As the Canadian music industry gathers in Toronto for Canadian Music Week events March 3-8, Billboard looks at the market's challenging sales climate, its robust touring circuit, and its promising new acts.
Canadian Music Industry Perseveres In Challenging Times
With CD sales falling faster than digital sales rise and with layoffs at Canada's major labels, many executives in the country's music business are worried about the implications of a continued decline in the music industry.
Canadian Music Week Takes On Challenges Of Changing Industry
Canadian Music Week (CMW) will focus on new concepts and alternative revenue streams that artists and labels can pursue, event founder/ president says Neill Dixon, while speakers like Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie will discuss the possibilities of the digital marketplace. » Full Story
Canada's Touring Market Remains Strong From Coast To Coast
The Canadian touring market is still on fire. "Maybe you need to talk also to some of my colleagues in the other provinces as well, but by current accounts, Canada is still selling tickets and the traffic is still on the road," says Patti-Ann Tarlton, director of bookings at the Air Canada Centre (ACC) in Toronto.
Online Exclusive: Five Canadian Acts Burning Their Way To International Stardom
While artists as diverse as Michael Buble and Arcade Fire prove Canada's ongoing strength as a source of international talent, rising artists wait in the wings. Here are capsule profiles of five Canadian artists to watch.