Maple Music Plays A Big Role In CD Baby’s Growth

Twenty years after it launched as an online music retailer for independent musicians, CD Baby remains stronger than ever, paying $80M (all figures U.S.) to artists in 2017 last year alone.

And it’s no surprise that company CEO Tracy Maddux says Canada plays a sizeable role in the success of the Portland, Oregon-based venture, which has paid out more than $600M to indie artists worldwide since its inception 20 years ago, in 1998.
(FYI Music News)

New live music venue in Edmonton looks to crowdfunding for support

Three Edmonton business owners are asking for the public’s support in creating a 150-person live-music venue in the city’s downtown.

Marvins Garden is the brainchild of Mark Bellows and Ryan Brodziak of the restaurant The Local Omnivore and Steve Derpack of JCL Productions, a locally-based concert promoter.
(CBC News Edmonton)

Indigenous B.C. treaties, recordings added to Canada’s first UNESCO memory register

A mother, son and uncle performed together Tuesday at a ceremony that added British Columbia’s first Indigenous treaties and decades-old recordings of traditional First Nations’ songs to Canada’s national memory register.
(The Globe and Mail)

TD Indigenous Songwriter Award launched by SOCAN Foundation

The TD Indigenous Songwriter Award will recognize the musical talent and creativity of the best music created, in any genre, by songwriters and composers of Indigenous descent. The inaugural award will be presented at the Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg on May 18, 2018.

Prism Prize music-video nominees short-listed

A jury of over 120 Canadian music, film and media-arts professionals selected the finalists after viewing thousands of submissions. Criteria for selection included style, creativity, innovation and originality. The winner will be announced at a screening and awards event May 13 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
(Vancouver Sun)

We’re All Different: Musician Glenn Copeland on his journey as a Black, Buddhist, transgender artist

Those of a certain age likely saw him perform for decades in a different incarnation on CBC’s Mr. Dressup. You’ve likely also heard the children’s music he wrote and performed on Sesame Street, Shining Time Station, and the Treehouse Network. If you’re an aficionado of Canadian jazz, you may also be familiar with his more recent work, which is infused with world beats and sonic mystery.
(Lion’s Roar)

And Finally

A look at the final 10 for this years Prism Prize.