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New Alliance Funds Toronto Songwriters At Austin Music Camp

The Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) reports that the first Create Austin/Toronto is underway in Texas.

New Alliance Funds Toronto Songwriters At Austin Music Camp

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The Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) reports that the first Create Austin/Toronto is underway in Texas. Six Toronto songwriters are in Austin to participate in Create Austin/Toronto that runs October 8-10. The creative mission is sponsored by the City of Toronto and the City of Austin as part of the Austin-Toronto Music City Alliance partnership.


“As shown in our Export Ready, Export Criticalstudy, export is driving growth for Canadian music publishers and is increasingly necessary to remain competitive in the international industry and to make sure Canadian songs are heard around the world,” CMPA ED Margaret McGuffin stated in a release.

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During Create Austin/Toronto, the six Toronto and Hamilton songwriters are writing together in a three-day songwriting camp, as well as building creative partnerships with the seven participating Austin-based songwriters selected by BMI Austin.

Participating Toronto songwriters include Jessica Mitchell (Slaight Music Publishing), Terra Lightfoot (CCS Rights Management), Luke Doucet, (peermusic), Kiki Rowe (Sony ATV), Nathan Ferraro (Hyvetown Music), and Thomas D’Arcy (Arts & Crafts).

“Building creative and business relationships is an important part of what makes Canadian music publishing a global success story,'' McGuffin added.

 

 

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Celine Dion Battled Extreme Muscle Spasms From Stiff-Person Syndrome With Dangerously High Doses of Valium: ‘It Could Have Been Fatal’

The singer opened up about her decade-long struggle with the rare neurological disorder in Tuesday night's (June 11) primetime NBC special.

Celine Dion was so desperate to alleviate the pain from severe muscle spasms during her secret, nearly two-decade-long battle with the rare neurological and autoimmune disease Stiff-Person Syndrome that she took near-lethal doses of Valium in search of relief. In her one-hour primetime NBC special on Tuesday night (June 11), Dion said she took up to 90 milligrams of the medication used to treat anxiety, seizures and muscle spasms, an amount that is more than twice the recommended daily dose.

“I did not know, honestly, that it could kill me. I would take, for example before a performance, 20 milligrams of Valium, and then just walking from my dressing room to backstage — it was gone,” Dion said of the instant pain relief the medication offered at levels, however that “could have been fatal” if she’d continued at that pace. “At one point, the thing is, that my body got used to it at 20 and 30 and 40 [milligrams] until it went up. And I needed that. It was relaxing my whole body. For two weeks, for a month, the show would go on… but then you get used to [and] it doesn’t work anymore.”

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