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Musicians in Labour Dispute with WCMA

 CFM Initiates Action Against Western Canadian Music Alliance

Musicians in Labour Dispute with WCMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON May 30, 2017 - Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM, the Canadian National office of the AFM) has entered into a labour dispute with the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), which has offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The WCMA operates the Breakout West Festival, an event which features an industry conference, presentation of the Western Canadian Music Awards and live performances of musicians in various public venues.

The WCMA is refusing to bargain a successor agreement with the CFM, "Without a collective agreement in place, the musicians are not guaranteed reasonable fees. In addition, there would be no pension, and no language to prevent the WCMA or broadcasters from recording and exploiting the performances, anywhere and in perpetuity," said Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. "Despite receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grants and corporate sponsors, they have stated that musicians should not consider Breakout West a gig; they should consider it a 'networking opportunity'. Where is all that money going? Musicians have to pay the rent, like everyone else."

Numerous attempts have been made by the CFM to reach out to the WCMA representatives, who were served with a Notice to Bargain, but, they continue to stonewall. Therefore, as a last resort, the WCMA has been placed on the AFM's International Unfair List, naming them as an entity that refuses to negotiate a fair and equitable agreement for performances in association with this year's Breakout West Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. This has the effect of prohibiting members from accepting engagements from any organization so designated.

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). The CFM provides vital resources to Canadian musicians at all stages of their careers, on any platform, from live concert to recorded performance, broadcast and film scoring. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is comprised of 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, collectively representing a membership of approximately 80,000 professional musicians across the United States and Canada. The AFM/CFM has been representing the interests of U.S. and Canadian musicians for 120 years, as the representative of professional musicians in a broad range of collective bargaining and legislative actions.

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Grant Writing Workshop – Lethbridge

Lethbridge artists: if you’re interested in applying for AFA Individual Project funding, have questions about the GATE Online Application system, or are seeking tips about grant application writing, we invite you our AFA Grant Writing Workshop.

Soar Presents a Grant Writing Workshop with David Folk and Jason Flammia of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The workshop applies to all individual project grants from any discipline, and will include an hour where participants can ask questions related to the visual arts and music grant streams.

  • When: June 20, 2017 from 6-9
  • Where: Theatre Gallery, Lethbridge Public Library, Downtown Location

This workshop is free, but space is limited. Please register by contacting Jason Flammia.

Register now

Jason Flammia, Arts Development Consultant

T: 780-415-0297


David Folk, Arts Development Consultant

T: 780-415-0288





Message from the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada

May 23, 2017

Dear Plan Member/Local Officer,

You may have read the recent article by AFM President Ray Hair in the May 2017 International Musician regarding the conditions of the US Pension Fund (AFM-EPF).

Please be advised that this article is not relevant to the Musicians' Pension Fund of Canada.

The Musicians' Pension Fund of Canada is a completely separate fund from the American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund. It is administered by a separate Board of Trustees and governed by Canadian legislation.

If you have any questions about the Musicians' Pension Fund of Canada, please visit our web site or contact the Fund office by email at


Ellen M. Versteeg-Lytwyn

Executive Director


Canadian Federation of Musicians/GoodLife Fitness

Dear Members,

Thanks for your participation and input in the Goodlife Fitness survey!  The results show significant interest levels, so Goodlife approves the program to offer a corporate discount.  This program is eligible only to currently active CFM members, plus their corresponding family/spouses.

The enrolment is available online and requires you to enter your AFM Number for members. The AFM Member Number can be found in your AFM Portal and is a different member number than the one assigned by your Local.  If you do not know your AFM Member Number or need to update your membership to active status, please contact Cathy Lee in Membership Services, Head Office:; 1-800-463-6333 x.231. 

Please read below in the FAQ about the Goodlife Program. For additional questions about it, please contact: or 1-800-287-4631. 

Here's to your health!

Canadian Federation of Musicians

Has invested in your health & wellness 


Register for your GoodLife Fitness Corporate Membership today at:

Select Canadian Federation of Musicians in the dropdown menu, then enter your AFM membership number (which is found in your AFM online portal or from your Local office).

    • Significant savings off regular GoodLife Fitness membership rates
    • Access to over 250 GoodLife Fitness Clubs across Canada and 30 Energie Cardio Clubs in Quebec
    • Corporate rate extended to 4 additional family members
    • State-of-the-art cardio equipment
    • All free weights and weight machines
    • World-renowned Group Fitness classes
    • Professionally trained staff to assist you in achieving your goals
    • Towel Service (where available, except Energie Cardio)
    • Child minding (where available at an additional fee)
    • Seeking a health or fitness assessment? Ask the club about a LifeChanger
    • 24 hour locations (select clubs only)
    • Access to the GoodLife Fitness Rewards Program - savings and special offers from over 100 popular brands

Visit us online for a complete list of club locations and amenities.


How do I access the online Corporate Membership Program registration tool? Please use the following link for registration and select your company from the drop down menu. "Canadian Federation of Musicians”

What is my unique identifier? The unique identifier you need to access the online registration tool is your AFM membership number (which is found in your AFM online portal).

What is the Corporate Membership rate? The annual Corporate Membership rate for your company is $449.00 plus applicable taxes, per member, per year; or the bi-weekly payment will be $24.00 plus tax.

How do I register for or renew a Corporate Membership? Visit and enter your unique login information. The enrolment process will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Have your payment information and your existing GoodLife Membership number or key tag barcode (if applicable) readily available. If you also wish to enroll up to four family members, have their information available before you begin the registration process. GoodLife will send you a copy of your membership agreement electronically after you've completed the online registration process.

Are my family Members eligible for this offer? A benefit of the Corporate Membership Program is the ability to add up to four eligible family members to your Corporate Membership. Eligible family members include your spouse, extended family at or over the age of majority, child(ren) or any minor under your guardianship, as long as they are 12 years-of-age or older. You must register yourself into the GoodLife Fitness Corporate Program before you can register your family members. All payments for family member Corporate Memberships – including any added amenities (such as lockers, Hot Yoga, etc.) – will be withdrawn from your bank account.

Are existing GoodLife Fitness non-corporate members eligible for this offer? Yes. If you are transferring into this Corporate Membership Program, GoodLife will waive the $99 membership buyout fee. You will need to register for the new Corporate Membership offer online and complete the appropriate section with your existing membership details (your existing membership number or key tag barcode number so that we can automatically update your membership with your new corporate rate). Within 10 business days, your payment details will be sent to you in separate emails for your membership and any family memberships you register. Please continue to use your existing membership key tags.

Will my current bank payments immediately stop when I enroll for this Corporate Membership Program? No, your payment information will be updated to the new corporate rate automatically and will be withdrawn on your current payment schedule through the bank account information you provided previously. This will take ten business days to process. If you see more than one payment withdrawn at the old (non-Corporate) rate, please contact or 1-800-287-4631.

If I sign up online today, when will I have access to the Club? I am a brand New GoodLife Member… If you are a new GoodLife Fitness Member, your new membership key tag will be available at any GoodLife Fitness Club two to three business days after registration. Simply visit your Club of choice and mention you are there to pick up your new Key Tag. You will be required to show photo ID when you pick up your key tag. You are welcome to use the Club immediately after your register (before your new key tag is ready). You will be required to sign a guest pass to do so. Please bring a copy of your membership agreement with you, as well as your photo ID.

I am an existing GoodLife Member (club or corporate)… If you are an existing GoodLife Fitness Member and already have a GoodLife key tag, you can continue to use the Club as normal. You can continue to use you current key tag and do not require to sign anything at the front desk.

What are my payment options for this Corporate Membership Program? I am a New GoodLife Member… Payment is through a pre-authorized bi-weekly deduction from your personal bank account, or you may select to pay up-front-in-full by credit card.

I am an existing GoodLife Member… You may continue to pay through a pre-authorized deduction from your personal bank account and we will match your current payment schedule with the updated rate or you may choose to pay in full via credit card.

Is there a minimum age to join GoodLife Fitness? The minimum age to join GoodLife is 12-years-old. We require a parent or legal guardian to sign for anyone under the age of majority in each province. In addition, all members under the age of 18 are required to complete a series of Orientations called a Youth Passport in order to help familiarize themselves and get comfortable in the Club. This is available at no additional cost. To get started with the Youth Passport, please request an appointment at any GoodLife Club.

Can I go to any GoodLife location with my Corporate Membership? Your Corporate Membership gives you access to all 280+ GoodLife Fitness Clubs across the country, including the 50+ Énergie Cardio Clubs in Quebec.

Is Towel Service included in my Corporate Membership? Yes. Towel Service is included in your membership, however not every GoodLife location offers Towel Service. Please ask a friendly Associate at your Club if they offer Towel Service.

Is Squash included? We do have locations that offer Squash. Please visit for more information on these locations.

Is Personal Training available? And is it included with my Corporate Membership? GoodLife Fitness offers Personal Training at an additional cost to your Membership. Please speak with an Associate at the Club(s) for details.


Honey Jam Auditions

Do you have what it takes?

We’re searching the country for female artists, ages 14-25, representing pop, hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, country – all styles of music.

Honey Jam is a non-profit developmental initiative based in Toronto that provides educational, promotional, networking and performance opportunities for young female artists across Canada in all genres of music. Out of province artists can submit online. Please see attached Honey Jam Canada 2016 Highlights for details.


Concert Band Music Director Wanted

About the Band:

The Sherwood Like-to-Play Community Band is a non-auditioned community concert band based in South Calgary. Adult musicians, of all levels meet up to rehearse or perform one night a week. Our goals are to build our music skills in a fun, inclusive, and encouraging environment. Band members include people from all walks of life. We have teachers, engineers, small business owners, doctors, professors, young adults and many others. Some members began immediately after graduating from high school. Some started playing in high school, then took some time off, and came back to their instruments years later. Other began playing when they saw how much fun their children were having in band at school and wanted to do the same! Each year, the band performs several concerts, at schools, seniors’ homes, for family and friends, and at band festivals throughout the province. We are seeking to fill the Music Director position for our Concert Band starting in the fall of 2017. The season generally runs September to May. This year, band has approximately 35 players, and plays music at the grade 3-4 levels.

About the Position:

The Music Director is responsible for selection of the music for the ensemble to rehearse and perform. He or she leads the band at regular weekly rehearsals and performances. We offer competitive compensation, which will be negotiated with the board upon selection.

If you have a background in music education or performance, we invite you to apply for the position!

Please send your CV to by April 21st, 2017.

Unpaid Mechanical and Video Royalties Canadian Class Action Settlement

The claims period for the Group III Items, which are those items released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012 will commence on April 3, 2017.

In order to facilitate the individual class process for class members for the Medium- and High-Value Group III items, CSI will make the Medium- and High-Value Group III information available on a searchable web-based system (the “Claims Website”). The Claims Website can be accessed from CSI’s website at

Claims for Medium-Value items, which are those items with a value between $1,000 and $2,500, must be filed on or before October 3, 2017 while claims for High-Value Items, which are those items with a value of $2,500 and above, must be filed by April 3, 2018.

Once an ownership claim has been established and verified, CSI will facilitate payment to the class member. Claims will be reviewed and processed in a timely manner following the conclusion of the claims period.

If you have questions about the claims process, please visit the Claims Website at, or contact CSI by e-mail at If you would like more information about the case or would like to view a copy of the Court-approved Notice of the Commencement of the Group III Claims Process, please visit


WILD 953 and Alberta Music Launch Year Two of Project WILD!

March 22, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

WILD 953 and Alberta Music are proud to launch this year's Project WILD, a professional development program designed to educate, promote, develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta's up and coming country and roots artists. Applications open TODAY and run through 12:00 noon MDT on Friday, April 21, 2017. Artists can apply for Project WILD through

Twelve Albertan artist finalists will be selected from hundreds of applications, and awarded a $5,000 Development prize and participate in an intense, week-long, career-changing music and music industry boot camp, where they will be pushed to the very limit of what they can achieve as artists. The finalists will also perform in public showcases, complete industry challenges, and look for the public vote.

Administered by Alberta Music and funded through WILD 953 - Calgary's New Country, Project WILD, is part of a seven year, $4.9 million program, designed to kick-start the international music careers of 3 emerging Alberta artists annually, and give a boost to all Top 12 finalists selected by industry jury. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is committed to newly emerging Canadian musical artists through CRTC Canadian Content Development programming.

This is the second year for Project WILD, last year's inaugural winners were The Dungarees (1st place), Sykamore (2nd place), and Ken Stead (3rd place). For the two years prior to last, the program was known as the PEAK Performance Project, which also ran as a program in BC for seven years. Project WILD will run in Alberta for the next four years.

Project WILD is designed to develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta up and coming artists. It also hopes to foster the Alberta music industry and create a sense of community amongst artists and music professionals. Top Prizes this year for the Alberta Project include a $100,953 top prize, $75,000 second prize, $50,000 third prize, as well as a $5,000 Development award given to each Top 12 band to help them with their career development.  

More info:


Questions may be directed to:

Jesse Northey, Program Manager

Calgary’s YYC Music Awards 2017 Submissions Now Open!

Recognizing the talent and achievements of Calgary's music community, the YYC MUSIC AWARDS shines the spotlight on Canada's third largest city, and the vibrant music scene that calls its home.

Honouring artists in 20 categories, which include two new categories this year - Classical Recording of the Year and Industry Person of the Year (full list below), the 2017 YYC MUSIC AWARDS will be taking submissions until May 31st for the 2nd annual gala being held on September 24th at The Palace Theatre.

Submissions can be made at the following link until midnight Mountain Time May 31st:

The YYC Music Awards categories:

Alternative Recording of the Year

Blues Recording of the Year

Classical Recording of the Year

Country Recording of the Year

DJ/Electronic Recoding of the Year

Female Artist of the Year

Group of the Year

Industry Person of the Year

Jazz Recording of the Year

Male Artist of the Year

Metal Recording of the Year

Music Video of the Year

People's Choice

Pop Recording of the Year

Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year

Rock Recording of the Year

Roots/Folk Recording of the Year

Singer/Songwriter of the Year

Single of the Year

Zackariah and The Prophets Memorial Award

In addition, the YYC Music Awards is accepting volunteer applications leading up to and for the gala along with membership for CMSC – Calgary Music Selection Committee, who are our voting members.

Volunteer Application:

Join CMSC:

Sponsorship Inquiries:

For more info:


The YYC MUSIC AWARDS celebrates the artists that embrace Calgary as home; entertaining and supporting its arts and culture. The award event was founded by music industry professionals, with backgrounds in artist management, booking agents, media as well as recording studio production/engineering.


Leanne Harrison | Program Director

Shannon Ambrose | Public Relations & Media Director

Darren GiIbert | Production Director

Sarah FiedIer | Artist Liaison

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