• New task force will help galvanize music industry in Ottawa

    Ottawa – The City of Ottawa, together with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), will spearhead a task force of music and film industry leaders to develop a Music Strategy for Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jeff Leiper made the announcement today during the “Ottawa as a Music City” panel discussion at the Innovation Centre.

    OMIC is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to growing the city’s music industry for the benefit of its artists, businesses, and the city as a whole. Since it was formed in 2015, a direct result of the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture, OMIC has:

    • developed relationships between its members and the national industry, the City and the community-at-large;
    • delivered music-focussed programming in partnership with the City, Ottawa 2017, and the JUNO Awards;
    • conducted important research on developing the industry in Ottawa.

    The City of Ottawa and OMIC will work with a task force of music and film industry partners, as well as other business leaders, to develop a strategy that will strengthen and grow our music industry, as well as other cultural sectors in Ottawa.

    In order for OMIC to conduct the research and consultation work required to develop this Music Strategy, the City is investing $30,000.

    Quotes

    “Live music is a growth industry in Ottawa. It shapes our identity and who we are as a city. In addition to the cultural benefits, a thriving music industry helps to level the playing field for our homegrown companies who are competing to attract talent from around the world. This music strategy will be part of the legacy of the 2017 JUNOs happening in Ottawa.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Music is one of Ottawa’s great assets. We have incredible music talent, dedicated music entrepreneurs, and vibrant music scenes. Developing a municipal music strategy is about bringing together industry and government to create an environment that nurtures music’s transformative potential. As a representative of Ottawa’s music industry, OMIC is excited and proud to have the opportunity to work with the City and business leaders from connected sectors on this important step for the growth of our music industry and for the growth of our city.”
    Andrew Vincent, Executive Director of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC)

  • Submissions now open for JUNOfest 2017

    JUNO Week’s two-night music festival invites Canadian artists from all genres to apply.

    TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that artist submissions for JUNOfest, presented by CBCMusic.ca are now open. The annual musical festival will showcase performances by top Canadian acts in venues across Ottawa on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 as part of JUNO Week 2017.

    Artists interested in participating in JUNOfest can apply between November 29, 2016 and January 27, 2017 at www.junofestsubmissions.ca.

    About JUNOfest:

    WHAT:

    • One of the signature events of JUNO Week, JUNOfest is a two-night music festival featuring 100+ artists playing on stages throughout Ottawa. The festival will feature live performances by regional and national artists representing the many genres that make up Canadian music, including local artists representing Ottawa’s diverse and vibrant music scene and 2017 JUNO Award nominees.
    • JUNOfest is open to Canadian artists only. A $20 application fee will apply.
    • JUNOfest will be produced by Shawn Scallen/spectrasonic.

    WHEN:

    JUNOfest will offer shows at more than 15 venues across Ottawa/Gatineau on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1

    HISTORY:

    JUNOfest has showcased more than 1,000 artists and bands of all backgrounds and genres including: African Guitar Summit, Alexisonfire, Alex Cuba, Anvil, Arkells, Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Classified, Danny Fernandes, Deep Dark Woods, Divine Brown, D-Sisive, Doc Walker, Down with Webster, Elliott Brood, Elizabeth Shepherd, Feist, Fucked Up, The Gryphon Trio, Handsome Furs, Hey Rosetta!, Hollerado, Hot Panda, Jane Bunnett, Jim Cuddy, Jully Black, Julie Doiron, Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, k-os, Kellylee Evans, KENmode, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Little Miss Higgins, Marianas Trench, Matt Mays, Metric, Milk & Bone, MSTRKRFT, NQ Arbuckle, Plants and Animals, The Sadies, Said the Whale, Saint Alvia, Sam Roberts, Shad, The Sheepdogs, Shout Out Out Out Out, Silverstein, Sloan, Tanya Tagaq, Ten Second Epic, Thornley, Two Hours Traffic, The Wailin’ Jennys, Wintersleep, and hundreds more.
    Rich Aucoin at JUNOfest 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario. Photo credit: CARAS/Cameron MacDonald 2015

    The 46th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017.

    Website: www.junofestsubmissions.ca, www.junoawards.ca
    Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards
    Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards

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