Sunday, 7 April 2013

POSITIVE PETITION: Help Reinstate The Gordon Lightfoot Signs (Orillia, Canada)

POSITIVE PETITION: Help Reinstate The Gordon Lightfoot Signs (Orillia, Canada) PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE - Thanks Folks! PRESS RELEASE SENT OUT NATIONALLY - New Brunswick based musician Don Coleman fondly remembers his hundreds of trips to Orillia, Ontario to visit his girlfriend and his aunt 25 years ago. Coleman says " When seeing the Welcome To Orillia, The Home of Gordon Lightfoot Signs, a true sense of being Canadian hit me like a ton of glorious bricks". Recently he searched for a photo of the signs online and couldn't find a picture and wondered why. After a phone call to the City of Orillia, Coleman found out that the signs had rotted and were removed. He says, "I felt an empty feeling deep inside and would like to bring back the signs that honour Gordon". The City of Orillia representative was receptive to the idea and asked Don to write a letter to the City Council, which he delivered last week. Gordon Lightfoot was born on November 17, 1938 and grew up in Orillia. Coleman has started an online petition to have the "Home of Gordon Lightfoot" or "The Birthplace of Gordon Lightfoot" monikers added to the current signs that grace the entry points to the city. He states, "This is a positive petition, that is meant to encourage city council to reinstate the signs". His goal is to acquire 100,000 signatures across Canada and beyond our borders. It is important for us to recognize the achievements of talented and successful Canadians, so as to inspire the younger generation and instil a greater sense of pride in all Canadians. I can't think of better place to honour Gordon Lightfoot than in the city where he grew up. Gordon Lightfoot songs have been recorded by Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Stompin' Tom Connors and many other internationally acclaimed musical artists. According to Lightfoot, Pierre Berton said to him, "You know, Gord, you said as much in that song (The Canadian Railroad Trilogy) as I said in my book." Berton was referring to his two books about the building of the railway across Canada, The National Dream and The Last Spike. Please support the positive and encouraging petition to reinstate the signs in Orillia. Help bring back the pride, intrigue and glory of the signs that brought smiles to the faces of all of those who drove by those signs on the "Carefree Highway" in "The Early Morning Rain or at "Sundown", in years gone by.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Canadian Acts: US Immigration Paperwork for Touring: Services

Offering any Canadian act that requires US Immigration paperwork to tour, professional services and advice. Contact: Don Coleman at

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Ontario, Canada - Sound Recording Tax Credit

What Is It? The Ontario Sound Recording Tax Credit (OSRTC) is a refundable tax credit based upon eligible production and marketing costs incurred by a qualifying corporation with respect to an eligible Canadian sound recording. How Much Is the Tax Credit? The OSRTC is calculated as 20% of qualifying expenditures incurred by an eligible sound recording company with respect to an eligible Canadian sound recording by an emerging Canadian artist or group. Who Is Eligible? An eligible sound recording company is a Canadian-controlled corporation having carried on a sound recording business in Ontario for at least 12 months as a corporation or, prior to incorporation, as a sole proprietor or partnership.* An eligible sound recording company must earn more than 50% of its taxable income in Ontario for the preceding taxation year and more than 50% of the company’s business must be related to sound recording activities. An eligible sound recording company must have implemented a distribution plan (a plan to market the recording) for at least one sound recording in the preceding taxation year. An eligible sound recording company must enter into contracts with its artists and must bear the financial risks associated with its business or be related to a company that bears the risks. * If the corporation's taxation year ends prior to May 11, 2005 please contact the OMDC for the applicable requirements. What Kind of Expenditures Are Eligible? Qualifying expenditures include recording production costs, such as artists’ royalties, musicians’ session fees, graphics, digital scanning, programming and testing; production costs for music videos that are directed by a qualified Canadian or made at a production facility in Ontario; and direct marketing expenditures including consultants’ fees and certain costs to launch the recording. Touring, performing manufacturing and distribution costs are not eligible. 100% of qualifying expenditures incurred primarily in Ontario are eligible; 50% of expenditures incurred outside Ontario for marketing and music video production are eligible. Qualifying expenditures must be incurred in the 24-month period beginning when the first qualifying expenditure is incurred in respect of the recording. Government assistance received by the sound recording company in respect of the qualifying expenditures reduces the qualifying expenditures. Funding from FACTOR is not considered government assistance. What Types of Sound Recordings Are Eligible? A sound recording is an eligible sound recording if the music or the lyrics, if any, on the recording are performed by an emerging Canadian artist and if: the music was primarily composed by qualified Canadians; or the lyrics were primarily written by qualified Canadians; or the recording production activities took place in Ontario (a qualified Canadian is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident ordinarily resident in Canada at the time of composition or writing), the total playing time is at least 15 minutes;** the eligible sound recording company produced the recording and has exclusive contractual control of the master tape for at least 5 years after completion; the eligible sound recording company has a distribution plan (a plan to market the recording);** the sound recording is not primarily spoken word or wildlife or nature sounds, nor for instructional use or advertising or promotional purposes; and the sound recording is not capable of inciting hatred against an identifiable group; the sound recording does not contain undue exploitation of sex and crime, horror, cruelty or violence. **If the master recording was completed prior to May 11, 2005 please contact the OMDC for the applicable requirements. Who Is an Emerging Canadian Artist? An individual is an emerging Canadian artist if, at the time they signed the recording contract, they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident ordinarily resident in Canada and if they have not had a gold recording as an individual or as part of a group in the USA and either Canada, UK, France, Germany, Asia or Latin America. A group is an emerging Canadian group if at least 75% of its members are emerging Canadian artists. How Is the Credit Administered? The OSRTC is jointly administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) - an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Canada Revenue Agency. Application is made to the OMDC for a certificate of eligibility, which the production company files with the Canada Revenue Agency together with its tax return in order to claim the OSRTC. The amount of the credit, net of any Ontario taxes owing, will be paid to the qualifying corporation. If the qualifying corporation does not owe any taxes, the full amount will be paid out. * PLEASE NOTE: CANADA REVENUE AGENCY (CRA) ADMINISTERS BOTH FEDERAL AND ONTARIO CORPORATE TAXES FOR TAXATION YEARS ENDING AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2008. THE CRA IS THE FIRST POINT OF CONTACT FOR ALL CORPORATE TAX ENQUIRIES. (1 800 959-5525) Related Documents: OSRTC Guidelines OSRTC Legislation; OSRTC Regulations OAP Launch button English Click here to experience the new OMDC ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL Download OSRTC Guidelines xls Download OSRTC Applicant Corporate Information and Declaration (A&D)xls Download OSRTC Declaration of Citizenship and Residency xls For further information contact: Tax Credits & Financing Programs Ontario Media Development Corporation 175 Bloor St. East, South Tower, Suite 501 Toronto, ON M4W 3R8 Telephone: 416.314.6858 Fax: 416.314.6876 Email: Note: This sheet is a general guide and may not be relied upon in order to determine eligibility for the amount of an anticipated credit. Please consult the OSRTC legislation and regulation for further details.

Affordable & Exceptional Music Video Production (Toronto, Canada)

We specialize in music video production for indie artists and bands. We are located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our videos have been tweeted by P. Diddy and Lana Del Ray Productions start at $1,500. A great value for independent budget conscious musicians. To learn more about our services and to view our portfolio contact: Don Coleman via email at:

Friday, 14 December 2012

Seeking Artists Bands Music for Publishing/Synch Licensing

Seeking Artists Bands Music for Publishing/Synch Licensing. Send LINKS ONLY of the material to Don at:

WANTED: Original "Crooner Style" Songs

WANTED: Original "Crooner Style" Songs for use in on one of my clients album productions. Songwriters will be compensated with Mechanical license fee's. Contact: Don @

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Artist Submissions - Halifax Pop Explosion, Oct 22nd-26th, 2013! Early Bird submission fees are $15 until February 18th, 2013. They are $25 from February 19th - Final Submission date May 6th, 2013.

Artist Submissions are now OPEN to perform at Halifax Pop Explosion, Oct 22nd-26th, 2013! Early Bird submission fees are $15 until February 18th, 2013. They are $25 from February 19th until our final submission date May 6th, 2013. Make sure you have the following things ready for your band/comedy* submission: Artist bio High-res image Stage plot and input list Band member information Contact information MP3 of a song to be juried URL of your web presence (Website, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Facebook, etc) If you have any questions regarding the submissions process, please contact Ashley Moran at For more information, you can also visit our Booking Policy page. *Comedians, we realize that there are some required fields on the form that may not apply to you, feel free to fill these fields with whatever you want, so long as it’s hilarious.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Government of New Brunswick, Canada / Sound Recording Grants

This is a great opportunity for musicians residing in New Brunswick, Canada. Best of Luck, Don Coleman - A/R Group International The Music Industry Development Program (MID Program)is designed to promote the development and growth of New Brunswick’s music industry through sound recordings of musical works and the marketing and promotion of these works by encouraging artistic expression with commercial potential. GENERAL INFORMATION The MID Program is comprised of four components: - Album Production - Marketing and Promotion - Business and Professional Development for Music Industry Professionals - Emerging Artist

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

CBC Music Contacts - All Genres

CBC Music Contacts Ever wonder who you should contact at CBC? The following is a list provided by CBC of contacts for music programming on CBC stations (FM and online), daily editorial content in each genre of programming, large special events and big album launches, communications, and sales to help you get to the right person quickly and easily. Executive Producer, Music Programming Michael Giunta (based in Toronto) (416) 205-7996 Day-to-day & Editorial Kim Fox Senior Producer, CBC Music Oversees all Community Producers, Communities and CBC Music home page (based in Toronto) (416) 931-2131 Radio 2 Web Producer/ CBC Music Homepage Producer Mike Miner (based in Toronto) (416) 205-3838 CBC Radio 3 & Electronic Communities John Paolozzi (Based in Vancouver) (604) 662-6085 Country & Singer Songwriter Communities Brad Frenette Also home page producer with Mike Miner (Based in Vancouver) (604) 662-6753 Rock & Pop Communities Chris Kelly (Based in Vancouver) (604) 662-6015 Hip Hop Community Vish Khanna (based in Toronto) (416) 205-2357 Classical Community Robert Rowat (Based in Montreal) (514) 597-7608 Jazz Community Li Robbins (Based in Toronto) (416) 250-2844 Soul/R&B Community Jeanette Cabral (based in Toronto) (416) 205-2429 Blues Community Christopher Martin (Based in Edmonton) (780) 468-7443 Aboriginal Community Kim Ziervogel (Based in Winnipeg) (204) 788-3660 World Community Li Robbins (Based in Toronto) (416) 205-2844 Artist Pages Mary-Anne Korosi (based in Vancouver) (604) 662-6790 Big, High-Impact Projects Kai Black (416) 205-2025 Communications and Marketing (Tour Sponsorships, etc) Carla Palmer (416) 205-5632 Sales Blair Hoffman Account Manager, CBC Digital Sales P (416) 205-2213 F (416) 205-3404 Everything Else: Questions, Problems, Strategy, REALLY Big Initiatives, etc. Steve Pratt Director, Digital Music (and CBC Radio 3) - Based in Vancouver 604-662-6072 Mark Steinmetz Director, Radio Music (including Radio 2) - Based in Toronto 416-205-6064

Apply To Perform at JUNO-Fest 2013 (Canadian Artists Only) JUNOfest Submissions Open Tuesday, October 30th 2012 Be Part Of Canada's Greatest Musical Showcase Artists can perform in a two-night music celebration as part of JUNO Week 2013 REGINA, Saskatchewan (October 30, 2012) - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences requests artist submissions for JUNOfest, the annual musical festival that will showcase the best Canadian artists in venues across Regina and Moose Jaw during 2013 JUNO Week. Artists wishing to participate in JUNOfest can apply at: Submissions will be accepted between October 30, 2012 and January 11, 2013. The 42nd annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Regina and Moose Jaw, SK, April 15 - April 21, 2013. About JUNOfest: WHAT: JUNOfest is a two-night music festival that is one of the signature events of 2013 JUNO Week. The live festival will feature the talents of regional and national artists representing the many genres that make up Canadian music. Nearly half of the participating line-up will be chosen locally to highlight Saskatchewan's diverse music scene, in addition to performances from 2013 JUNO Award nominees and some of Canada's national touring acts. JUNOfest is open to Canadian artists only. A $10 application fee will apply. All applicants must be 19 years of age or over. We thank all applicants who apply, but only those selected will be contacted. JUNOfest will be produced by Saskatchewan based Rawk Entertainment Group. WHEN: JUNOfest will take place at various venues in Regina and Moose Jaw on Friday, April 19 & Saturday, April 20. HISTORY: JUNOfest has showcased more than 1,000 artists and bands of all backgrounds and genres including: African Guitar Summit, Alexisonfire, Anvil, Arkells, Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Classified, Danny Fernandes, Deep Dark Woods, Divine Brown, D-Sissive, Doc Walker, Down With Webster, Elliott Brood, Elizabeth Shepherd, Feist, Fucked Up, The Gryphon Trio, Handsome Furs, Hey Rosetta!, Hollerado, Jane Bunnett, Jim Cuddy, Jully Black, Julie Doiron, Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, Kellylee Evans, KENmode, Little Miss Higgins, Marianas Trench, Matt Mays, Metric, MSTRKRFT, NQ Arbuckle, Plants and Animals, The Sadies, Said The Whale, Saint Alvia, Sam Roberts, Shad, The Sheepdogs, Shout Out Out Out Out, Silverstein, Sloan, Tanya Tagaq, Ten Second Epic, Thornley, Two Hours Traffic, The Wailin' Jennys, Wintersleep, and hundreds more.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Offering Major Label Distribution (Sony & Universal) Worldwide

Offering Major Label Distribution (Sony & Universal)Worldwide All artists must qualify. Contact: Don Coleman for further information via email at

Worldwide Radio Promotion To 4,000 Broadcast Stations

Worldwide Radio Promotion To 4,000 Broadcast Stations Following many months of research and a substantial investment A/R Group International has liaised with industry professionals who will deliver your "Single" to broadcast radio stations around the world, using state of the art technology. We have built relationships and specific guidelines that enable us to confidently deliver your song to radio stations, syndicated radio shows and radio network for a reasonably price. This is a great place to test market your single, earn radio broadcast royalties from your Pro Affiliate and bypass the US based conglomerates who won't play your music and if they do, you won't get paid for it. Our program is affordable and we also offer added services to personalize your promotional plan. We provide you with detailed reports that show you what stations are spinning your track. We also have distribution deals with Sony & Universal in various territories worldwide. All submitting artists Must Qualify. Contact: Don Coleman for further information via email at

Monday, 12 March 2012

Musiccode Launches in Canada - a Global Sony DADC Partner

Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved. Musiccode Production is a Global Sony DADC Partner Musiccode launches in Canada Musiccode Canada will take care of Musiccode Production’s interests in the North American markets. Musiccode Canada will be headed by multiple award winning recording engineer and producer Paul Milner, who’ll take on the position as President and CEO. Milner has worked in some of the top studios in the world and his projects have sold in excess of 25 million copies worldwide to date. Milner will be assisted by Musiccode Canada VP Sales and Marketing officer Don Coleman. Coleman is a music industry consultant, record label executive, artist relations expert and sales/marketing professional with global experience in broadcast radio, concert promotion, print media and television. Musiccode Production is spearheading new and innovative distribution and sales solutions for the film, music and games industries. Centered on an innovative combination of content, advertising and straight-to-end-user distribution that allows the consumer to “unlock” content through the use of premium-rated SMS, we provide a new source of income whilst cutting out costly intermediaries in the distribution chain. MCP’s solutions allow for greater flexibility in the distribution and sale of your content. Content producers and owners - Create new streams of revenue. Minimize physical production, distribution and returns costs. Eliminate the middle link in the traditional retail chain. Reach your end users in their homes, at point-of-sale or during an event. Sponsors - receive wide exposure for your brand. Have your brand associated with the best music, films or games. Get part of the revenue. Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved. Musiccode Production is a Global Sony DADC Partner Contacts: Paul Milner CEO and President, Musiccode Canada Don Coleman VP Sales and Marketing, Musiccode Canada

Saturday, 23 July 2011

International Music Distributor Seeking METAL ACTS (Death, Speed, Shredders)

International Music Distributor Seeking METAL ACTS (Death, Speed, Shredders)

Well established CD and DVD distributor seeking all types of Metal. Many of our independent releases reach sales figures of 5,000-10,000 units. We are an authentic distributor who has relationships with retail stores and a sales team that contacts these stores to sell your product.

If you would like an opportunity to tap into our distribution network that focuses on the USA and European Union, we will review your release and respond in a timely fashion as to our decision.

For further information contact:

Don Coleman

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Seeking Acts For 55th Grammy Awards Nomination Submissions

Seeking Acts For 55th Grammy Awards Nomination Submissions

A/R Group International is an officially recognized Grammy Awards approved submission company. We are currently seeking acts to submit for the 55th annual Grammy Awards nomination process.


For further details contact: Don Coleman at

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

World-Class Session & Live Performance Drummer Available

One of Canada's premiere drum performers is available for live shows and session work. His decades of experience have lead to extensive touring and recording in the USA for 7 years, three years in the European Union and coast to coast across Canada with many A-List acts.
He brings to the table a great image, professional attitude and phenomenal skills and many drum kits that include a Roland TD-12 and vintage Radio King, Gretsch and Leedy.

For further Information contact:

Don Coleman at

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Grammy & Juno Winning Producer Seeking Acts (Canada)

Grammy & Juno Winning Producer Seeking Acts (Canada)

For further detailed information

Contact: Don Coleman at

Custom Film/TV Scores & Original Songs - World-Class Productions

Custom Film/TV Scores & Songs - World-Class Productions

Award-winning producers and internationally acclaimed session players with full ensembles including strings,horns and world music instruments available for custom film scoring including an original song database for movie and television music supervisors.

For a full list of the partnering producers and session players and examples of our work contact: Don Coleman

Monday, 6 June 2011

WANTED: Original Acts For CD Release Shows - Unique Venue - Moncton, New Brunswick

WANTED: Quality Original Acts For CD Release Party Gigs - Moncton, New Brunswick

Unique venue looking for original acts to perform on their CD release tours.
Please provide a link to audio and/or video of your music for review

Further information, Contact Don Coleman

Friday, 3 June 2011

Hip Hop Artists - Transform Your Recordings (World-Class Quality)

Hip Hop Artists - Transform Your Recordings (World-Class Quality)

There are a lot of great independent ip Hop songs/tracks and some very cool and talented writers and performers BUT most of the time I review these tracks they have been recorded on a computer at home and cannot compete with established artists that are making money and receiving broadcast radio air play.

I have now partnered with a hip hop expert with 30 years experience as an engineer/producer who can transform your home computer recordings into world-class recording via the internet.

Easily turn your home recording into something special for a reasonable price.
Once your track is processed by our experienced engineer and his $300,000 worth of studio gear you will have a song that will have the potential to earn you money through paid film/television/video game licensing and radio air play royalties.

Make an inquiry and we will call you and send links to the engineer and his facility along with samples of his work.

We also consult with you on how to get your songs licensed.

For further information contact: Don Coleman