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Canadian Music Week 2016

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The Canadian Music Week 2016 was held from May 2 to 8, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario and attracted participants from the music, interactive and broadcasting industries from around the globe.  CMW is Canada’s largest annual event dedicated to the celebration and promotion of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries.  It consisted of three information-intensive conferences,  a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; five awards shows ;namely, the Indies Awards, the Crystal Awards, the Canadian Music Industry Gala Awards, the Canadian Live Music Awards and the Canadian Radio Music Awards.

According to organizers, over 120,000 fans were in attendance at this year’s festival, with over 2,900 delegates taking part in panels and networking activities, and 30 participating countries from across the globe. There were 833 artists showcased in over 40 venues, 499 speakers and 480 engaged journalists attended the festivities.  The Music Cities Summit was introduced this year with great success.  Another first was the Live Music Industry Awards in partnership with the International Festival Network (IFN) and Music Canada Live, the trade association for the live music sector. The awards honoured the achievements of artists and individuals involved in producing live musical events.

Music Cities Summit:

This year’s conference saw the introduction of the Music Cities Summit. This joint event by Music Canada, IFPI, and Canadian Music Week saw global city planners and music industry take part in sessions that discussed the economic and esoteric value of the musical creative community in “The Mastering of a Music City”.

Digital Media Summit:

The Digital Media Summit provided compelling conversations with 27 speakers including keynote speaker,  host and author Jeffrey Hayzlett who expanded on the ideas he present in his book, Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless, a take-no-prisoners, no-BS attitude adjustment for entrepreneurs. Other sessions included visionary strategist and Marketing Zen Group founder Sham Hyder discussing her best practices for capturing the Millennial market and “Master of Surreality” John Textor (Executive Chairman, Pulse Evolution Corporation) speaking about his work in virtual reality. The one-day conference was filled with panels and presentations, and opportunities for delegates to network between talks.

International Festival Network and Sync Summit:

Delegates meet face to face with some of the world’s top music supervisors and leading festival coordinators, concert promoters and talent buyers.  According to organizers, 23 Music Supervisors attended the Sync Summit from LA, Toronto and the UK, and more than 40 festival representatives from across the globe travelled to this the IFN. Attendees included Glastonbury and The Great Escape Co-Founder and Creative Director Martin Elbourne, Folk Alliance International Executive Director Aengus Finnan, and Maurin Auxemery, artistic programmer for Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

Radio Interactive Conference:

The Canadian Traffic Network and Global Alert Network held the Radio Interactive Conference.  Various speakers delivered keynotes on the state and future of broadcasting as well as secrets for increasing market. Featured speakers included Daniel Glass, founder and president of Glassnote Entertainment Group. Industry veteran and innovator J. Robert Wood won the 2016 recipient of the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award.

Social Music Conference:

The one-day Social Music Conference focused on how people access music on the Internet and brought together artists, executives, broadcasters, and industry leaders to share their collective knowledge and discover opportunities to exploit digital channels and outlets for commercial and cultural gain.

Music Conference:

Export Market Component:

CMW welcomed international artists and key industry players from around the world with 40 participating countries. This year, the spotlight shined on the United Kingdom, with a special focus on Ireland. U.K. delegates brought their most exciting artists to Toronto through music showcases and International Marketplace conference events. This year’s event saw a number of UK artists participate such as Holly Macve, NINA, Throwing Shade, and Tusk.

The International Marketplace:

The International Marketplace played home to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the USA and hosted more than 1,000 one-on-one dedicated matchmaking meetings for Canadians with members of the delegations from Australia, New Zealand and North Korea.

The Awards are always a key part of the Festival:

I Crystal Awards:

The Crystal Awards were held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Sheraton Centre and honoured the best radio commercials.  It was as usual a colourful, event with wit, wisdom and creative energy.  The Crystals are an industry barometer of the who’s hot in radio.

The PLATINUM,  BEST IN SHOW award was won by YWCA - That’s No Joke / Change The Tune / Not A Game - Created by Terry Drummond, Alan Madill, Barry Quinn, Erin Kawalecki, Janice Bisson & Wendi Hamilton of Juniper Park \ TBWA.

II Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala:

Andy Kim:

Andy Kim “rocked us gently” and was inducted into the Hall Of Fame and honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday May 5, 2016. “Andy Kim’s contributions to the Canadian and international music community are truly remarkable in his 50+ year career. As a former recipient of the Indie Award for Favorite Solo Artist during Canadian Music Week, we are so proud to have him as part of the CMW alumni and are thrilled at his induction into the Hall of Fame”, said CMW President Neill Dixon.  Andy Kim penned and recorded classic hits such as “How’d We Ever Get This Way?”, the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits, and #1 songs like “Rock Me Gently” and the Archie’s “Sugar, Sugar”, one of Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time.”
“The moment I heard the news I realized this voyage I’m on still surprises. I’m humbled and honoured to be recognized in the same breath as my great peers and friends in the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame,” says Andy Kim. “Thank you to Neill Dixon and everyone at Canadian Music Week for continuing to keep music alive.”  Andy Kim has sold over 30 million records - his songs have been sung by music history’s greats such as Wilson Pickett, Tom Jones, Ike & Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and Bob Marle.  He was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

Nelly Furtado:

Nelly Furtado won the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award which is bestowed to outstanding Canadian artists, is in recognition of their contributions to social activism and support of humanitarian causes.  She was given this award because of her extensive work with Free The Children and participation in We Day,  “I am greatly honored to be recognized by the Slaight Family with this award and thrilled to join the ranks of a list of musical peers whom I greatly admire,” said Furtado.

André Menard and Alain Simard:

André Menard and Alain Simard were inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame “The immense impact that André and Alain have had on our countries musical landscape is immeasurable. We are thrilled to honour them both into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame this Spring.” says Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week.” It’s incredible to have been part of our music scene for all these years. In our daily work, drawing inspiration from artists’ creativity and people’s enthusiasm towards what you are producing in your job is a rare fate.  Plain amazing to be recognized by your peers for this!”  said André Menard and Alain Simard

Rob Steele:

Rob Steele was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.  He was honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting: “In the decade or more that Canadian Music Week has worked closely with Newcap, we have taken great pride in watching them grow from a regional broadcaster with holdings on the east coast and northern Ontario, to a truly national operator, with stations from coast to coast. Steele, as head of the operation, has been an integral part in both their physical and corporate growth, and has led the way in their acknowledged leadership in talent development and forward thinking broadcasting. We are honoured to recognize him as this year’s recipient of this prestigious award.” said CMW President Neill Dixon.  “I consider myself truly fortunate to be surrounded every day by the creativity, talent, and passion of the radio industry and the music business. We are in the business of creating entertainment, and that makes every day and every new challenge fun and exciting. We are an industry filled with vibrant personalities, visionary thinkers, and plenty of people who are willing to colour outside of the lines. Not every business has that! What we do is really special, and to be recognized for making a contribution to our industry is a tremendous honour” says Steele.

III 18th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards -  May 6

The Canadian Radio Music Awards were held May 6, 2016 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.  These awards celebrated the performers who have released some of the most played song on Canadian radio in the past year.  During the awards, the audience was entertained by fine performances   by The Strumbellas, Coleman Hell, Ria Mae, Cold Creek County, Scott Helman, and Jocelyn Alice.

Three additional non-voting awards were presented at the awards; namely,

The FACTOR Breakthrough Award, for top airplay for new FACTOR-supported artists, went to Leah Daniels

The Sennheiser Chart Topper Award for top overall airplay went to Shawn Mendes; and the

Heatseeker award went to The Strumbellas.











IV The Indies:

The Indies honoured some of Canada’s newest acts and featured standout performances by Wintersleep, The Strumbellas, and more. For a full list of winners click here: 

Check Back Next Year!

Music is Canada’s most successful entertainment industry - Canadian musical artists are successful worldwide and hence this is one of the most important festivals that Canada has!  The change in music due to the Internet and the rise of digital platforms and the payment models thereof dominated this exciting and interesting festival – so mark your calendar for next year’s Canadian Music Week and check back here for details!

© 2016 TorontoArtsandEvents Photos, Articles and layout.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Music
Start Date: 2016-05-02
End Date: 2016-05-08
Venue: Toronto Ontario Canada

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