p href="http://cmw.net/radio/feed/" /> ref="http://cmw.net/radio/feed/atom/" />

   

Register

Sponsors

Sponsors


 

Media Partners

Speaker Submissions

Press Room


TORONTO, ON – (October 31, 2012) – Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Graham Henderson as the 2013 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.  An esteemed entertainment lawyer for 14 years, 5 year Senior Vice President at Universal Music Canada, and President of Music Canada for the past eight years, Graham Henderson stands at the forefront of advocacy for music and those who create it. On Thursday, March 21, 2013, he will be honoured amongst his peers at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala taking place at the Koolhaus in Toronto.

“If you looked up the definition of a member of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame you’d see Graham Henderson’s photo,” said Bernie Finkelstein, Founder of True North Records and The Finkelstein Management Company. “His brilliant and dogged work on bringing Canada’s antiquated copyright laws into the digital age alone merits this honour, to say nothing of his many years of service to so many Canadian artists and companies.”

“When Neill called to inform me that I had been singled out for this honour, I will confess that I was deeply honoured but also profoundly surprised,” says Henderson. “It is not often that those of us who labour in the background or on matters as abstract as policy and copyright are invited into the limelight.  I have been privileged to work with the most extraordinary people in my career which should be reward enough.  I got into this business with the idea of helping artists to find a path to their dreams.  Through them, I realized my own.”

In his role as President of Music Canada, Graham Henderson has operated as a principal influencer and change agent for policy development and the rebuilding of the marketplace for music. His stance on copyright and the protection of creators’ rights has earned him the support of his colleagues and contributed to the creative vitality of the music industry in Canada.

Representing the interests of major Canadian music companies, while fueled by an understanding of the interconnectedness of the creative community, Henderson has worked tenaciously to promote the cultural and economic value of music, successfully repositioning and rebranding the organization in 2011 from one focused largely on federal issues. He recently commissioned a “Tale of Two Cities”, comparing the music scenes in Toronto and Austin, to underscore the economic potential and power of the music cluster and the strength of music as a tourism and brand asset.

During his tenure as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Ecommerce at Universal Music Canada, Henderson was instrumental in the launch of Canada’s first legal digital music download service – Puretracks.com – while managing the label’s e-commerce strategy.

A lawyer since 1987, Henderson began his legal career at Canada’s largest law firm – McCarthy Tétrault – before founding his own practice and establishing it as one of the leading entertainment law boutiques in Canada. His clients included a veritable who’s who of Canadian music at the time – including 54-40, Crash Test Dummies, Loreena McKennitt, Alannah Myles, Pursuit of Happiness and Randy Bachman together with audio and video producers, songwriters, and various record labels such as True North, Somerset and Virgin.

Henderson has spoken on intellectual property issues in Canada and around the world and has lectured on its legal aspects at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. For 10 years, Henderson taught entertainment law at the University of Toronto, where he was an Adjunct Professor.

In addition to his position at Music Canada, he is currently the Copyright Rapporteur of the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property of the International Chamber of Commerce and serves as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Intellectual Property Council. Henderson is also Chairperson of the Re:Sound Board of Directors and a Board Member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Henderson has been married 24 years to Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, and is a devoted coach of his son Ed’s soccer team (which has won the championship for two consecutive years).

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.

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 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 spans a six-day period from March 19 to March 24, 2013 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

-30-

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CMW_FEST
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/canadianmusicweek
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/canadianmusicweek

Download high res photo:

More
Posted under Awards, Press Room, Spotlight  |  Comments  No Comments
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 02:38

TORONTO, ON – (October 23, 2012) – Canadian Music Week is proud to announce John Donabie as the 2013 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. A 47-year veteran of the Canadian airwaves, Donabie 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 Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Koolhaus in Toronto.

“John Donabie has given so much and has been so supportive of the Canadian music industry that he should be welcomed into the Hall of Fame with open arms,” said former CHUM Chairman, Jim Waters. “I am proud to call John a friend and I am pleased to honour his distinguished broadcasting career with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“I am deeply honoured to be receiving the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award from Canadian Music Week,” said John Donabie.  “I had the honour of working for Mr. Waters for eight of my 47-year career at CHUM-FM.”

John Donabie’s voice first boomed across Toronto-area airwaves from CKLB in Oshawa in 1965. Within 18 months he found himself in Canada’s number one radio market, first working for Foster Hewitt at CKFH then Bob Laine at CHUM-FM. It was here at CHUM-FM that John crafted his art of interviewing – a skill that would later coin him a musicologist and find him chatting with the likes of B.B. King, ZZ Top, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Meatloaf, Van Halen, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, and the late John Lennon.

Instrumental in the launch of Q107 in Toronto, Donabie brought the station instant credibility through his extensive music knowledge and interviewing skills. A 15-year stint with talk radio frontrunner CFRB reinforced his radio career and reputation as one of the country’s best communicators and most relatable voices on-air.

A consummate broadcaster, Donabie hosted the CBC television network series “Afternoon Delight” and has contributed to CTV’s “Canada AM” as well as CBC Radio’s “Morningside”. He had the distinct honour of hosting the John Lennon memorial service at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, whom Donabie had interviewed twice before. He has also taught “The History of Popular Music” at Seneca College where he continues to lecture, as well as Humber College.

Today, after a stretch with Jazz-FM in Toronto, Donabie is concentrating on voice work and as a self-described techie, is keeping savvy in social media.

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.

 

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 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 spans a six-day period from March 19 to March 24, 2013 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

-30-

For Canadian Music Week information, please contact:

Bessie Bullard – Communications Director

T: 905.858.4747 E: bessie@cmw.net

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CMW_FEST

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/canadianmusicweek

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/canadianmusicweek

 

Download high res photo:

 

[retweet]

[facebook][/facebook]

More
Posted under Awards, Press Room, Spotlight  |  Comments  No Comments
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 02:38

TORONTO, ON – (October 18, 2012) – Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Montreal band Simple Plan as the 2013 recipients of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The award – bestowed to the band in recognition of their global fundraising efforts and dedication to youth welfare, both individually and through the Simple Plan Foundation – will be presented at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Koolhaus in Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Week 2013.

“Simple Plan’s worldwide success is a testament to their spirit and tenacity as one of this country’s best and brightest bands,” commented Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications. “These five guys from Montreal are truly inspiring with their dedication to give back to youth struggling with adulthood and youth living with illness. The creation of the Simple Plan Foundation very early in their career is a reflection of the connection they have with their audience and the world their fans live in. My father and I are delighted to present them with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award.”

Members of Simple Plan – Pierre Bouvier, Jeff Stinco, Sebastien Lefebvre, David Desrosiers and Chuck Comeau – launched the Simple Plan Foundation in December 2005 as a means to give back to their community. Aware of the problems and struggles faced by teenagers, both through the connection to their fans and personal experiences, they believed the power of music could work as a tool in recovery, coping and helping to find a passion in life.

Since its auspicious beginning, the Simple Plan Foundation has assisted both young people in need and children facing life-threatening illness, raising and donating over $1 million to various youth-focused charities in Canada and around the world. Among them are Dans la rue, an organization that provides an innovative music program as a therapeutic tool for impoverished young people; CN’s Miracle Match program supporting pediatric care; Make-a-Wish and Children’s Wish Foundations, two organizations dedicated to bringing hope and joy to terminally ill children and teens; Le Garde-Manger Pour Tous, an organization promoting healthy feeding habits for the underprivileged; Leucan, offering support and accompaniment toward children with cancer and their families; as well as War Child Canada, Kids Help Phone, Fondation Portage, Fondation Les Auberges du Coeur, The Lighthouse – Children and Families, St-Justine Hospital, GRIS, The Montréal Children’s Hospital and many more.

Aside from the Foundation, the band itself actively participates in numerous projects and initiatives, including Canadian relief efforts for Haiti, South East Asia and Japan; awareness campaigns for MADD (Mothers Against Drinking and Driving), RAAD (The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety), and Éduc’alcool against drinking and driving; Live 8 in support of world poverty; youth empowerment events such as We Day; and more recently MTV Exit in Vietnam in a stand against exploitation and human trafficking. With Sennheiser, the band brought the concert experience to hearing impaired children across Canada. In an exceptional benefit concert with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Simple Plan raised more than $300,000 in support of the Foundation and educational activities of the OSM.

“We are honored to receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award,” said Simple Plan band member Chuck Comeau. “We have been very privileged to have the chance to live all of our dreams thanks to our band. We are extremely grateful to all of our fans who have been supporting us for the last ten years and who are the main inspiration behind the Simple Plan Foundation. The Foundation is our way to give back and help young people who might not have had the same opportunities as us. It has been one of the most rewarding experience of our lives and we look forward to continue what we started for the rest of our career.”

In efforts to sustain the foundation’s mission, Simple Plan continues to draw from their reputation, directing $1 from every concert ticket sold on their 2012 tour as well as every new SP Crew fan club membership to the Foundation. The iTunes release of the single “Save You” in October 2008 saw net proceeds from each download sale distributed to cancer charities around the world. Penned in tribute to Bouvier’s brother Jay, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer at the age of 28, the song was accompanied by a video featuring such cancer survivors as Sharon Osbourne and Barenaked Ladies’ Kevin Hearn. Earlier this year, Simple Plan partnered with Pro Hockey Life and Sher-Wood Hockey to create a limited edition Simple Plan hockey stick with all proceeds going back to the Simple Plan Foundation. Support to the Foundation is also recognized through a portion of proceeds from tour merchandise sales.

Most recently, members of Simple Plan and the Simple Plan Foundation announced their 5th benefit event, set to take place on November 18 at the Montreal Science Center as part of the Musik: From Sound to Emotion exhibition. Sale of tickets ($125 each) will go directly to support the Foundation while allowing fans and patrons the opportunity to meet the band, take part in an auction, and hear the band in an acoustic performance, all in celebration of their 10th anniversary.

While the connection to their fans has been felt by many lives around the world, it has also translated into a string of hits for Simple Plan, including “I’d Do Anything”, “Addicted”, “Perfect”, and “When I’m Gone”, as well as worldwide sales topping 7.5 million.  With the release of Get Your Heart On! – their fourth studio album – Simple Plan continues to gain worldwide recognition, reaching gold status in Canada and spawning additional international hits with “Jetlag” and “Summer Paradise”.  A testament to their outstanding popularity, the band has been voted Favourite Canadian Band, an unprecedented five times by viewers of the MuchMusic Video Awards. Additional accolades also include a 2012 NRJ Music Award, the 2006 JUNO Fan Choice Award, and a 2005 Teen Choice Award.

Simple Plan follows previous Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award recipients Gary Slaight, Tom Cochrane, Denise Donlon, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida.

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.

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 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 spans a six-day period from March 19 to March 24, 2013 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

-30-

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CMW_FEST
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/canadianmusicweek
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/canadianmusicweek

Download High Res Photo:

More
Posted under Awards, Press Room, Spotlight  |  Comments  No Comments
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 02:38

TORONTO, ON – (October 1st, 2012) – Their music spans nearly four decades and within them have generated some of rock’s most definitive hits, including 70s classics “Barracuda” and “Magic Man” to 80s chart-toppers “These Dreams” and “Alone”.  They have been lauded as two of the most influential female rockers and worshipped by critics and fans alike, selling over 35 million albums worldwide.  On Friday, March 22, 2013, famed sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, the pulse behind ground-breaking rock group Heart, will take the spotlight in a special in-depth conversation and intimate acoustic performance during Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll: A Celebrity Interview with Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) at Canadian Music Week 2013.

California born, Seattle bred sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson rose to fame in the 70s with their blend of raw rock n roll and fine-spun vocals followed by a series of Top 10 singles and huge arena tours in the 80s that continued into the 90s.  After a series of solo and side projects, Heart returned in 2010 to the Billboard Top 10 with the release of Red Velvet Car and a Top 5 DVD Night at Sky Church.  The subsequent tour – incredibly successful in Canada – reinvigorated the sisters’ taste for live performance and life on the road prompting a re-assessment of their career and renewed commitment to their music.

Now, in 2012, the sisters continue their legacy and footprint on America’s rock music landscape, releasing their first career-spanning box set Strange Euphoria in June and their first ever biography, Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll, available in stores now.  Co-written with Seattle rock scene expert and veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross (Nirvana’s Heavier Than Heaven, Jimi Hendrix’s Roomful of Mirrors), the book chronicles the journeys of their success – and sometimes excess – and tells the quintessential music story from a female perspective.

On October 2nd, on the heels of their book, Heart releases a brand new studio album, Fanatic.  A full-bodied American rock and roll record, it is brimming with the sisters’ signature guitars, poignant lyrics and progressive rock undertones.  In support of the album, Heart will return to Canada for a series of tour dates, launching in Penticton, BC on March 9, 2013 and ending in Montreal, QC on March 25 with a stop in Toronto on March 21 at Massey Hall as part of Canadian Music Fest.

For a rare look into the life of the songwriters, musicians, and leaders of one of our most beloved rock bands, visit the Canadian Music Week website – www.cmw.net – to register for your Canadian Music Week delegate pass.

Tickets for the Toronto concert at Massey Hall go on sale Friday, October 12th at 10:00am. Tickets will be available online at www.masseyhall.com, by phone at 416.872.4255, or in person at the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office (60 Simcoe Street).

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 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 spans a six-day period from March 19 to March 24, 2013 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and over 60 various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

-30-

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CMW_FEST
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/canadianmusicweek
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/canadianmusicweek

Download Approved High Res Image:

More
Posted under Conference, Press Room, Spotlight  |  Comments  No Comments
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 02:38

http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs076/1102788388109/img/460.png

In preparation for our Focus on Nordic Regions, CMW President Neill Dixon will be traveling to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland to identify industry leaders and market specialists to bring to Toronto. We will be stopping in Copenhagen (September 23-25), Oslo (September 25-27), Stockholm (September 27-29), and Tampere (October 18-21) to spread the word of Canadian Music Week and the Canadian music market overall.

Our findings will be shared at Canadian Music Week 2013 where some of these same contacts will be brought in to facilitate new opportunities for Canadian export.

Prior to our Nordic tour, we’ll be taking part in CIMA’s Pre-Reeperbahn Event in Berlin (September 18-19) as well as Reeperbahn itself in Hamburg (September 19-23) with a showcase at Canada House inside the Hörsaal venue (Spielbudenplatz 7) on Friday, September 21st, 8:00-10:00pm.

http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs076/1102788388109/img/492.png

http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs076/1102788388109/img/493.jpg

More
Posted under Press Room  |  Comments  No Comments
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 02:38

Canadian Music Week, in association with Astral Radio, is offering songwriters an in-depth look into the world of songwriting at the New Songwriters’ Workshops. Touring across Canada from September 29 to October 28, 2012, these intuitive clinics are designed to provide aspiring artists and songwriters with information, inspiration and an outlet for broadening their creative processes.

Dates and participating cities include:

  • Saturday, September 29
    Regina, SK | The Artful Dodger Café & Music Emporium
  • Sunday, September 30
    Winnipeg, MB | The West End Theatre
  • Saturday, October 13
    Toronto, ON | Metalworks Institute
  • Sunday, October 14
    Montreal, QC | Tanna Schulich Hall McGill
  • Monday, October 15
    Ottawa, ON | Bronson Centre
  • Thursday, October 18
    Edmonton, AB | Transalta Arts Barn
  • Saturday, October 20
    Calgary, AB | Axe Music
  • Sunday, October 21
    Vancouver, BC | Tom Lee Music Hall
  • Saturday, October 27
    Saint John, NB | Saint John Free Public Library
  • Sunday, October 28
    Halifax, NS | The Music Hall

Artists will have the opportunity to hear from top-selling and multiple-award winning songwriters – Arnold Lanni (“Clumsy”, “When I’m With You”), Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond, Black and The Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse), and James Black and Rick Jackett (Blackie Jackett Jr, Finger Eleven) – as well as industry specialists from music publishing, music supervision and radio programming, who will be on hand to lead the workshops, listen to demos and participate in a Q&A period. Attendees will find out first hand how to get their songs into hit TV shows, films, games and advertisements from top music supervisors – Natalia Romiszewski (Director of Music Strategy and Business Development, Man Made Music), Rebecca Rienks (Music Supervisor, E! Entertainment | NBC Universal), Barry Cole (President, Spot Music) and Dave Curtin (Partner / Creative Director, DeepMix) – learn the techniques to constructing a song, writing a hit lyric, as well as understand the role of SOCAN and revenue streams.

 

The New Songwriters’ Workshops are a preamble to the Radio Star National Talent Search (launching in October) and are part of Canadian Music Week’s ongoing initiative to develop Canadian emerging artists. Admission to the workshops is $40 in advance, with discounts available for members of SOCAN and the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC). Registration is limited to capacity and is open now to songwriters through the Radio Star website – www.radiostar.ca.

Additional details about the workshops, including times and confirmed presenters in each city can be accessed by visiting the Radio Star website or by listening to the following presenting stations:

Saint John, NB – 98.9 Big John FM
Halifax, NS – Q104
Montreal, QC – Virgin Radio 96 FM
Ottawa, ON – The Bear 106.9 FM
Toronto, ON – Virgin Radio 99.9 FM
Winnipeg, MB – 103.1Virgin Radio
Regina, SK – Big Dog 92.7 FM
Edmonton, AB – 100.3 The Bear
Calgary, AB – CJAY 92
Vancouver, BC – Virgin Radio 95.3 FM

The New Songwriters’ Workshops are made possible with the support of Astral Radio and partners Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), SAC, SOCAN, and Sennheiser.

More
Posted under Press Room  |  Comments  No Comments
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 02:38