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  1. Ontario's $45 Million Music Fund Approved, To Roll Out Over Three Years

    October 29, 2013 11:46 AM EDT The Ontario Music Fund (OMF) , a $45 million government grant program approved by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport and administered by the brand new Ontario Music Office (OMO) over the next three years, is now up and running. The fou ...

  2. MuchMusic Video Awards: Drake Surprises and Wins Big, PSY Retires 'Gentleman'

    June 17, 2013 11:22 AM EDT Drake made a surprise appearance, Avril Lavigne thanked her dad, and PSY said farewell thee "Gentleman" at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last night, a massive outdoor celebration that shut down the streets around the Bell ...

  3. Canadian singer Stompin' Tom Connors dies at 77

    March 07, 2013 10:45 AM EST Canadian music icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, whose songs about every nook and cranny of Canada, its people and favorite pastime included “The Hockey Song,” “Sudbury Saturday Night,” “Bud The Spud,” “Tillsonburg” and “Big Joe Mufferaw,”  died Wednes ...

  4. Kroum Pindoff, Philanthropist and Founder of Retail Chain Music World, Dies Aged 97

    January 20, 2013 2:50 PM EST Kroum Pindoff, the Greek immigrant who came to Canada in 1955 with nothing and built a national record retail empire Music World and rack-jobber Pindoff Record Sales, died in his sleep January 16. He was 97. Pindoff was born in 1915 in Macedonia, ...

  5. Ralph James, Larry LeBlanc To Be Honored By Canadian Music Industry

    December 06, 2012 10:15 AM EST Ralph James, co-founder of The Agency Group and long-time booking agent for Nickelback, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame March 21 during Canadian Music Week's Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala i ...

  6. Canadian Regulators Deny BCE's $3.4 Billion Bid To Purchase Astral Media

    October 19, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) gave its decision late yesterday afternoon (Oct. 18) to deny BCE's bid to purchase Astral Media for $3.4 billion (U.S. $3.45 billion). The CRTC, a public organization that ...

  7. Sam Sniderman, Founder of Legendary Canadian Record Stores, Dead at 92

    September 24, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Iconic Canadian record retailer Sam Sniderman, whose Sam The Record Man store started in 1937 and grew to 140 stores nationwide at its peak, died Sunday in Toronto. He was 92. Sniderman opened the first record department with his brother, Sid, ins ...

  8. New Bill Would Force Canada to Review Copyright Law Every Five Years

    July 09, 2012 4:17 PM EDT A little more than a year since the last copyright reform bill (C-32) died when a general election was called, Canada's Conservative government finally committed to update the country's lagging copyright laws. Bill C-11 was the fourth at ...

  9. Adele, Feist, Melanie Fiona, Gary Slaight Honored at Juno Awards Gala Dinner

    March 31, 2012 10:45 PM EDT For the second time in the Juno Awards 41-year history, the annual celebration of Canadian music was held in the nation's capital of Ottawa, beginning with the private gala dinner at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Saturday evening at which t ...

  10. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honor Live Nation Chairman Riley O'Connor, Others

    March 23, 2012 10:26 AM EDT People were still finding their seats in the massive ballroom at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel last evening (March 23) when the 30th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards and Gala Dinner got underway in Toronto. The most important ...

  11. Rio Music Conference Announces First International Edition in Miami

    March 21, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Today (March 21) the Rio Music Conference, Brazil's popular electronic dance music festival held in Rio De Janeiro - confirmed that they will host their first international edition at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. RMC Miami will run from ...

  12. Canadian Music Week: 15 Things You Should Know About the Canadian Music Business

    March 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Canada is hot. The market north of the border continues to yield talent that scales the Billboard charts and drives sales worldwide, from Justin Bieber to Michael Bublé, Drake to Deadmau5, Avril Lavigne to Arcade Fire. These acts, among many other ...

  13. Bell Canada Enterprises Buys Astral Media for $3.4 Billion

    March 16, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), Canada's biggest telecommunications company, just got even bigger. The company will buy Quebec-based Astral Media Inc. for $3.38 billion cdn (about $3.4 billion U.S.). The deal includes net debt of $380 million, ...

  14. Pierre Juneau, Champion of Canadian Music Talent, Juno Awards Namesake, Dead at 89

    February 22, 2012 1:13 PM EST Pierre Juneau, for whom Canada's national Juno Awards is named, died Tuesday at the age of 89. He is often credited with starting the boom of Canadian artists that started in the 70s and brining internatinal respect to the country's dome ...

  15. Backbeat: Bob Ezrin, Crowbar, Kardinal Offishall Honored @ Canada's SOCAN Awards

    November 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST The best speech of the night at Canada's 22nd annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto on November 21 came from Crowbar , best known for "Oh What A Feeling," a song honoured by the performing rights organization that evening with the SOCAN Cl ...

  16. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Marcie Allen

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 19 Marcie Allen President, MAC Presents Website: macpresents.com Twitter: @marcieallen It's pure coincidence that Marcie Allen's biggest achievements in music and branding during the past year all happen to involve phones. Between he ...

  17. Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Colin Stetson Among Polaris Prize Nominees

    June 16, 2011 3:56 PM EDT Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Sloan, Stars, Ron Sexsmith and Black Mountain are among the 40 artists that made the 2011 Polaris Music Prize long-list, revealed today at a press conference in Toronto hosted by CBC Radio's Grant Lawrence. The winner ...

  18. Business Matters: Groupon Files for IPO -- A Look at the Numbers

    June 02, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Groupon Files for IPO. A Look at the Numbers. -- Daily deal company Groupon, soon to be a major player in concert tickets, has filed for an IPO. The company's S-1, filed with the SEC Thursday, reveals that Groupon has real -- not potential -- ...

  19. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Re-Elected, Arts Groups Concerned About Funding

    May 03, 2011 2:39 PM EDT When the results of Canada's federal election were in last night, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative party won a majority government and history was made when the New Democrat Party (NDP) became Official Opposition for the fir ...

  20. Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber Win at Canada's Junos, But Not Drake

    March 28, 2011 7:45 AM EDT As expected after their Grammy win and banner year, Arcade Fire took home the most Juno Awards in Toronto over the weekend, in part of a 40th anniversary celebration of the Canadian awards show that included Shania Twain, Neil Young and many other ...

  21. Robbie Robertson, Luc Plamondon Inducted Into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

    February 10, 2011 10:21 AM EST Robbie Robertson and French-Canadian songwriter Luc Plamondon are the next inductees into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF), the organization announced Tuesday at a press conference at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, where the gala wil ...

  22. Shania Twain Joining Joni Mitchell, Neil Young in Canadian Music Hall of Fame

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Shania Twain is headed to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Not for her recent re-marriage or a new show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, but a chart-topping music career, according to the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. " ...

  23. MuchMusic Loses Bid To Cut Music Videos

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST MuchMusic, Canada's specialty music TV station, has been denied its request to play fewer music videos, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced Nov. 25. The station launched in 1984 as "the nation's ...

  24. Copyright Reform Progresses In Canada

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bill C-32, Canada's copyright reform bill, has entered an important stage in Parliament in the capital city of Ottawa. Earlier this month, it got past a second hearing and yesterday (Nov. 18) a Committee of the Whole was formed, which will no ...

  25. Canadian Radio DJ Slammed For Insulting Justin Bieber Fans

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Don't mess with teen titan Justin Bieber and his fans, Canada's broadcast censor has told Toronto radio shock jock Dean Blundell. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) told the CFNY-FM morning host that he wrongly sexualized ch ...

  26. Sam Feldman Honored By Music Managers Forum Of Canada

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Legendary Canadian music entrepreneur Sam Feldman was honored by the Music Managers Forum of Canada, the evening before Canadian Music Week officially kicked off. Feldman, the founder of Canadian booking agency Feldman and Associates, has been a c ...

  27. Big Ratings For Olympics Finale, Performers Benefit

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canadian acts involved in the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver have received a big boost in sales. "Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Opening Ceremony," an album by EMI Music Canada that featured the music from the opening ceremony ...

  28. Olympic Concert Accident Injures Fans

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vancouver Olympic organizers are investigating a Live Nation-produced rock concert at the 2010 Winter Games where a barricade collapse left 19 people injured. The incident is the latest in an accident-prone Winter Olympics caused in part by warm a ...

  29. Games Ceremony Is Most Watched TV Event In Canada

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Vancouver Olympics opening ceremony was the most-watched television event ever in Canada, Games organizers said. Vancouver staged the first indoor opening ceremony and tapped Canada's reserves of world-famous talent, like film actor Donal ...

  30. Leonard Cohen Delays Europe Tour After Back Injury

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Leonard Cohen has postponed an upcoming European tour by six months after hurting his lower back while exercising. A statement said his doctors advised the 75-year-old to follow the same four- to six-month regimen of physical therapy as athletes d ...

  31. Toronto Set To Host Junos In 2011

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Toronto will host next year’s Juno Week celebrations, the 40th anniversary of Canada’s top music award, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced. The awards will be held from March 21-27. The televised portion of the show ...

  32. Bryan Adams To Be Honored For Humanitarian Efforts

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canadian star Bryan Adams will be given a special award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts when the Juno Awards are held in St. John's, Nfld in April. Adams will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the ceremony on April 18, ...

  33. Court Rules In Favor In WMG Chairman Bronfman

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. scored another legal victory on Monday. The New York State Court of Appeals upheld a previous court ruling dismissing a $100 million lawsuit filed against Bronfman two years ago by Simon & Schuste ...

  34. Live Nation In Partnership With Scene

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The entertainment rewards program created by Canadian bank Scotiabank and movie giant Cineplex Entertainment today announced a strategic partnership with concert producer Live Nation. The program, called Scene, will allow members to redeem loyalty ...

  35. Former Vivendi Boss Ordered To Stand Trial

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi SA says its former CEO Jean-Marie Messier and other former top executives have been ordered to stand trial on charges of misleading investors while they were transforming the once-stodgy water utility into a high-flying film, music and pay ...

  36. Leonard Cohen Returns To Stage After Collapse

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leonard Cohen celebrated his 75th birthday in Barcelona at the last concert of his 10-date Spanish tour, just three days after collapsing on stage before 6,000 fans at a sell-out in Valencia. Some 14,000 fans at the Palau Sant Jordi stadium stood ...

  37. Pierre Tremblay Departs Nettwerk

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pierre Tremblay has left his role as SVP at Canada's Nettwerk Music Group, claiming the company has "lost focus." Tremblay has taken Toronto band Billy Talent with him for his new venture, Vancouver-based Hive Management. The rock a ...

  38. Leonard Cohen Announces Second U.S. Leg Of World Tour

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leonard Cohen will return to the United States this fall to perform in theaters and arenas, beginning Oct. 17 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and wrapping Nov. 13 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Select tickets for the 15-date U ...

  39. RIM Outlook Disappoints

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion offered investors an outlook that fell short of some expectations, sending the BlackBerry maker's stock sliding 5% even as the company reported a higher quarterly profit that topped forecasts. The share price's drop ma ...

  40. Polaris Long List Revealed

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The $20,000 Polaris Music Prize has announced its so-called "long list," with a diverse set of acts including Joel Plaskett, Leonard Cohen and rapper k-os making the cut. The prize, which is awarded to a specific album based on artistic ...

  41. Edgar Bronfman Moving To London

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr is moving to London and will run the major between the U.K. capital and New York. The London Times reports that Bronfman is moving his family from New York to a house in Kensington near Warner ...

  42. Bruce Allen Adds Jann Arden To Management Roster

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden has been added to the stable of artists managed by Bruce Allen, who also represents Anne Murray, Michael Buble and Bryan Adams. Arden, a Universal Music Canada artist, has released seven studio albums and won ...

  43. BlackBerry-Maker RIM Sees Earnings At Low End Of Forecast

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Research In Motion said its fourth-quarter earnings and gross margin would be at the low end of its previous forecast range, even as subscriber additions topped expectations, sending shares down 8%. The BlackBerry device maker said on Wednesday th ...

  44. Doyle, Ghomeshi To Host ECMAs

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Newfoundland singer Damhnait Doyle will pair up CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi to host the 2009 East Coast Music Awards live from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The awards show on March 1 will also be aired on CBC Television at 11 p.m., while CBC' ...

  45. E1 Entertainment Eyes Survival Tactics

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canadian producer/distributor E1 Entertainment has launched a strategic review of its business but plans to keep it intact. Toronto-based E1 said poor U.S. music sales have prompted a restructuring of Koch Entertainment, the New York-based CD dist ...

  46. Google's Eun Defends YouTube

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at a MidemNet keynote in Cannes, Google's VP of content partnership David Eun described Warner Music Group ordering the removal of its repertoire from YouTube as "unfortunate." But he insisted label partners can benefit hug ...

  47. Anne Murray To Release Autobiography

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canadian music legend Anne Murray will release her autobiography, "All of Me," in late 2009, her publisher has announced. "After being on tour for most of my adult life, the time was right to stop and reflect," Murray said in a ...

  48. Mogul Ted Rogers Dies In Toronto

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ted Rogers, who transformed a single Toronto FM radio station into the North American broadcasting, publishing and telecoms conglomerate Rogers Communications, died Tuesday at his home in Toronto. He was 75. He was hospitalized in late October for ...

  49. Simmons Plots Revival of His Canadian Label

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kiss bassist and entrepreneur Gene Simmons is relaunching his label Simmons Records with Universal Music Canada and auto-parts baroness Belinda Stronach with the goal to sign, develop and merchandise three Canadian acts per year. "This is goi ...

  50. Ticketmaster, RIM Partner For BlackBerry Mobile Ticketing

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster has partnered with mobile company Research In Motion (RIM) to designate the BlackBerry as the official smartphone of Ticketmaster, Billboard.biz has learned. Through the agreement, BlackBerry users can browse and purchase tickets to l ...

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