Ottawa music

YouRockRed at Juno Awards 2017!

I’m headed to the Juno Awards and JunoFest from tomorrow, Thursday, March 30 to April 2nd covering as Canadian Musician Magazine (social updates) and YouRockRed.

I’ll be rooting for YouRockRed clients Bleeker for 2017 Breakthrough Group of the Year. Clearly!

You’ll most likely spot my red hair bobbing along in the background of the red carpets and photo pits throughout the March 30-April 2nd, so please come say hi. I’m from Ottawa originally, so it’ll be really cool to hit up music venues like Zaphods and Mavericks that I used to go to every week or more.

Sidebar, if I get to meet Canadian music icons Bryan Adams and/or Sarah McLaughlin, be warned the floodgates of music-geekery shall be thrown open.

See you at the Junos!!!

Full list of nominees below:

Single of the Year
“Treat You Better,” Shawn Mendes
“One Dance,” Drake (ft. Wizkid & Kyla)
“Wild Things,” Alessia Cara
“Starboy,” The Weeknd (ft. Daft Punk)
“Spirits,” The Strumbellas

International Album of the Year Sponsored by IDLA Associated Label Distribution
This is Acting
, Sia
ANTI, Rihanna
Made in the A.M., One Direction
A Head Full of Dreams, Coldplay
Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande

Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada
Starboy
, The Weeknd
Illuminate, Shawn Mendes
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen
Views, Drake
Encore un Soir, Céline Dion

Artist of the Year
Shawn Mendes
Drake
Alessia Cara
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd

JUNO Fan Choice Award Presented by TD
Hedley
Justin Bieber
Drake
Shawn Mendes
Alessia Cara
Belly
Ruth B
The Weeknd
Tory Lanez
The Strumbellas

Group of the Year
Billy Talent
The Tragically Hip
Arkells
Tegan and Sara
The Strumbellas

Breakthrough Artist of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and Radio Starmaker Fund
KAYTRANADA
Ruth B
Tory Lanez
Andy Shauf
Jazz Cartier

Breakthrough Group of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and Radio Starmaker Fund
Bleeker
Cold Creek County
Bob Moses
The Zolas
The Dirty Nil

Country Album of the Year
The Score, Aaron Pritchett
Hearts on Fire, Chad Brownlee
Side Effects, Dallas Smith
Tin Roof, Gord Bamford
Kiss Me Quiet, Jess Moskaluke

Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Good Advice, Basia Bulat
Secret Path, Gord Downie
The Great Detachment, Wintersleep
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen
The Party, Andy Shauf

Alternative Album of the Year Sponsored by Long & McQuade
Touch
, July Talk
Art AngelsGrimes
IV, Black Mountain
Weaves, Weaves
Sore, Dilly Dally

Pop Album of the Year Sponsored by TD
Know-It-All
, Alessia Cara
Summerland, Coleman Hell
Astoria, Marianas Trench
Illuminate, Shawn Mendes
Love You to Death., Tegan and Sara

Rock Album of the Year
Morning Report, Arkells
Afraid of Heights, Billy Talent
Sittin’ Heavy, Monster Truck
TerraForm, Sam Roberts Band
Man Machine Poem, The Tragically Hip

** For a complete list visit junoawards.ca

BSOMA Presents: How to Release Your Album – April 15th

Click to buy tickets.

Click to buy tickets.

I’m moderating this session again… and tickets are already over 50% sold out so act quickly!

Want to make sure your album is praised by critics and gets you tour offers? Come hear how album-releases in Canada actually happen and how to create your own strategic plan as independents or like those in the big leagues do.

PANELISTS:

IAN CHAI – Founder, Buzz Records & Artist manager
Trained as a lawyer living in London and Dublin, Ian Chai found himself working at Arts and Crafts Records as a manager for 1 year before co-founding Buzz Records in 2012. Since then, Buzz Records acts – including Greys, Odonis Odonis, HSY and Weaves – have been praised by tastemakers like Pitchfork and Vice, as well as touring on the international festival circuit. He is Toronto-based.
www.buzzrecords.ca

AMANDA RHEAUME – Independent Artist
Performing over 160 shows a year, Amanda Rheaume has delivered her unique and soulful blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks to audiences around the world opening for artists such as Emmylou Harris, K’Naan, Lucinda Williams, and Ani Difranco. Rheaume recently received a Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year (2014) and a Juno Award nomination for Aboriginal Album of the Year (2014) both for Keep a Fire. In 2015, Rheaume has tour plans in Canada, Europe, and UK, and will be performing at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. She is currently writing for her 4th album, the next development of her singer-songwriting craft featuring elements of country, soul, and folk while keeping true to her distinct storytelling through songs.
www.amandarheaume.com

MARY JELLEY – Regional Manager, Warner Music Canada
Mary Jelley has been a force in the Canadian music industry for more than 25 years. The first woman hired as a regional manager for Warner Music Canada, her primary focus is to oversee the sales, marketing and promotion of Warner artists in Eastern Ontario. It may not sound glamorous, but over the years, Mary’s tireless, behind-the-scenes efforts have been a major factor in the success of many Canadian artists, including Alanis Morissette, Michael Bublé, Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea and Brett Kissel, to name a few. Mary continues to work with artists signed to the Warner label, helping them reach new audiences through traditional marketing techniques while also making use of emerging technology and social-media strategies. Considered an expert in the music business, Mary is often called upon to judge talent, participate on panels and speak to students about her long career as an insider in the Canadian rock ‘n’ roll scene.
www.warnermusic.com

9 Ways YouRockRed HQ has Rocked December Madness

December has been a madhouse in the best ways possible.

Some major wins and highlights:

  • BSOMA to continue music industry info sessions until April 2015 (maybe longer!)
  • BSOMA sponsored band consults a major success
  • Clients Adaline and Stuck on Planet Earth both approved for Factor grants
  • Success of Sunparlour Players’ first Euro tour
  • Assisting in other clients Euro plans and music video development
  • Re-location of YouRockRed headquarters!
  • This super cool handmade patch from The Haig band
  • New client confirmations… (these I’m super stoked on)
  • Amos the Transparent Toronto album release party this Saturday at Rivoli, Toronto (where you’ll find me dancing)

Next week I feel like I’ll be doing my summary of favourite albums and shows of 2014.

BSOMA Thanks! Ottawa Musicians PACK first info session

Thank you so much to the 70 people who packed Bluesfest School of Music and Art’s new venue in Westboro last Thursday night for the first ever BSOMA presents. It was a fully-sold out house and it wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing organizing support and creative team from Bluesfest. It was a total pleasure being able to collaborate and make this whole thing happen and a little birdie has now said that the next one will be February 2015!

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From l-r: Chris Wilson and Dan Hay from Amos the Transparent, Caroline Matt of City of Ottawa, Megan Jones of Factor and me!

Big thank you to Megan Jones from Factor for making the trip from Toronto to talk to the audience.  By the way, what a diverse audience- wow! All ages, ethnicities, and GENRES.  Metalheads to folk rockers to pop singers. I feel absolutely honoured that people held on to the panelists’ words like they did.

Seriously, it’s almost a week from the fact and I’m still gushing.  It was amazing to talk to all the artists afterwards eager to set up their special BSOMA-sponsored appointments with me as YouRockRed.  People had such positive comments including “That was the best $10 I’ve ever spent,” to just telling me how inspired they feel and how they can’t wait to meet with their band that week to talk about how to get THEIR group to the next level with all this new information.  This was a first of sorts for Ottawa.  The reason I pitched the info session series concept was because I go to sessions like these all the time at music conferences like NXNE and CMW and wanted people NOT in the music industry or music-specific training programs to be able to take advantage of education/networking opportunities.  I think the mission was accomplished.

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Mark Monahan thanking everyone for coming out and telling the audience how these sorts of sessions are exactly what BSOMA intended to do when founded. (I’m trying to hide how much I’m smiling at those kind words but the smirk is breaking through!)

Again, big thank you to Mark Monahan, Caroline Matt of City of Ottawa and my pals in Amos the Transparent.  Beaus- your beer was much appreciated by everyone afterwards in the swanky BSOMA lounge.

I’m meeting with BSOMA this week and can’t wait to read all of your feedback.  There’s a lot of subjects that can be future conferences- I’ve got about 25 already brainstormed with min. 3 people for each.  Stay tuned here and thank you again!

All these photos are from Ming Wu and Jackpine.  Thanks for the great shots!

 

Look at that crowd!

Look at that crowd!

BSOMA and YouRockRed Presents: $how me the Money- Record Funding

I pitched an educational info session series to Bluesfest School of Music and Art in September after attending a ton of music conferences like NXNE and CMW.  I thought, why do Ottawa musicians need to go all the way outside their city for this sort of industry guidance and knowledge.

I’m thrilled to be presenting this first info session with BSOMA on Thursday, November 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Festival House (450 Churchill Ave) with panelists Amos the Transparent, Factor and City of Ottawa! It’s been an absolutely pleasure working with the Bluesfest team already on putting this together as the organizer and panelist myself.  They’re also going to be offering up individual band consultations with YouRockRed through BSOMA at a discounted rate so stay tuned for that.

Tickets are only $10/each or $20 for a band with up to 5 members… and it’s halfway sold out ALREADY. If that doesn’t say Ottawa wants this sort of info session, I don’t know what does!? Oh, and the Beau’s on tap. Musicians always like beer.

Anyways, please RSVP on FB HERE and I so look forward to seeing many of you there!

TICKET URL:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bsoma-show-me-the-money-how-to-fund-your-record-tickets-14225038473

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Arboretum Festival Photos- Kevin Drew, The Constantines

I was shooting Arboretum Music Festival here in Ottawa this past weekend for Canadian Musician Magazine.

In other good news I was just asked to speak as a panelist at Indie Week in Toronto October 15-19.  Check out more details here.

Here are some photo highlights:

Weaves

Weaves

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Kevin Drew

Steve Adamyk Band

Steve Adamyk Band

The Yips

The Yips

The Constantines

The Constantines