Music Canada Live & Canadian Music Week

2018 Live Music Industry Awards
presented by El Mocambo

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sheraton Centre Hotel, Dominion Ballroom 

123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9

4:30PM – 6:30PM • Friday May 11, 2018
Sheraton Centre Hotel, Dominion Ballroom, 123 Queen St W, Toronto ON

Created by Canadian Music Week in partnership with the International Festival Network (IFN) and Music Canada Live, the trade association for the live music sector, the Live Music Industry Awards are a highlight of CMW’s Live Music Summit.

“Last year our second LMIA’s proved beyond a doubt that we have much to celebrate, by acknowledging lives’ incredible contributions to the industry.  This year, we continue shine a spotlight on this passionate and dedicated community – one that works tirelessly to put artists and fans together. This effort is at the heart of what Music Canada Live is about, and we are thrilled to co-present the third annual LMIA’s in 2018 with CMW on behalf of our members and Canada’s live music industry.”  Erin Benjamin, Executive DirectorMusic Canada Live

3rd Annual Live Music Industry Awards



MARCH 26, 2018

Submit your nomination here.

Voting Opens March 30th.

Complete List of 2018 Live Music Industry Awards Categories:

***New***  Music Canada Live Community Impact Award

The Music Canada Live Community Impact Award honors businesses, social enterprise organizations, non-profits, initiatives and individuals making a significant impact through live music in their community.

Criteria: Current membership in Music Canada Live

Nomination Criteria: In 250 words or less describe the organization/project/initiative and its impact on your community

Major Festival of the Year

2017 Winner – WayHome Music & Arts Festival (Oro-Medonte)

Small Festival of the Year (6000 and under)

2017 Winner – Rifflandia Festival (Victoria)

Medium Festival of the Year (6001 to 15000)

2017 Winner – Toronto Urban Roots Festival (Toronto)

Family Program of the Year

2017 Winner – Field Trip Music and Arts Festival (Toronto)

Green Operations Festival of the Year

2017 Winner – Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts (Montreal)

Not-for-Profit Festival of the Year

2017 Winner – RBC Bluesfest (Ottawa)

Best Teamwork in an Arena

2017 Winner – Bell Centre (Montreal)

Best Teamwork in a Major Club (1000+ capacity)

2017 Winner – The Danforth Music Hall (Toronto)

Best Teamwork in a Soft Seat Theatre/ Performing Arts Centre

2017 Winner – Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (Toronto)

Best Teamwork in a Medium Club (300 to 999 capacity)

2017 Winner – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto)

Best Teamwork in a Small Club (less than 300 capacity)

2017 Winner – Carleton Music Bar and Grill (Halifax)

A/V Production Company of the Year

2017 Winner – FMAV

Licensed to Play Award

2017 Winner – The Drake Hotel

Agent of the Year

2017 Winner – Julien Paquin (Paquin Entertainment Industry)

Global Creators Award

2017 Winner – Paul Shaffer

Concert/Club Talent Buyer of the Year

2017 Winner – Mark Russell

New Touring Artist of the Year, sponsored by Slaight Music

2017 Winner – July Talk

Production Manager of the Year (Festivals/Concert), sponsored by Access Event Solutions

2017 Winner – Larry Fitzpatrick

Road Warrior of the Year (Tour Manager)

2017 Winner – Dave Gardner

Manager of the Year

2017 Winner – Bernie Breen and Patrick Sambrook

Festival Buyer of the Year

2017 Winner – Paula Perri

Brand/Music Program of the Year

2017 Winner – TD Jazz Festivals

Legends of Live Award

2017 Winner – The Tragically Hip

Music City of the Year, Canadian

2017 Winner – Québec City

**last years winners cannot be nominated again in the same category for one (1) year**

Canadian Music Week and Music Canada Live Announce
As Recipients of The Legends Of Live
Special Achievement Award At The
Live Music Industry Awards
Toronto, ON (March 2, 2018) – Canadian Music Week (CMW) and Music Canada Live are excited to announce Billy Talent – Ben Kowalewicz, Ian D’Sa, Jonathan Gallant, Aaron Solowoniuk and Jordan Hastings – as the 2018 recipients of the Legends of Live Special Achievement Award. The multi-platinum, generation-defining rock band will be honoured for their achievements and longstanding career in music and live touring. Billy Talent will join the celebrated list of previous Legends of Live recipients which include: Blue Rodeo and The Tragically Hip. In celebration of their 25th anniversary and receiving the Legends of Live Award, Billy Talent will deliver a special two song performance at the 3rd Annual Live Music Industry Awards at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in the Dominion Ballroom (123 Queen St W, Toronto ON) on Friday, May 11th for Happy Hour from 4:30PM – 6:30PM. Purchase tickets here.
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary as a band this year, we are incredibly honored to be the recipients of the 2018 Legends of the Live Special Achievement Award. We’ve always prided ourselves on our live shows and to be acknowledged for it is something we don’t take lightly.   We’d like to express our thanks and gratitude to Ralph James and Lorraine Webb at APA who have been with us since the beginning as well as to CMW for this heartfelt honor and for their  continued support over the years.  Their efforts in encouraging, embracing and enabling this wonderful, special and diverse community is what allows the Canadian music scene to grow and to thrive.” – Billy Talent
Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent have sold nearly one million albums in Canada alone, and nearly three million albums internationally. Their albums Billy Talent I and II and III have all received multi-platinum certifications, with platinum status for Dead Silence and gold status for their latest studio album Afraid of Heights which also debuted at #1 in Canada as well as in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. This is the fourth consecutive #1 debut for the Toronto based group, and it has gained nearly forty million streams internationally.
Their sales have been supported by relentless touring across Canada and Internationally including sold out shows in Europe such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Luxemburg, Hamburg, Berlin, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Madrid, Vienna, Bristol, Antwerp, Linz, Glasgow, Graz, Leipzig, Nottingham, Munich, Stuttgart, Lingen, Cardiff, Hannover, Lausanne and Dusseldorf. In 2016, Billy Talent was honoured with the opportunity to open to a sold out crowd for the legendary Guns & Roses at Rogers Stadium in their hometown, Toronto.
“It’s been my privilege to be on the Billy Talent team for the last 16 years – a band that delivers the goods every single show – they don’t walk on the stage, they HIT the stage!” – Ralph James, APA
Billy Talent have enjoyed tremendous success at Canadian rock radio where they have had three #1 hits that combined for 20 weeks at the top spot, six Top 5 hits, and six Top 10 hits. They have won 7 Juno Awards and have been nominated 23 times, including three nods for Afraid of Heights (Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Ian D’Sa for Producer of the Year). They have also been nominated for 32 MMVA Awards – taking home the prize 10 times.
“Billy Talent’s on going success is something that we can all admire as they are known for their endless tours and multi-platinum selling records. We extend our sincerest congratulations to the band on everything they’ve achieved over the past 25 years, and look forward to acknowledging them at the 3rd Annual Live Music Industry Awards.” – Neill Dixon, President, Canadian Music Week
For more information on the 3rd Annual Live Music Industry Awards, go to The award show will take place on May 11th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in the Dominion Ballroom in Toronto, Ontario.



For Canadian Music Week information, please contact:
Kayley Szanto – Communications Manager
T: 905-858-4747 X109 E:

CMW and Music Canada Live Announces

Paul Shaffer

as the Returning Host of the

3rd Annual Live Music Industry Awards

Canadian Music Week (CMW) and Music Canada Live are excited to reveal Paul Shaffer as the returning host of 3rd Annual Live Music Industry Awards. Join us at 4:30pm – 6:30pm on Friday May 11, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Dominion Ballroom to celebrate the best of the live music business sector.

Purchase tickets to the Live Music Industry Awards here.

Read more about Paul Shaffer here.


CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK is Canada’s most established music industry conference. Now in its 36th year, it is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. CMW brings together Sound Recording, New Media and Broadcast for one spectacular week of events – combining informative, intensive conferences, a cutting-edge trade exhibition, award shows, film festival, comedy festival and Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. All convention functions take place at the CMW’s host hotel, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West, Toronto M5H 2M9).
For Canadian Music Week information, please contact:
Kayley Szanto – Communications Manager
T: 905-858-4747 X109 E:


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