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Creative BC announces Advisory Committee to support BC Music Fund

Creative BC has announced the appointment of a new Advisory Committee that will provide input in the administration of the BC Music Fund, which was announced earlier this year by Premier Christy Clark and the Government of British Columbia. The $15 million grant, which will be administered by Creative BC, aims to “support and promote various aspects of the industry, such as direct investment in BC’s music industry, enhancing live music opportunities, stimulating the creation and retention of jobs and promoting BC’s music on the national and global stage,” said the release.

The Advisory Committee will be chaired by Creative BC CEO Prem Gill, and is comprised of artists and representatives of various areas of the music sector.

“BC has a real opportunity to be an industry leader with the administration of the BC Music Fund,” said Gill in a release. “Creative BC has reviewed areas that are in most need of funding and is ready to work with the Committee to ensure we maximize the potential of this sector.”

Members of the Advisory Committee include:

  • Alex Cuba, Artist
  • Amy Terrill, Music Canada
  • Asha Bhat, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
  • Bruce Allen, Bruce Allen Talent
  • Bryan Adams, Artist
  • Catherine Runnals, Brand Live
  • Nick Blasko, Amelia Artists Inc., Atomique Productions Ltd.
  • Patrick Aldous, Music BC
  • Prem Gill, Creative BC (Chair)
  • Sarah Fenton, Watchdog Management

“Seeing our Province make such a significant investment really speaks to the value of music to our economy and culture,” says Blasko, who manages JUNO winners Tegan and Sara. “The BC Music Fund will help the province compete on a national and international level.”

The BC Music Fund will allocated through four main streams:

  • Music company development;
  • Live music performance;
  • Tour support for BC artists travelling within and outside Canada; and
  • Industry development.

The release notes that Creative BC will launch a funding program in support of the sound recording sector over the next few weeks as a pilot. Additional grant programs aligned with the Fund’s objectives will be developed over the summer and fall of 2016.

“This advisory committee will give insight to Creative BC on how to develop and administer the BC Music Fund, and continue to produce, promote, and support some of the world’s top musical talent,” said Premier Clark. “The success people like Bryan Adams and Nick Blasko have enjoyed is a major asset for BC, and the artists who will benefit from their experience.”

For more information on the BC Music Fund, visit and join their email newsletter for updates on the program.


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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