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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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Last Updated on Tuesday, 6 October 2015 12:06
J. Robert Wood Announced as 2016 Recipient of Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award
 
TORONTO, ON – (September 30) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce J. Robert Wood as the 2016 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. An innovator and veteran of the industry for more than five decades, Wood will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon beingpresented by Bell Media, on Friday, May 6, 2016 at theSheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

J. Robert Wood is a radio broadcast management consultant with more than 40 years experience in programming, operations, management, large-scale project development, network expansion, government lobbying and fund-raising. Born in Teulon, Manitoba, Wood began his career as an on-air deejay at CKSA in Lloydminster before moving to CKOM Saskatoon, CKY in Winnipeg and CHLO in St. Thomas. Following a successful tenure as program director of CHLO, he moved to CHUM in 1968 where he served as Program Director of CHUM, National Program Director of CHUM Group stations across Canada, and Manager of CHUM and CHUM-FM in Toronto.

“Bob Wood came to CHUM in 1968. Over the next ten years or so, he, and maybe the greatest radio staff ever put together, created magic on 1050 CHUM! Bob was imaginative, creative and a great leader”, said former CHUM Chairman Jim Waters. “His winning the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award is Iong overdue!”

Wood left CHUM in the mid-1980s to apply for a Toronto radio license; he went on to pursue broadcast management consulting, fund-raising and government lobbying activities. From 2000 to 2010, he helped launch the Aboriginal Voices Radio network (AVR), for which he raised more than $15 million.

“I feel very honoured to be selected for this Award and am grateful to accept it on behalf of the many talented men and women at CHUM whose hard work, dedication and creative brilliance enabled us to create one of broadcasting’s great radio stations,” said Wood.

Wood was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in May of 1978 by RPM Magazine. The former radio editor of Billboard Magazine, Claude Hall, ranked Wood as number 12 on his list of the 15 best Top 40 program directors in North America in 2012. In choosing Wood, Hall said, “Robert Wood was Canadian radio.”

An innovator and entrepreneur, Wood initiated a number of projects in the early days of Canadian content regulations to help promote the development of Canadian music, including the Maple Leaf Music Network (10 stations across Canada agreeing to play the consensus choice of three new Canadian records per week), the CHUM Free Ad Plan (providing free commercials for newly released songs by Canadian artists) and the CHUM Report (a weekly report he wrote which was distributed to radio and record companies to help promote new up-and-coming Canadian music and improve the relationship between radio and record people at the time.)

Wood has served on various industry committees including CAPAC, the CAB and the United Way’s media unit and has played a pivotal role in the launch of FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record.) He has helped many broadcasters over the years, including the launch and advancement of the careers of many young broadcasters and has helped more senior broadcasters survive the difficulties visited upon them due to ill health.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:12

Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media introduced Canada to CraveTV, the company’s next-generation subscription on-demand video streaming service launching Thursday, Dec. 11. Costing about as much as a latte, CraveTV brings simplicity, ubiquity, accessibility, and premium content to Canadian TV lovers at an unbeatable value.

With a singular focus on delivering the best TV content of yesterday and today, CraveTV is designed to complement Canada’s current TV offerings as an additive service featuring exclusive, premium programming, all at an affordable price.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 4 December 2014 12:09

Once the clock strikes midnight on Nov. 28, we can officially wrap the turkey in tin foil and break out the Christmas music without judgment.

In this holiday playlist, there’s a little mix of Bing Crosby, ‘N Sync and Sufjan Stevens to remind us that Christmas music isn’t only songs from the 1950s.

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:35

TORONTO, ON – (October 30, 2014) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce John Cassaday as the 2015 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Cassaday will be honoured at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

John Cassaday has enjoyed a decorated career in the broadcast industry for 25 years. As the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc., he has piloted the company to a leadership position in radio, specialty television and content creation in Canada.  Corus’ diverse portfolio of assets encompass more than 20 television properties including YTV, TELETOON, W Network, CMT and HBO Canada; Nelvana, one of the world’s leading producers of animated programming and related products; Kids Can Press, Canada’s largest children’s publisher; ToonBoom, an Emmy® award-winning animation software company; and 39 radio stations in eight out of the top 10 Canadian markets.

“John Cassaday is a true trailblazer in the broadcast industry,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “From television to radio, he has influenced several generations of industry professionals and advanced Canada’s media landscape. He is fully deserving of his place in the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.”

Cassaday’s foresight and strategic agility have driven exceptional growth and success. Under his leadership, Corus has vitalized Canada’s media and entertainment industry, through the acquisition, development and delivery of great Canadian content, as well as the investment of millions of dollars in original Canadian productions. Through Corus’ talent initiatives, it has encouraged and recognized some of Canada’s best emerging artists. Embracing the digital sphere, Corus was the first Canadian broadcaster to feature an iPhone streaming application and the first to offer Apple iTunes integration through its radio station websites. The company’s headquarters, Corus Quay, has gained recognition as one of the most technologically advanced media and broadcast centres in the world.

Before the launch of Corus, Cassaday was President of CTV Television Network. Under his leadership, CTV invested heavily in news with new talent, the opening of additional news bureaus and an innovative new set design. This resulted in strong ratings increases driven by audience growth in news and special event programming, which included the successful carriage of two Olympic Games. Cassaday also held senior management positions at Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the U.K. where he became well known for his marketing acumen.

John Cassaday is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. His commitment to Canadian broadcasting has been recognized with the Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence, a top honour by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. He was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends in 2006 and received the Gold Medal from the Association of Canadian Advertisers in 2004. During his tenure, Corus has been honoured for its excellence in investor relations, its corporate culture and its commitment to diversity. Notable recognition includes Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 Canadian Brands.

Under Cassaday’s leadership, Corus has also supported educational institutions across Canada including establishing the Chair in Women in Management at Ivey School of Business, Western University, and the Chair in Communications Strategy at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

A strong believer in giving back to the community, Cassaday has been instrumental in raising awareness and funds for numerous charitable causes, through corporate fundraising initiatives as well as his own personal commitments. In addition to championing Corus’ corporate giving strategy, Corus Feeds Kids, he served as Chair of the United Way campaign for Metro Toronto in 1995, and has also co-chaired successful fundraising campaigns for St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and Rotman School of Management.

Cassaday sits on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial, Sysco Corporation and Irving Oil Limited. He is a member and Director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Masonite International Corporation, J. M. Schneider Corporation, Canadian Airlines and Loblaw Companies Limited and on the Advisory Boards of Nestle Canada and IBM Canada. John was the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Rotman School of Management and Chair of the Board of St. Michaels Hospital from 2004 to 2006.

John holds an M.B.A. (Dean’s List) from the Rotman School of Management, and was honoured in 1998 as their most Distinguished Alumni. He has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

To attend the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards or for additional details, visit the Canadian Music Week website: www.cmw.net.

About Canadian Music Week
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 three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival, CMW spans a ten-day period from May 1 to May 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

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https://twitter.com/CMW_Week

https://www.facebook.com/canadianmusicweek

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

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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 01:35

TORONTO, ON – (October 28, 2014) - Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Don Shafer as the 2015 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. An innovator and veteran of the industry for more than five decades, Shafer will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon being presented by Bell Media, on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

“I am both humbled and honoured to be the recipient of this award and be in the company of so many good friends, mentors and colleagues,” said Shafer.

A broadcaster, entrepreneur and community activist, Don Shafer has dedicated more than 50 years to the broadcasting industry, earning respect and recognition for his strategic ability to turn around radio stations, revive their image, restore their profitability and make a difference in their local communities. Working both on and off the air, he has collaborated with many of Canada’s best broadcasters developing legendary brands such as CHOM FM, CHUM FM, The Fox, Rock 101, SUN FM and Q107.

“Don spent some great years with us at CHUM and is highly respected throughout the Canadian broadcast industry,” said former CHUM Chairman Jim Waters. “Shafe is a most deserving recipient of the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Shafer has been at the helm of various broadcasting properties including the TorStar Media Group where he helped create Toronto Star TV – a direct response TV enterprise – and developed the company’s television production facilities to extend the Toronto Star newspaper brand into television.  He was one of the primary drivers of the successful transition of Standard/Astral/Bell Media’s radio and television properties in the BC interior. A true visionary, Shafer was a proponent and one of the early supporters of webcasting and programming over the Internet.

Under contract with the Jim Pattison Broadcasting Group in Winnipeg, Shafer assisted with the acquisition of QX104 and FAB 94 before engaging in his latest project “Roundhouse Radio”. As President and CEO of the station, along with his team and an independent B.C. ownership group, Shafer will be launching a new “urban” talk radio station in Vancouver in early 2015.

Don is an active member in the broadcasting community and has served on a number of boards and committees including the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Radio Marketing Bureau, Television Marketing Bureau, the Small Market Independent Television Group, the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters and FACTOR and is a past President of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters.

Don is a community activist and a strong supporter of local community organizations. He has served on the boards of Variety Club International in Vancouver and Toronto, The Canadian Culinary Championships and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. He is presently working with PFLAG and Qmunity Vancouver, the Canadian Red Cross, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the BC Chiefs of Police Association.

To attend the Canadian Radio Music Awards or for additional details, visit the Canadian Music Week website: www.cmw.net.

About Bell Media Radio
Bell Media Radio is Canada’s top ranked radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada, including Virgin Radio, Canada’s #1 ranked contemporary hit radio network, along with top brands TSN, CHUM FM, and QMFM. Recognizing the diversity of each market it serves, Bell Media Radio has a strong reputation for providing exemplary service to these communities and is a leader in innovative programming. In addition to music, news, weather, and sports, listeners also tune-in for information on local politics, events, entertainment, and other community issues. Across Canada, Bell Media Radio is the largest radio provider and is ranked first in people reached and hours tuned. 

About Canadian Music Week
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 three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival, CMW spans a ten-day period from May 1 to May 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

LINKS
http://cmw.net/
https://twitter.com/CMW_Week
https://www.facebook.com/canadianmusicweek

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

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 06:09