016, Miranda shared her incredibly pertinent experiences as an artist entrepreneur operating in the digital age during her closing remarks at a speech delivered by Music Canada’s President and CEO, Graham Henderson, titled The Broken Promise of a Golden Age: How creators underwrote a tech revolution and were betrayed. Miranda’s remarks were so powerful they inspired the Economic Club of Canada to invite her back to headline her own event.

Be sure to get your tickets early, as this is sure to be a timely and impactful event!

VIDEO: Miranda Mulholland’s closing remarks at Graham Henderson’s speech to the Economic Club of Canada on Nov. 1, 2016

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New report calls for development of an Atlantic Canada Music Strategy

A new report unveiled during the 2017 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference today calls for the need to develop an Atlantic Canadian Music Strategy in an effort to strengthen the future of the region’s music sector.

Striking A New A-Chord, a report spearheaded by the East Coast Music Association (ECMA), Music Canada, and Music Canada Live, emphasizes that concentrated investment in the music industry is beneficial not only for those who work in the sector, but ultimately for the region as a whole.

“Music is fundamentally linked to Atlantic Canadian culture,” says Andy McLean, Executive Director of the ECMA. “This report clearly shows that – in addition to bolstering that identity – supporting this sector means helping small businesses, creating opportunities to attract and retain youth employment, and developing our artists to compete at an international level. The first step to harnessing these opportunities is creating a pan-Atlantic strategy.”

Delivered during a presentation at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre this afternoon titled Stronger Together, the report also marks a landmark partnership between all five music industry associations – Musique/Music NB, Music Nova Scotia, Music NL, Music PEI, and the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative – who have committed to working with the ECMA, Music Canada, and Music Canada Live to establish this regional strategy.

“Atlantic Canada has one of the richest, most important – but fragile – music scenes in the country. Creating and executing a region-wide strategy will ensure the true economic, social and cultural potential of the industry, and its countless benefits for cities and towns, can be realized,” says Erin Benjamin, Executive Director of Music Canada Live. “This is an historic moment in the timeline of East Coast music, and huge milestone for all of the associations involved. Congratulations, Music Canada Live looks forward to supporting the hard work ahead.”

The report, which was officially commissioned at last year’s ECMAs in Sydney, NS, underscores a number of challenges facing musicians and industry professionals in Atlantic Canada including stringent liquor laws, changing business models in the industry, restrictions on live venues, and lack of industry infrastructure. The latter is a key focus for the proposed strategy, calling the shortage of music publishing companies, agents, publicists, bookers, and artist managers in the region “alarming.”

Among other recommendations, Striking A New A-Chord also calls for the development of an Atlantic Canadian Music Fund that would seek to provide resources to complement existing programs, attract investment, and develop and incentivize musicians and music related businesses to reinvest in Atlantic Canada.

“Targeted investments in other parts of Canada have strengthened those music communities and stimulated additional private spending as well, leading to increased activity in the sector,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada. “We look forward to working with government and industry stakeholders to find ways to complement the existing programs available to the music community in Atlantic Canada in order to create a stronger, more sustainable Atlantic music sector.”

The entire Striking A New A-Chord report is available to read HERE.

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Music Canada Newsletter: April 27 2017

The second April 2017 edition of our bi-weekly newsletter is now in your inbox!

This week’s update begins with IFPI’s Global Music Report 2017, news on Universal Music Canada’s future headquarters, and an update from the Ontario Music Fund. We also include a recap of the 2017 Music Cities Summit at Canadian Music Week, and preview the 13th Annual Music Monday coming up next week. As always, we provide a list of industry job opportunities, and recap the latest Gold/Platinum certifications and award presentations since our last update.

Click here to access the April 27, 2017 edition of our newsletter. Not subscribed? Sign up to get Music Canada’s industry updates straight to your inbox every second Thursday.

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Canadians will sing together for 13 Annual Music Monday in support of music education

Students perform outside at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square for Music Monday 2016 (Photo: Bram Gonshor)

Thousands of students, musicians, parents, and community members from Charlottetown to Vancouver will come together next Monday to celebrate the 13th Annual Music Monday to raise awareness for music education. Created by the Coalition for Music Education, Music Monday will bring the nation together for the simultaneous singing of the Music Monday anthem, Sing It Together, 12:30pm EST on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Honouring Canada 150, this year’s National Showcase Concert will take place in Ottawa with a free concert at the National Arts Centre hosted by MP Seamus O’Regan and opera singer Measha Brueggergosman. The event will be live-streamed at MusicMonday.ca from 12-1pm EST.

Showcase Concert performances include a mass children’s choir, the Métis Fiddle Quartet, singer-songwriter Mimi O’Bonsawin, a harp and soprano duo, youth jazz and strings ensembles, and the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra. Songwriter Marc Jordan, musicians from the official Music Monday video, and the children’s choir will also lead the nationwide sing-along of Sing It Together.

Sing It Together was commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education and features Inuit throat singing, Métis fiddling, Indigenous drumming, and children’s choirs in celebration of Canadian diverse and vibrant musical heritage.

Events are scheduled in communities across Canada, and participants are encouraged to join the conversation using the hashtag #MMC2C2C.

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