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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.

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.

About Canadian Music Week

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.

Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Nelly Furtado as the 2016 recipient of theAllan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The award, bestowed to outstanding Canadian artists, is in recognition of their contributions to social activism and support of humanitarian causes.

Celebrating Furtado’s extensive work with Free The Children and participation in We Day, the award will be presented at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala to be held on Thursday May 5 at The Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre in Toronto during Canadian Music Week 2016. “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,” states Furtado.

Furtado travelled to Kenya with Free The Children in 2011. There, she met the 40 students at the first all-girls secondary school, Kisaruni, and other young women who hoped for a spot in the future. When she returned home, the new Free The Children Ambassador participated in her first We Day in Waterloo, Ont. and has been a regular ever since. During her last album, 2012’s The Spirit Indestructible, the singer raised money for a second girls high school in the community called Oleleshwa, and matched every dollar. Furtado has been back to Kenya with Free The Children three more times, including this past Christmas for the first graduation ceremony. She’ll travel there again at the end of this year – and for a long time to come.

“Not only has Nelly’s music brought joy to people all over the world, but through her many trips with Free The Children and generous financial donations, she has had a lasting impact on young women in rural Kenya who would otherwise not have an opportunity to go to high school. She has also boosted enthusiasm for Free The Children by telling her inspirational stories at many We Day events for students across the country. My father and I are honoured to make Nelly the latest recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award. She is truly deserving,” says Gary Slaight, President and CEO, Slaight Communications.

Furtado, the Canadian-born singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist, who is of Portuguese descent, has enjoyed a vibrant and successful career as a multi-language superstar. By embracing different cultures and genres, she has helped define musical diversity for a new generation ever since unleashing her debut, 2000’s double-platinum Whoa, Nelly!, which spawned “I’m Like A Bird,” followed by 2003’s gold Folklore, whose “Forca” became the official anthem of the 2004 European Cup Football Championship.

In 2009, she released her first Spanish-language album, the Latin Grammy Award-winning Mi Plan, which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Latin Billboard chart and swept Canada’s Juno awards with five wins including Album of the Year. In total, Furtado has sold more than 16 million albums and 18 million singles worldwide. She has racked up many international honors, including a Grammy Award, a BRIT Award, a Latin Grammy Award, World Music Award and 10 Juno awards.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Arcade Fire– Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara – as the recipient of the 2016 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Bell Media. The eight-time JUNO Award-winning indie rock band demonstrates the spirit of the award through the millions of lives they’ve enriched through their music and their impact on both local and national charitable causes.

The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. Named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters, the award is made possible by funding from BCE-Bell Media Benefits. It will be presented to Arcade Fire at the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta.

“It is an honour. We are very thankful,” said Régine Chassagne on behalf of Arcade Fire. “It helps us continue the work.”

“It’s an honour to present Win, Régine, Will, Richard, Tim, and Jeremy with this award for their compassionate and impactful work,” said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. “Arcade Fire is passionate and energetic not only about crafting amazing music, but also amplifying the voice of the non-profit organizations they work with.”

Hailing from Montréal, Québec, Arcade Fire is a six-piece band led by the husband-wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Since forming in 2001, the band has garnered both mass popularity and critical acclaim, recognized with eight JUNO Awards, two BRITs and one Grammy. Known for their powerful, energetic live performances, Arcade Fire brings that same energy to their charitable endeavours.

The 45th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Calgary, Alberta, March 28 – April 3, 2016. The 2016 JUNO Awards Broadcast will air live on CTV and CTV GO 7pm ET / 8pm AT, Sunday, April 3 from The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce J. Robert Wood as the 2016 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. An innovator and veteran of the industry for more than five decades, Wood will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon beingpresented by Bell Media, on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
J. Robert Wood is a radio broadcast management consultant with more than 40 years experience in programming, operations, management, large-scale project development, network expansion, government lobbying and fund-raising. Born in Teulon, Manitoba, Wood began his career as an on-air deejay at CKSA in Lloydminster before moving to CKOM Saskatoon, CKY in Winnipeg and CHLO in St. Thomas. Following a successful tenure as program director of CHLO, he moved to CHUM in 1968 where he served as Program Director of CHUM, National Program Director of CHUM Group stations across Canada, and Manager of CHUM and CHUM-FM in Toronto.

“Bob Wood came to CHUM in 1968. Over the next ten years or so, he, and maybe the greatest radio staff ever put together, created magic on 1050 CHUM! Bob was imaginative, creative and a great leader”, said former CHUM Chairman Jim Waters. “His winning the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award is Iong overdue!”

Wood left CHUM in the mid-1980s to apply for a Toronto radio license; he went on to pursue broadcast management consulting, fund-raising and government lobbying activities. From 2000 to 2010, he helped launch the Aboriginal Voices Radio network (AVR), for which he raised more than $15 million.

“I feel very honoured to be selected for this Award and am grateful to accept it on behalf of the many talented men and women at CHUM whose hard work, dedication and creative brilliance enabled us to create one of broadcasting’s great radio stations,” said Wood.

Wood was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in May of 1978 by RPM Magazine. The former radio editor of Billboard Magazine, Claude Hall, ranked Wood as number 12 on his list of the 15 best Top 40 program directors in North America in 2012. In choosing Wood, Hall said, “Robert Wood was Canadian radio.”

An innovator and entrepreneur, Wood initiated a number of projects in the early days of Canadian content regulations to help promote the development of Canadian music, including the Maple Leaf Music Network (10 stations across Canada agreeing to play the consensus choice of three new Canadian records per week), the CHUM Free Ad Plan (providing free commercials for newly released songs by Canadian artists) and the CHUM Report (a weekly report he wrote which was distributed to radio and record companies to help promote new up-and-coming Canadian music and improve the relationship between radio and record people at the time.)

Wood has served on various industry committees including CAPAC, the CAB and the United Way’s media unit and has played a pivotal role in the launch of FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record.) He has helped many broadcasters over the years, including the launch and advancement of the careers of many young broadcasters and has helped more senior broadcasters survive the difficulties visited upon them due to ill health.

Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Michael Wekerle as our 2016 opening keynote on Thursday May 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Michael is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value spotting in the fields of tech, biotech and media. As the founder and Chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect and Blue Ant Media. He also holds significant real estate assets, including an impressive portfolio of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as the historic Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo. And he is a partner in the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers -Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg’s Boston-based burger chain.

Michael lives in Toronto and is a doting father to six children. He donates millions of dollars to a wide variety of philanthropic interests, including UHN, CAMH, SickKids and Holland Bloorview, as well as the youth outreach organization Seeds of Hope and the acclaimed Baroque opera company Opera Atelier. Michael is currently featured on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit.

Canadian Music Week is pleased to welcome Cameron Wright as Vice President of Operations and Live Programming. In this role Cameron will oversee all aspects of the festival and additionally assist with programming in the Live Touring Music Summit. This position marks Wright’s return to Canadian Music Week having previously held the role of Festival Director for five years before moving to Live Nation in 2014.

“We are thrilled Cameron is returning to Canadian Music Week in a new expanded leadership role. He is joining CMW at a crucial juncture where live music has emerged as the fastest growing sector of the music industry. Cameron¹s tenure at Live Nation adds to his already extensive experience with live music bookings. He will oversee both CMW¹s live music festival as well as touring & live music content for the CMW Conference”, says CMW President Neill Dixon.

As a promoter for Live Nation Cameron focused on club development and the theatre touring business. He has worked with artists such as Hozier, Faith No More, Stromae, Tove Lo, Milky Chance, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Catfish and the Bottlemen, as well as prominent local acts Alvvays, Dear Rouge, K.I.D., and Coleman Hell. In addition, Cameron brings a wealth of experience to the festival having worked as a production manager for companies such as AEG, Embrace, Union Events and more.

“I’m very excited to return back to my roots at CMW, this time in a larger role, and to be working alongside our great international partners as we continue to make the event a world-class destination for emerging talent”, states Wright.