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The Call for Submissions for the 11th edition of M For Montreal, taking place from November 16-19, 2016, are now open to local and international artists! Artists will get the opportunity to play in front of more than 200 music industry professionals from 20+ countries.

An administration fee of $40 CAD is required for each submission and guarantees that your submission will be considered by the programming committee.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Sunday, May 15, 2016.

There are three things you can’t touch.

This.

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…The Toronto Blue Jays baseball team led by this guy.

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…and what Rogers and Samsung has been able to do with your television viewing opportunities.

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All the time when the Toronto Blue Jays were writing their historic season last year ending with the Jays only 90 feet away from a tie, to later fall 4-3 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to lose the series, four games to two, Samsung was putting the finishing touches on making their viewing experience even more heart-pounding, if that was even possible.

Baseball to me isn’t just a game, just like music isn’t just a medium of sound and silence. Basebal is an event with a heart, a life force, a profound spirituality and a vital part of my life. As a lover of the Jays, I enjoy going to the Rogers Centre where I can relax, have some peanuts and hot dogs and possibly be yelled at from the people around me for singing OK Blue Jays, Let’s Play Ball a little too off-key. “You were great, Dad!” my daughter would say, trying to be nice. “During some of the singing, I could see dogs perking up without anyone else hearing that really high note!”

And then I would spend an average of 96 minutes- more than half the game – just looking for Rush’s Geddy Lee sitting behind home plate.

The way I got into the Jays was like any other kid in Toronto in the ’70s. First, watching them play at Exhibition Stadium, where I was at the first game back in April, 19777, along with 86 million other liars who claim to be there. Then, watching them throughout the year, culminating into their two World Series titles. And now, with my daughter, we get to watch them at the Rogers Centre and create those moments like I remember with my dad all those years ago – exciting, hungry, eating too much, getting sick, getting excited again, sleeping in the car on the way home. By the time morning came, I realized it was the greatest day I ever spent.

Last season’s success for the Jays caused such a great demand for tickets that the City of Toronto actually got to stop building its dream superb subway system costing billions of dollars because we put it all towards buying Jays hats, jerseys, and Rush albums on vinyl. The Jays again have a huge uptick in a fan base across Canada, and around the world for the team. With sell-out after sell-out, more people are watching baseball at home in record numbers. This is where Rogers and Samsung comes in.

Actually, let’s go back about 50 years. Samsung was founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938 as a trading company. Over the next three decades, the group diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s by forming several electronics-related divisions, such as Samsung Electronics Devices, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Samsung Corning and Samsung Semiconductor & Telecommunications, and made the facility in Suwon. Its first product was a black-and-white television set.

I’ve long admired their products. Their televisions even back then were extraordinary, powerful and compelling. Today, their 55″ Samsung UN55JS8500 4K SUHD 3D Smart LED TV in the ultimate realization of a visionary project, tracking between two different worlds – the actual content and clearness of that product, and the cutting-edge online world of YouTube and social media. This more affordable 4K LED backlit offering from Samsung has some excellent features. The 8500 series has a slightly lower Clear Motion Rate, edge-lit LEDs and thus an edge lit dimming platform, lower LED peak brightness, awesome specs and new color technologies. With SUHD 4K TVs, now you can experience stunning colors, deep contrast, incredible brightness, and 4K resolution that redefines your TV viewing experience.

That means, for most people, you can go to YouTube, watch the latest videos there, and also Tweet your heart out at the same time. From your TV. This blows my mind. The above jargon is for readers who truly accept and understand this is one remarkable television. You should know that I am fine, decent and inquisitive man, but unfortunately I have barely more technical knowledge than a baked potato.

But what I do know is this: The Samsung UN55JS8500 Smart TV provides one place to enjoy content from a wide range of sources. You can easily connect the Smart TV wirelessly with your compatible smartphone for streaming and content sharing. It also lets you access your favorite program choices, live TV, video on demand, streaming sources, apps and social media in one easy-to-browse navigation experience.

In order to watch on your 4K TV, the Rogers NextBox set-top box go hand in hand. Without content (viewed through your 4K box), you’re watching on a blank screen. That’s not what you want. Sportsnet will be airing all 81 Blue Jays home games in 4K, so you have to get the Rogers NextBox set-top box. Rogers continues to expand its 4K offering throughout the year, so this is terrific news.

Watching the Blue Jays has given me a bit of a creative spark online, so I’ll be live-tweeting throughout the season fun facts about the team, score updates, player trivia and anything else I can think of with the hashtag #LifeIn4K, so you can follow along, too!

This is assuming that I ever leave my house again. Once you see it for yourself, you may never, too.

By the way, Samsung provided my new 4K TV and Rogers provided my Rogers Nextbox 4K set-top box, but as the Jays’ owners provide the players’ salaries,  I’m the owner of my own words and enthusiasm here.

I recently read Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney. There is a section where she talks about people always ask her what’s it like to be a successful rockstar while being a female. Do you ever feel like the industry treats you differently because you’re a woman?

Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan, The Joy Formidable: Starting off, I’m an opinionated asshole. The problem when you’re a female what’s come before you, in terms of conforming people thinking you should conforming to, anything outside comes outside of these. A couple of label people in early days told me “Ritzy should be more like this” or “Ritzy should look more like this.” How about being yourself, being truthful in your style? All that stuff is fucking boring. You’ve got to be strong, you’ve got to have to a lot of layers of skin. If you’re not loving the music the other stuff can really fuck you up. It can be tough sometimes but you’ve got to laugh, ignore the rest of it. Stand up for things. I’ve always been of the mindset to let the music do the talking, whatever your opinion is.

Do you pay much attention to critics?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, they are fine with me. I don’t expect everyone to love it. What I really dislike about album reviews and certain writers is really just the laziness. A lot goes into recording, it all comes from a sincere and heartfelt place, so I’d hope that the writer considering our work put that same amount of effort in. We even had one of the local newspapers say that we are from London, we’re fucking Welsh. Some of these writers don’t deserve to be journalists. Love your craft like I do my music. I take pride in the records that I make, so I don’t want to read a review that sounded like it was written on the toilet. I was reading an article on Pitchfork, and I laughed and told them to go fuck themselves. You don’t know about the fight that goes on behind the scenes. I just don’t like nastiness and personal attacks. Be responsible. And everyone is so scared of the journalists too. The power used to be with the musicians, back when they didn’t care what was wrote about them. Back then artists said things because they meant it, because they believed it. They didn’t care about sponsorship, or money or whatever. Art is meant to lead.

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Peter S. Myers was the vice-president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox in 1976. In November of that year, he heard positive reports from people involved with the movie Star Wars and those who had seen rough footage of the film in progress. Myers then sent a four-page telegram to his underlings, outlining an unprecedented distribution plan for the movie, as he knew it was great. He trusted his gut. To say Myers was a Star Wars hype-man would be an understatement. “I am saying the picture should get better treatment than Godfather, King Kong, Jaws, Poseidon or Towering Inferno,” he proclaimed in the telegram, and even declares “it is quite possible Star Wars will emerge as the all time box office champion.”

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From the first line, I laughed. I can relate to this on ever single level. Every thought has been through my mind at least once (except for calling Jesus a bad name.) Come on, we’re hurling in the air in metal tube at 1,000 miles an hour, and people don’t even clap anymore when we land?

Johnny has announced the details of his autobiography. Set The Boy Free will be released on November 3rd, 2016.

Commenting on the title, Johnny Marr said, “I wanted to convey a feeling of breaking free, that has been a constant throughout my life. A feeling that expresses itself as both escape and discovery. Transcendence. I found it through rock ‘n’ roll and art and a journey living both in the modern world.

“For the past few years as I’ve been out on tour promoting my solo work fans and journalists have been asking me when I’ll write my book. I’m very happy to say that the time has come to tell my story.”

Century publishing director Ben Dunn promises a book that Johnny Marr followers have craved: “It’s the book Smiths fans have been waiting their whole lives and the early material that Johnny has written is utterly breathtaking. I’m delighted that Johnny has chosen Century to be his publisher.”

Marr has also been a member of Electronic, an alternative dance supergroup formed with New Order singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner; The The, an English musical and multimedia group led by singer/songwriter Matt Johnson; Modest Mouse, an American indie rock band formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington; and The Cribs, an English three-piece indie rock band originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. As well, he has worked as a prolific session musician. In 2013, he released a solo album titled The Messenger.

A paperback version of the book will be released the year after the hardback in 2017.

Canadian Music Week is proud to announce the nominees for the 2016 Indies – the16th Annual Independent Music Awards – presented with Indie88. Whitehorse, The Strumbellas, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Tobias Jesso Jr. are among the nominated artists being honoured across 14 categories on Wednesday May 4th at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto. The full list of nominees is below.

The Indies happen at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street in Toronto. Doors open at 7:00pm, and limited CMW wristbands/passes accepted. CMW wristbands and passes can be purchased here: https://cmw.net/music/wristbands/

Celebrating the best of independent music – both Canadian and International – the #IndiesWithIndie88, supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund, promise an unforgettable night out. This year’s awards will be hosted by Indie88’s Raina Douris and will feature special performances from nominated artists, including Wintersleep (nominated for Single of the Year), The Strumbellas (nominated for Single of the Year and Group of the Year), Alberta Cross, and The Zolas (nominated for Alternative Group of the Year).

Public and industry votes decide the winners of the 2016 Indies. Fans can vote online as of today at http://www.indies.ca.
2016 INDIE AWARDS NOMINEES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR     
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (604 Records)
Grimes – Art Angels (4AD / Crystal Math)
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? (Arts and Crafts)
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon  (Arts and Crafts)
Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Flemish Eye)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR       
Arkells – Leather Jacket (Arkells Music Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
Coleman Hell – 2 Heads (604 Records)
Jocelyn Alice – Jackpot (Disruptor Records / Sony Music Canada)
The Strumbellas – Spirits (Six Shooter Records)
Wintersleep – Amerika (Dine Alone Records)

GROUP OF THE YEAR     
BADBADNOTGOOD (Innovative Leisure)
Metric (Metric Music International Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
The Strumbellas (Six Shooter Records)
Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
Young Empires (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR  
Carly Rae Jepsen (604 Records)
City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Grimes (4AD / Crystal Math)
Lights (LIGHTS Music Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
YOAN (Productions J)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR     
City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Hayden (Arts and Crafts)
Tobias Jesso Jr. (Arts and Crafts)
Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
Young Empires (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)

ABORIGINAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR   
A Tribe Called Red (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (True North Records)
City Natives (Unsigned)
Drezus (Drezus Music)
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR       
Destroyer (Merge)
Half Moon Run (Indica Records / Glassnote Music)
Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)
The Zolas (Light Organ Records)
Yukon Blonde (Dine Alone Records)

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR          
A-Trak (Last Gang Records)
Braids (Flemish Eye)
Keys N Krates (Dim Mak)
Pomo (HW&W / Ultra Music Canada)
Purity Ring (Last Gang Records)

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR    
Chocolat (Grosse Boite)
Galaxie (La Meute)
La Bronze (Kartel Musik)
Louis-Jean Cormier (Simone Records)
Marie-Pierre Arthur (Simone Records)

POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR   
Coleman Hell (604 Records)
Dan Talevski (eOne Music Canada)
Jocelyn Alice (Disruptor Records / Sony Music Canada)
Ria Mae (Ria Mae Media / Sony Music Canada)
Tyler Shaw (Tyler Ip / Sony Music Canada)

RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR              
Daniel Caesar (Independent)
Jazz Cartier (Safe & Sound)
John River (Independent)
SonReal (Black Box)
Spek Won (Independent)

ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR     
Dilly Dally (Buzz Records)
Hey Rosetta! (HR Music Inc. / Sonic Records)
Monster Truck (Dine Alone Records)
The Elwins (Hidden Pony Records)
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)

SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR     
Basia Bulat (Secret City Records)
Dan Mangan (Arts and Crafts)
Lindi Ortega (Grand Tour Records / Last Gang)
Patrick Watson (Secret City Records)
The Weather Station (Outside Music)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR   
Alabama Shakes (Cadence Music / ATO Records)
Courtney Barnett (Mom + Pop)
Major Lazer (Mad Decent)
Mumford & Sons (Glassnote Music)
Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats (Bottleneck Music / Concord Music Group)

This is part 58 of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.

Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month and thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time or the one that’s made them the most money in sales, or the most clicked-on review, but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.

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Mike Richards, Host, Morning show on CKBW and CJHK Country 100.7, Weekend Jamboree
The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester
A tribute project put together by dobro master Jerry Douglas and some of the of biggest names in bluegrass, a tribute to the Foggy Mountain Boys (Flatt and Scruggs) hence, the name the “Earls” of “Leicester”. This is a collection of some of the greatest, most enduring old time country and bluegrass standards originally made famous by Flatt and Scruggs with the Foggy Mountain Boys and now this bluegrass supergroup. The picking is superb! The songs are timeless! This tribute project was obviously put together with a lot of love and reverence.

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Mike Flanagan, Program Director, OpenAir, Centennial, CO
Van Morrison, Astral Weeks
Since it’s release in 1968 I have owned this album in every format imaginable. Promo copy, vinyl, reel to reel, 8 track, CD, digital, and am ready to sign up when it is available as a virtual reality brain implant. It makes no sense in Van’s chronology, right after Brown Eyed Girl and just before Moondance. Maybe it is a drive by kiss from a comet that only circles every thousand summers. There is something about Astral Weeks that leaves me 18 forever. Van captures every emotion of that youthful crossroads where the past and future are visible for an instant in gardens misty wet with rain. Sure it’s about lost love seen through the human kaleidoscope but what is that? Why is that? Where do we go to be born again? Its jazz, its poetry, it is visions of Madame George and Ballerinas and Young Lovers and driving my chariot down your streets and cry hey I’m dynamite and I don’t know why. This is an album of heart and mind that always catches you one more time up on Cypress Avenue.

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Jacques Morel, Associate Producer, The Huffington Post
Kid Cudi, Man on The Moon PT1
This answer is loaded because the parents are going to scream “ILLMATICDARKSIDEOFTHEMOONOFFTHEWALL” etc etc etc. But as a millennial, this album meant so much to me. It told a story of loss, bravado, lust and a coming of age. I’ll never forget it and will probably play it through headphones on my future wife’s stomach so my kid will come of age with it as well.

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KATERYNA, CCD, Quip Magazine
Chilly Gonzales, Solo Piano II
A modern classic and in many ways original Solo Piano II is some of Gonzales’ best work in my opinion. Putting aside the fact that he is one of my favourite artists overall all and one of the most innovative and entertaining shows you can see live this album stands out on its own. Solo Piano II is music for thinking, contemplating, relaxing, making life plans, and sleeping under a tree – a keeper on all accounts.

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Isaac’BigMex’Andrade, Volume 11 Music
Rage Against The Machine, Rage Against The Machine
From the first time I heard the opening riff of ‘Freedom’, I knew that I had to find out who these guys were and what they were about. The story and images that were shown on the video of the days of MTV & Headbangers Ball, telling the story of how the government screwed over the Native Americans was something an 18-year-old me needed. After I bought the cassette (vinyl was for old people & CDs were too expensive at the time) I fell in love with the band and with the idea of a ‘heavy metal’ band actually having a voice and something to say other than ‘getting drunk’ and ‘getting laid’ that the glam scene was saying at the time. The opening build up of ‘Bombtrack’ definitely set the tone for the whole album that has stuck with me the last 25 years.