Balanced Copyright for Canada

Balanced Copyright for Canada

September 09, 2010 08:00 ET

Canadian Music Artist Maia Davies Joins Fight Against Online Piracy

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - Balanced Copyright for Canada today announced that Maïa Davies of the country rock group Ladies of the Canyon has joined the Advisory Board of Balanced Copyright for Canada, a national organization that supports the federal government's introduction of the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-32) and believes it is a good starting point for bringing Canada's copyright laws into the digital age.

"Maia will be a great addition to our Advisory Board. As a talented up and coming musician, she's living through the "Wild West" approach to music downloading and can explain from personal experience why Canada needs a stronger digital copyright framework." said Stephen Stohn, executive producer of the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation, President of Epitome Pictures Inc., and current member of the Advisory Board of Balanced Copyright for Canada.

Originally from Montreal, Davies is a singer and the lead guitarist with Ladies of the Canyon. The Toronto-based all female band opened concerts this year for Kenny Rogers, The Sadies, Great Big Sea, and Alan Jackson, among others.

"Pirate download sites have been a catastrophe for me and many artists in my circle, making it now nearly impossible for us to make a living as recording artists. Compensation for our recorded music not only represents a significant part of our would-be income, but is justly deserved by those whose art is being distributed to listeners," Davies said. "Artists and the people who invest in them deserve a law that protects their work from theft and unauthorized use on the Internet."

"As artists, we are grateful and thankful for the chance to do for a living what motivates our entire beings -- a passion that we are only too glad to share," Davies explained further. "But we would like the chance to share fairly and receive equal treatment."

Balanced Copyright for Canada is a coalition of content creators, artists, and rights holders, and people who work in music, movies, video games, books, and software. They believe that Canada needs to move into the digital age on the legislation that governs copyright in this country. For further information, please visit www.BalancedCopyrightforCanada.ca.

Editors Notes

A brief biography of Maia Davies follows.

About Maïa Davies

Maïa Davies is a singer and the lead guitarist with the country rock group Ladies of the Canyon. An all-female band, Ladies of the Canyon opened concerts this year for Kenny Rogers, The Sadies, Great Big Sea, and Alan Jackson, among others.

The group's debut album, "Haunted Woman," was released on June 1, 2010, and now charts at #24 on the Nielsen best-selling country albums in Canada. Their debut single "Follow Me Down" is on heavy rotation on Canadian country radio, making it to the top 40 airplay list, and remains in CMT's top 40 videos. Critics have hailed "Haunted Woman" as a polished effort, "crashing out of the gate with straight-up country rock."

Maïa now lives in Toronto where she is well entrenched in the local music scene as a guest player on many albums and live shows. Her work with the Ladies keeps her busy, with over 150 performances a year. The band recently played the major folk festival circuit that included a main-stage performance in Winnipeg, workshops with Sarah Harmer and the Wailin' Jennys in Vancouver, and a stop at the Ottawa Folk Festival in August. 

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