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Mint Records Inc [Vancouver, BC] RT @lievancouver: What's that, limited edition yellow vinyl? Nab yours here >> https://t.co/JVXTDiZjCJ https://t.co/VhWhB8ySdd
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Now Magazine [Toronto, ON] #covid19toronto update: Toronto is recalling more than $200,000 in faulty surgical masks. https://t.co/16pWrdYYYL https://t.co/pPAEXoN7QF
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Sonic Unyon [Hamilton, ON] Documentary short "London Made, East Coast Trained" all about @LTtheMonk arrives this Friday, April 10 on YouTube.… https://t.co/PUJq02iOr5
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Now Magazine [Toronto, ON] A new online map is tracking police charges related to COVID-19: https://t.co/0ka6twKWfp https://t.co/IqTqCameIq
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Tom Lee Music [Vancouver, BC] What makes for good audio? Consistency and clarity are right up there. Check out this short video with Eugene to le… https://t.co/jembXMvKp8
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Now Magazine [Toronto, ON] RT @_sadafahsan: I spoke with the hilarious @danjlevy about the end of the beautiful @SchittsCreek (you will weep), why it's a love letter…
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Mint Records Inc [Vancouver, BC] @toughage you on Friday: https://t.co/OJxxP46Re5
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Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) [Toronto, ON] RT @CdMusicSupGuild: Round 3 of our virtual 1:1 meetings is taking place again this Thursday, April 9th! Register to schedule your meeting…
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Wavelength [Toronto, ON] Staring at your shoes while you're at home? Let @HandDrawnDrac be your guide with their Big Shiny Shoegaze playlist… https://t.co/fVyfpXSGQl
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Now Magazine [Toronto, ON] As Passover and Easter approach, officials are urging people not to gather, and asking grocery stores to stay open… https://t.co/BWzHE1VrLm
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Key West Video Inc. [Toronto, ON] Happy World Health Day https://t.co/Nb8yynSZWk https://t.co/LqTzvTqxfb
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Now Magazine [Toronto, ON] Toronto's understanding of COVID-19's impact is massively limited by a lack of thorough local testing, neurologist… https://t.co/0LbUZBMIqo
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Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) [Toronto, ON] April 7 Update - COVID-19 Info & Resources for the Canadian Music Industry: https://t.co/j1CXILPDEY https://t.co/2utcncdqEP
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Now Magazine [Toronto, ON] RT @glennsumi: So gutted that @Toronto_Fringe – the birthplace of Kim's Convenience, The Drowsy Chaperone, 'Da Kink In My Hair and countles…
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Now Magazine [Toronto, ON] #COVID19 updates: Trudeau says Canadian companies are manufacturing 30,000 ventilators. https://t.co/16pWrdYYYL https://t.co/gG3fzD3ppv
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Canadian Music Centre [Toronto, ON] Le CMC et la famille Freedman ont le plaisir d’annoncer que la lauréate de l’édition 2020 du Prix d’enregistrement… https://t.co/8dUf0QjYDT
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Canadian Music Centre [Toronto, ON] The Canadian Music Centre and the Freedman family are pleased to announce that CMC Associate Composer… https://t.co/GBnuDZv6S2
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Key West Video Inc. [Toronto, ON] We love digging up old behind the scenes photos. Look at this one we shot for @uni_newcastle!… https://t.co/9k9LXbzhAU
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Sonic Unyon [Hamilton, ON] RT @LTtheMonk: Coming this Friday April 10th, “London Made, East-Coast Trained”, a short documentary about my life, and my journey so far.…
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Canadian Musician Magazine [St. Catharines, ON] RT @cdnmusician: Application portal for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) is open. #CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks t…
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Live Music Clubs (Open Stages/Open Mics/Jams)
A listing of clubs and venues in Canada that feature live original music. You can also find clubs that have open stage (open mic) nights for artists to showcase their own material. Or, find a club with a Jam night to keep your chops in shape and meet other musicians.

Canadian Annual Indie Events
A listing of festivals, showcases and events highlighting independent music. Dates, contact and application info.

Radio & TV
Radio and TV stations in Canada that play indie music. The list contains college and commercial radio stations you can approach to get airplay for your indie recording. TV stations that will accept indie videos are also listed.

Artist Management
It's a lot of work to manage yourself as an indie artist or band, and these companies can help with important career decisions.

Organizations/Associations
These are groups that can provide you with help and/or info when it comes to the business of your music. Make sure you know what your intellectual property rights are.

Indie Record Labels
An ever-growing list of independent record labels in Canada. Rather than forming your own, you might find it easier to distribute your recordings through an already established indie record label. Some labels offer management and marketing, while others are bare-bones operations. Most will accept demos, but check with them before sending anything! Although there are "stable" labels, the nature of indie music is such that even though I have them listed, they may not even exist anymore.

Major Record Labels
A list of major record labels that are either Canadian-owned or have an office in Canada. Some labels will accept unsolicited demo submissions, but most require that you submit recordings through your manager or a lawyer. (Yeah, the red-tape is endless - they cut down on the number of submissions they have to process, and weed out the people that "aren't serious", or don't have enough money.)

Musical Instruments, Recording and Sound Equipment
A listing of stores providing sales, service and rentals for hardware.

Recording Studios
A sampling of recording studios in Canada. Even if you record in your basement, professional mastering can make quite a difference in the quality of the final CD, cassette or vinyl.

Video Production Studios and Services

CD/Cassette/Vinyl Duplication
Whether it's for a limited run for your demo, or you're planning to distribute your first platinum recording, you need to duplicate your master as inexpensively as possible.

Record Stores that support indie music
The growing popularity of DIY recordings means that more and more record stores are carrying independent CDs and cassettes. Most will accept a few pieces on consignment - meaning they'll stock a small number of your packages for free, and you only get money if your stuff sells.

Newspaper, Magazine & Online Indie 'Zine Resources
These resources have weekly (generally) listings of live music performances. Some also carry classifieds for musicians/artists. The listing contains both resources in print and online.

Other Indie Music Websites
Advertising is an important part of the business of music. If you have a website showcasing your work, you need to make sure people can find it. These are some resources that can help you find the info you may be looking for, as well as being a place to list your site (besides overhear, of course!)

Concert/Club Ticket Vendors

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