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| 2020 Canada Year-End Report Highlights

 
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Here's the lowdown on trends and key successes on Canada's music charts in 2020. All stats courtesy of MRC Data.

 
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Media Beat

 
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| Media Beat: January 14, 2021

 
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Danielle Smith, the CBC, Torstar and Postmedia, Destiny Media, John Doyle, StatsCan, layoffs, Matt Zimbel, cable-cutters, Cumulus Media, Parler, Cox Communications, the NAB, FM radio, Mozart, conspiracy theorists, and Sir David Barclay make headlines in today's edition.

 
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| Erin Benjamin's Clarion Call To Live: 'The Show Must Go On'

 
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She’s tough, smart, resolute, connected and unflinching in fighting the good fight for the many varied sectors that make up the live music industry in Canada, from performers to riggers, promoters to owners of venues large and small. What follows is her message to the troops in the face of a full-on assault by a virus that has shut down a billion dollar business that is gasping for support, hope and a way forward.

 
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| Nielsen Market Watch Facts & Figures: Jan 07, 2021

 
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Here is this week's Nielsen Market Watch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year. This chart is published every Tuesday. The abbreviation...

 
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| 5 Recognized at Inaugural SOCAN/SIRIUSXM Black Music Awards

 
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The SOCAN Foundation has announced the recipients of the SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards. The five inaugural winners will each receive $5,000, made possible by satellite radio service.

 
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Five Questions With...

 
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| Five Questions With… Derek Andrews

 
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The Toronto Blues Society’s Maple Blues Awards traditionally kicks off the music award season in Canada every January. But having had nearly a full year to adapt to Covid restrictions, organizers have come up with a novel solution for this year’s ceremony. Organization president Derek Andrews explains.

 
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King’s Column

 
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| The Soundtrack to Our Lives 2021

 
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The tumultuous times of today have yet to produce a new golden age of protest songs. It may be best that music shifts gears and works as an instrument of healing, as with the tracks on the playlist here.

 
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Careers

 
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| Careers: January 14, 2021

 
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This week's column is down by three positions after 21 deletions for a total count of 135 career openings nationwide in the categories of Broadcast, Music & Entertainment, and Media.

 
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Calendar

 
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| FYI Schedule of Upcoming Releases, Jan. 14, 2021

 
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Covid-19 has impacted many facets of the music biz, but new releases and reissues continue, after a lull over the holiday season. Notables this week include Zayn, the Buzzcocks, Accept, Carla Olson and Mick Taylor, Sleaford Mods, Matthew Sweet, KT Tunstall, and Kurt Vile.  A strong Canadian contingent is led by dvsn, Layla Zoe, Royal Wood, Petric, The Divorcees, Grievous Angels (pictured), , Steve Strongman, Dave Restivo, and Tucker Lane.

 
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Music News Digest

 
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| Music News Digest, Jan. 14, 2021

 
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Geddy Lee (pictured) is part of a star-studded VSO benefit event, registration for ShiftChange 2021 is open, and Music Canada is surveying artists. Also in the news are the Raise Your Voice Concert Series, The Tragically Hip, Unison, SOCAN, Silverstein, Creative Manitoba, CIMA, MusicOntario, Small Sins, Tokyo Police Club, k-os, and farewell Shingoose, Tim Bogert, and Howard Johnson.

 
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Music Biz Headlines

 
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| Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 14, 2021

 
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Rufus Wainwright (pictured) anticipates the Grammys, Neil Young addresses the insurrectionists, and Hipgnosis inks another big deal. Others in the headlines include MF Doom, India Gailey, Capitol Studios, Ryan Tedder, Instagram, a Bowie Celebration, AMA-UK, women in jazz, Steve Jones, Rebekah, Billie Eilish, and Ebenezer Obey.

 
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News Story

 
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| Serena Ryder’s Online Concert Tickets Help Homeless

 
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New York-based sustainable housing organization Breaking Ground has partnered with Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder to help clothe the city's homeless this winter, in conjunction with the release of her latest single, Kid Gloves.

 
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Today's new track

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Adrian Sutherland: Respect The Gift

Spirited guitar riff, funky rhythms, and solid backing vocals make this an upbeat song of celebration.