Riley O’Connor – one of Canada’s most passionate and highly-regarded music executives – will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame during the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Thursday March 22, 2012 as part of Canadian Music Week’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
“Riley O’Connor has been a renowned figure in the concert industry for close to 40 years,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “He is one of those rare individuals who has literally worked from the ground up, never losing his integrity or ethic along the way. It is only natural that we recognize and honour his remarkable legacy and achievements with this induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.”
As chairman of Live Nation Canada – the country’s leading concert promoter – Riley O’Connor has steered the company to market leadership in Canada’s live entertainment industry generating approximately $180 million in annual sales for the company and producing more than 1100 concerts annually for Canadian and international artists. A strong advocate of domestic talent and development – complemented by his hands-on approach – he has emerged as a formidable force in Canadian music and an integral part of the pioneering spirit of touring live music in Canada.
“I am humbled to be inducted into such an illustrious group and thrilled that it can only happen once in a lifetime,” says Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Chairman.
Since arriving on the scene in 1971, Riley O’Connor quickly rose through the ranks of concert promotion in Canada, the United States and Europe, launching his career in production with the likes of The Who, Elton John, Queen, and the Rolling Stones, and moving onto talent buying and operations. In 1977 he co-founded Perryscope Concert Productions (which would later evolve into House of Blues Concerts Canada) in Vancouver where he was instrumental in bringing in popular international punk, reggae and new wave bands to the city from Devo, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and The Jam to The Clash.
Riley moved on to join Concerts Productions International (CPI) in Toronto in 1989 – an international leader and innovator in full-service touring at the time – then House of Blues in 1998 and eventually took over Live Nation’s Canada-wide operations in 2007. His career has brought some of the biggest names and concerts to Canada including; Elton John, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Backstreet Boys, Def Leppard, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, KISS and The Tragically Hip among others. Most recently his ventures with Live Nation Canada have witnessed outstanding success with Roger Waters, Kings Of Leon, Mötley Crüe, Iron Maiden, RUSH, Jimmy Buffett, Blue Rodeo, Hedley, New Kids On The Block, Glee, Keith Urban and Bob Seger.
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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