TORONTO – March 29, 2012 – Slacker Canadian Music Week kicked winter into spring last week as the annual entertainment extravaganza took over Toronto for five days (March 21-25). While the city was eclipsing an all-time heat record for March with highs of 26 °C (78.8 °F), CMW was breaking it’s own records and trending for the first time both locally and nationally.
Music, interactive and broadcasting industries from around the globe converged to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the event and participate in the launch of two brand new components – the Digital Media Summit and the Canadian International Comedy Fest. More than 2,400 industry representatives attended to connect with leaders in music, interactive, broadcasting, media, publishing, film and more; to meet one-on-one with potential business partners from more than 40 countries; and to participate in mentoring and matchmaking sessions with their international counterparts. Panels focused on the latest issues and trends affecting today’s business models – from the rise of digital music advances, mobile technologies and applications to the growing inherence of social platforms and communities in revenue generation.
Some highlights include:
Industry Delegates: 2,445
Attending Musicians: 4743
Number of bands performing: 1054
Number of participating venues: 82
# of Days: 5+
Countries Represented: 43
Slacker, Inc. signed on as the exclusive title sponsor of this year’s event, to brand it Slacker Canadian Music Week and Slacker Canadian Music Fest, and with it launched a variety of personal and customizable stations with a Canadian focus. Featured stations include the Slacker Canadian Music Fest channel featuring artists playing the festival and a 30th anniversary station highlighting moments from the past thirty years.
Festivities got underway on Wednesday, March 21 with two official kickoff parties: The Joel Plaskett Emergency performing at the CN Tower as part of the Slacker Radio presented Opening Night Gala for invited guests, delegates and a limited number of contest winners, and Johnny Reid who kicked off Slacker Canadian Music Fest with an intimate concert at Virgin Mobile Mod Club open exclusively to delegates and wristband holders.
The Digital Media Summit launched with a focus on optimizing digital and social media strategies and recruited some of the best keynote speakers and panelists in the field, including the famed Arianna Huffington of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, Linkedin Canada Manager Brian Church, Senior Business Leader of Facebook Steve Irvine, Google’s Neil Shankman, change agent Michael Tchong, Microsoft’s Katrina Klier, and more from leading media and brand specialists.
The Canadian Traffic Network and Global Alert Network presented Radio Interactive Conference brought together radio’s finest for two and half days of networking and education. RAB President Jeff Haley, Radio Futurologist James Cridland, Cumulus Media Inc.’s Lew Dickey, and Joint Communications’ John Parikhal delivered inspiring keynotes on the state and future of broadcasting while presentations from Tracy Johnson and Jacobs Media provided the ingredients and training secrets for doubling ratings and maximizing reach. The Radio Presidents’ Super Session united the heads of some of Canada’s largest broadcasters, while the Radio Consultants Round Table Breakfast honoured Brittany King from Kool-FM in Victoria with the Allan Waters Young Broadcasters of the Year Award in Memory of Steve Young.
The International Music Summit, presented by Rogers, attracted delegates and musicians looking to learn from a top-notch line-up of speakers. The OIART Mentor’s Café Series featured 15 sessions over the course of three days and brought attendees face-to-face with 96 mentors amid the bustling exhibition floor.
The intensive one-day Social Music Conference addressed the growing phenomenon of how people access music and brought together artists, executives, broadcasters, and industry leaders to share their collective knowledge and discover opportunities to exploit digital channels and outlets for commercial and cultural gain.
Burgeoning songwriters and musicians flocked to the Songwriters’ Summit, presented by Astral, to get up close and personal with some of the world’s leading songwriters, composers and publishers. Attendees were treated to a performance and conversation to remember from the Kings of Songwriting – Dan Wilson, George Merrill, Don Schlitz and Alan Frew – in a CMW Songwriters Circle hosted by returning favourite Paul Williams as well as to a Performance Makeover Session with Live Music Producer Tom Jackson where a performance by Lori Nuic was transformed from raw to star.
Musicians were also given a unique opportunity to pitch their music in face-to-face sessions with top music supervisors scouting material for hit TV shows, films, games and advertising campaigns through the CMPA presented CMW & MUSEXPO Global Synch & Consumer Brands Summit.
Author Robert Levine and Professor Dr. Brett Danaher addressed attendees of the Global Forum International Breakfast with their views on the state of the music industry while round-tables of participants and moderators think-tanked on culture, language, technology and government regulations.
The Crystals, hosted by comedian Jean Paul, honoured winners with gold, silver and bronze Awards of Excellence in radio creative, in a luncheon that featured a performance by Justin Nozuka.
Hosted by Humble Howard Glassman, the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards honoured husband and wife duo Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, where the couple treated guests to individual numbers. Riley O’Connor and Daniel Lanois – who also performed – accepted their Lifetime Achievement Awards to commemorate their inductions to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame alongside John Derringer who was presented with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award for his induction to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.
Broadcasting legend Bob Laine received the same honour posthumously at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, hosted by Stu Jefferies. Performers included Alyssa Reid, Raghav, Dragonette, The Sheepdogs, Neverest, Kira Isabella and Fefe Dobson.
Jeff Leake hosted the SiriusXM Indies with a live broadcast on The Verge (XM 151) and Iceberg (Sirius 151). The all-ages sold out crowd was treated to performances by Pavlo, The Pack A.D., Young Empires, Dan Mangan, The Sheepdogs – who were joined by rock icon Paul Rodgers for a couple of numbers including the classic Free hit “All Right Now” – Rich Aucoin, and Passion Pit along with SiriusXM Indies Hall of Fame inductees Treble Charger, who reunited for the honours after a decade apart.
To view all of Slacker Canadian Music Week’s winners and performers, please visit www.cmw.net.
The 10th Annual Trailblazers’ dinner honoured Maureen Bulley, Creative Director at Rogers Radio by presenting her with the Rosalie Award. Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the candid host of TV’s “Till Debt Do Us Part” and “Prince$$”, was a special guest.
As part of this year’s export market component, CMW presented a Spotlight on Latin America, as well as a Focus on Portugal and Spain. More than 27 representatives from Latin America, and 36 from Portugal and Spain travelled to CMW as part of the incoming delegations to take part in market overviews, presentations, business meetings and international receptions. CMW welcomed and hosted Sounds from Spain, Catalan Sounds, and Mission Canada for their first time in Canada as well as 40+ bands from these regions in a series of showcases.
The International Marketplace played home to numerous visiting countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the USA and hosted more than 1,000 one-on-one dedicated matchmaking meetings for Canadians with members of the delegations from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Australia.
Music legends Burton Cummings, Paul Rodgers, and Slash shared stories, successes and insights on life, inspirations, and performing during rare and intimate in-depth celebrity interviews. Renowned promoter and rock impressario Harvey Goldsmith addressed delegates on the ins-and-outs of concert promotion and staging some of the world’s most memorable events.
Slacker Canadian Music Fest surpassed it’s target of 900 artists, upping the ante to 1000+ and adding additional programming on Tuesday to mark six days of the festival. Showcases from artists, labels, agencies, media outlets and corporate sponsors filled 82 venues to capacity throughout Toronto, including the festival’s first ever jazz series at the Courthouse, the presentation of 2K12 Korea Night at the Kool Haus – featuring 2 showcases: K-pop Wave and Seoulsonic – to mark the biggest Korean music concert ever held in Canada, and the Artist Selects Series hosted and curated by Shad, Junior Boys and Brendan Canning on consecutive nights at The Garrison.
Other musical highlights included: The Temper Trap, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy, The Cat Empire, Fanfarlo, Saul Williams, The Trews, John K. Samson & The Provincial Band, Kings & Queens: Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, The Saw Doctors, Dragonette, The Inbreds, Nneka, Andy C:Alive, Hilltop Hoods, Nicolas Jaar, Jenn Grant, The Reason, Cold Specks, The Dears, Martha Wainwright, Arianne Moffat, Galaxie, Georgia Anne Muldrow, T. Mills, and hundreds more.
Fans were treated to an exclusive showcase of music at the CHUM Radio FanFest where Train, Marianas Trench, Fefe Dobson, Victoria Duffield, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kristina Maria, and The New Cities performed fan favourites.
Film and song partnered together in the CMW Film Festival, presented by Tribute Entertainment. Screenings spanned four days and included the Canadian Premieres of Paul Simon’s Under African Skies, Sound It Out, Kevin, Last Music Man, Man & Machine: A Naked Robotic Love Story, Hit So Hard, and Girl Walk // All Day, as well as Andrew Bird: Fever Year, Last Days Here, a work in progress screening of Parallax Sounds, a sneak preview of The Vans Warped Tour Documentary, and a special screening of The Muppet Movie with a post-film Q&A with music composer Paul Williams.
Canada’s first Canadian International Comedy Fest launched in Toronto with five days of comedy in venues throughout the city. Presented by Bite, the festival served up a star-studded lineup of comics including 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan, star of Jackass and Wildboyz Steve-O, Reggie Watts, Nick Thune, Sean Cullen, Ari Shaffir, Bryan Callen, Kenny Robinson, Scott Thompson, and many more.
Mark your calendars for next year as we set to do it all over again – March 20-24, 2013.
About Slacker Canadian Music Week
Celebrating 30 years, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four 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 spanned a five-day period from March 21 to March 25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and over 60 various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net.
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