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Canadian Music Week 2017

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The Canadian Music Week 2017 was held from April 18 to 23, 2017 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, the music festival,  a comedy festival and 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 had its second year with great success.  Also in its second year 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 and organizations involved in producing live musical events.

The Live Music Industry Awards:

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 second year 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 Age of Machines:
The Digital Media Summit provided compelling conversations with a multitude of experts.  The theme of this year’s digital conference was artificial intelligence and smart contract.  Canada organizations and the government are investing heavily in robots and artificial intelligence.  This session explored that the entertainment industry will be effect from automated marketing funnels to movie trailers and songs edited by computers.  Also of great interest and importance is the appearance of smart contracts - virtual agreements allowing machines to buy and trade digital content according to pre-established deals between buyers and vendors.  In this session, David Lametti, digital law professor and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was interviewed by Ethan Buchman, CTO at Tendermint and Eszter Biro, policy advisor at the Bitcoin Embassy.

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 with a view to increase trade among Canada, France and Italy.  This year the spotlight was on France and the focus was on Italy.

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.
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.
The Awards are always a key part of the Festival:

I Crystal Awards:

The 52nd Annual Crystals Radio Awards were held April 19, 2017 at LUMA & TIFF Theatre and is the Canadian advertising community’s night to network and celebrate 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 Best In Show PLATINUM CRYSTAL Award and   $10,000 GRAND PRIZE was won by:
La Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec
Created by
Luc Du Sault, Andrée-Anne Hallé, Nicolas Boisvert

II The Indies:  the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards

The 2017 INDIES were held on April 19, 2017 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto.  It was hosted by Indie88’s Josie Dye and Matt Hart.

A Tribe Called Red won album of the year; The Strumbellas won single of the year;  Kaytranada took artist of the year, and July Talk won group of the year.  54-40 rocked the crowd after being inducted into the Indies Hall of Fame.  Hollerado performed alongside Repartee who celebrated their Pop Group of the Year win with a fan-favourite show.

III Live Music Industry Awards:

Canadian Music Week 2017 and Music Canada Live held the second annual Live Music Industry Awards on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel to celebrate the best of the live music business sector.
As the music industry shifts focus from recordings to live performances, CMW expanded its Live Music Summit programming to two days, running April 19-20, 2017 as the music industry shifts its focus from recording to live performances:  “Last year the first-ever LMIA’s proved beyond a doubt that we have much to celebrate, by acknowledging lives’ incredible contributions to the industry.  This year, we continue shine a spotlight on this passionate and dedicated community – one that works tirelessly to put artists and fans together. This effort is at the heart of what Music Canada Live is about, and we are thrilled to co-present the second annual LMIA’s in 2017 with CMW on behalf of our members and Canada’s live music industry.”  Erin Benjamin, Executive Director, Music Canada Live

III Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala:

The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards (Industry Awards) took place April 20, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre Toronto. The Industry Award was hosted by Jessi Cruickshank who had the crowd in stitches with her saucy jokes and celebrated the best of the Canadian music and broadcast industries.


The buzz in the room was to celebrate Canada’s iconic group, RUSH.  As a band with over four decades of hits, Rush’s vast catalogue includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test For Echo, and 2002’s Vapor Trails.  They had a huge fan base and sold millions of records.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush received the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in recognition of the band’s contribution to a wide variety of worthy causes since the early 1970s. Rush received $40,000 CDN, which the band unanimously decided to direct the funds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook.

Marilyn Denis:

Marilyn Denis was awarded the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award.  She has been an award winning broadcasting icon and respected radio and television personality for more than four decades -  Ms.  Denis was honoured for her achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting which spanned more than four decades. This marks the first time that a female broadcaster received the prestigious award.

Jann Arden and 54*40 were also inducted to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame
The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards honoured industry from across Canada including: Kelowna’s 99.9 Sun FM for Best Radio Station (Small); Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star was awarded Best Music Journalist/Critic; Barry Stewart from Live 105/Hot Country 103.5 in Halifax for Best Music Directory (Secondary); and Toronto’s Sonic Boom for Best Independent Record Store.

IV 18th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards:

The Canadian Radio Music Awards were April 19, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel 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 Bleeker, James Barker Band, Jonathan Roy, Modern Space, Ruth B, and The Washboard Union.

Alessia Cara came out on top with three wins, while Ruth B, Justin Bieber and The Strumbellas snatched two awards each.  In a moving presentation, the late Gary Russell was inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame at the Canadian Radio Music Awards.

The Winners are:

The Canadian Radio Music Awards Winners: BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: HOT AC - Ruth B - Lost Boy
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: COUNTRY - James Barker Band - Lawn Chair Lazy
SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR - Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
FANS’ CHOICE - Alessia Cara

Canadian Music Week 2018:

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!

© 2017 TorontoArtsandEvents Photos, Articles and layout.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Music
Start Date: 2017-04-18
End Date: 2017-04-23
Venue: Toronto Ontario Canada

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