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TORONTO, ON – (October 6) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Michael Wekerle as our 2016 opening keynote on Thursday May 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Michael is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value spotting in the fields of tech, biotech and media. As the founder and Chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect and Blue Ant Media. He also holds significant real estate assets, including an impressive portfolio of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as the historic Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo. And he is a partner in the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers -Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg’s Boston-based burger chain.
dragonsDenLogoMichael lives in Toronto and is a doting father to six children. He donates millions of dollars to a wide variety of philanthropic interests, including UHN, CAMH, SickKids and Holland Bloorview, as well as the youth outreach organization Seeds of Hope and the acclaimed Baroque opera company Opera Atelier. Michael is currently featured on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit.
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His career spans 43 years and counting. Within them, he has formed and led three of rock’s legendary bands – Free, Bad Company and The Firm – along with his own career to worldwide success. He has written, recorded, produced and released 30 albums which have gone on to sell over 90 million in total. His songs have left an indelible mark on music – topping several charts and winning numerous awards – while his voice has earned him acclaim as one of Rock’s greatest singers. A consummate writer and performer, he has recorded and/or performed with the who’s who of rock – including Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Motown’s Sam Moore, and The Four Tops while continuing to tour internationally. On Saturday, March 24, 2012, platinum selling singer, songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist Paul Rodgers will entertain CMW attendees with CMW attendees with an intimate celebrity/performance and revealing tales behind his classic hits and more.

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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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Canadian Music Fest 2012 announces a second round of bands set to perform in March, including:

 

Amics Del Bosc – SPAIN
ARIA – CANADA
BETA – MEXICO
Big Scary – AUSTRALIA
Brett Caswell & the Marquee Rose – CANADA
Broken Bricks – CANADA
Cai.ro – CANADA
Casino – CANADA
Chantelle Barry – USA
Charlotte Cornfield – CANADA
Eikostate – SPAIN
Fahrenheit 43 – AUSTRALIA
Federal Lights – CANADA
Gentle Music Men – SPAIN
GoGoBot – SCOTLAND
Half Moon Run – CANADA
Hannah & Maggie – USA
In Confesso – NORWAY
In My Coma – CANADA
Jeffery Straker – CANADA
Joelle – CANADA
Keith Rich & The Po’Boys – CANADA
Kyshera – UNITED KINGDOM
Laurent Bourque – CANADA
Live on Brighton – CANADA
Lovely Billbots – CANADA
Makeshift Innocence – CANADA
Maneli Jamal – CANADA
Matt Groopie and the Bandits – CANADA
Midnight Romeo – CANADA
Midori & Ezra Boy – USA
Mister Loveless – USA
Molly Sweeney – CANADA
Motel English – CANADA
Murdering Tripping Blues – PORTUGAL
Noone – FRANCE
Orelha Negra – PORTUGAL
Our Mountain – AUSTRALIA
Paint – CANADA
Paula Perri – CANADA
Peixe : Aviao – PORTUGAL
Prime Ministers – ECUADOR
Rob Moir – CANADA
Sam Lewis – UNITED KINGDOM
Sandmand Viper Command – CANADA
Sapient – USA
Sara Lowes – UNITED KINGDOM
Sarah Solovay – USA
Silverclub – UNITED KINGDOM
Sisterland – UNITED KINGDOM
Slow Motion Victory – CANADA
Telecraze – IRAN
The Archives – CANADA
The Balconies – CANADA
The Broadys – CANADA
The Chemist – AUSTRALIA
The Cobrahawks – CANADA
The Murder Plans – CANADA
The Nearly Deads – USA
The Roseville Band – UNITED KINGDOM
The Tudors – CANADA
Threads of Scarlet – BARBADOS
Underground Fly – POLAND
Voltaire Twins – AUSTRALIA

 

Want to get on the list? Your only way is to submit. Enter your band now.

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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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For Canadian Music Week information, please contact:
Bessie Bullard – Communications Director
T: 905.858.4747 E: bessie@cmw.net

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Veteran Q107 personality and longtime Toronto radio announcer John Derringer will join the ranks of Canada’s broadcasting elite in the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 22, 2012.  Derringer will be honoured with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding success in broadcasting. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala being held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel as part of Canadian Music Week’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

“John Derringer has been a mainstay of Toronto radio longer than Canadian Music Week has existed,” says Canadian Music Week President Neill Dixon. “Few have commanded the loyal listenership that he has and continues to build. His ability to connect with an audience along with his sharp sense of humour and community spirit make him one of Canada’s most loved and respected broadcasters. And for that, we commend him and welcome him to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.”

“I am honoured to receive the Allan Waters Lifetime Achievement Award from Canadian Music Week. It’s been a fun ride for the last 30-odd years and I’m thrilled to enter a Hall of Fame for which I don’t have to pay admission,” remarks Derringer.

Although he originally started in 1979 as an operator for Jim Brady and Mike Cooper at Toronto’s CFTR (then a strong Top 40 rival to 1050 CHUM) it wasn’t until 1984 that John Derringer’s career officially launched with the afternoon drive slot at Classic Rock Q107. Here, he was recognized with his first of ten “Personality of the Year” awards by Canadian Music Week’s Industry Awards and hosted the popular and first of its kind “Six O’Clock Rock Report” – a show that gave rise to many Canadian and International artists.

Almost a decade later, Derringer found himself in the coveted radio slot, hosting the morning show at CHOM FM in Montreal and soon after The Fan – Canada’s first all-sports radio station – working alongside personal idol and sports media legend Pat Marsden.

Today, John Derringer is home at Q107 with “Derringer in the Morning” where he has cemented his reputation as a dominant force in Toronto morning radio for the past 12 years.

As a broadcaster, Derringer has served as an inspiration for many young broadcasters, influencing careers from coast to coast.  As a spokesperson for the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, he has raised over $5 million through the annual Derringer’s 13 Days of Christmas fundraiser. His charitable work has contributed to the success of several fundraising initiatives including North York General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Camp Oochigeas, and Autism Speaks.

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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