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Legendary Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul Scheduled for the TD Toronto Jazz

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The legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin brings her extraordinary voice to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, performing on Saturday, July 1 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

One of music's greatest treasures, Aretha Franklin has inspired a generation of vocalists, paving the way for all other artists who followed - from Whitney Houston to Beyonce, Alicia Keys to Adele.

Labeled the "greatest singer of all time" by Rolling Stone, Aretha has solidified her place in the popular and soul music pantheon. There is simply no one better.

For more than 60 years, Aretha has been a powerhouse vocalist rightfully claiming her place in music history. As the Queen of Soul, the passion and intensity of her music has never failed to move listeners. From soul and gospel beginnings to the Civil Rights movement to American pop music as a whole, Franklin's illustrious and storied career has been unchallenged thus far - 18 Grammy's; the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, the United States highest civilian honour. All of this justifiably earning Franklin Rolling Stone's #1 spot on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time. Now that calls for a little respect.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 5 at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Sony Centre Box Office .

Canadian Music Week Spotlight on France

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The 2017 ‘Spotlight on France’ marks the first-ever official mission from France to CMW, and is long overdue.

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music and the Arts (CAAMA), in association with Canadian Music Week, is facilitating access for Canadian artists and music companies to do business with music companies and market specialists from France.

With a population of 66.7 million, France is ranked by TheInternational Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as the 5th largest music market in the world for recorded music with $USD 809 million in trade value. France is also ranked 5th worldwide for both physical and digital.

48.7 Increase in Streaming Revenue

In France, streaming revenues grew last year by a remarkable 48.7 per cent. Streaming is well on its way to overtaking physical, with income from the consumption of music streams on ad-supported video services now equal to the revenue from vinyl sales (US$12.6M vs. US$12.7M.)

France ranks third for both Synchronization and Performing Rights. Streaming has increased its market share from 16% in 2014 to 24% in 2015. The market is projected to reach 1.8 billion in 2016.

Bell Media and ole Announce Worldwide Music Publishing, Acquisition, andRights Management Partnership

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Bell Media has joined forces with ole, the world's fastest-growing independent rights management company, in an exclusive music publishing and administration partnership encompassing Bell Media's extensive in-house music catalog. With this deal, ole has concluded $20-million inacquisitions in the first quarter of 2017.

The multi-year deal will increase revenue generated from Bell Media's premier audio-visual collection of more than 12,000 tracks, including iconic television music such as "The Hockey Theme", CTV News themes and compositions from Bell Media's roster of #1 hit original programs.


"With our extensive music catalog, this is a great opportunity for us to grow its use internationally and capture new revenue streams," said TysonParker, Head of Artist and Music Industry Relations, Bell Media.

 

"ole is very pleased to be working with Bell Media and its world-classcontent production teams," said Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO, ole. "I lookforward to adding value to what this talented team is creating."

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Son of Canadian Music Legend Ian Thomas Needs Our Help

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A recent appeal to the music industry and beyond has been launched to help the son of Ian Thomas who was recently in a devastating accident.

On Saturday, January 7th, 2017, Jake Thomas was snowmobiling with some friends, enjoying the last of the winter holidays, when he endured a serious accident in his resident town of Bracebridge, Ontario. The accident has left him with life-altering injuries, and his family with life-altering circumstances.

Jake’s injuries include 7 broken ribs, a dislocated hip and fractured acetabulum, but worst of all - a T12 burst fracture. On Sunday, the 8th, the Sunnybrook neurosurgeon confirmed that Jake sustained a complete spinal cord injury, resulting in paralysis from the waist down.

Although the news was devastating , Jake has bravely accepted his new reality; he has displayed the ultimate courage, strength and perseverance anyone could ever demonstrate under these tragic circumstances.

The Wall Brings Taiwan’s Music Scene to Canadian Music Week

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The Wall, one of Taiwan’s premiere event hubs, is bringing an exciting lineup of bands to the Rivoli on Thursday, April 20th for an exclusive showcase during Canadian Music Week. “Taiwan is a small island, but full of energy and passion,” says The Wall’s CEO, Orbis Fu. “People are nice, kindly, friendly, and this comes through in the music.”

The showcase, aptly titled Taiwan Beats, is highlighting three bands on the lineup, including bluesy garage band, 88 Balaz, Indigenous group, Outlet Drift, and electro-indie outfit, P.C.B. See complete details below.

Julian Taylor Releases New Single and Video – Chemical Low

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On his Southern Ontario “401 Tour,” with stops in London, Peterborough,Hamilton, Waterloo and more, Julian Taylor releases new(radio edit) single “Chemical Low” from his monumentaldouble-album Desert Star (Aporia Records).Dropping Friday, March 24th, the song will be available on allmajor online outlets including Spotify and iTunes plus a video is in theworks, with a teaser currently available for viewing. New tour datesannounced are March 26th at The Rivoli with Taylor playing solo, along with PatRobataille and Cameron Murray; Folk Music Ontario Icebreaker on March 29th atLula Lounge with Taylor sharing the stage solo, with AHI and Coco LoveAlcorn; CBC Music Presents on March 31st atMavericks in Ottawa, for JUNOFest; Canadian Music Week Presents on April 22nd atThe Horseshoe Tavern.

BNQT Releases Debut New Track on Last Gang/Dualtone

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BNQT, a new indie super group conceived and led by Eric Pulido of Midlake, havedebuted new track, Unlikely Force, featuring Band Of Horses’ BenBridwell on vocals. The track comes from their“sumptuous, immensely pleasurable” (Uncut) debut album, Volume 1, set for release on April 28 via Last/GangDualtone (Entertainment One companies). Listen to the wistful, psychedelictrack over at Pitchfork.

Says Pulido: "Unlikely Force was the first of all the album tunes that we worked on and a guinea pig of sorts. We wanted a lush 70s feel good vibe and Ben's song was a perfect foundation to build upon that ultimately set the precedent for what was to come!”

Volume 1 includes ten new, original songs and features five vocalists – BenBridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy ofTravis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and Pulido – who wrote and sing twotracks each, with backing from other Midlake members; McKenzie Smith(drums), Joey McClellan (guitar) and Jesse Chandler (keys). Volume 1 wasrecorded and produced mostly at Midlake’s studio in Denton, TX.

Avery Raquel CD Release Concert April 4 in Toronto

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Avery Raquel recently learned that she has been awarded a a full-scholarship (tuition and housing), five-day intensive jazz program  at The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival, hosted by Salve Regina University and  taught by world-renowned faculty and led by Danilo Pérez, artistic director, and Marco Pignataro, managing director.  The program features ensemble rehearsals, master classes by musicians who have appeared in the Newport Jazz Festival, and final performances by all students, with selected groups chosen to play on the Newport Jazz Festival stage. Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival Participants study and stay in the heart of Newport on the campus of Salve Regina University.

Prior to this on Tuesday, April 4 Avery Raquel and her band(s) will celebrate the release of Without a Little Rain at 3030 in the Junction.  Avery has been working extremely hard over the past year – nothing new for this very focused young woman who started in the entertainment industry when she was just 7 years old – she has risen to every challenge handed to her - probably the biggest to date, has been to write original songs, and to that end there are six Avery Raquel originals on this her sophomore recording.

National Music Centre launches NMC Collections Online


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The National Music Centre (NMC) has launched a new online platform, connecting music lovers from around the world to NMC’s extensive and rare collection of musical instruments and memorabilia at the click of a mouse.

This new digital platform will kick off with 150 of NMC’s top collection items viewable online in celebration of Canada 150.

NMC stewards one of the most impressive music collections in the world, including over 2,000 historic musical instruments, artifacts, and Canadian music memorabilia, which collectively spans over 450 years of music history, technology and innovation.

NMC Collections Online will be an important and accessible resource for a wide audience, that includes the general public, students interested in music and music history, industry, artists and producers from around the world, aspiring participants in NMC’s Artist in Residence program, and various scholarly and cultural institutions.

NMC believes that this resource will open up future collaborations, more national and international interest in its unique collection, and raise awareness of the need to preserve musical artifacts and our Canadian musical heritage.

Canada’s Walk Of Fame Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program Returns For A Fifth Year

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Canada’s Walk of Fame announces the return of its Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, one of Canada’s most successful programs supporting aspiring Canadian musical artists. Valued at more than $100,000, this program provides musicians the tools needed to take their careers to the next level including private studio time at the prestigious Metalworks Studios; introductions to renowned artists; access to music industry influencers; exposure to audiences and media; as well as artist development and funding. Submissions will be accepted immediately through to Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET.

Since its inception in 2013, the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC , has ignited the careers of its Grand Prize Winners including last year’s recipient, Ayaz V.who has credited his win as a “game-changer”. For the first time in the program’s history, the Grand Prize Winner appeared on the 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame national broadcast on Global. He later opened for Canadian singer-songwriter Jonathan Roy in Toronto, and will be releasing his EP and performing at Jamie Oliver’s renowned “The Big Feastival” this summer.

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