2012 CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: DANIEL LANOIS

ACCLAIMED PRODUCER, ENGINEER & ARTIST DANIEL LANOIS TO BE INDUCTED INTO CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME

Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “the most important record producer to emerge in the ‘80s”, Daniel Lanois has won acclaim as one of the most distinctive and celebrated producers of his time.  On Thursday, March 22, 2012, his vast career and achievements will be recognized with an induction to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. This lifetime honour will be presented to Lanois during the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala taking place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel as part of Canadian Music Week’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

“I have been a personal fan of Daniel Lanois since the beginning,” says Canadian Music Week President Neill Dixon.  ”Through his work with U2 to Neil Young, he has made an indelible mark on the industry and solidified a reputation for himself as a world-renowned producer over the past four decades. It’s time we in Canada celebrate the career of this remarkable man with this Hall of Fame induction.”

As a producer, Daniel Lanois has helmed the works of some of the world’s most gifted artists.  His talents first gained notice through work with such groups as Martha & The Muffins, Ray Materick, the Parachute Club, Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Raffi and Brian Eno, who in the decades to follow would emerge as Lanois’ mentor and frequent collaborator.  Together with Eno, Lanois produced seminal projects from U2, including The Joshua Tree, The Unforgettable Fire, and Achtung Baby.  He then went on to produce what many have called Bob Dylan’s ‘comeback’ album, 1989’s Oh Mercy, as well as 1997’s Time Out of Mind which would go on to win three Grammy awards, including “Album of the Year”.

Renowned for creating an atmospheric soundscape, Lanois’ signature is stamped on career defining albums for Peter Gabriel (So, Us) and Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball) as well as additional albums by U2 (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, All That You Can’t Leave Behind), Willie Nelson (Teatro), Scott Weiland (12 Bar Blues), The Neville Brothers (Yellow Moon), Brian Eno (Apollo, Music For Films II, On Land, The Pearl, and Plateaux of Mirror), Robbie Robertson (Robbie Robertson), Luscious Jackson (Fever In Fever Out) and the newest Neil Young masterpiece, Le Noise.

As a lyricist and solo artist, Lanois’ personal catalogue includes the acclaimed 1989 debut, Acadie, Beauty of Wynona (1993), Shine (2003), Rockets (2005), Belladonna (2005), Here Is What Is (2007), Omni (2007) and the self-titled release from his latest project Black Dub (2010). Along with his mixing and production credits, Lanois contributed his songwriting talents to U2’s latest album No Line On The Horizon. His forays on the big screen include the soundtrack to cult-favourite Sling Blade, the theme to David Lynch’s Dune, an instrumental score to Pixies’ documentary LOUDquietLOUD, as well as a film chronicling the recording of his own album Here Is What Is.

Lanois’ career has been lauded with multiple awards and nominations, including seven Grammy’s and five Juno’s, as well as an induction to Canada’s Walk of Fame, in recognition of his efforts as not only a producer, but also engineer and solo artist in his own right.

Tickets for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala dinner are available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website at www.cmw.net.

Canadian Music Week, proudly celebrating 30 years, is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 21 to 25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net

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For Canadian Music Week information, please contact:

Bessie Bullard – Communications Director
T: 905.858.4747 E: bessie@cmw.net

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