2017 Year in Review – Ontario Live Music Strategy

Music Canada Live continues to lead, with the Province of Ontario, the development of a Live Music Strategy. The goal of the strategy is to capitalize on the energy and potential of Ontario’s live music sector by establishing a roadmap of actions for industry to take with the […]

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Unison Benevolent Fund – Schmoozefest

The 3rd annual Holiday Schmoozefest was held on December 11th at the Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar, raising an incredible $35,000 to help ensure that its free, professional counselling hotline and assistance programs continue to be available for any music industry professional in a time of […]

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British Columbia Live Music Research – Update

In the New Year, Nordicity (our partner) will be holding round-tables in British Columbia bringing together music industry representatives ranging from promoters and managers to venues and festivals.

These events will serve as opportunities to network with other industry professionals and share  perspectives on trends currently shaping […]

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Copyright Review Hearings Set

On December 15, the House of Commons passed a motion to initiate the mandatory review of the Copyright Modernization Act. The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology will host the hearings in 2018.  Reforms that the music industry would like to see enacted are summarized here.

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O Canada: Market Report

IQ has released its O Canada: Market Report, noting that Canada’s economy led G7 growth in 2017, with some of the momentum carrying over into the live music industry. An extra boost was provided Canada’s 150 celebrations across the country, which often included live music.  

Executive Director Erin […]

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Ticketing Legislation Update – Ontario and Alberta


Bill 166 – The Ticket Sales Act was passed on December 13.  Over the past year, Music Canada Live has engaged with Office of the Attorney General, expressing, through meetings, written recommendations and an appearance before Queen’s Park Social Policy committee, support for (as examples) the banning of […]

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Unison Benevolent Fund

The Unison Benevolent Fund does crucial work for our industry, providing emergency relief for music industry professionals in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties.  Unison was created by the music industry for the music industry and will never charge dues or fees for access to its programs. Please […]

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British Columbia Live Music Research

“Assessing the live music industry in BC has never been more important. There’s a wealth of talent, vision and drive in the province that will benefit from informed direction for positive growth, and this study is a big first step toward that goal.” – Nate Sabine, Director […]

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Ontario Ticketing Legislation (Update)

The Office of the Attorney General (ON) released the new Ticket Sales Act (formerly the Ticket Speculation Act) proposed legislation on October 5, 2017, as part of a larger consumer protection bill. Key highlights in the proposed legislation include:

Banning ticket “bots”
Capping the resale price of tickets at 50% above […]

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