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CMW announces 2017 dates and the first Austin-Toronto showcase

Canadian Music Week 2017 will take over Toronto from April 18 – 22. The four-night festival will host over 800 showcasing bands at more than 40 venues in the city’s downtown. 2017’s convention will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West.

CMW 2017

At CMW 2016, global city planners and the music industry met for The Mastering Of A Music City, a one-day international creative economy summit, which was inspired by Music Canada’s report of the same name. Austin was a focal point of the conference, and the report, because of its incredible music economy, where music tourism accounts for almost half of their US$1.6 billion economic output.

Neill Dixon (right), CEO Canadian Music Week and Don Pitts (left), Music & Entertainment Division Manager - ATX Music & Entertainment Division, City of Austin. Photo via CMW.

Neill Dixon (right), CEO Canadian Music Week and Don Pitts (left), Music & Entertainment Division Manager – ATX Music & Entertainment Division, City of Austin. Photo via CMW.

CMW 2017 will present the first Austin-Toronto showcase, featuring premier talent from both cities. The showcase is an outcome of the recent Austin-Toronto Alliance Summit, where industry leaders met in Toronto in June of 2016. The Music City Alliance between Toronto and Austin was formed in 2013 to promote mutual growth opportunities between governments and industry.

For more information on CMW 2017, head over to their website at


The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport unveils Ontario’s Tourism Action Plan

Roots at Luminato

A crowd enjoying The Roots at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, via Ontario’s Tourism Action Plan

One of the final announcements made by Michael Coteau as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport was the release of Ontario’s Tourism Action Plan. Since the release, Eleanor McMahon has been appointed Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport, and Michael Coteau is now Minister of Children and Youth Services. In the Plan, the province’s tourism industry is said to generate over $28.5 billion annually, which represents 4% of the GDP.

According to the press release, sector wide engagement across the diverse tourism industry produced an agreement amongst leaders – the need for immediate action. The Plan identifies five priority areas the Government will focus on: Indigenous-led tourism, Francophone tourism, the sharing economy, culture and sport linkages, and events and celebrations.

Music Canada has found that live music events and celebrations contribute significantly to Ontario’s economy. In our report, Live Music Measures Up: An Economic Impact Analysis of Live Music in Ontario, we determined that in 2013, the total impact of music tourism in Ontario was 9,530 jobs, $405.1 million in labour income, and $609.1 million in gross domestic product.

The Action Plan’s five priority areas are further broken down into twelve action items.  Several of them provide clear opportunities for the live music, and music tourism sectors:

  • An Investment Approach for Economic Growth recognizes that investment from the private sector is critical to increasing visitation and creating jobs.
  • A New Approach to Data Collection to Improve Data Quality and Availability could allow for data relating to music events, whether it’s live or recorded music, to be collected in its own independent category.
  • Working Together to Improve the Business Climate for Tourism – Reduce Regulatory Burdens. The Government has expressed a commitment to improving the regulatory environment for the tourism industry, and plans to hold discussions with industry partners to prioritize regulatory challenges faced by the sector. In Live Music Measures Up, Music Canada found that the legal and regulatory environment was the only factor live music companies in Ontario identified as having a net negative impact on their success.

We encourage our partners involved in live music and events to continue to engage in discussions, and provide feedback to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport as more detailed plans are developed.


Does Toronto need a night mayor? Music Canada’s Amy Terrill asks the question in Huffington Post article

Music Cities banner

Amsterdam was the first city to appoint a night mayor, and since then the concept has grown in popularity as cities attempt to foster vibrant nightlife economies, while balancing the needs of residents. Is this concept a good fit for Toronto? In a new Huffington Post Canada article, Music Canada’s Amy Terrill asks; Does Toronto Need A Night Mayor?  This piece follows Music Canada’s previous Huffington Post submission Making Music History Work For The Present.

For further information on the topic of Music Cities, you can download Music Canada and IFPI’s 2015 report The Mastering Of A Music City.


Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announces lineup for Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced plans for a truly Canadian musical celebration on Canada Day in 2016. On July 1st, an eclectic collection of artists from across the country will perform on Parliament Hill for Canada’s 149th birthday.

The show will be hosted by music journalist Rebecca Makonnen and Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall. The artists performing reflect Canada’s proud history of diversity, and the show promises to be a rocking fun time for Canadians and visitors of all ages.

The Canada Day Noon Show will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. The show will be broadcast on many CBC platforms live, and will include performances by:

Our music is a major part of our national identity, so it’s very fitting to honour Canada’s birthday with some of our most interesting artists. Coleman Hell, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, was a 2016 JUNO Award nominee for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” His music is an infectious blend of electronic and folk-country. Winnipeg’s Indian City is an Indigenous pop band, and their Parliament Hill performance will feature guest vocals from JUNO Award-winning singer Jay Bodner of Eagle and Hawk. Béatrice Martin, better known by her stage name Cœur de Pirate, hails from Outremont, Québec. She sings in both French and English, and while she’s best known for her solo singer-songwriter work, she has also played keyboard and collaborated on multiple projects. Also performing are Canada’s pop-rock darlings Metric, who have won multiple JUNO and CASBY awards.

There will be a second Evening Show from 7:00pm to 10:45pm in Major’s Hill Park, which is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, close to the National Gallery of Canada. This performance will feature Shawn Hook of British Columbia, Andie Duquette of Québec, and DJ Ilon of Ontario.

There are other events and activities taking place all over Ottawa and Gatineau throughout the day. A full guide of events is available on the Government of Canada’s Canada Day website.


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