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After playing football for four years at the University of Miami, Dwayne Johnson was passed over by the NFL. While he played for the Canadian Football League for a short time, he was ultimately cut from his team, the Calgary Stampeders, and sent packing. At 23, Dwayne found himself living in his parents’ small apartment, battling depression. Heavy stuff for anyone, and we can all learn from his fight.

Foo Fighters have released a surprise new EP — and it’s available to download for free. The EP, Saint Cecilia, turns out to be what a counter on the band’s site has been ticking down to for the last month. Pre-orders are also ongoing for a vinyl edition. The EP was recorded at the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin. In a letter accompanying the release, Dave Grohl writes that “this project has now taken on an entirely different tone” in light of the Paris attacks, after which the band canceled the final shows of their European tour.

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U2 has opted to cancel its planned concert Saturday in Paris following Friday’s terrorist attacks and state of emergency.

U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.

Speaking from Paris the band said on their website:

“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.

We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans.

And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”

The Big Apple is a major music market, but a really tough one to bite into! So, why not get a little help from the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)?

For the first time ever, CIMA will be organizing a private business mission to New York City that will run from January 18-22, 2016. This mission will be produced in partnership with a New York City-based consulting firm, Sneak Attack Media.

This mission will provide participating companies with the opportunity to undertake an extensive, valuable and structured foray into the New York music market.

Mission Details:

This mission is open to qualifying CIMA member companies as well as qualifying non-member companies. CIMA members in good standing benefit from a discounted rate of $850 CDN, while the mission cost for non-members is $1250 CDN.

The mission includes:

  • A welcome reception for delegates and select NYC contacts.
  • A private industry-only reception.
  • One (1) music industry-focused B2B session including one-on-one speed meetings and round-table discussion, targeting NYC labels, agents, publishers and more.
  • One (1) “Tech Day” including visits to Google, Spotify, Facebook, Rdio, etc.
  • One (1) “Advertising Day” at agencies, production houses, studios, etc.
  • Access to our NYC consultants, Sneak Attack Media, for meetings.
  • A “Welcome to NYC” presentation by Sneak Attack Media.
  • A “Guide to NYC” package for all CIMA delegates and attendees, in addition to personalized, detailed itineraries.
  • Informal nighttime events, networking activities, and mixers where participants can forge new relationships and cement existing ones.
  • A negotiated group rate at a hotel in NY.

Potential showcasing opportunities: This is a business mission, but there may be a potential showcase opportunity if any delegates have bands already booked to perform in NYC during that time. Additional fees may be incurred.


How to apply:

CIMA is currently looking for 10-12 companies to register for this mission. This opportunity is best suited for businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • Businesses looking to enhance their contacts in New York City in order to develop and/or further existing relationships.
  • Businesses who do not currently have US representation.
  • Company representatives in attendance must be able to secure deals on behalf of their roster.

If you meet the criteria outlined above, please submit your applications before Friday, November 20, 2015.

CIMA will reserve positions for companies in the order in which their completed applications are received and approved.

For any questions or concerns, please contact CIMA’s Music Export Manager, Trisha Carter, attrisha@cimamusic.ca.




I feel a bit creepy about this, but Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip’s frontman has just sold his Riverdale home for $2,230,000. I don’t feel strange he sold his house, but posting these photos, since I’ve never been invited to his home, but…

Located in Riverdale, the house has a wonderful view of the Toronto Skyline, and on a 44-foot lot to write and create your next musical masterpiece. I don’t know why it’s more stylish than I thought – it’s not like I had the feeling it would be covered with rock and roll concert posters and hockey sweaters framed on the wall. I kinda did, actually. Shows you what I know, and it’s a stunning, beautiful house.

As well take a tour of the entire house in the real estate company’s promotional video in the player below.

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(Photos via The Mash Canada) H/T Indie 88

This holiday season sees ‘Love the Coopers’ film get released, and the story looks heartwarming already: When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

But it’s the Official Soundtrack Album that is sure to warm people by the fire. Capturing the Coopers’ holiday theme, the soundtrack includes the studio reunion of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on their Christmas original “The Light of Christmas Day,” their first recording since 2009’s platinum-certified Grammy Award Winner for “Album of the Year,” Raising Sand. Otis Redding’s “Merry Christmas Baby,” Sixpence None the Richer’s “Carol of the Bells,” and also features seasonal classics from Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and more.

Check out Plant and Krauss’ song below.

These people came from a wide variety of backgrounds and went on to have unique careers and lives. This is resolutely not a ‘Making of Star Wars’ documentary. Star Wars is merely the common ground shared by these people and just a starting point for collecting the experiences of this generation of performers. It tells the story of six decades of British theatre, cinema and movie conventions from the perspective of working actors whose characters’ fame often seems to eclipse their own. The film explores the industry, the craft and the acting life. It reflects on what makes and sustains a pop culture phenomenon, how it feels and what it means to be a part of that legacy. Most importantly, it forms a portrait of a generation of performers and the British film industry, which facilitated the rise of the Hollywood blockbuster.

Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd, fuses the epic and the personal in Roger Waters The Wall, a concert film that goes well beyond the stage. Based on the groundbreaking concept album, Roger Waters The Wall could be called a concept film: it’ s a state-of-the-art show that dazzles the senses, combined with an intensely personal road trip that deals with the loss Roger has felt throughout his life due to war.

The film will be available for digital HD download November 17 and on Blu-ray & DVD December 1, 2015.