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CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK announces the next wave of artists for the 2017 edition of the festival. Newly added performers include double platinum rock icon MELISSA ETHERIDGE, Toronto’s indie-rock mainstays HOLLERADO, along with the city’s critically acclaimed rising stars CHARLOTTE DAY WILSONWEAVES and GREYS, Montreal’s electronic-punk outfit DUCHESS SAYS, and the new psychedelic-jazz collaboration from composer / producer Toro Y Moi, CHAZ BUNDICK MEETS MATTSON 2. The SiriusXM House will land at The Great Hall, packed with two nights of music including a special headlining set on Saturday with Canadian Country act HIGH VALLEY.
Please see below for full list of new additions and stay tuned for further updates. This year’s festival is set to take place April 18 – 23 at participating venues across downtown Toronto.

Next Wave of Artists:
Charlotte Day Wilson (*Co-presented with Live Nation, tickets available here).
Chaz Bundick Meets Mattson 2
Duchess Says
Freak Heat Waves
High Valley
Julia Jacklin
Madeline Merlo
Melissa Etheridge
River Town Saints

Ticket Info – Early bird pricing on CMW passes until January 26 here.

Nominations for the 2017 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards are now open.

The Awards annually celebrate Industry trailblazers and outstanding professionals. To be considered for the awards, companies are encouraged to submit their nominations online. The deadline for nomination submissions are January 31st, and you can submit nominations here.

The Industry Wide Voting Window Opens on Feb. 26 and runs to March 8. Nominees will be posted on the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards website to be voted on by the industry.

The awards will be held on April 20 at The Grand Ballroom of The Sheraton Centre in Toronto. A portion of the proceeds from awards night will be donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Canadian Music Week 2017 (CMW) and Music Canada Live announces the second annual Live Music Industry Awards. Join us on Wednesday, Apriil 19, 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 is pleased to expand its Live Music Summit programming to two days, running April 19-20, 2017 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

“The time has absolutely come for a comprehensive celebration of live music in this country,” says Music Canada Live Executive Director Erin Benjamin. “We are thrilled to collaborate with CMW – to highlight the important achievements of our members, and those working hard to put amazing talent in front of audiences across the country, from coast to coast to coast.”

Nominations now open, and you can go here to start the process.

Earlier this month, Canadian Music Week announced that the members of RUSH would be the 2017 recipients of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at Canadian Music Week in April. Part of this prestigious Humanitarian award includes $40,000 CDN made to the recipient’s charity of choice.

The members of Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart – have unanimously decided to direct the funds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook..

Rush says, “We are pleased to direct this generous donation from the Allan Slaight Humanitarian award to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook. Many Canadian families have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease. Through Gord’s courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserves. As a fellow musician and friend it’s our turn to help support his efforts to fight Brain Cancer now.”

“We are thrilled to learn Rush has made such a donation,” commented Dr. James Perry, head of neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research will help give us the tools we need to find ways to treat the untreatable. Right now we are investigating new drugs, surgical techniques and genetic therapies. We are using ultrasound to reach tumours that couldn’t be reached before. The funds so generously donated by RUSH will support us as we continue our pioneering work, to the benefit of brain cancer patients not only across Canada but around the world.”

To join Rush and make a personal donation to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook , go to www.sunnybrook.ca/gord

The Allan Slaight Humanitarian award will be presented at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday April 20, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom at the Toronto Sheraton Centre Hotel.

Earlier this month, Rush released a documentary from their recent R40 Tour,Rush Time Stand Still (Anthem/Ole/Universal). Narrated by Paul Rudd, the film documents the band and their 40 plus year relationship with their legions of loyal fans. The band’s seminal album, 2112, will mark it’s 40th anniversary with an extensive anniversary collection release on December 16th.


Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce RUSH – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart – as the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The multi-platinum trio will be honoured for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

“My father Allan Slaight believes that giving back to one’s community is something we should all strive to do and the members of Rush have made a point of this throughout their career, starting with a United Way benefit-concert at Maple Leaf Gardens in the early ’80s when Allan was Chair of the Campaign,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO Slaight Communications Inc. “In recent years, the group has raised money for food banks, Casey House, the Kidney Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, AIDS research; the list goes on. Alex, Geddy and Neil have been in my family’s rock’n’roll life since the early days when we started Q107 in the late 1970s, and it gives me real pleasure today to thank these three exemplary musicians, on behalf of the Slaight Family, in awarding them with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award. Good deeds deserve acknowledgement and this is one group that exemplifies the spirit of giving.”

“We are proud to be acknowledging Rush’s legacy with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award,” added Neill Dixon, President & CEO, Canadian Music Week. “We praise their spirit and determination in philanthropic and humanitarian causes, as their dedication to multiple charities and organizations is very inspirational. They have shown extraordinary support in social involvement and charitable causes, and we are excited to celebrate them at this year’s awards.”

Over the course of their four-decade-long career, the members of Rush have thrown their support behind a wide variety of worthy causes often privately and sometimes publicly. From their earliest shows at Toronto’s historic Maple Leaf Gardens, the band started working with the Toronto Food Bank to encourage fans to bring food for those in need. Eventually deciding to do their first charity concert at Maple Leaf Gardens to benefit the United Way in the early ’80s, and an amFAR show to benefit Aids Research in the early ’90s, engaging themselves and their fans in positive pursuits naturally became part of the Rush ethos.With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, they remain one of the most popular. According to the RIAA Rush’s sales statistics place them third for the most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In addition to their consistent commercial success, Rush has also been recognized with nine JUNO Awards and seven Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.” The group has remained unwaveringly committed and adventurous throughout their musical journey, and the same characteristics can be used to describe their charitable dedication.

As dedicated advocates of human rights, in 2008 Rush donated $100,000 from a Winnipeg concert’s gate to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. In the same year, on their Snakes & Arrows Tour, the band donated $100,000 from their show in New Orleans to Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to assist in the revitalization of the city post Hurricane Katrina, and sponsor the construction of a house in The Lower Ninth Ward dubbed “The House that Rush Built.”

From their 2010 Time Machine Tour onwards, Rush has donated $1 from every concert ticket sold to various charities including Doctors Without Borders, a total which willsoon surpass $2 million over these last five years. In 2013, the band performed an incredibly successful benefit concert at Red Deer’s Enmax Centrium with all proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross to help victims of the flooding that devastated many regions of southern Alberta. The event raised more than $575,000 and was one of the largest donations made to the Alberta Flood Relief.

Rush has also been a passionate supporter of Little Kids Rock, a national non-profit organization that works to restore and revitalize music education programs in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. In efforts to provide percussion instruments to schools, the group created a premium Neil Peart Paragon Cymbal Pack, each of which came with a free splash cymbal personalized, autographed and dated by the Rush drummer himself. This cause-based marketing initiative went on to raise over $50,000 for Little Kids Rock. Working with their endorsement companies, they have set up partnerships for their signature items which have seen many positive charitable efforts such as Neil Peart with DW, Sabian and ProMark, where one campaign raised over $60,000 for Child Advocates. Alex Lifeson has donated royalties from his signature Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess guitar to the Domenic Troiano Foundation for guitar music scholarships.

The band members have also donated their time, funds and awareness through their personal interests and events. An avid baseball fan, Geddy Lee donated close to 400 baseballs signed by former Negro League baseball players from his personal collection to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City in 2008. Alex Lifeson is a supporter of Casey House, as well The Kidney Foundation to which he donates his paintings that has led to almost $300,000 in funds raised. As part of their Brush For Hope campaign, Lifeson’s current painting, “Aquarium” is available for bids now until November 8th. During the band’s South American tour in 2010, Neil Peart was moved by the rescue of the trapped miners in Chile. When he wrote a story about his experiences touring in South America, he rallied Rush fans and his readers to make a $1 donation for his story. Neil matched their donations, and together they raised $10,000 for the Chilean Red Cross.

For more than 10 years, Geddy Lee has been an active board member for the Grapes for Humanity Canada charity, an organization that raises funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson co-host their bi-annual “Grapes Under Pressure” wine event supporting the local wine growing regions of Ontario. All three members of the band support this cause through their Grapes Under Pressure eBay auction of Rush memorabilia. These combined events have raised over $500,000 to date.

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. Rush released their 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels in 2012 via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. The critically acclaimed collection marks their first studio recording since 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, and debuted at #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard 200 matching the highest chart debut of the band’s career. Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. They have received a star on both Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (2010). Rush received the highest artistic honour in Canada by winning the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2012 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Later this month, the band will be releasing a documentary from their recent R40 Tour, Rush Time Stand Still (Anthem/Ole/Universal). Narrated by Paul Rudd, the film documents the band and their 40 plus year relationship with their legions of loyal fans. The film Time Stand Still will premiere on November 3rd in Cineplex/Landmark theatres across Canada and Fathom in the US, then be released on BluRay/DVD on November 18th.

For more information on the 2017 Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards, go to www.cmw.net. The award show will take place on April 20th, 2017 at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel.

Canadian Music Week have announced ex-NXNE Programmer Crispin Giles as their new Festival Manager. 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 three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival, CMW spans a five-day period from April 18 to 22, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, and in more than 50 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit here.

“We are delighted to have Crispin joining Canadian Music Week! His extensive live music background makes him the perfect candidate for the role of Festival Manager,” Says Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week.

As Director of Programming and Creative Director at North By Northeast (NXNE) from 2007-2015, Crispin Giles has extensive experience producing and programming large-scale events that garner international attention. Leading NXNE’s programming dept. through what are arguably the festival’s biggest growth years, Giles maintains a forward-thinking approach to festival programming building exciting opportunities with both emerging and world-class talent while curating live projects with global brands.

Always looking for creative methods of producing new work, upon leaving NXNE in 2015 Giles co-founded Endless City; a platform for presenting cultural events and collaborative programming initiatives that bridge a multitude of disciplines. In Sept. 2016 Endless City launched Toronto’s first annual FORMS Festival which addressed the current state of convergence in the creative sector and urbanism/city-building arenas.

Continuing to collaborate with progressive stakeholders in the creative community, Giles has been active as a contributing guest curator for Red Bull Sound Select Toronto, an invited speaker on the future of the Music City at the Pemberton Music Festival Summit and contributing programmer at Noise Pop 2015 in San Francisco and TEDxToronto 2016. Giles is also the founding member of international photography group Tiny Collective.

“CMW is a pivotal live and industry event in the busy Toronto market. I’m really excited to join the awesome team at the festival and be part of making the 2017 season a great success,” Says Crispin Giles.

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Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Marilyn Denis as the 2017 inductee to the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. Award winning broadcasting icon and respected radio and television personality for more than four decades, Denis will be honoured for her achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting. The induction is presented in recognition of Marilyn’s extraordinary contribution to the broadcast industry and marks the first time a female broadcaster will receive the prestigious award.

The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, being presented on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Marilyn Denis is host of her own and Canada’s #1 daytime lifestyle series, The Marilyn Denis Show. The veteran broadcaster also co-hosts Roger & Marilyn weekday mornings on Toronto’s #1-ranked radio station 104.5 CHUM FM. A dominating presence in Toronto radio and Canadian television, Marilyn’s quick wit, connection with the audience and charm have made her a much-beloved figure in CHUM FM’s 30 year history and a favourite among viewers nationwide.

Denis joins the ranks of previous recipients including her CHUM FM co-host Roger Ashby, Chuck McCoy, Bill Evanov, David Marsden, John Derringer, Paul Ski, Don Shafer and J. Robert Wood. The Waters Family, specifically Allan Waters, founded the CHUM broadcasting empire in 1954 and built it into one of Canada’s most respected and successful broadcast companies.

A definite trailblazer, Edmonton-born Marilyn became the first female DJ at KRPL in Moscow, Idaho. She then moved to Calgary where she held various radio and television positions including programmer, music director, and traffic reporter. But it wasn’t until she auditioned to become Roger Ashby’s co-host, that Marilyn found her niche. After interviewing dozens of broadcasters and actresses, Marilyn breezed into CHUM FM in July 1986. After chatting with her for a few brief minutes, Roger immediately remarked, “I think we’ve found the right one.”

Marilyn has always balanced her dynamic radio career with her candid television presence. She first began her career in television by reporting on sports, weather, and entertainment at CFCN-TV (CTV Calgary) and working as a freelance reporter for TSN. Marilyn also shared hosting duties on Bravo!’s Gemini Award-winning concert series Live At The Rehearsal Hall and was host of the popular daily show Cityline for nearly 20 years.

Recently awarded Best Talk Program at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs), The Marilyn Dennis Show is Canada’s most-watched daytime lifestyle series which airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CTV and the CTV GO app. Now in its seventh season, the show brings Canadians quality programming with a mix of expert and celebrity guests. Marilyn places fans at the centre of it all, as she provides a unique blend of entertainment and topical lifestyle information, from fashion, food and fitness, to viewers across the country.

A triple Gemini Award-winner (including back-to-back Viewers Choice Awards), Marilyn received The Rosalie Award, honouring Canadian women who have paved the way for others in radio broadcasting in 2006. Marilyn was also listed as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by WXN, where she accepted her award in December 2013 at a gala ceremony celebrating female leaders and role models in Toronto.

Marilyn is committed to many charities. An advocate for the fight against ovarian and breast cancer, Marilyn supports the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. Marilyn also supports and encourages organ donation and was one of the first members of the SickKids Constellation, a premier group of stars who support the efforts of the SickKids Foundation. She also donates to Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto annually and recently lent her support in the Canadian broadcast portion of the Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) telecast on Sept. 9, 2016.

Arthur Fogel is known as The Man behind the biggest rockstars – producing the most successful tours in history. As part of Live Nation, the largest concert promotion company in the world, he reunited The Police, saved Lady Gaga from bankruptcy and has managed four of the top five highest-grossing tours in history.

In a film celebration of his career, Who the F**K is Arthur Fogel – a backstage view into his career, U2 frontman Bono calls him, “Clearly the most important person in the live music world. We’re not stupid. There’s only one of him.”

“Arthur would tell you he specializes in promoting and producing global tours. The artists he handles dominate the live circuit. Mentored by Canadians such as Donald Tarlton, Norman Perry and Michael Cohl, Arthur has never forgotten where he got his start. CMW is proud to welcome Arthur Fogel into the Hall of Fame”, says CMW President Neill Dixon.

Over a storied, 35-year career, Fogel has earned his reputation as a fierce ally to some of the biggest names in music, working behind the scenes to build worldwide tours that are among the most memorable and highest-grossing in history.

Fogel oversees the acquisition of global artist tours and personally oversees many of Live Nation’s largest tours, among them:

* U2 360° Tour, the most successful tour in history with 7 million tickets sold and gross sales of $735 million. He also produced the band’s PopMart, Elevation, Vertigo and the current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tours

* Each of the last five world tours for Madonna, including the 2008/2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour, which became the highest grossing tour in history by a solo artist, grossing over $400 million

* Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball tour, the highest grossing tour for a debut artist in history. He also produced the 2012 Born This Way Ball tour, the 2014 ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour, as well as her 2015 tour collaboration with Tony Bennett

* Police Reunion Tour, one of the top 10 grossing tours in history with 3.3 million tickets sold, as well as being Sting’s tour promoter for over 15 years, including the current co-headline tour with Peter Gabriel

Fogel has also promoted Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Rush, Bette Midler, Bruno Mars and more currently Beyoncé, on her ongoing Formation World Tour. Additionally, he was the worldwide tour promoter for David Bowie for 25 years.

His achievements have been recognized by inclusion on the Billboard Power 100 list each of the last four years; the TJ Martell Entertainment Visionary Award (2014); and Pollstar Promoter of the Year (2007).

Fogel began his promoting career in 1981 with Toronto-based Concert Productions International (CPI), which promoted artists and tours across his native Canada. In 1986, he was appointed President of the Concert Division at CPI, a position he held until 1995. He subsequently became President of The Next Adventure (TNA), a global touring company formed by the principals of CPI. In 1998 following the acquisition of the company by SFX, he oversaw the global touring division. In 2002, SFX was acquired by Clear Channel Communications where Fogel ran the Global Touring division. In 2005, the live entertainment division was spun off as Live Nation.

Canadian Music Week, running from April 18-22, has announced that it will be bringing back its start-up pitch competition Launch Pad again next year.

The event will be held on April 19 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel and the prize will include a cash award, a one-hour meeting with each member of a judging panel of industry professionals and a 15-minute presentation during the festival and conference’s Global Creators Summit.

The competition is open to music-connected start-ups in the early states of development.

Last year’s judges included Michael Wekerle, Larry Marcus, Jeff Liebenson, Jeremy Silver and Ted Cohen.

Thornhill Liberal
By David Li
Having worked with Justin Bieber as his lead guitarist and musical director since 2009, former Thornhill resident, Dan Kanter, has been one of the key figures behind the massive international success of the former YouTube star.

So it’s fitting that the Ottawa-born Kanter will be at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel this week during Canadian Music Week as part of a panel discussing YouTube singers and cover artists.

“It’s great to see so many people from the industry coming together to speak about everything from music to social media to business,” said Kanter, who lived on Hilda Avenue in Thornhill while studying at York University more than a decade ago.

The 34-year-old adds that YouTube has been an important platform for other pop stars besides Bieber, such as Pickering native Shawn Mendes and 23-year-old American Tori Kelly.

Among the other notable speakers joining Kanter to discuss various industry related topics during Music Week will be Capitol Music Group USA Chairman and CEO, Steve Barnett, Richmond Hill social media guru and music insider Eric Alper, and Jeffrey Remedios, who is the president and CEO of Universal Music Canada — to name just a few.

Reflecting on his own incredible journey, Kanter credits his involvement with Universal Music Canada for his big break back in 2009.

“Justin was in Canada and needed someone who could play the guitar with him — not only on MuchMusic — but also someone who can step into a bigger role as a musical director and somewhat of a musical mentor. I was recommended by Universal Music because I worked closely with many of their artists,” recalled Kanter of how he first connected with the Grammy Award-winning artist.

“I met him and his team a night before a performance at MuchMusic and from the very beginning we hit it off and have been like family ever since,” Kanter said of his close relationship to Bieber, who not attended his wedding to fashion consultant Yael Latner in October of 2010; but also performed.

Kanter has some insight on what makes Bieber such an international success.

“Bottom line is his incredible talent and that’s something that is undeniable when you see him. He plays many instruments. He plays guitar, piano and drums; and he’s a great song-writer and amazing performer. From my experience working with him, he’s only gotten better and better.”

Someone who can provide insight on Kanter’s own talents is SiriusXM radio host Alper, who first met the Thornhill rock star in 2014 when he was a judge on YTV’s The Next Star.

“I’m really impressed by Dan’s ability to understand how an artist thinks; it’s not an easy job to meet an artist with the calibre and talent that Justin Bieber had as a kid and for Dan to be able to work with Justin so closely and have all that success together over the years says a lot,” he said about Kanter.

“Dan’s just an incredible overall musician and he’s been able to handle his success with charm and grace. I think a lot of that can be attributed to his background and education at York’s music program,” Alper added about his fellow York University alumni.

During his time working with the now 22-year-old Bieber, Kanter points out that there’s been many highlights, including writing music together and performing live in front of 100,000 fans.

Then there’s the two appearances on Saturday Night Live.

“The second time I got to perform on Saturday Night Live it was just the two of us; and that was really a special performance for me. Growing up that was always my mark of making it — playing on Saturday Night Live,” he pointed out with smile.

Kanter has also worked with Stevie Wonder, Shawn Mendes and Drake, to name just a few. The 34-year-old appreciates good music whether from a relative unknown act or an established performer.

“I’m a music fan first and foremost — Canadian Music Week is incredible because it has everything from performances by established acts to developing acts,” said Kanter, who adds he’s eager to take in performances by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, as well as, rising young Canadian star, Scott Helman.

Among the notable up-and-coming York Region artists performing during CMW are Vaughan’s Stuck On Planet Earth and Aurora native Stacey Kaniuk.

While YouTube and social media have been important platforms for the breakthrough success of artists such as Bieber and Mendes, Kanter is quick to highlight the importance for up-and-coming artists to put on a great live performance — and make the most out of Music Week.

“The singers and bands that I like, I liked them because they blew me away when I saw them in concert; not because I listened to their record or album in my headphones,” noted Kanter.

“So it’s really about getting out there and putting on an incredible live show and winning over fans one by one.”

Canadian Music Week runs from May 2 to 8. For more info, visit CMW.net