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Canadian Music Week

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Dates  18 Apr – 23 Apr 2017
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Location  Sheraton Centre Hotel, Financial District, Toronto, Canada
Similar  North by Northeast, The Great Escape Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Bluesfest Byron Bay, Falls Festival
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Canadian Music Week (or CMW) is an industry conference and music festival held over ten days in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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History

Canadian Music Week began in 1981, and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities.

Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 3,000 national and international delegates.

2015 was CMW's 33th year, and is the single longest running multi-day Canadian music and media event. It manages to consistently bring together more than 3,000 music industry professionals for the week's events - combining conferences, award shows, & one of Canada’s biggest "New Music" festivals.

Throughout the duration of the event, performers put on shows at venues ranging from popular bars and halls, to trendy clothing stores and cafes. Many emerging new bands use the festival as an opportunity to 'get spotted' by the A&R reps that are around in greater than average numbers during the festival.

Notable participants

Notable Speakers and performers that have been a part of the event (Canadian Music Week) include:

  • Slash, Celebrity Interview artist;
  • Gene Simmons, Celebrity Interview artist;
  • David Foster, Celebrity Interview record producer;
  • Dennis DeYoung, Celebrity Interview artist/songwriter;
  • Chuck D, Keynote Speaker artist/record producer;
  • Alan Parsons, Keynote Speaker British record producer;
  • Hollowphonic, an ambient, post-rock unit;
  • Seymour Stein, president of Sire records;
  • Trapt, a nu metal rock outfit;
  • Public Enemy, hip hop group;
  • Cassius Khan, Indian Classical Musician; The Ghazal Tabla Wizard
  • Wolfmother, Rock band;
  • MENEW, indie rock band;
  • The Exies, an indie rock band;
  • Glen Ballard, Producer;
  • Don Was, Producer;
  • Sturle Dagsland, Norwegian artist
  • Mark Hudson, Producer;
  • Mathew Knowles, Keynote Speaker - World Music Entertainment C.E.O;
  • Sir George Martin, Producer;
  • Jordan Galland, panel member, Director/musician;
  • Bullmoose, indie rock band.
  • Canadian Indies Hall of Fame

    CMW also honours important independent and alternative artists with its annual "Canadian Indies Hall of Fame" program. Artists who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame include Parachute Club, The Pursuit of Happiness, Martha and the Muffins, D.O.A., and Rough Trade.

    Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

    Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame at Canadian Music Week 2008.

    Featured Cultural Spotlight Performances

  • 2010 Spotlight on India - Rock Showcase featured a number of South-Asian-Canadian acts such as J'sin who performed tracks from his Fatlab's produced debut album Born.
  • Canadian Music Fest

    Since 2009, Canadian Music Week has referred to the festival component of the event as Canadian Music Fest, which they refer to as "Canada’s largest new music festival".

    Startup Launchpad

    In 2016, CMW hosted their first annual Startup Launchpad event, a pitch competition for startups in the music industry. Seven startups have been selected to pitch their business to potential investors and a judging panel including Michael Wekerle and Ted Cohen. The first finalists of this event were Mugatunes, an intercollegiate music sharing site, Audiokite Research, a market research company for musicians, SongCat, an online recording studio, Mission Control, a music management platform, Aybo, Trebba and this year's winner Notetracks, a music collaboration app.

    References

    Canadian Music Week Wikipedia


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