OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) assists with the economic development of Ontario's creative sectors, including music.
OMDC's Music Office supports the music industry by providing funding to music companies across all aspects of Ontario 's music ecosystem.
The Ontario Music Fund (administered by the OMDC) supports Ontario's music industry with $14 million to over 100 music companies each year. Many of whom have received JUNO nods across the 20 JUNO Award categories. Ontario artists have been nominated in 38 of the 41 JUNO Award categories. Eighty-five Ontario artists (94 including engineers/producers/video directors) have accumulated a total of 117 JUNO Award nominations.
During the reception the OMDC Chair Mark Sakamoto highlighted the fact that Ontario happens to be have one of the most exciting music industries in the world.
Allen Reid (President CEO of CARAS/The JUNO Awards & Musicounts) admitted that other provinces are taking note of how Ontario supports it's music industry.
MPP Han Dong announced that since 2013 the Ontario government has contributed millions to the Ontario Music Fund. The MPP from Trinity-Spadina also acknowledged that Ontario's rich musical tradition takes on a special meaning as we celebrate Ontario and Canada's 150th birthday.
(Images from the OMDC's Ontario JUNO Award Nominee Reception's red carpet.)
21 March 2017 – TORONTO, ON – Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling Canadian superstars Walk off the Earth have announced a 30-day tour across three continents touring in support of their most recent single, “Fire In My Soul”, released via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Fans can expect to be wildly entertained by the band’s one-of-a-kind live show and combination of original hits and cover songs.
Walk off the Earth tour dates:
March 25 Foxwoods Casino CT
April 2 Busch Gardens Tampa FL
April 8 World Ski and Snowboard Festival Whistler, BC
May 11 Casino New Brunswick Moncton, NB
May 13 Cunard Centre Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 27 CBC Music Festival – Echo Beach Toronto, ON
June 10 Banff National Park Banff, Alberta
June 27 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Saskatoon, SK
July 6 The Majestic Detroit, MI
July 7 House of Blues Chicago, IL
July 15 Gurten Festival Berne, Switzerland
July 16 Carroponte Milan, Italy
July 18 Open Air Arena Vienna, Austria
July 19 Astra Berlin, Germany
July 21 Rockhal Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
July 22 Live at Amsterdamse Bos Amsterdam, The Netherlands
July 23 Lollapalooza Festival Paris, France
July 27 The Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia
July 28 Tivoli Brisbane, Australia
July 29 The Forum Melbourne, Australia
Additional shows will be announced shortly.
TORONTO, ON - ole, the world's fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, announced today it has signed an exclusive, worldwide 360 deal to curate the music and personality legacy of iconic Canadian artist Stompin' Tom Connors. Under the deal, ole will manage publishing and master distribution rights, Connor's YouTube presence, merchandising and trademark licensing rights.
Connors, hailed as the unofficial Canadian poet laureate, is credited with writing more than 300 songs with total sales in excess of 4 million copies. With his homespun and fiercely patriotic brand of music, Connors rich musical legacy includes Canadian country chart topping hits "Bud the Spud", "Luke's Guitar", "The Bridge Came Tumbling Down", "Sudbury Saturday Night", "Big Joe Mufferaw", "Ketchup Song" and Canadian anthem "The Hockey Song". Connor's accolades include JUNO Awards for Best Male Country Singer (1971-75) and Country Album of the Year (1978), the East Coast Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, SOCAN National Achievement Award (1999), SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the Governor General's Performing Arts Award (2000), Toronto Musicans' Union Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), and was the subject of a postage stamp issued in Canada Post's recording artist series.
ole is one of the world's foremost rights management companies with investments of over $550M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and London, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 55,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole's control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland.
Toronto, ON - The Green Living Show is less than one month away. If you have a PRESTO Card or April Metro Pass entry is FREE of charge! Make sure to bring it with you during April 7th - 9th.
Saturday May 27th & Sunday May 28th
Driving all the way from Los Angeles to Woofstock 2017, Lucy Pet will be making waves on their way to Canada as a Gold Sponsor of the festival, and will be bringing their Gnarly Crank'n K-9 Wave Maker, for all dogs to ride - FREE of charge. Just one of the many NEW activations joining Woofstock this year to make this an unforgettable experience!
TORONTO, ON - In celebration of the band's 25th Anniversary, multi-Grammy nominated pop-rock trio HANSON officially announced their extensive Middle of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour. Tickets on sale today.
Besides HANSON's 25th anniversary, 2017 is also the 20th anniversary of their debut release Middle Of Nowhere, lead by the iconic single "Mmmbop", which introduced the group to the world. The tour will feature performances of the group's most widely known material alongside fan favorites. In select markets, Taylor Hanson will DJ the "Dance Like You Don't Care" after party, which will feature an eclectic mix of modern and 90's favorites.
Coinciding with their benchmark 25th year together, over which the group has released six studio albums and sold over 16 million albums, later this year HANSON will also be releasing Middle Of Everywhere - The Greatest Hits, a comprehensive collection which includes hit singles "Mmmbop", "Where's The Love", "Weird ", "This Time Around", "If Only", "Penny And Me", "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'", "Get The Girl Back", plus their brand new single "I Was Born".
HANSON Canadian Tour Dates
October 3, 2017 Montreal QC The Corona Theatre
October 4, 2017 Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall
October 18, 2017 Vancouver, BC The Vogue Theatre
Award-winning Canadian bluesman Strongman returns with an intoxicating shot of electrified blues with his latest album No Time Like Now available today (Unyon Records/Sony Music Canada). The 10-track collection is a shout-out to a lifelong love of blues from rough-hewn electric, blue-collar hollers, swampy stompers, soulful groovers, and hushed heartfelt ballads.
Backed by an impressive group of players including drummers Dave King and Adam Warner, bassists Rob Szabo and Alex Fraser, and keyboardist Jesse O'Brien, the album features a stellar guitar cameo from Randy Bachman on Strongman's cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet".
"I think every artist owes it to themselves to continue to grow and explore new ground, while still holding onto the thing that made them want to play in the first place," said Strongman. "This record does that for me - it's exciting and honest."
The album's title track and lead single is an anthem to making the most of the moment, a sentiment that flows throughout the rest of the album. But that urgency never displaces musical mastery, and No Time Like Now doesn't disappoint on that count. From the skittering swamp rock of "Money in the Bank", to the rollicking, gospel tinged "Love Love Love", to the nakedly reflective ballad "The Day They Carry Me Away", the album finds Strongman and longtime collaborator Szabo delivering the goods in every way.
Strongman's break-through 2012 release 'A Natural Fact' was hailed as a standout, earning Maple Blues Awards for Recording, Song-writer and Guitarist Of The Year, in addition to a 2013 JUNO Award for Blues Recording of the Year. In 2014 he was thrice-nominated for Maple Blues Awards (Guitar Player, Electric Act and Entertainer of the Year), and in 2015 received a second JUNO nomination for Blues Album of the Year (for Let Me Prove It To You).
There is No Time Like Now to check out the Steve Strongman sound.