To further our mandate to promote homegrown Canadian talent, XM Canada reaches out across the country to sponsor and support Canadian musicians, performers, songwriters and comedians through festivals, live performances, industry recognition, awards shows, awareness, financial support and exposure.


Upcoming events

S'Cool Life Fund

The XM Instrument Fund
in collaboration with
S'cool Life Fund

XM Canada is pleased to announce the XM Instrument Fund in collaboration with S'Cool Life Fund. As part of our ongoing commitment to support emerging Canadian talent, XM Canada has dedicated $100,000 to encourage the artistic growth in the next generation of great Canadian musicians.

Each year the S’Cool Life Fund supports DREAMS – Drama, Recreation, Extra-Curricular, Arts, Music and Sports in public elementary schools across the country. S’Cool does not look to fund core academic subjects, but instead focuses on those areas which fall outside the core curriculum, that are no less important for a child’s development. The XM Instrument Fund was created to compliment these efforts and designed to refresh an existing music program or help develop a new music program, providing instruments, sheet music, instrumental supplies and uniforms.

The XM Instrument fund will be equally distributed between English and French language schools across the country. To apply for the fund and to learn more about the ongoing efforts of the S’Cool Life Fund please visit their website.

October 22nd

On September 22nd, The Verge will be broadcasting an exclusive performance from Grammy-award winners Arcade Fire - LIVE from the International Music Festival POP Montreal. Tune into the whole show starting at 8 pm ET on

The 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards
October 13th – 17th

The 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards are back in Toronto October
13th – 17th. With a record year in nominations, the CCAs celebrate the best in all genres of comedy from stand-up, improv, television, stage and radio. Join us for 5 days of comedy shows, galas, hockey (yes, comedians play hockey) and more. Visit

S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival

Sunday, June 26th 2011 marks the 16th year of the S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival. Thousands of music fans will descend on downtown St. Catharines for the guarantee of one hell of a day!!! The Market Square pavilion, located in the heart of downtown, is the central location for the festival, the main admissions area, the vendor / band merchandise area and our main outdoor stage.


XM joins forces with EDGEFEST! On July 9th take in all the action at Downsview Park in Toronto as Hollerado, Ko, Gentleman Husbands, Harlan Pepper, Michou and more rock the XM Canada Stage at Edgefest ‘11. Catch Rise Against, A Perfect Circle, The Weakerthans, Tokyo Police Club and other homegrown Canadian talent at this all ages

Cottage Country Comedy Festival

The Cottage Country Comedy Festival returns to Bracebridge August 11th to 13th with shows at The Rene M. Caisse Theatre and Club One. Featuring 16 of the best comedians from across North America including Mike Wilmot, Gilson Lubin, Tyler Morrison, and many more! For tickets call 705-644-9850 or see for details!

Spring Music Festival

XM Canada is proud to support The Spring Music Festival - a celebration of music that showcases both established and independent bands from North America. Under the festival umbrella, The Rock and Roll Challenge is a tournament-style modern rock talent search that will award one band $30,000 in prizes and services. The prize package is a “Development Package” designed to help one emerging band the opportunity to record, market a single to radio, perform at high profile shows and gain overall awareness and recognition.

Dauphin Countryfest
June 30th – July 3rd

Dauphin Countryfest returns for its’ 27th year as Canada’s longest running country music festival! Nestled in the picturesque Riding Mountain National Park, the 2011 line-up includes Toby Keith, Doc Walker, Johnny Reid, Billy Currington and many more country music greats! Join us June 30th – July 3rd to get your Country on!!

2011 Stylus Award

Now surpassing its fifth year milestone The Stylus Group is proud to present the 6th anniversary of the Stylus Awards presented by Pioneer DJ on Monday May 30th 2011 inside the beautifully restored Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Honouring the best in the Canadian DJ industry The Stylus Awards will recognize the accomplishments and progress made by DJs, Recording Artists and Producers in their respective categories. Catch the SpinFest weekend kicking off Friday May 27th in Toronto celebrating the prevalence of DJ culture and the essence of Canada’s growing dynamic DJ music scene. Tickets for the Stylus Awards presented by Pioneer DJ are $40 available for purchase starting April 15th, 2011 through



FACTOR is a private non-profit organization, dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. The foundation administers CCD contributions from Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund. Support is provided through various FACTOR programs which all aid in the development of the industry. The funds assist Canadian recording artists and songwriters in having their material produced, their videos created and the opportunity for domestic and international touring and showcasing. FACTOR also provides support for Canadian record labels, distributors, recording studios, video production companies, producers, engineers, directors – all those facets of the infrastructure which must be in place in order for artists and Canadian labels to progress into the international arena.
If you would like more information on FACTOR’s programs, please visit our website at

The BP and J Sketchprov Show
The PB and J Sketchprov Show

The PB and J Sketchprov Show
Third Thursday every month

The new monthly show from PB and J (Comedy Network’s Hotbox creator Pat Thornton, Mantown’s Bob Banks and Second City TourCo Jason DeRosse). Starting Nov. 18th, PB and J will perform their almost-patented comedic improv “sketchprov” (Improv with the structure and high-joke ratio of sketches!). Bread & Circus Theatre: 299 Augusta Ave. Toronto, 9.30pm.


Comedy Records

Comedy Records releases Bad Things With Paul Myrehaug
Toronto, ON

Comedy Records is dedicated to the funny as the only label in Canada to exclusively release stand-up and sketch comedy albums. Bad Things are Funny is the brand new album from comedian Paul Myrehaug. Winner of the Great Canadian Laugh Off and finalist at the Boston and Seattle Comedy Festivals, Myrehaug is one of the hottest comics in the Great White North. Bad Things are Funny is available now

MuchMusic and XM present
Jury Duty 2

Even Jurier with Eddie Della Siepe and Darrin Rose from the popular MuchMusic series Video on Trial.

Interested in some fresh, witty, always funny and sometimes naughty comedy? Visit for dates at a city near you.


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