Eastwood Guitars Searching for “World’s Ugliest Guitar”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Eastwood Guitars is determined to find the “World’s Ugliest Guitar”. To help make this decision, Eastwood is crowd sourcing the opinions of guitar players from around the globe with an interactive voting system at facebook.com/EastwoodGuitars1.


MusiCounts Surpasses $1 Million in Grants for Music Education

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Serena Ryder with the students of Woodbine Jr. High School. Photo courtesy of Barry Roden.

MusiCounts has announced that for the first time ever it will surpass $1,000,000 in grants awarded through their music education programs.  The news of this year’s funding is a major milestone that Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has been striving to achieve.  The announcement was made by Melanie Berry, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts during a celebration held at Woodbine Jr. High School in Toronto.


We’re at NAMM

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

We are down here in Anaheim, California for NAMM. Our highlighted coverage can be found on our blog, http://canadianmusictrade.com/blog/. There will be updates posted a few times daily, so make sure to check it out. Anyone who is not at the show, feel free to reach out with any ideas on what you want to know more about. Make sure you stay tuned for our wrap-up video that will be posted following the event!


Attend The Free Canadian Musician Self Promotion Seminar

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

There is a free on Jan. 19 on  how to promote your band, your business, or your career. Learn insider, no B.S., tips that you can put into practice the next day. The seminar will take place at Cosmo Music in Richmond, ON.


Metalworks Institute, Roland Announce 2012 KEYS Competition Winner

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

L-R: Doug McGarry (Roland Canada), Kayla Durish (Metalworks Institute), Jonathan Gateretse (KEYS Winner), Adrian Marsi (Roland Canada)

Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production and Roland Canada have announced Jonathan Gateretse as the winner of the 2012 KEYS Competition.

Jonathan’s first place finish in the inaugural KEYS Competition entitled him to full tuition in the two year Music Performance and Technology / Keyboard Major Program, valued at $38,900. Jonathan’s high school, Loyola Catholic Secondary School was awarded a Roland Jupiter 80 Keyboard valued at $5,000.

A jubilant Jonathan says, “I made a concrete decision to make music my career when I was 15, and to have the opportunity to attend Metalworks Institute is simply incredible. I’m just starting to find my path as a young musician, and over the past couple of years I have never owned a professional keyboard, so having access to the new Roland Jupiter 80 will give me a great start. It’s the perfect bonus to winning the scholarship. I’m humbled and blessed; at 17 my career is already off to a great start. I can’t thank Metalworks and Roland enough!”


In Memoriam: Julio Cotellesso (1945-2012)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Julio Cotellesso (1945-2012)

On Dec. 28, 2012, Julio Cotellesso passed away in Montreal, suddenly, at the age of 67.

Julio was a leading force at Steve’s Music in Montreal for over 20 years and worked previously in the MI distribution business. He was the first music retailer to be named President of MIAC (Music Industries Association of Canada).

He will be sadly missed by his beloved spouse Renée Tougas, his daughters Julie (Francis) and Annie (Eric), his grandchildren Vincent, Olivier, Émilie, Rémi and Flavie, his sister Filomena, and many other relatives, friends and colleagues from the music industry.

The family will receive condolences at Magnus Poirier Funeral Complex 10300 Pie IX Blvd. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. and on Friday morning as of 9 a.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St.Leonard Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.

We at CMT extend our sympathies to Julio’s family, friends, and peers in the industry.