Alan Willaert and the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) are on the warpath to change how music showcases have operated for aeons in Canada and abroad.
Eighty-percent of the artists showcasing at this year’s festival are not members of the American Federation of Musicians union or its Canadian counterpart, organizers say.
Simpson's return home as COO of the nation's largest music entertainment agency signals a strong belief in future growth for TFA, both in the home market and beyond.
The activist, singer-songwriter, author and documentarian hangs up his banjo and is leaving the spotlight after a half-century entertaining Canadians at festivals and intimate clubs.
The festival organizers suggest it's just a year off to reimagine what they have created; others aren't so sure and point to too many festivals and a slippery market.
Bell Media has pulled no punches in putting together an all-star line-up for the opening and closing Invictus Games ceremonies in Toronto on Sept. 23 and 30 respectively.
It was a big night for Ron Kitchener's RKG Entertainment team last night as star act Dean Brody headlined at the 16,000 seat amphitheatre in Toronto.
The study finds that Canadian fans devote 60 percent of their annual music spend on related events and 40 percent of those surveyed say they have purchased CDs on the grounds.
The Agency for the Performing Arts has expanded its operations into Canada with former UTA Canada COO and CEO Jack Ross and Ralph James heading the Toronto-based division.
With the UTA closure, the veteran live music agent is heading Paradigm's new Canadian office along with two other agents he has worked closely with in recent years.
The closure affects a wide swath of Canadian acts, from the aforementioned Nickelback to Marianas Trench, Skydiggers, Bahamas, 54:40, Billy Talent, City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Sam Roberts Band, Doc Walker, Trailer Park Boys, and Walk Off The Earth.