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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
Flasher
Freak Heat Waves
Greys
High Valley
Hoan
Hollerado
Julia Jacklin
Madeline Merlo
Melissa Etheridge
River Town Saints
Weaves

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.

The 23rd Annual NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) is expanding to ten days, with a dynamic selection of music, gaming, comedy, and more June 16 – 25, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

NXNE will return to the Port Lands for three days from June 23 – 25, 2017, continuing to utilize a unique location in an unexplored area of the City of Toronto. NXNE Port Lands will include two main stages, art installations, sponsor activations, and comfortable places to chill between acts, as well as a comedy tent, and carnival rides.

“In it’s first year the NXNE Port Lands saw thousands of attendees in two days,” said Michael Hollett, President and Managing Director of NXNE. “Our growth and expansion for 2017 are based on the success of last year with cool programming from indie rock to hip hop to soul and much more each day.”

NXNE Game Land will kick off the 2017 Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square with a massive live e-Sports competition, new video game demos, interactive activations, and live music June 16 -18, 2017. In 2016 NXNE Game Land saw 25,000 visitors over three days.

From June 19 – 25, 2017 NXNE will host hundreds of new and established artists at over a dozen venues across the city for NXNE Club Land, including The Danforth Music Hall, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, and Adelaide Hall.

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.

Prairie Fire Events Ltd is proud to announce that band submissions are now open for the official Farmageddon Open Air indoor sister festival SHREDMONTON Metal Festival and Conference taking place from Friday, May 12th to Sunday, May 14th 2017 in Edmonton, AB. Applications can be submitted at www.Shredmonton.com from November 1st, 2016 until January 15th, 2017 11:59pm MT.

Last year’s Shredmonton featured over 20 bands over the course of 3 days at The Starlite Room and The Brixx Bar and Grill, as well as a multi-room industry based conference located at the Shaw Conference Center. The full line up consisted of an ultra heavy hitting bill that included headliners Dying Fetus, Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate, Goatwhore, Finnish power metallers Thunderstone along with some of Western Canada’s best such as Disciples of Power, Planet Eater, Scythia, Tylor Dory Trio, Every Hour Kills among many more! Conference panels were held the Shaw Conference Center on recording, photography, video production, publicity, media relations, journalism, and concert promotion / talent buying for festivals / venues with music industry professionals from across Canada.

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, 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.

Canadian Music Week is proud to announce the nominees for the 2016 Indies – the16th Annual Independent Music Awards – presented with Indie88. Whitehorse, The Strumbellas, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Tobias Jesso Jr. are among the nominated artists being honoured across 14 categories on Wednesday May 4th at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto. The full list of nominees is below.

The Indies happen at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street in Toronto. Doors open at 7:00pm, and limited CMW wristbands/passes accepted. CMW wristbands and passes can be purchased here: https://cmw.net/music/wristbands/

Celebrating the best of independent music – both Canadian and International – the #IndiesWithIndie88, supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund, promise an unforgettable night out. This year’s awards will be hosted by Indie88’s Raina Douris and will feature special performances from nominated artists, including Wintersleep (nominated for Single of the Year), The Strumbellas (nominated for Single of the Year and Group of the Year), Alberta Cross, and The Zolas (nominated for Alternative Group of the Year).

Public and industry votes decide the winners of the 2016 Indies. Fans can vote online as of today at http://www.indies.ca.
2016 INDIE AWARDS NOMINEES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR     
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (604 Records)
Grimes – Art Angels (4AD / Crystal Math)
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? (Arts and Crafts)
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon  (Arts and Crafts)
Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Flemish Eye)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR       
Arkells – Leather Jacket (Arkells Music Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
Coleman Hell – 2 Heads (604 Records)
Jocelyn Alice – Jackpot (Disruptor Records / Sony Music Canada)
The Strumbellas – Spirits (Six Shooter Records)
Wintersleep – Amerika (Dine Alone Records)

GROUP OF THE YEAR     
BADBADNOTGOOD (Innovative Leisure)
Metric (Metric Music International Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
The Strumbellas (Six Shooter Records)
Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
Young Empires (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR  
Carly Rae Jepsen (604 Records)
City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Grimes (4AD / Crystal Math)
Lights (LIGHTS Music Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
YOAN (Productions J)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR     
City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Hayden (Arts and Crafts)
Tobias Jesso Jr. (Arts and Crafts)
Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
Young Empires (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)

ABORIGINAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR   
A Tribe Called Red (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (True North Records)
City Natives (Unsigned)
Drezus (Drezus Music)
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR       
Destroyer (Merge)
Half Moon Run (Indica Records / Glassnote Music)
Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)
The Zolas (Light Organ Records)
Yukon Blonde (Dine Alone Records)

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR          
A-Trak (Last Gang Records)
Braids (Flemish Eye)
Keys N Krates (Dim Mak)
Pomo (HW&W / Ultra Music Canada)
Purity Ring (Last Gang Records)

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR    
Chocolat (Grosse Boite)
Galaxie (La Meute)
La Bronze (Kartel Musik)
Louis-Jean Cormier (Simone Records)
Marie-Pierre Arthur (Simone Records)

POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR   
Coleman Hell (604 Records)
Dan Talevski (eOne Music Canada)
Jocelyn Alice (Disruptor Records / Sony Music Canada)
Ria Mae (Ria Mae Media / Sony Music Canada)
Tyler Shaw (Tyler Ip / Sony Music Canada)

RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR              
Daniel Caesar (Independent)
Jazz Cartier (Safe & Sound)
John River (Independent)
SonReal (Black Box)
Spek Won (Independent)

ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR     
Dilly Dally (Buzz Records)
Hey Rosetta! (HR Music Inc. / Sonic Records)
Monster Truck (Dine Alone Records)
The Elwins (Hidden Pony Records)
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)

SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR     
Basia Bulat (Secret City Records)
Dan Mangan (Arts and Crafts)
Lindi Ortega (Grand Tour Records / Last Gang)
Patrick Watson (Secret City Records)
The Weather Station (Outside Music)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR   
Alabama Shakes (Cadence Music / ATO Records)
Courtney Barnett (Mom + Pop)
Major Lazer (Mad Decent)
Mumford & Sons (Glassnote Music)
Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats (Bottleneck Music / Concord Music Group)

For the first time ever, the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference and Festival will offer multiple keynote speakers. SXSW is honored that the first to be announced is Tony Visconti. Mr. Visconti’s opening keynote will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 18ABCD of the the Austin Convention Center.

Tony Visconti has been hailed as one of the most important producers in the history of Rock and Pop. David Bowie’s “Young Americans” and “Heroes” are masterpieces, while “(Bang a Gong) Get It On” and “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex are true cornerstones of rock and roll.

Tony has recently co-produced David Bowie’s Blackstar CD, co-produced Esperanza Spalding’s upcoming Concord release Emily’s D+Evolution, and Daphne Guinness’s Optimist in Black.

2013 saw Bowie and Visconti’s production of Davie Bowie’s “Where Are We Now” along with the album The Next Day.

Previously, he produced Angelique Kidjo’s Djin Djin album earning Visconti his first Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album.

His autobiography, Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins UK) is an evocative overview of Visconti’s life, musical beginnings, and adventures in London with David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney, and more.

The versatile Visconti has also produced albums by Thin Lizzy, Luscious Jackson, The Strawbs, U2, Kaiser Chiefs, Alejandro Escovedo, Gentle Giant, Mercury Rev, Sparks, Badfinger, The Alarm, and Morrissey.

Mr. Visconti’s keynote is open to all Music and Platinum registrants and registered showcasing artists. More keynotes will be announced in the near future.

The South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival is a six-day event held every March in Austin, Texas. The conference offers unmatched access to ideas and global viewpoints on an increasingly borderless industry. It aims to educate and inspire musicians and professionals alike, with sessions attended by over 30,000 registrants and showcasing artists. A large multi-industry trade show exhibition, Music Gear Expo and daytime stage performances round out the day while evenings are devoted to the SXSW Music Festival, which showcases 2,000 acts ranging from the unsigned to the iconic. The 30th annual event takes place March 15 – 20, 2016. For more information, please visit sxsw.com. To register for the event, please visit http://www.sxsw.com/attend.