Some pretty exciting things have been happening this week in local music. In case you missed some of our posts on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, here’s our weekly music news roundup.

The Royal City Summit: Entrepreneurship in Music Conference Starts Feb. 5th, 2021.

Do you dream of turning your passion into a full-time business? If so, join the Royal City Summit: Entrepreneurship in Music Conference (starting Feb. 5th, 2021) and listen to artists, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders share tips and insights on how they realized their goals.

Hosted by AMO Music, and produced in conjunction with Royal City Studios, 10 weeks of pre-recorded conversations kick off on the 5th on AMO Music’s YouTube channel. Simply visit AMO’s channel and click Subscribe.

Event Emcee: Dhanung Bulsara (blogTO)

Guests:

The United in Song Songwriters Competition – Submissions Now Open

Do you have a song about unity? The United in Song Songwriters Competition is now open to all Canadian artists. Submissions close April 30th, 2021.

Unity, friendship, love, compassion, and gratitude are what get us through difficult times and both nurture and sustain a world that stands ready on the other side of today. If you have a song that reflects unity, the United in Song Songwriter’s Competition wants to hear from you.

Presented by Avalon Music Academy of Brantford in partnership with Royal City Studios, the United in Song Songwriters Competition is open to amateur (unsigned) Canadian artists age 16 or older.

(If you’re younger than 16, please scroll to the bottom of this section.)

Professional sound recordings are not required to enter. A cellphone recording is fine, with or without video.

Entry categories:

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Soft rock/ballads
  • Rap/hip-hop
  • Bands and collaborations
  • Lyrics only

Prizes:

Deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2021. Winners will be selected on May 15th, 2021.

For full entry details, email United in Song at unitedinsong2020@gmail.com. You can also text them at (519) 802-7317.

If you’re under age 16:

The United in Song Junior Competition (offering cash and recording prizes) is open to unsigned Canadian artists ages 10-16. For submission details, email unitedinsongjunior2020@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

Music News Snippets

  • If you missed jazz drummer Ted Warren’s livestreamed performance from Royal City Studios (which amounts to a great jazz drumming workshop), click here. A Juno-nominated artist, Ted Warren has built a solid reputation as a versatile drummer and active member of Canada’s jazz scene.
  • As a sample of some of the artists who’ve recorded at RCS, here’s Guelph-area singer Mandy M recording “Bright as Yellow.” For her RCS Spotlight interview, click here. For more RCS videos, visit our YouTube channel, which includes a short tour of the RCS facilities.
  • We’re open for rehearsals and recording through provisions under Ontario Regulation 82/20, meaning we are currently operating under COVID-19 protocols to ensure not only your safety but also that local artists have rehearsal and recording facilities when the pandemic is done, or when regional health measures return to Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework.

If you don’t feel comfortable coming out right now, that’s understandable. We’re all making the best decisions we can to navigate these difficult days, and we certainly respect your decisions.

If you do wish to visit RCS to rehearse or record but have reservations, we invite you to watch our short video about the COVID safety protocols we’re following.

You can also email questions or concerns to info@royalcitystudios.ca or give us a call at (226) 314-2177.

We’re here to answer any questions you may have.

Finally, Please Take Good Care of Your Mental Health

Lastly, but not leastly (if that’s a word), we encourage you to take good care of your mental health.

In the daily flood of pandemic-related news, the media tends to gravitate toward practical matters that are impacting and shaping our lives: vaccine distribution, social restrictions, school closures and, every so often, the latest toilet paper frenzy. And practical things certainly matter.

The media writes far less about the mental health impact of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the pandemic hasn’t hit mental health hard. It has.

According to a recent report by the Canadian Mental Health Association, the second COVID wave has intensified feelings of stress, anxiety, and anxiety for Canadians. That just means, if you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone (even though lockdowns and isolation may make you feel alone).

So, take good care of your mental health, and check in with a family member, friend, or colleague from time to time because although the phrase “we’re all in this together” has fallen out of popular use these days, it nonetheless remains true.