Testimonials

Hear what people are saying about Canadian Music Week! "CMW 2015 showed once again that it is indeed one of the world’s leading music, social media, digital media, radio and copyright conferences and live showcases. This year, a stellar program of inspiring keynotes, together with a broad array of conference topics that touched on today’s key areas of professional and business concern, all made for a compelling event at the Sheraton Centre bringing great relevance to the hundreds of professionals that attended. CMW 2015 was also notable for its excellent atmosphere and the many break out sessions that allowed attendees to network at a significant and productive level. Plaudits must go to the organizers who brought strong innovation to the conference and also organized an amazing array of bands and artists performing in venues across Toronto showing how vigorous the live music aspect has become and also making CMW a perfect showcase for international and Canadian bands that made their way to Toronto for this important annual week. Also impressive was the attendance of some of the industry’s top executives including heads of major record labels and music publishing companies, radio networks and social media companies. This all combined to make CMW a must-attend event with real professional consequence.” – Ralph Simon, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – Mobilium Global Limited “I love CMW! Canada’s music scene seems more vital to me than ever before. As an LA based music supervisor CMW is a great opportunity to gain ground level perspective on the Canadian music scene and other parts of the World while catching up with my peers in the Canadian music business. Toronto is one of my favorite cities and an ideal home for an event as vibrant and relevant as CMW! The staff at CMW is super accommodating and supportive of my work as a music supervisor. CMW is up there with the best of the best! I plan on making myself available for future Canadian Music Weeks when called upon!" – Mike Turner, CH Music Investments LLC "CMW's Mentors Cafe was a positive blast. International speed dating at its finest, a great way to meet a bit of everyone/everything. Canadian Music Week keeps pushing the envelope in all the right ways!" – Adam Kreeft, The Agency Group Ltd "HUGE thank you to the CMW team who made our trip from Down Under well worthwhile! We had an absolute blast! We learned an insane amount as a band, and made a huge amount of connections. We'll be back to complete our journey in 2016!" – Tim Byles, Acting Manager/Bassist - Far Away Stables - AU "As an American music industry professional and educator, I love the heavy international presence and personal networking opportunities Canadian Music Week offers! My role as a host and mentor at the Mentors Café was especially rewarding - getting to share knowledge and experience with CMW attendees in an informal, one-on-one environment. I can’t wait for next year!” – Benom Plumb, Assistant Professor of Music Industry Studies – University of Colorado Denver "I had a great time at CMW this year. My event with Spike Lee was well run, well attended and very interesting. I'd be happy to work with them any time." – Richard Crouse, Film Critic/Radio and Television Broadcaster/Author “As always, CMW was a great forum for discussing music industry issues, making new industry connections and hearing plenty of new music. The show is professionally run and those who attend are serious about their endeavors. As usual, CMW was a great experience.” – Jim Tremayne, DJ Times "I would like to thank you for my invitation to Canadian Music Week. It was my first time in Canada and you guys made sure it was a memorable trip. As a conference organizer myself, I have the utmost respect for how you guys have build CMW in the past 30+ years. I can only hope that New Skool Rules will be this amazing in 24 years." – Henca Maduro, CEO - New Skool Rules "The 2015 edition of Canadian Music Week was the best I have attended to-date. The quality of speakers and depth of conversations were exciting and forward thinking. The venue was centrally located and spacious with numerous options for meetings, networking and spontaneous interactions. Kudos to the entire CMW team for another stellar year!" – Oscar Furtado, Director of Radio Promotions (Canada) – Tandemtracks Promotions / Royalty Records "Canada Music Week was such a treat. I was able to meet so many independent music makers and representatives I otherwise might not have heard about all the way in Los Angeles...and I really enjoyed myself!" – Jackie Shuman, Good Ear Music Supervision “CMW2015 was an enjoyable and highly-skilled conference that provided excellent opportunities to engage with the Canadian music community & industry at large. I welcome any opportunity to attend CMW again in the future and to progress the business relationships that were initiated at this event. Kia Ora & Arohanui.” – Dylan Pellett, Independent Music – NZ “CMW is important. It brings the industry together, and the word together will be key as we face challenges ahead.” – Mario Cecchini - Corus Media “CMW is a time of intense networking, excessive indulgence, great music, education, renewal and an inspiration to be innovative.” – Paul Morris, Music Director/DJ/Host – 97.7 HTZ-FM "I attended CMW for the first time and found that without moving more than a couple of feet, I met dozens of high level contacts with whom I expect to do business within the season. I expect to bring in up to five digits in revenue from attending CMW for three days. You can't argue with that." – Dmitri Vietze, CEO/Founder – rock paper scissors music tech PR "Canadian Music Week has proved, time and time again, it’s the only conference in this country that is a must-attend – it just might be one of the only ones that matters in the world. This year not only met, but exceeded all expectations in terms of panels, showcases and awards." – Eric Alper,Director of Media Relations, Licensing and Distribution – eOne Music Canada "CMW is one of the leading music conferences around the world. With the independence of its Canadian perspective, CMW continues to provide a platform for great debate of the key issues in our industry today. It's also a great chance to hear new young bands from all over the globe before they hit the UK or the US." – Jeremy Silver, Chairman - MusicGlue, Director - Mediaclarity “CMW's he Digital Media Summit brings together an extremely engaged audience that is eager to innovate." – Bob Gilbreath, Co-founder & President –Ahalogy, Official Pinterest Marketing Developer Partner "Canadian Music Week continues to be one of the world’s must go-to conferences where all music areas, social and digital, live, radio, IP, etc. are covered and everyone is in town to network with. – Rich Bengloff, President – American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM") “CMW 2015 was 10 days packed full of great new bands, insightful panels and brilliant people.” – Tom Clipson, EAT YOUR OWN EARS "CMW 2015 was a great opportunity to compare notes with Canadian Broadcasters. Discussing our experiences with the FM chip and NextRadio has been very gratifying. Besides, I love the opportunity to visit Toronto, one of the world's great cities!" – Jeff Smulyan, Founder and CEO – Emmis Communications "Radio Interactive at CMW is one of the highlights of my year – a positive, forward-looking event that's well-produced and a great place to explore what's next in radio and audio. If you're serious about radio, you can't miss it." – James Cridland, Radio Futurologist / Managing Editor – Mediainfo.com "CMW 2015 was one of the most enjoyable and productive music conferences I have attended. Footstoomp Music had seven Australian acts showcasing, all of whom have had nothing but positive feedback. Some great results exporting Australian bands and I have fallen in love with a few new Canadian artists that I hope to work with in Australia." – Graham Ashton, Footstomp Music - Director "What a pleasure to join such a well run, informative, and education packed Conference, that was run flawlessly and offered varying subjects. Thank you Neil and Danya." – Frank Liwall, The Royalty Network, Inc. "CMW is a fantastic conference and series of events. It is amazing to come and learn about the specific intricacies of the Canadian music business, and to meet new executives, artists and professionals. Every year, I learn new and valuable information, and get to meet new people that help push my business forward. I will be back again!" – Mike Fiebach, CEO – Fame House "It is so important for musicians to understand the industry where you are counting on earning a living and playing great music. CMW creates that place to reach people who can share both financially and creatively. Balancing financial and creative means a career over decades. Then one day you will cross over. CMW will be a place you share experience." – David B. Cooper, DIRECTtoFAN.com "CMW 2015 had a real positive energy, with excellent panels, lots of valuable networking, and some very well produced special events. I look forward to returning next year." – Stuart MacNaught, Co-President – AboutFest.com "CMW was a lot of fun this year! Met some great new contacts and my artists were exposed to new media and industry." – Eli Wener, HOAX Artist Management “I’ve been so fortunate––and honored––to be invited to Canadian Music Week two years in a row, and the experience has deeply affected me. The intelligence and passion for music and the people who make it, the high level of debate, and the much-needed healthy friction and discussion about music’s future in the 21st Century has found me more inspired and determined upon departing Toronto each of the last two years than when I arrived. Whether it’s in the panels themselves, or the impromptu meetings in the hallways, everyone is a participant and the feeling is that there are no spectators, anywhere. Am I allowed to be looking forward to next year already?" – Blake Morgan, Founder & CEO – ECR Music Group "I thoroughly enjoyed CMW in my first year attending. Great people and enthusiasm in a market that's really important for us. I look forward to returning next year." – David Porter, CEO & Founder – 8tracks "It is always a pleasure taking part in Canadian Music Week. It is a great networking opportunity with the leaders of our industry." – Joel Baskin, The Feldman Agency "CMW is one of my must attend Canadian events. The Radio Interactive Summit is an important gathering that brings together industry leaders to debate and discuss the future of radio. I always leave with a clearer focus for the year ahead." – Gavin McGarry, President – Jumpwire Media "I love coming to CMW. As a conference, it unites interesting music professionals from all over the world. As a festival it hosts a world class series of live shows in a beautiful city. What more could you ask for!" – James Sterling, BBC "CMW is a world-class event in a world-class city. From the music conference to the concert events, from the amazing staff to the speakers from all corners of the global music industry, CMW delivers meaningful experiences and value for attendees and participants alike." – Casey Rae, CEO – Future of Music Coalition "CMW is THE must-attend conference for the music & digital media businesses in Canada and North America. Everyone's there, everyone's making deals and, thankfully, everyone is discussing the real issues facing our industries today. If you value your time, you'll simply find more clever media people per square metre than just about anywhere else." – Justin Erdman, Media Tech Consultant, Former MD Canada @ Deezer "CMW is a beautiful, true music experience, not just a conference to discuss business issues, as the other music conferences have become. It brings together all of the players in Canadian music, and surrounds them with an environment of live music performances at easily accessible venues the likes of which we have not seen in the US in many years. Ultimately, our business is music, so if you can’t experience the music, why even talk about the business? Canadian Music Week gets it right." – Steven Masur, Partner – Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP “Being a speaker at CMW's 2015 conference was a rewarding and fruitful experience. I applaud the conference planners for being willing to take the risk I proposed with the panel title and being open to exploring a cutting edge idea, to bring a fresh approach to a discussion topic which is simultaneously mundane for some and also highly sensitive for others. Innovation is necessary in this changing industry and I found CMW to be willing collaborators - refreshing in a sometimes staid structure of music industry conferences.” – Lisa Patterson, Founder/Director – imaginit music "I was overly impressed with CMW 2015! It was filled to the brim with determined bands, singer songwriters, managers, agents, producers, music supervisors, and industry executives. It was three days of exciting, informative, and interactive panels as well as invaluable one-on-one mentoring sessions. Discussion topics ranged from music industry statistical analysis to FACTOR funding to sync licensing, A&R, Publishing and Social Media Initiatives to name just a few. The speakers were extremely knowledgeable and generous with their advice and opinions. It was smoothly run, well attended, and everyone I interacted with had nothing but good things to say! They were unanimously impressed, inspired and took home memories that will last forever and knowledge from which to build their careers by. SynchAudio and our representatives were proud to be a part of such a Globally recognized Music Conference and Festival. I'll be back to participate and celebrate in 2016!" – Farinoush Mostaghimi, Founder & CEO – SynchAudio “CMW 2015 is world-class festival with an impressive list of high-level attendees and intelligent programming.  CMW is now all the more enjoyable thanks to its move to a more civilized time of year!” - Susan de Cartier, President - Starfish Entertainment "With my first Canadian Music Week in 1995, it's been 20 years since my first CMW! It's incredible how CMW has kept as strong and relevant as ever. Year after year, CMW is able to attract top level industry reps from Canada and around the globe with 2015 being no different." - Sebastian Mair, President - Music Solutions Inc. "My thoughts on CMW in a single phrase? 'Excellence in music making and exploration'. Everywhere you turn, there's excellence in music, people, networking, events and venues - all world class. A brilliant scene to explore and profoundly expand one's career." - Clint Bajakian, VP of Development/Composer - Pyramind Studios "I thought it was the best organized CMW I’ve been to and I’ve been to a few.  Also really liked the new venue...Perfect for daytime stuff." - Martin Elbourne, Creative Director & Co-Founder - Glastonbury Festival "A world class event that you can’t miss!" - Christopher Andrews, Leader of Emerging Technologies - Visteon “An essential event for North American media professionals that I never miss.” - Fred Jacobs, President, Jacobs Media "First time at CMW all I can say it was a magnificent. Panels, hospitality, accommodation, showcases...My highlights were a Spike Lee interview, great Casa Loma castle dinner with CMW founders and Joey Bada$$ performance. Thanks Danya, Neil, D.O., Kathy and the rest of the team. Can't wait for 2016. Greetings from Croatia." - Phat Phillie, Promoter - Fresh Island Festival "We never forget our Canadian roots!  CMW is a great occasion to connect in the great music center of Toronto and get everyone on the team plugged into its strong network and thriving scene.” - Golnar Khosrowshahi, President - Reservoir