Bon Jovi stars at Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Ed Sheeran fires back at the tabloids. Also in the news are pot-produced shows in Vancouver, Steven Page, Jess Moskaluke, The Lowest Of The Low, Waterdown ArtsFest, SOCAN, Record Store Day, Wolfe Island Records, and farewells to Milos Forman and Deborah Coleman.
Director X enters the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame, Ottawa adopts its first official music strategy and iLLvibe readies his new album. Also in the news are SOCAN, the ECMAs, Great Lake Swimmers, Halifax Jazz Festival, Pharis & Jason Romero, Sawdust City fest, Quebecois composers, Andie Duquette, and Redstone Winery. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Hey Ocean! hosts its annual benefit concert #SingItFwd in Juno Week, and a stellar lineup is announced for the Outlaws & Gunslingers shindig. Those in the news today also include SXSW, RapCaviar, Cirque du Soleil, SOCAN, Toronto jazz history, Howard Shore, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and Rachel Beck, and we farewell Andrei Talbot and Mickey Foote. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Today's read has something for everyone. Included names in the news range from Quincy Jones to Molly Johnson, Francouvertes to the Johnny McCuaig Band and Tom Wilson. Plus, a reel of really good videos for your viewing pleasure.
SOCAN reports record revenues of $350M in 2017 to its members, but the average creator member earned a paltry $38.72 in the year from audio streams.
Joan Jett launches a biopic at Sundance, Toronto singer Neil Donell joins Chicago, and Ed Sheeran stays top of the pops Down Under. Others in today's news include Megaphono, Neil Young, Upstream, Ronley Teper, Corey Gulkin, and a farewell to Jim Rodford. Videos are featured for your enjoyment.
City politicians know that live music supports local economies by bringing tourists and attracting young people to settle and gentrify neighbourhoods, but there needs to be greater forethought given by planners in town halls across the country.
Cities that want to attract diverse, thriving populations should look at creative musical culture in new ways and take steps to create conditions for live music to continue and thrive.
Andy Kim was presented with the PRO’s Cultural Impact Award in recognition of his 1969 hit "Sugar, Sugar." What follows is Kim’s acceptance speech given on June 19.
It's congrats to Canada’s sweetheart music biz couple, Jennifer Walsh and Derrick Ross, who tied the knot in Toronto on Dec. 14.
The music industry has been quick to congratulate government ministers and letting it know that the so-called Value Gap, which concerns copyright takedown regimes and artist remuneration, will be high on the agenda.
The stakeholders stack in two piles: big business, and creative artist collectives. In the first is anyone who relies on the use of music as part of their business activity. In the other, an alphabet soup of organizations with indecipherable acronyms that fall into three distinct bodies: Re: Sound, SOCAN, and the CMRRA.