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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

We're A Proud Sponsor of the Hamilton Film Festival: Learn About Music Synchronizing Rights, and View the Hamilton Premiere of PLAY YOUR GENDER

November 11, 2016, 1:00-3:30PM @ Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
(116 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3)
Followed by Hamilton Film Premiere of Play Your Gender by Stephanie Clattenburg
MusicOntario Communities Connect is all about bridging the gaps between Ontario’s vibrant music markets! During our Community Development Research Project (CDRP), we asked musicians, artists and industry professionals across the province what types of support and education they hoped to have access to regionally (you can read the full results at www.music-ontario.ca).
With that in mind, we’ve tailored this session to cover the topics Hamilton survey respondents want to learn about. From publishing, music supervision/sync, to licensing and rights collectives, working smart in today’s music industry goes beyond optimizing the front end of your business (music sales, gigs, merch). It requires savvy behind the scenes as well: protecting your publishing rights, understanding the value of your intellectual property, and licensing/placing your music in film, television, ads and games can help you generate revenue in the background. Learn from various industry pros how the cogs in the wheel flow together and how to approach the key players to put your music to work! 
  • “Parkside” Mike Renaud (Hidden Pony Records)
    www.hiddenpony.ca // twitter: @HiddenPony
Play Your Gender Film Premiere: 3:30PM with special guest Kinnie Starr

Play Your Gender is a documentary with Kinnie Starr about the gender divide in the music industry. Only 5% of music producers are women even though many of the most bankable stars in the industry are female. Under these conditions, what does it for a woman to make it in music?
Featuring Kinnie Starr, Melissa Auf de Maur, Lily Frost, Chantal Kreviazuk , Sara Quinn and many more.

Monday, September 26, 2016

You'll See. It Will Turn Out Right. It's Worth Fighting For.


The new HamiltonMusician.com website and HamiltonLiveMusic.ca have been undergoing extensive "surgery" over the past few days and weeks. Prognosis is still up in the air. The patient is still on the table.

We're praying for a miracle.

Two Weeks of Outstanding Performances and Competition From Hamilton and Burlington's Finest Young Musicians

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Plans to Make Hamilton a 'Music City'? Your Input is Needed!

Musicians, songwriters, live music venue operators, music educators – and anyone else with a passion for music – please join us August 25 to learn about our plans to make Hamilton a Music City.

This is your chance to meet and speak with members of the Hamilton Music Strategy Team – a dedicated group of music industry volunteers who have been working hard for the past three years to promote live music in our city.

At this meeting we will be updating you on our progress in developing a Hamilton Music City brand. We’ll also be asking you to give us your feedback on our top marketing ideas to promote music in Hamilton. You’ll have a chance to share your thoughts and to vote for the ideas you like best.

This is a great opportunity to reconnect with your friends in the Hamilton music industry. Everything is free, including parking in the spacious lot at the back of the Gasworks.

PS: If you haven’t already signed up on our Hamilton Music City email list, you can do so at http://hamiltonmusiccity.ca/

RSVP on Facebook event page here

August 25, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Park St. Gasworks
141 Park St. North

map: https://goo.gl/maps/tgfmrdbcgyC2

Friday, August 5, 2016

Steel City Rovers Return to Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, Opening for Alan Doyle

Steel City Rovers
The Steel City Rovers (SCR), one of the fan favourite at last year’s Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, has been hand-picked by Alan Doyle to be the opening act for his concert on Sept. 9.
SCR will play during the Traditional Military Tattoo, kicking off the evening’s entertainment at the Trenton Amphitheatre. Following the tattoo, they will take the stage again, prior to Alan’s performance.
“We are thrilled to have Steel City Rovers back this year,” said Beth Cleaton, Chair of the Trenton Scottish Irish Festival. “They did an outstanding job in 2015 and were an incredible addition to the Tattoo. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year.”
SCR has had a very successful year and was recently nominated for Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year in the Hamilton Music Awards.  They have toured not only in Ontario but through the states.   
During the Trenton Scottish Irish Festival, the Steel City Rovers will also take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 10, as the headliner in outdoor concert to close the festival.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Notice of Public Meeting - Music Branding Strategy

Public Meeting - Music Branding Strategy
Join the Music Strategy Implementation Team, City of Hamilton and local marketing firm Pier 8 Group, to move Hamilton’s Music Strategy forward. We want you to participate in this important phase of the Music City branding process.Let’s celebrate all things music!

To get a reminder email, add your info HERE.
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Location: Park St. Gasworks, 141 Park Street North, Hamilton

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Renaissance Music 3.0 August 11 thru 14 in Hamilton Includes Musicians From Hamilton, Toronto, Guelph, Waterloo and Montreal

Shanika Maria 
HAMILTON, ONTARIO - Songwriter/Producer, Kojo “Easy” Damptey, presents Renaissance Music 3.0. This year Renaissance music will be a three-day event starting on August 11th with It's a Live Mixtape, followed by August 13th with the Soul Music Showcase and will conclude with a Hip-Hop Showcase on August 14th, 2016. Damptey has scheduled a lineup of musicians from Hamilton, Toronto, Waterloo, Guelph and Montreal.

The artists performing are as follows:

August 11th: It's a live mixtape, 55 Elgin Street, Hamilton, 7pm - 11 pm. House Concert.
DJ's mix and blend music to create a thematic tone, providing what they believe a space needs by placing the songs of artists side by side. Now imagine if those artists would perform their songs in the order the DJ mixed them. That’s the concept behind "It’s A Live Mixtape", where DJ Brett Klassen will mix the songs of Chukky, Scribe, Creo, FIX - Hiphoppa, and Thad, while they perform their songs and pass the mic with a backdrop of visuals by Jamie Milay creating a non-stop flow of energy. "It’s A Live Mixtape" is an attempt at creating a live music experience as unique as the community it comes from.

August 13th: Soul Music Showcase, 43 King William Street, 8pm. Baltimore House
The soul music showcase will be headlined by Hamilton's 10 piece funk band, "Soul Finger". Montreal singer/songwriter Hanorah will be joining the bill as well as local soul singer Nasr Beny from Hamilton, Jack Moves from Toronto, Shanika from Hamilton and New Era Neisha from Hamilton.

August 14th: Hip-Hop Showcase, 43 King William Street, 7 pm. Baltimore House
The hip-hop showcase will be headlined by Hamilton's power hip-hop group "Canadian Winter". Other performers include Spokken Musiq from Hamilton, Redd from Waterloo, Gene One from Toronto and SkyBlew from North Carolina.

Admission for all shows is $10.

Renaissance Music is a celebration of African and African Diaspora culture that has played an important role in creating music genres around the world including but not limited to Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B, Blues and Afro Jazz.

For additional info contact

Kojo Easy Damptey
Music Curator

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Canadian Musician's Pay-to-Play Survey. Maybe You Should Participate?

The survey has only six questions, and will take a couple of minutes total.

It's an important subject for all of us.

Here's the link:


If you'd like to see my own comments which I added to the survey, read on:

When the venue takes absolutely no risk to the point of expecting up-front money on the table from the band, especially to cover the sound guy's pay as well, a line has been crossed. No way is this acceptable! Shameful practise. How can the venue have no skin in the game? 

It's not so bad when the band is invited to sell their own tickets, when they get all the revenue for their efforts. But in addition, the venue should agree to buy a block of tickets up front and assume a part of the risk of the show. If the band sits on their ass and does nothing, then they get paid a paltry sum for the few tickets the venue bought. Will they ever come back, or be invited back? No way.

My big beef is when festivals offer free spots based on giving value to a band that is "in-kind" ie. not cash, but potential to build audience, gather fans, get "exposure." Depending on where the artist is in their own career stage this may be a viable prospect, but too often it just become a ploy to increase the festival's profits. I would like to see an honest approach where every artist gets paid for their performance. The fact that artists agree to perform for no cash is often a sign that they don't really have a clear business plan in place, and I think venues take advantage of this.