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Toronto, January 31, 2018 – SOCAN, the largest organization in the Canadian music industry, realized new record revenues accumulated and distributed in 2017 for its songwriter, composer and music publisher members, but did so with a large dose of realism, revealing that the vast majority of members who received payment for their streamed music in 2017 earned an average of only $38.72[1] despite a growth of 46 percent in Internet-based revenues over 2016.

"SOCAN as an organization is collecting and distributing more royalties than ever because of the incredible work of our domestic and international licensing teams and, frankly, everyone within SOCAN.  Investments in technology and our ability to match data with members' songs have played a big role as well. However, we are restrained with our celebrations," said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "As a new area of growth, streamed music continues its rapid uptake, resulting in a 46 percent increase in revenues, but, if original music is to thrive or even survive in Canada, overall remuneration for digital music must be corrected to be commensurate with the contributions of music creators and publishers as well as its importance to music fans from coast to coast to coast."

According to preliminary financial results,[2] SOCAN's revenues collected for its nearly 150,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers continued to accelerate, due mainly to long-term investments in leading-edge technologies, strategic acquisitions and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Estimated highlights include:

  • Total performing rights revenues in 2017 of more than $350-million, a 6.4% increase over 2016 and the first time exceeding $350-million.
  • Total distribution of royalties to SOCAN members of more than $300-million for the first time in the organization's history.
  • Domestic revenue of $274-million, an increase of 4.5% over last year's record, and a 35% increase since 2012.
  • A 46% increase in Internet audio streaming revenues compared with 2016, with $49.3-million realized.
  • Royalties from non-Canadian sources of more than $75-million, now the #1 revenue stream for SOCAN members, reflecting the incredible strength of Canadian talent and SOCAN's repertoire. This marks a 60% increase since 2012.

"SOCAN is collecting more overall on almost every level," Baptiste added. "Our investment in artificial intelligence, blockchain and other technologies position it at the forefront of the music rights industry now, providing a positive path to the future. Canada's and the world's music creators and publishers are receiving more of what they have earned; however, in most cases those amounts are too small because of frequently unfair royalty rates that are not commensurate with the true value of their creative intellectual property."

The company added that the substantial increase in international royalties collected and distributed can be attributed to the impressive performance of members' works worldwide, a favourable exchange rate, and the efforts of SOCAN's International Relations and Membership teams.

[1] Average annual streaming revenues (including both digital Internet and digital audio-visual performances) distributed to a SOCAN member who earned royalties in 2017.

[2] Estimates; final figures will be determined following the March 2018 meeting of the SOCAN Board of Directors.

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TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Province Brands, a Canadian R&D company and an emerging brewer of alcohol-free beers recently announced the filing of a provisional patent around technology to create "world's first beers brewed from the cannabis plant."  The provisional patent's filing date of July 11, 2017 capped months of development on company's novel technology to replace grains with cannabis during the brewing process & laid groundwork for the recent surge of industry partnerships and investment into the company.

While Canada was the first country in the world to legalize medical marijuana in 2001, edibles and beverages have never been legal, leading many to speculate that they would not become legal even under the government's pending recreational legalization.  This all changed in early October, 2017 when the Canadian Government made it clear that edibles and beverages would become legal for the first time in Canada.

Since the government's announcement, Constellation Brands— a multi-billion-dollar alcoholic beverage firm known for top brands such as Corona—has partnered with Canopy Growth, one of only 84 licensed cannabis producers in Canada. These new developments have brought forth a flush of new investments into the Canadian cannabis sector, which benefits companies like Province Brands.  Dooma Wendschuh, CEO of Province Brands, eagerly welcomed the news.

"The fact that the first Fortune 500 company to invest in the cannabis space was not a tobacco giant like so many had predicted but was, in fact, Constellation Brands, one of the largest and best run adult beverage businesses in the world, truly validates our efforts and proves the market for beverages like those Province has been brewing," Mr. Wendschuh said. "We started our company in 2016 when it was not known whether alcohol free beverages which intoxicate using cannabis or its phytocannabinoids would ever be legalized in Canada. The government, just a few months ago, made it clear they'd allow [these types of products], and I'd suspect that's what made Constellation Brands step up."

"We have developed great-tasting beers, but we also have valuable intellectual property, incredible developments in the pipeline, and a world-class team with decades of combined experience in the adult beverage industry, and, importantly almost two years working together," explains Wendschuh, reiterating Province's mission to bring a "safer and healthier alternative to alcohol" to market.

Province has the head start it needs to compete with juggernaut newcomers like Canopy and Constellation. Rather than seeing these newcomers as hostile, Wendschuh firmly believes that more competitors entering this market can only be a good thing. "Building a product category takes time, money and creativity," says Wendschuh.  "And that's one thing we can all work on together."

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (January 30, 2018) — Nestor Daniel Can Jones has been named head Mixologist of the “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Los Cabos. In his new position, he oversees the AAA Five Diamond resort’s craft cocktails and signature beverage offerings at its four bars, including the new Tequila & Mezcal Bar opening in early February. The appointment is effective immediately.

Jones has spent over 18 years in mixology, most recently as Beverage Manager at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Prior to that, he acted as Corporate Mixologist for Karisma Hotels & Resorts heading up the beverage program and new openings in Riviera Maya, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Croatia and Colombia. During his career, he has trained under Master Mixologist, Sommelier and Diageo Ambassador Steve Olson and Master Tequilier Ricardo Cisneros. In 2017, he was a semifinalist in Bacardi’s Legacy Cocktail Competition and Tequila Patron’s Perfectionists, which bring together the best bartenders from around the world in pursuit of the perfect cocktail. Additionally, he was a semifinalist in Diageo’s World Class Cocktail Competition in 2014 and 2015. Jones is originally from Mexico City.

For reservations or additional information on Grand Velas Los Cabos, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit

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Las Vegas— David Grutman, the “King of Miami Nightlife,” will keynote “To Dominate, The David Grutman Experience,” during the 2018 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, March 28 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Grutman’s keynote willhighlight how innovation, perseverance and life lessons helped him build his nightlife empire and turned his name into a brand of its own.

As one of the leading brand and hospitality developers in the industry, Grutman continues to identify global trends within the nightlife, restaurant and music industry while setting the bar with innovations and ‘buzz’ style tactics. Raw and unfiltered, Grutman will highlight his years as a green bartender who fought to build a world-renowned nightclub, LIV at Fountainebleau, and to becoming one of the most influential and respected leaders in the industry. Following the cornerstone of his empire, ten years and five brands later – Grutman’s keynote offers students, brand owners and business leaders the tools needed to rise in the industry.

“In the last decade I have seen all sides of the nightlife and hospitality industry, and have been fortunate enough to learn a variety of tactics to create global brands that are not only successful, but make others think outside the box,” said Grutman. “At the end of the day, the opportunities in the nightlife and hospitality industry are endless, and I look forward to offering the tools to help others maximize and excel while setting their own bar.”

The keynote is open to all attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors. Additional keynote sessions will be announced soon and are sponsored by Revention. Please visit Nightclub & Bar Show’s website for keynote updates and here for a full list of speakers.

The Nightclub & Bar Show, March 26 - 28, is the world’s largest gathering of bar, nightlife and beverage professionals and offers the best educational series in the industry. The show offers industry professionals the opportunity to network, learn about new trends and products, and gain critical skills to ensure their success in the eternally-evolving bar and nightclub industry. For those interested in attending the show or for more information, please visit

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WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 25, 2018 /CNW/ - Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. is honoured to announce that it has been named Distillery of the Year at the Canadian Whisky Awards, held on January 18th in Victoria, BC. In addition, a number of whiskies proudly produced at Hiram Walker & Sons took home top accolades including J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old, which won Whisky of the Year.

The Canadian Whisky Awards recognize very best in Canadian whisky, and are held annually in conjunction with the Victoria Whisky Festival. The competition is judged by an independent panel of whisky experts that selects the winners after tasting each whisky blind.

"Hiram Walker & Sons was the clear winner as Distillery of the Year at this year's Canadian Whisky Awards because its products truly outperformed, both in quality and range," says Davin de Kergommeaux, Chairman of the Judges, Canadian Whisky Awards. "Not only did the distillery produce the Whisky of the Year award winner, J.P. Wiser's 35 year old, but it also submitted a broad variety of other whiskies that performed very, very well in their categories."

"We're incredibly proud to be named Distillery of the Year, especially as we mark 160 years since Hiram Walker himself started this business in 1858," says Patrick O'Driscoll, President of Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. "This award is a true testament to our capacity and passion for innovation and experimentation, and of course the dedication and creativity of our fantastic employees."

In addition, Jim Stanski, who is retiring in March from his role as VP Operations at Hiram Walker & Sons, was also bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

"It's a huge honour to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Whisky Awards," says Jim Stanski, VP Operations, Hiram Walker & Sons. "I have been very fortunate throughout my career to work with a great number of individuals – colleagues and industry peers alike – who are bold, innovative, and passionate about Canadian whisky, and they have inspired me every day. With my upcoming retirement, I am confident that those coming after me will continue to uphold the traditions of quality and innovation." 


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