Category: Industry

Cross-club Collaboration: Hamilton Bars Form The “Live Music Venue Alliance”

By Jeffrey Martin The establishment of the Live Venue Music Alliance in 2015 may be another first of its kind in Canada. Music strategy team member Lou Molinaro (This Ain’t Hollywood) co-chairs the Alliance, and says the group really reflects the spirit of the Hamilton music community at large – collaborative, friendly, supportive. “It’s given us an opportunity to learn about each other’s rooms and the obstacles each of us face, and how to improve the audience experience. We all recognize and respect each other, and vibe and direction of our respective music presentation. My peers in Toronto were...

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New Micro Loan Program Launched To Support Hamilton Musicians

By Jeffrey Martin Two significant issues were identified at a public workshop for musicians this past spring. One, there are not enough financial and professional resources available for musicians in Hamilton. And two, the “elephant in the room” issue that has challenged musicians for years – getting paid a fair and decent wage for their performance – their work. It comes down to having enough income to live – to pay rent and bills. Kojo Damptey, who co-chairs the music strategy team’s Musicians sub-committee with local singer-songwriter and industry supporter Dan Medakovic, co-ordinated the workshop. “Musicians need to know...

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Artist and Industry Spotlight: Grant Avenue Studio’s Andrew MacPhail

As received from Grant Avenue Studio: Sometimes, when making albums, one sees more of the team involved than they do their own family and friends, so we’d like to take this opportunity to let you get to know our little Grant Avenue family better. This month we are featuring Mister Andrew MacPhail (Personality type: ENTJ-A) Andrew comes to us with a life-time of musical experience, AND he is an all-around nice guy. We asked him some questions and here is what he had to say… 1. How long have you been at Grant Avenue Studio? 2 1/2 years 2....

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Canadian Federation of Musicians Labour Dispute Intends To End Exploitation at BreakOut West Festival

“While certain headline musicians performing concerts at the festival are paid, most receive no fee,” explains Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. “All Canadians deserve to be paid for their work and this must include professional musicians. This is a simple matter of social justice and WCMA’s reluctance to meet this minimum standard is u nacceptable”.

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