All Conference sessions will be hosted in a new location this year! Join us at our new Host venue: The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
Now in its 41st year, the Canadian Music Week Conference is still the premier annual music business and networking event in Canada and coming back in 2023 it’s in person live! We promise to deliver a world class experience in the Heart of Toronto once again.
This year we’re featuring a 3-day music summit covering all sectors of the industry. We’re excited to provide a platform for domestic and international delegates to exchange ideas, explore trends & make meetings connections. Explore the links provided below for an amazing array of live streaming sessions from industry pro’s about breakthroughs and insights into global challenges facing an ever-changing music landscape from last years online festival and summit.
REGISTRATION COUNTER HOURS:
Festival wristband pick up Only: June 5th & 6th from 4:00pm-7:00pm
Conference Delegate Badge Holders & Festival Wristband Pick Up:
Wednesday, June 7, 2023: 3:00pm – 7:00pm (Pre-Conference Check-in)
Thursday, June 8, 2023: 7:00am – 7:00pm
June 9, 2023: 7:00am – 6:00pm
June 10, 2023: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Westin Harbour Castle: 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario; inside the main hotel entrance through the revolving doors on the lobby level.
2023 CMW EXHIBITOR LOAD-IN
CMW Music Summit CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
(Interviewer: Joey Scoleri) Few music agents have the gleam of Marty Diamond, career architect for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Janelle Monáe, Lorde, Liam Gallagher and Sigur Ros. A celebrity shepherd of sorts, Diamond has 30 years of industry experience, from his first boutique agency to corporate organizations like Arista and Polygram, applying psychology, strategy and intuition to star careers. In this Fireside Chat with Joey Scoleri, Diamond will look back at his career, and share insights on how to ignite, nurture and maintain the flame of creativity and stardom for today’s artists.
(Interview By: Stefanie Purifiacti) Canadian Music Week will present a keynote interview with Debra Rathwell, the Executive Vice President of Global Touring and Talent at AEG Presents, which will cover her outstanding career including her work with megastars Carrie Underwood, John Mellencamp, and her role in the highest grossing tour of all time: the Elton John Farewell Tour. A native of Canada, Debra Rathwell is one of the most respected and admired professionals in the music industry, as well as being one of the highest-ranking female executives working on the live side of the business today. She was inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2020 and named Executive of the Week by Billboard in February 2023.
Thomas' contributions to the music industry extend far beyond his music supervision work. He has been twice nominated for Grammy awards for producing volumes 1 and 2 of the Six Feet Under soundtrack album and is responsible for producing four soundtrack albums for The Walking Dead, the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul soundtracks, and various remix projects for EMI-Capitol Records and MGM. He has also become known as an innovative club DJ spinning broadly eclectic music sets, often with live synchronized visuals, and his SYNCHRONIZE re-score project has been featured at various festivals.
Thomas made history by being a part of the nominations for the first Outstanding Music Supervisor Emmy Award for his work on Better Call Saul in 2017 and within that same year, he became the president of the Guild of Music Supervisors. He received subsequent nominations again in 2019, 2020, and 2022, and the Guild twice awarded Thomas with Best Music Supervision in a Television Drama for his work on Breaking Bad. Learn more about Thomas Golubić and his team at SuperMusicVision at: http://supermusicvision.com.
Senior Director, Music Insights and Industry Relations
Developed by Chuck D and his producing partner, Lorrie Boula, the series tells the story of hip hop as an organic expression of experience that was unapologetic, fierce and empowering as it spoke truth to power and informed a nation through a different lens.
1. What are the different royalty streams?
2. What do I need to do to ensure that I am collecting the money generated from my catalog?
3. How can I use my current work as leverage for the future of my career?
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Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada (GMSC) and Canadian Music Week (CMW) have once again partnered to present the 2023 Canadian Sync Awards!
Your admission includes one (1) drink ticket, as well as a selection of snacks.
5:45 pm-6:45 pm – Come meet everyone before the Awards begin! Reception held in ROOM PIERS 2/3.
6:45 pm-8:30 pm – Show time! AWARDS HELD IN HARBOUR BALLROOM B/C
Special Performances by: Preston Pablo, Adria Kain and Milk & Bone.
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Join the music supervision + sync community to celebrate excellence on June 8th! Featuring musical performances by some of Canada’s most exciting emerging talent, the Canadian Sync Awards brings together music supervisors, sync reps from record labels and music publishers, sync agents, managers, artists, songwriters and filmed media industry creatives to shine a light on the ever-expanding + significant role of the power of music across all forms of filmed media.
The craft of music supervision has grown into a significant creative position in productions around the world, and Canada is no exception. The Canadian Sync Awards is an intimate night of celebration and great fun.
The Canadian Sync Award categories are:
BEST SYNC - SOUNDTRACK, DRAMA TV SERIES
BEST SYNC - SOUNDTRACK, COMEDY TV SERIES
BEST SYNC - SOUNDTRACK, FEATURE or DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEST SYNC - SCENE, EPISODIC SERIES (Comedy or Drama)
BEST SYNC - SCENE, FEATURE or DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEST SYNC - SPORTS PROGRAM / SPORTS PROMO
BEST SYNC - COMMERCIAL / ADVERTISEMENT
BEST SYNC - SOUNDTRACK, TV MOVIE
BEST SYNC TEAM - SYNC AGENCY
BEST SYNC TEAM - INDIE RECORD LABEL
BEST SYNC TEAM - INDIE MUSIC PUBLISHER
BEST SYNC TEAM - MAJOR RECORD LABEL
BEST SYNC TEAM - MAJOR MUSIC PUBLISHER
SYNC ARTIST OR SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
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For any questions:
SOCIALS: Twitter: CdMusicSupGuild | Insta: guildofmusicsupervisorscanada
Production Manager, Event Producer, Artist Manager, Event Logistics
SOOKS Productions & Entertainment Services Inc.
Co-founder and President
Event Safety Alliance
Acting Manager, Production, City Cultural Events, Arts & Cultural Services
City of Toronto
Leader of Special Events Portfolio – Operations and Logistics Section
Office of Emergency Management at the City of Toronto
(Interviewer: Larry LeBlanc) Andreea Gleeson is the Chief Executive Officer of TuneCore, and a leading innovator in the music industry. Drawing on her years of experience as an eCommerce pioneer in the retail industry, she joined TuneCore in 2015 as a member of the senior leadership team and rose to CEO in 2021. Gleeson has helped build TuneCore into one of the most dynamic and innovative companies in the independent music space. Her passionate support of independent artists has driven the implementation of leading-edge product and technology solutions, artist education programs, Best-in-Class artist support and more, establishing TuneCore as the premier development partner for self-releasing artists. Andreea is also a fierce advocate for gender equality in the music industry, commissioning the annual study BE THE CHANGE: Gender Equality in the Music Industry to identify why independent female and gender expansive creators remain underrepresented in the music industry, raise awareness on their challenges and provide actionable insights into how to combat them. Since 2021, Andreea has been included in multiple Billboard Power Lists and in 2022, she was named International Woman of the Year at Music Week’s Women In Music event. Under her guidance as CEO, TuneCore was recently named the third most innovative company in the music industry by Fast Company and was included on Crain’s list of the Best Places to Work in New York.
DIRECTOR, RADIO PROMOTION
Warner Music Canada
National Music Promotions Manager
Surge 105.1 & Hot Country 103.5 // Acadia Broadcasting
National Music Director | Music Director/Assistant Program Director
VIRGIN Radio & MOVE Radio | CHUM 104.5
Music Director for Hot 899 & Today Radio
Corus Radio Toronto & Hamilton
Senior Director of National Promotions
Universal Music Canada
Ross On Radio
Music Director at boom97.3
Live Music Producer, Tom Jackson is a master at creating musical moments out of your songs. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Magic, Shawn Mendes and The Band Perry and many other A listers. In this session, watch Tom work with The 2023 Jim Beam National Talent Search winner to pull out their uniqueness and create moments. Learn concepts to apply to your own music and live show. A crash course in going from good to great onstage, this session is invaluable for any artist serious about their music career.
In concert with:
Live Music Producer, Author and Speaker
Tom Jackson's Onstage Success
CANADIAN LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS RETURN TO CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK JUNE 2023
Canadian Music Week (CMW), in partnership with the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA), are hosting the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards on June 9 from 5:30-7:30pm ET at the Toronto Westin Hotel as part of Canadian Music Week. Created by Canadian Music Week in partnership with the Canadian Live Music Association, the trade association for the live music sector, the Live Music Industry Awards are a highlight of CMW.
This awards show will mark the 7th year honouring the live music industry, bringing together the Canadians behind live music for a night of celebration and recognition.
Awards will celebrate the ingenuity, perseverance, and excellence demonstrated by live music companies, individuals, and organizations over the past year. Our 22 categories include Best Teamwork in a Venue, Productions Manager of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Legends of Live, and Community Impact. This year will also see the unveiling of our new award: Your Future Boss, honouring an outstanding young leader representing the bright future of the live music industry. See the full list here.
JOIN US AT THE 2023 CLMIAs
Tickets are available here and at the CMW website for $50CAD. *CLMA members in good standing enjoy a 35% discount on awards show tickets AND Canadian Music Week registration. Access your discount code by emailing email@example.com
Caitlin Stone Jasper
Partner & Head of Activism
Activist Artists Management
David ‘Click’ Cox
Founder/Director of BDRB
CLK Creative Works
Singer-Songwriter, Keynote Speaker and Facilitator
Founder & Chair Emeritus
Women in Music Canada
(Moderator: Julz Ossom) Can Afrobeats be authentically created locally throughout the diaspora regions? This panel of Afrobeats industry veterans and brand specialists will highlight the influence of social media in the growth of Afrobeats style; the art of Live Performance and its importance in the development of the movement. The conversation will conclude with a brain analysis on solutions to the challenges faced by the Afrobeats movement in achieving greater exposure, recognition and success.
SoundsUnite is a new product that will revolutionize Music Education, Creation, Collaboration, and Distribution in the global marketplace.
By targeting mobile, desktop and web, SoundsUnite will provide an end to end cloud solution for all musicians: from youth who are beginning to engage in music education through to professionals.
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Communication and Creative Lead (Zanzibar - Tanzania), SXM Festival (Sint Maarteen - The Caribbean) | Fabrika Festival (Tunisia)
Soundscapes | Program Consultant
Brahim El Mazned
Visa For Music
MTN Bushfire Festival
Talent Buyer/ Head of Talent
ATM (Artist Talent Management)/Delicious Festival
Stakeholder Relations Manager
Head of A&R & Marketing
Content Connect Africa and Gallo
Sarah Jane Nicholson
Africa Rising Music Conference
Vice-Chair of Development & Partnerships/Head of Publishing
Women in Music South Africa/Africori Music Group
Drawing from his extensive career and successful collaborations with renowned artists, Jones will discuss the key factors influencing the current urban music scene and explore the symbiotic relationship between artists, labels, and listeners. He will shed light on the evolving tastes and preferences of music consumers, as well as the innovative strategies employed by Atlantic Records to stay ahead of the curve.
Through compelling anecdotes and real-world examples, Jones will provide invaluable guidance to aspiring artists, producers, and industry professionals, highlighting the essential elements of a successful urban A&R strategy. From scouting talent to building artist development plans, he will address the importance of fostering creativity, staying adaptable, and embracing diversity to create groundbreaking music that resonates across cultures and generations.
Join Darrale Jones as he shares his passion for urban music, celebrates the power of artistic expression, and offers a visionary perspective on the future of urban A&R. This keynote speech promises to inspire and empower individuals within the music industry, encouraging them to embrace change, forge new paths, and play an integral role in shaping the soundscape of tomorrow.
Eptone Music Productions
Grammy, Billboard & Gold acclaimed American Songwriter and Music Producer
Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Mixer, Multi-instrumentalist, Artist and Juno award winning Recording Engineer
Joe D'Ambrosio Management, Inc. (JDMI)
Producer,Singer and Songwriter
Canadian Award-winning Producer and Songwriter
Board of Directors | Associate Director of Publisher Engagement and Strategy
Songwriters Association of Canada | CMRRA
Director of Strategy, Client Partnerships
Triple G Ventures
Chief Commercial Officer
Founder & CEO
CEO / Founder
ALLAN SLAIGHT HUMANATRIAN AWARD 2023 Recipient is Digging Roots
(Moderated by: Nicole Auger) The Indigenous music community is thriving artistically yet there is still immense room for growth and development in the Indigenous music industry with regards to supports, infrastructure, and mainstream cultural competencies. Systemic barriers, racism, and colonial structures continue to prevent the Indigenous music community's narrative sovereignty and full participation in the Canadian economy and culture.
This panel will discuss the critical importance of Indigenous stories and the developing administrative talent in the Indigenous-owned music industry in order to uplift, empower, and amplify Indigenous voices and nurture the future generations of artists and arts entrepreneurs.
Interdisciplinary Performing Artist
Lead of the Constellationz
Manager of Programming and Community Engagement
International Indigenous Music Summit
Raven Kanatakta Polson-Lahache
Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Film Scorer, Music Entrepreneur
JUNO Award-Winning Touring Artist
Topics covered in this panel: Sources of income: touring, product sales, different types of royalties.
Budgets: Key for a) personal life, b) tours, c) recording projects d) saving and investing. Results in cash flow smarts.
Business of copyright: exploitation, proper registration / licensing of songs, world of "publishing"
Investments: The Basics (GICs, ETFs and stocks)
Financial Planning: What can a plan tell you and when should you start?
Common Mistakes for New Investors: FOMO and a discussion of risk
Managing remittances for taxes: payroll or income tax instalments
Retirement planning: rrsps. tfsa. emergency savings.
Building your team to ensure financial health in all dealings: (bookkeeper, lawyer, accountant, business manager, career manager, agent etc.)
Board of Directors | Associate Director of Publisher Engagement and Strategy
Songwriters Association of Canada | CMRRA
Managing Director | Director of Admin
MoreMusicManagement | Six Shooter Records
D. Jae Gold
Gold Music Consultants
Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, and Author
Associate Advisor, Cross Wealth Management Group
RBC Dominion Securities
Company website: https://www.paquinentertainment.com/
Paquin Exhibitions & Theatrical Division, Paquin Entertainment Group
Music Industry & Client Services Manager
The Unison Fund
CEO, Economic Healer and Wealth Cnsultant
Holistic Optimal Wealth
Award-winning Singer/ Songwriter and Entrepreneur
RADAR Music Group/The Cliks
(KARDINAL OFFISHALL) Global A&R, Def Jam Records
In this captivating keynote interview, Kardinal Offishall, Global A&R at Def Jam Records, will take the audience on a journey through the transformative potential of cultural diversity in shaping the modern
music industry. With his unparalleled expertise and experience in scouting and developing global talent, Offishall will shed light on the immense power of embracing diverse voices, sounds, and perspectives.
After years of earning global respect as one of Canada’s most energetic and innovative emcees, Kardinal Offishall has been a staple in the global music scene. He has collaborated on hit records such as “
Beautiful” with Akon, “Just Dance” with Lady Gaga, Numba 1 with Rihanna and made history with his monster classic “Dangerous” which scorched to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, making him the first rapper from Canada to do so in history.
Offishall will passionately explore the profound importance of acknowledging and embracing the extraordinary musical expressions emerging from various corners of the globe. He will illuminate the pivotal
role that Global A&R plays in bridging cultural divides, nurturing cross-cultural collaborations, and amplifying the voices that have been historically underrepresented within the music industry.
Offishall's keynote speech will serve as an inspirational call to action for aspiring artists, music producers, and industry professionals to recognize the untapped potential within diverse communities.
He will emphasize the need for inclusivity, respect, and open-mindedness in curating music that reflects the rich tapestry of global cultures.
Def Jam Records
Managing Director | CEO
Dot Hip Hop, LLC | Digital Asset Monetary Network, Inc.
DLH Strategic Marketing
Co-CEO and Co-Founder
Co-Founder and CEO
JKBX | Jukebox
Regional Director of Business Development & Artist Relations
Born in Philadelphia at the dawn of hip-hop, DJ Drama, got ATL branded in his brain during a Southern family trip, with Outkast blasting from the car speakers. An aspiring DJ since his mid-teens, he enrolled at Clark Atlanta University, met his longtime partner Don Cannon, and became a local legend, playing school parties and clubs, and selling copious amounts of mixtapes to a fast-growing fandom.
It was the D.I.Y. birth of his iconic Gangsta Grillz series, since favoured by the likes of Jeezy and Lil Wayne.
In this highly-anticipated Keynote Interview with Canadian collaborator and admirer DJ Charlie B, DJ Drama talks about his years riding the wave of new sounds and artists, and the evolution of nightlife and the music industry through the first quarter of this century.
He’ll tell stories about some prize talent discoveries, like Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow, and where and how he found them.
We’re going to “go there” and get him to spill his top-three collaborators (from a ridiculously fame-filled list that includes Lil Wayne, T.I., Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Roscoe Dash, Post Malone, Young Thug and many more).
We’ll go deep to talk about the divide between being DJ Drama and being Tyree, which is the real artist and person? And what would he say to the ambitious young DJ Drama, knowing what he knows now?
And we’ll examine the chemistry between him, Don Cannon and Lake who’ve stuck together on GenerationNOW as friends and creators in an unforgiving, pressurized industry that takes its toll on relationships.
All this, and we’ll dare him to deny his Toronto love, given his history of rocking the city throughout the past decade. We may not be Atlanta, but he’ll have something to say about “The 6.”
Music Declares Emergency Canada (MDE Canada) is an independent group, created by artists, music industry professionals and organisations concerned at the lack of a cohesive, industry-wide response to the climate emergency. We believe in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to create a better future.
The star-studded anthem amplifies mental health conversation and empowers young people to feel out loud. The Music Industry Unites to Drive Meaningful Impact in Mental Health panel will bring together experts in the fields of mental health and music to discuss the correlation between music and mental health and how that can help unify and connect with people of all ages going through difficult times. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to: The relationship between music and mental health, How music and the arts are helping lift the stigma on mental health issues including over 50+ Canadian artists coming together to record an anthem for Kids Help Phone’s Feel Out Loud movement and historic fundraising campaign, finding and gaining access to resources, and tools to aid in mental health/self-care.
A must-attend for anyone in the music industry who wants to stay connected to their artistic passion and find fulfillment in their work.
The speakers - Dan Mackta Managing Director North America Qobuz, Alisha Outridge Chief Product and Technology Officer TuneCore, Richard Gottehrer Chief Creative Officer and Founder, The Orchard, and Roman Rappek Co-CEO,Ristband - will share their personal stories and experiences, highlighting moments that solidified their love of music and helped them stay connected to the art form that drove them to the business in the first place.
The audience will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with the panelists and gain valuable insights on how to maintain their love for music while pursuing a career in the industry.
Director of Licensing & Music Publishing Administration
MNRK Music Group
Founder/ Director of Licensing & Creative
Sorelle Sound Ltd.
Brooklyn Music Experience
Creative Sync & Licensing, Manager
Cadence Music Group
CYMBA Music Publishing