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Ontario Place Revitalization Plans Include Expansion of Live Music Options

Today, Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced the government’s plan to revitalize Ontario Place into a vibrant waterfront destination.

As per the release, the revitalized Ontario Place will offer public access to a spectacular part of Toronto and a mix of outdoor and indoor features, including the “expansion of live music options that will include continuing performances at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, as well as exploring options to bring live music acts to the site year-round.”

“Our government is committed to ensuring the future of Ontario Place continues to be a place for people of all ages to enjoy in every season,” said Minister Coteau. “Ontarians have said they want year-round public access, a continuation of the rich legacy of live music and a desire for an innovative destination that unites land and water — we listened and we are moving forward. Our bold new vision for Ontario Place revitalization will deliver on expectations and ensure the public interest is protected.”

Music Canada had advocated for making music a part of the Ontario Place revitalization, and promoted the idea of putting an outdoor green space for live music at the location during the consultation process.

In July 2012, the Minister’s Advisory Panel on Ontario Place Revitalization released a report containing 18 recommendations on how to transform Ontario Place, stating “music should continue to be a defining element of the site and its attractions.”

The report recommends: “Ontario Place should have a venue – like the original Forum – for a range of cultural activities, from concerts and theatre, to performances, festivals and community events. The new venue should be designed to operate year-round.” The report also recommends Ontario Place look at a range of entertainment and cultural activities to add vibrancy to the community and to offset operating costs.

As the Canadian Press reports, construction on the first phase of the revitalization, a new park and waterfront trail, will begin in the next few months, and is expected to open in 2016.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport’s Ontario Place Revitalization page.


Handout photo via Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport


Maclean’s editorial highlights value of music festivals in Canada

A new editorial in Maclean’s, Summertime, and the music is easy, highlights the value of music festivals in Canada, citing the economic benefits, artist development opportunities, use of historic and unique locations, and community building aspects of festivals.

Music tourism is one of five areas identified as a critical area for development in Music Canada’s Next Big Bang report. Noting that music tourism and marketing offer rewarding opportunities for economic growth and brand development at the provincial, regional and city levels, the report considers how we can harness the power of live music as an economic asset by developing a comprehensive music tourism strategy. The full report is available online, with the music tourism section beginning on pg. 42 of the PDF.


2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Nominees Announced

Congratulations to the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Award nominees, which were announced today by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA).

Flat Lake, Alberta’s Brett Kissel leads the nominations with eight, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year. Dean Brody and Gord Bamford also received several nominations, with six and five nominations each, respectively, while Tim Hicks and Deric Ruttan follow closely behind with four nominations each. The full list of nominees is now available on the CCMA website.

CCMA and broadcast partners CBC and CMT also announced that Juno-Award winner singer-songwriter Jann Arden and CBC-TV’s Gemini-Award winning host and comedian, Rick Mercer, will host the 2014 CCMA Awards Show. The show will be broadcast on Sunday, September 7 on CBC-TV at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m.

Music Canada is proud to sponsor the CCMA Record Company of the Year Award. Nominees in that category include:

  • MDM Recordings Inc.
  • Open Road Recordings Inc.
  • Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
  • Universal Music Canada
  • Warner Music Canada

In total, 41 CCMA Awards will be given out over four award ceremonies during Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta, September 4 – 7. Eight awards will be given out on the 2014 CCMA Awards Show, taking place at Edmonton’s Rexall Place on September 7th.


Deane Cameron to receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence at Country Music Week

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced that Deane Cameron will be honoured with the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence, which recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond their job in contributing his or her time and talents for the advancement of Canadian country music nationally.

“Deane Cameron has left an indelible impact on the Canadian country music industry. His tenacity for finding and mentoring great talent, and ability to stay humble amid successful results speaks to his strengths over a storied career,” said Ron Kitchener, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors.

As stated in the release, Cameron has played a significant role in the careers of such Canadian artists as Susan Aglukark, Terri Clark, Tom Cochrane, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Rita MacNeil, John McDermott, Anne Murray, The Rankin Family, Johnny Reid, Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more. Cameron worked his way up through the ranks of the music industry, eventually making history when he became the youngest Canadian President of a major music label in 1988.

“As Canadians, we proudly hold our place as the second most significant supporters and contributors to the global country music business. Past, present and future, the Canadian country music industry is a hotbed of talent,” said Deane Cameron. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many extraordinary artists thus far, and look forward to more exciting things to come. I’m honoured, humbled, and THRILLED to be the recipient of the Hank Smith Award of Excellence.”

Cameron will receive the honour during a private industry event held during Country Music Week, which takes place September 4 – 7 in Edmonton, Alberta.


Congratulations, Deane!


Q107 Toronto’s John Derringer on Tariff 8

John Derringer of Q107 Toronto discussed the Copyright Board of Canada’s Tariff 8 decision on his radio show this morning, riffing on our recent blog comparing the new royalty rates for webcasting services in Canada to items mentioned in the Barenaked Ladies‘ classic song “If I Had $1000000.” The new rates are so low, it would take 9216 plays of a song to earn enough royalties to purchase a box of Kraft Dinner.

To earn $1,000,000 from streaming royalties under Tariff 8, an artist would need to have their song played 9.8 Billion times. Derringer puts that in perspective by noting that the most-streamed song in history, Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’, has been streamed 235 Million times worldwide.

The full segment is available on Soundcloud, and is embedded below:

A growing coalition of artists, labels, industry associations, and music fans are speaking out against the Copyright Board decision; to learn more and to add your voice, Like and Share the I Stand For Music Facebook Page, or tweet using the hashtag #IStand4Music.


Under Tariff 8, Barenaked Ladies would need 9,216 plays of “If I Had $1,000,000” to earn enough royalties to buy one box of Kraft Dinner

The Copyright Board of Canada has recently set one of the worst royalty rates in the world to music streaming. It’s called Tariff 8. And it means that musicians around the world will be paid 90% less when their music is streamed by Canadian consumers.

How bad is it? Under the new rates, The Barenaked Ladies would need 9216 plays of their classic song, ‘If I Had $1,000,000’ to earn enough royalties to buy one box of Kraft Dinner, not including the ‘dijon ketchup’ they sing about in the song.

Here’s how many plays an artist would need to buy some of the other items mentioned in the song:

“If I had a million dollars… ” / 1 million dollars = 9.8 billion plays

I’d buy you a house…” / Average price of a single home in Canada: $413,215 = More than 4 billion plays

I’d buy you furniture for your house, (Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman)” / Nice sofa = 16 million plays, matching ottoman = almost 5 million plays

I’d buy you a fur coat (but not a real fur coat that’s cruel)” / Faux Fur Coat = 17 million plays

“I’d buy you an exotic pet (Like a llama or an emu)” / Llama = almost 3 million plays

“We wouldn’t have to eat Kraft Dinner. (But we would eat Kraft Dinner. Of course we would, we’d just eat more.)” / Kraft Dinner = 9216 plays for a box of KD

“I’d buy you a green dress (but not a real green dress, that’s cruel)” / A real green dress (that’s cruel!) = almost 16 million plays

I’d buy you some art (a Picasso or a Garfunkel)” / Picasso recently sold at Sotheby’s for $6.5 million CAD = almost 64 billion plays

 “I’d buy you a monkey (haven’t you always wanted a monkey?)” / (It is illegal to own a monkey in Toronto.)

 “I’d be rich.” / With royalties from the Tariff 8 decision, you would not be rich.


More than seventy Canadian record labels and associations have signed their support for Re:Sound’s Application for Judicial Review of the Copyright Board’s Tariff 8 decision. A growing coalition of artists, labels, industry associations, and music fans are speaking out against the Copyright Board decision; to learn more and to add your voice, Like and Share the I Stand For Music Facebook Page, or tweet using the hashtag #IStand4Music.


Music Community Pleased with Work Permit Changes for Foreign Artists

Work Permit changes announced yesterday for foreign music artists will dramatically improve the landscape for much of the live music community in Canada for the benefit of venues across the country, artist managers, agents, Canadian record labels, as well as Canadian and foreign artists. These changes were made at the request of Canada’s music community.Effective immediately, all foreign artists performing in time-limited engagements – so, on contract for a tour for instance – and their essential crew – will no longer have to expend the time or the cost to obtain a work permit, regardless of what kind of venue they’re performing in across Canada. If an artist has been hired for a permanent position, however, they will need to go through a different process.

Music Canada, CIMA, CCMIA and CAPACOA and the broader music community applaud these changes, and thank the government and Minister Chris Alexander (Citizenship and Immigration) for supporting the music industry in this regard.


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 [email protected] 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, [email protected]

NXNE Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY Damien Nelson, 416.533.7710 X221, [email protected]


Artists & Music Companies Support Re:Sound Application for Judicial Review of Copyright Board Tariff 8 Decision



Monday, June 16, 2014 (Toronto, ON)
– We, the undersigned, firmly support Re:Sound’s Application for Judicial Review of the Copyright Board’s Tariff 8 decision setting royalty rates for webcasting services in Canada.

The Tariff 8 decision is a serious setback for the music community in Canada, for artists and the music companies who invest in their careers. The decision discards years of agreements freely negotiated between digital music service providers and the music industry and sets rates for music webstreaming services in Canada that are less than 10% of the rates that the same services pay in the United States and many other countries. The Board set the rates based on what it considered to be “fair and equitable”, but in doing so, discarded existing market rates at which digital music service providers had been operating in Canada.

The Board’s decision comes as the result of an inherently flawed system that lacks clear criteria for rate-setting and allows the Board to reject market rates. The Board had no statutory or regulatory obligation to take into account existing agreements on webcasting royalties that have been successfully negotiated between the music industry and its business partners for these services. The resulting rates ignore international standards that support the growth and development of the industry in the world marketplace. Canada, in fact, stands alone among its major trading partners – including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands – in its adherence to a mandatory tribunal process that determines royalties without regard for what currently works in the marketplace.

It is clear that a legislative framework that ignores the reality of the marketplace is one that will continue to harm the business climate and create market uncertainty, delaying the entry of new services into the Canadian marketplace. Indeed, many of the Copyright Board’s decisions on major new tariffs have been the subject of Judicial Review by the Federal Court of Appeal, creating years of delay and uncertainty.

From 1999-2012, Canadian recorded music sales decreased by more than 50%. Establishing rates in Canada that are reflective of both market and international rates is critical for Canadian artists whose livelihood depends on earning a decent living wage from their profession, for music companies who actively develop and nurture Canadian talent throughout the world, and for all Canadians who value a healthy and prosperous music industry.

Adagio Music
Alberta Music
Aporia Records
Aqua Sound Entertainment
Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la video (ADISQ)
Awesome Music
Boompa Records
Boonsdale Records
Borealis Records
Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA)
Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)
Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)
C-Weed Band
Coalition Music
La Compagnie Larivée Cabot Champagne
Cordova Bay Entertainment Group
Crystal Math Music Group
Curve Music
Dare To Care
Dine Alone Records
Disques Artic
Equator Music
File Under:Music
Greg Kavanagh Music
Groundswell Music
Independent Digital Licensing Agency
Instinct Musique
Justin Time Records
Linus Entertainment
Manitoba Music
Maple Music Recordings
MDM Recordings
Mr. Label
Music and Film in Motion
Music BC Industry Association
Music Canada
Music/Musique NB (MNB)
Music Newfoundland & Labrador (Music NL)
Music Nova Scotia
Music Ontario
Music Prince Edward Island
Music Yukon
Nettwerk Music Group
Opak Media
Paper Bag Records
Play Records/Play Digital
Productions Benannah
Royalty Records
Remedy Music
SaskMusic (The Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association)
Secret City Records
Six Shooter Records
Sonic Envy
Sonic Records
Sonic Unyon
Sony Music Entertainment Canada
Sparks Music
Stomp Records
Stony Plain Records
The Children’s Group
Tonic Records
True North Records
Universal Music Canada
URBNET Records
Warner Music Canada
Wax Records



Lisa Fiorilli
(416) 274-2666
Valérie Roy
(514) 842-5147 ext. 290
Kate Ward
Music Canada
(647) 825-5260
Bob D’Eith
(604) 873-1914
Victoria Lord
(416) 484-9047

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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage releases Review of the Canadian Music Industry report

Yesterday, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage released its Review of the Canadian Music Industry report, available at

Music Canada applauds the Committee for its comprehensive study of Canada’s music industry, and thanks the Committee members for their care in considering testimony from witnesses across many different facets of Canada’s music industry. The Committee held 14 meetings on the study, hearing from 82 witnesses and receiving 15 briefs. This process allowed the Committee to hear from stakeholders from areas that they may normally have less opportunity to interact with, such as music education and music tourism.The Committee report focuses on five themes:

  • Digital distribution and streaming
  • Music education
  • Music tourism
  • Current funding – future investment
  • FACTOR/Musicaction

The report gives an overview of the current state of the Canadian music industry, summarizes witness testimony on the five themes, and considers outcomes proposed by witnesses on each theme.

The report provides the government with ten recommendations for strengthening its support for the Canadian music industry:

  1. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada examine the time that it takes for decisions to be rendered by the Copyright Board of Canada ahead of the upcoming review of the Copyright Act so that any changes could be considered by the Copyright Board of Canada as soon as possible.
  2. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada work with provincial authorities and other stakeholders to improve the musical knowledge and skills of Canadians.
  3. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada work with stakeholders in order to launch an information campaign on the actual cost of creating music, the negative impacts of illegal downloading and the importance of respecting the intellectual property of music creators, with an outcome of assisting the music industry in terms of improved measures and initiatives related to these issues, including preventing piracy.
  4. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada work with stakeholders from the Canadian music industry and the Canadian tourism industry to make music tourism in Canada a focus of marketing campaigns.
  5. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada study the economic impact of introducing a tax credit to support the Canadian music industry, taking inspiration, if needed, from those granted to the film and television industries.
  6. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada undertake a study of the impact of digital technology on the Canadian music industry and on government funding programs.
  7. The Committee recommends that the Department of Canadian Heritage ensure that the various components of the Canada Music Fund reflect the changes in Canada’s music industry, including potential new sources of funding from the private sector, with special attention given to creators, entrepreneurs and independent producers.
  8. The Committee recommends that the administration of the Music Entrepreneur Component of the Canada Music Fund be transferred from the Department of Canadian Heritage to a new third-party organization(s) based on the model of FACTOR and Musicaction.
  9. The Committee recommends that the Department of Canadian Heritage ensure that the general public and recipients are aware that FACTOR and Musicaction funding is made on behalf of the Government of Canada.
  10. The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada give the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission the capacity to enforce the requirement for the private broadcasters to pay, in a timely manner, the required annual contribution for Canadian content development

It is positive that the Committee recommends the government examine the time it takes for decisions to be rendered by the Copyright Board of Canada ahead of the upcoming review of the Copyright Act. Numerous witnesses, including Music Canada, identified the length of time for decisions to be rendered by the Board as a cause of uncertainty in the legal landscape and a deterrent to progress. As the report notes, a dozen witnesses identified insufficient resources as a reason the rate-setting process is so lengthy. We support providing the Copyright Board with the proper tools, personnel and financing to function more as a business development office, as well as Parliament allowing rights holders and digital services to do deals directly at fair market value.

We are very pleased to see the Committee recognize the importance of music education to all Canadians. As the report notes, the positive effects of music education came up repeatedly during the Committee’s study, with several witnesses urging support for music education as it fosters critical thinking, imagination, self-esteem, and self-discipline, assets which are useful in an economy based on information technology and communications. It is gratifying to see our Next Big Bang report cited on this point in the report.

We are supportive of the Committee’s recommendation that the government work with stakeholders to develop information campaigns on the value of music, the negative impacts of illegal downloading, and the importance of respecting the intellectual property rights of creators. We would be very happy to work with the government in developing these campaigns.

The Committee’s recommendation that the government work with stakeholders from Canada’s music and tourism industries to make music tourism in Canada a focus of marketing campaigns is a very positive step. This study allowed the Committee to hear of the opportunities in music tourism from stakeholders such as North by Northeast, Live Nation Canada, and Ticketmaster Canada, all of who identified the enormous potential for in Canada’s live music sector. As well, the Committee heard from the Canadian Tourism Commission, who identified music as an important part of its marketing and tourism offerings, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, who remarked that music and culture are “leading drivers for American visitation.”

We are very pleased to see the Committee recommend the study of introducing a tax credit to support the music industry, taking inspiration, if needed from the existing tax credit system for film and television industries. The development of artists is a form of R&D and is deserving of public support, similar to the tax credits available in other R&D-intensive industries.

The Committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to the Report.

The report has the support of the three main parties, with some additional recommendations made by the New Democratic Party and the Liberal Party. In particular, the Liberal complementary report suggests more comprehensive changes to Copyright Board based on testimony from witnesses.

Music Canada urges the government to support the findings of the report and looks forward to working with the government on implementing its recommendations.


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