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2017 Canadian Songwriter Challenge @ NLFB

Published on Jun 13, 2017

10 songwriters. 5 demos. 3 days. 1 festival.

For this year's Canadian Songwriter Challenge, MFM is once again partnering with the Northern Lights Festival Boréal (NLFB) to bring you a co-writing and demo recording adventure on the beautiful shores of Sudbury's Ramsey Lake, July 7-9.

10 participants will be chosen to take part the event where they will be paired up, and, with the help of mentors Rae Spoon and Jonathan Byrd, be challenged to write and record a brand new song in the span of the festival's 3 days. The whole weekend wraps up with a demo listening party aboard the famed William Ramsey Cruise boat.

Are you up for the Challenge? Apply before June 21 to be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by June 23th.

All applicants MUST be based in Northern Ontario and be available for the full three days. Registration is free, and meals and a weekend pass to NLFB will be covered for all participants. A small travel honourarium may also be available by request only.

The Canadian Songwriter Challenge is proudly sponsored by the Canadian Council for Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and Bell Media.



10 auteurs-compositeurs. 5 enregistrements démo. 3 jours... 1 festival.

Cette année, MFM est en partenariat encore une fois avec le Northern Lights Festival Boréal (NLFB) pour vous apporter une aventure d'écriture collaborative et d'enregistrement démo sur les rives du lac Ramsey à Sudbury, le 6-9 juillet.

10 participants seront choisis pour participer à l'évènement où ils seront jumelés, et, avec l'aide de mentors Rae Spoon et Jonathan Byrd, seront mis au défi d'écrire et enregistrer une toute nouvelle chanson au cours des 3 jours du festival. Le week-end se termine par une détente à bord du célèbre croisière William Ramsey, où nous écouterons les fruits de vos efforts.

Êtes-vous prêts à relever le défi? Inscrivez-vous avant le 22 juin pour être considérés comme participants. Les candidats retenus seront informés avant le 24 juin.

Tous les candidats doivent être basés dans le Nord de l'Ontario et doivent être disponibles pour les trois jours complets du festival. L'inscription est gratuite, et les repas et une passe de week-end à NLFB seront fournis aux participants. Un honoraire de voyage modeste peut également être disponible sur demande seulement.

Le Canadian Songwriter Challenge est fièrement commandité par le Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) et Bell Media.



Northern Ontario Bands & Musicians @ JunoFest!

Published on Mar 31, 2017

Northern Ontario will be well represented at JunoFest in Ottawa this weekend with the following bands and musicians playing the fest!

March 31 – Kalle Mattson
March 31 – Honest Heart Collective
March 31 - Céleste Lévis
April 1 – Mclean
April 1 – Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie and Quantum Tangle


MUSIC PANEL: Building Your Indie Music Dream Team (SSM)

Published on Mar 13, 2017

The music industry is wild and confusing, but we're here to break it all down for you. Plus, we'll help you figure out how to DIY your music career until you can pay other people to do it for you. 

On Thursday, March 16th from 6-8PM, join MFM and some great industry panelists at LopLops in Sault Ste. Marie for a crash course on all the moving parts of the music industry and engage in a discussion about building your business as an artist or music entrepreneur.



-Samantha Evert // YouRockRed

-Rachel Weldon // Kelp Management, MEGAPHONO, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, Debaser

-Kyle Merkley // Arpix Media

-Jen McKerral (moderator) // Music and Film in Motion, Up Here festival

Check out the official Facebook Event for more info.

Admission is free. Afterwards, have a drink and share your thoughts with Al Lukas performing!


MFM's Ultimate Guide to Live Music in Northern Ontario!

Published on Dec 22, 2016

There are so many opportunities to catch quality LIVE music in Northern Ontario this holiday season. We've got you covered with MFM's Ultimate Guide to Live Music in Northern Ontario Over the Holidays!


Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations Joins Focus On Creators Coalition

Published on Dec 6, 2016

The Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) has formally joined the Focus On Creators coalition to support Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, poets, music producers, visual artists and other members of the creative industries in urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the centre of our cultural policy surrounding Canadian content in the digital realm. 

Focus On Creators is a call to action by Canadian creators. Canadians are consuming more digital content than ever before, and creators have led the shift – they have digitized their work, mastered the Internet, and become their own social media directors. Yet the laws and regulations that allow creators to exploit their works to make a living are now out of date. Without urgent attention from government, thousands of Canadian creators will not be able to tell their uniquely Canadian stories.

The work of Canadian creators is increasingly used to monetize technology without adequately remunerating its creators. Income and profit from digital use of our work flow away from the creative class to a concentrated technology industry. Allowing this trend to continue will result in dramatically fewer Canadians being able to afford to “tell Canadian stories,” much less earn a reasonable living from doing so. 

The Focus On Creators campaign has prepared a joint letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. Canadian creators are encouraged to add their names to the letter on the initiative’s website,, to help send this important message to policymakers in Ottawa. 



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