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The Cheesecake Factory is set to open its first Canadian location

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The Cheesecake Factory restaurant is set to open its first Canadian location at Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017. Sprawled over 10,400 square feet with two covered patios, and the same 250 item menu, plus more than 50 cheesecakes and desserts as its U.S. counterpart — we are ecstatic to say the least! If there’s anything we love as much as music, it’s FOOD!

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PCM Technologies Ranks on PROFIT 500 List For Sixth Year In A Row

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Canadian Business and PROFIT magazine today ranked PCM Technologies on its annual PROFIT 500 list, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth and PCM Technologies is proud to say that this is their 6th year in a row to rank on the list.

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Beggars Group Issues A Statement on Apple Music Service

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Beggars Group, home to 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL and Young Turks has yet to sign a deal to make their music available on Apple’s forthcoming streaming service (slated for release on June 30).  Today, Beggars issued a statement on the reasons why. Here’s what they had to say;

To Beggars Group Labels Artists and Managers:

We thought it was time to update you on the situation with Apple Music, following speculation in the press, some of it ill-informed. Apple have been a wonderful partner for the last decade, and we confidently trust they will continue to be so. We have recently been in discussions with Apple Music about proposed terms for their new service. In many ways the deal structure is very progressive, but unfortunately it was created without reference to us, or as far as we know any independents, and as such unsurprisingly presents problems for us, and for our coming artist releases. We are naturally very concerned, especially for artists releasing new albums in the next three months, that all streaming on the new service will be unremunerated until the end of September. Whilst we understand the logic of their proposal and their aim to introduce a subscription-only service, we struggle to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apple’s customer acquisition costs.

And given the natural response of competing digital services to offer comparable terms, we fear that the free trial aspect, far from moving the industry away from freemium services – a model we support – is only resulting in taking the “mium” out of freemium.

We are also naturally concerned, as ever, as to whether we and you are being treated on a level playing field vis a vis the major labels and their artists. Additionally, we have reservations about both commercial and practical aspects of the Artist Connect area. It is a mistake to treat these rights as royalty free, especially in the light of recent licenses with services like Soundcloud.

At the moment we do not have an agreement with Apple Music that would allow us to participate in the new service. However, we very much hope that the obstacles to agreement can be removed, for us and for independent Merlin-member labels as a whole, and that we will be able to fully support this potentially exciting new service in the coming days.

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PCMusic is Number 6 in Profit’s W100 Top Female Entrepreneurs List!

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Today PROFIT and Chatelaine ranked our CEO, Gina Rizhanovsky, No. 6 on the 17th annual W100 list of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs.  The W100 ranks female entrepreneurs with a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the businesses they own and run.

“You need a bold vision, an innovative strategy and loads of tenacity to earn a spot on the W100,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “Every person on this list represents the pinnacle of business success in Canada. Their stories are inspiring and instructive for those seeking to excel as an entrepreneur.

In an address to her team today, Gina said, “Thank you to everyone for your continued hard work in making this a possibility for us.   We have a truly exciting period upon us (with a lot of hard work in the process), but this is yet another exciting turning point for our company as we navigate new landscapes and propel PCMusic and Prescriptive Music onwards for better!”

When asked to share her perspective on PCMusic’s work, Gina writes, “Music exists all around us and is a preeminent force in bringing people together.  We build ambiance in environments that engender a sense of belonging and meaningful connection to a business’ brand through music.

Companies are always striving to articulate this elusive ‘differentiating factor’, but fall short in the actual delivery.  We don’t aim to infiltrate the market and amass market share blindly.  We’re strategic in the partnerships we foster – both from a supplier and customer standpoint, always maintaining a boutique feel in the delivery of our quality offering.

We know music and what makes our company unique is our people’s unwavering commitment to delivering a profound, customized end-user experience through the power of music.  Our talented team makes all the difference.”

 

About the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100
Now in its 17th year, the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is Canada’s largest celebration of achievement by women business owners. Produced by the editors of PROFIT and Chatelaine, the rankings and extended coverage of the women honoured are published in print and online. Applicants to the 2015 W100 were ranked using a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the companies they own and manage. To see this year’s complete ranking and find links to all of our W100 editorial coverage, visit http://www.profitguide.com/w100.

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Sam Smith Acknowledges Similarities Between “Stay With Me ” and “Won’t Back Down”, Tom Petty Awarded Songwriting Royalties

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According to Consequence of Sound, Sam Smith’s hit song “Stay With Me” now has a new co-writer.  Well, two new co-writers – rockstar, Tom Petty and singer-composer, Jeff Lynne.

One source close to the case said, “When Sam’s track was originally released, it was clear to a lot of musicians that there were notable similarities between the tracks,” referring specifically to melodies of the respective choruses. “After it was pointed out to Sam’s camp, they didn’t try to fight it and amicably dished out royalties. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, musicians are just inspired by other artists and Sam and his team were quick to hold up their hand when it was officially flagged.”

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The Cardenas Superstore & Prescriptive Music team up to create new music vibe in all its locations

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The Cardenas Superstore has a stellar reputation for providing a large selection of new and used BMW’s and Mazda’s that boast style and quality. Their top notch team of professionals have earned the respect of McAllen, Brownsville, Houston, Edinburg, Harlingen and the rest of Texas by offering an impressive caliber of knowledge, service and reliability. Read More

Restaurants With Great Soundtracks in San Francisco by ZAGAT

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We’ve all had the unfortunate experience of having to shout over a blaring club track during an otherwise intimate dinner. Conversely, a too-mellow soundtrack can bring down the energy of a supposedly festive group meal. In short: when it comes to music choices in a restaurant, context is key. Skip the Muzak and check out these eateries where you can usually count on the tunes to pair well with the food and scene. And be sure to let us know your pet peeves about restaurant soundtracks in the comments.

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Hearing Your Image

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From the moment a customer walks through a retailer’s door, an opinion is formed about that store. One contributing factor is from the music played. Music contributes to the overall customer experience and can ultimately determine how long a customer will linger in a store. The longer the linger, the more likely a sale. Music is a highly effective business tool that can drive sales, but it’s crucial that a retailer sets the right vibe. Read More

How to Choose the Correct Music / Lighting / Decor for your Restaurant

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Music, lighting, and decor play a vital role in setting the overall tone and feel of a restaurant. In some cases, it’s attention to detail that really sets a restaurant apart from the competition and keeps customers coming back. It all comes down to the “if a tree falls in the forest” theory. If you have the best food in town, but you have poor lighting, outdated decor, and music that’s reminiscent of your last trip to the dentist’s office, are people really going to want to eat there? Read More

1 In Every 43 Venture Capital Dollars Is Now Flowing Into Music…

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Is this a simple case of dumb money, or the beginnings of a totally new industry? Because for all the collapse and total devaluation being experienced by the music industry, there are still plenty of people willing to gamble. That is, to the tune of roughly $621 million in 2012 alone according to Digital Music News stats, which now turns out to be roughly 1 in 43 dollars committed by the broader VC investment community last year.

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Music to Your Ears

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By David G. Schwartz
October 18th, 2012

Here’s the funny thing about music in public places: If it’s working the way it should, you don’t even notice it on a conscious level. There’s just an extra spring in your step or, if you’re in a casino, pep in your poke as you hit the “bet again” button on your favorite slot machine. It’s the backbeat to your night out, or day at the spa, pushing you along without getting in your face. And that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be. Read More

Why Your Massage Business Needs Customized Music

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No matter what time you’ve decided to read this article, chances are, you’ve already listened to music today. Maybe you got dressed and ready for your day while listening to tracks from your iPod, or maybe you listened to music on the way to work. Whatever the case, we hear music on a day-to-day basis, and it has proven to be an important part of everyday life—as well as a powerful way to communicate with others.

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Cue up the playlist, dinner is served

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How do restaurants choose what music to play?

You’ve scouted out the hottest new restaurant and pored over the menu to make sure it’s appropriate for all parties. Everything has been checked and double-checked to ensure the best dining experience for everyone. Then, when you walk in to the beautiful lobby and are greeted by the friendly hostess, your stomach sinks as you hear a kazoo-rendition of Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way.” Read More