Winners Announced for the 1st Live Music Industry awards

 

Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Live Music Industry Awards, which took place today at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Presented by El Mocambo, The Live Music Industry Awards celebrate the best of the live music business sector and highlight CMW’s Live Music Summit.

Hosted by Damian Abraham and our members Collective Concerts’ Jeff Cohen, the event featured special performances by New Swears and Kloe.

Winners included Glastonbury for International Festival of the Year, WayHome Music & Arts for Best New Festival, and Montreal for Canadian Music City of the Year. Iconic Canadian group Blue Rodeo were also honoured with a special Legends of Live award in recognition of their many years spent on the road. A full list of nominees and winners can be found below.

“This was an historic, triumphant moment for Canada’s live music industry” said Erin Benjamin, Executive Director of Music Canada Live – Canada’s trade association for live music, “it gave us a chance to celebrate, recognize and acknowledge the importance of our work and to come together for the very first time. It was a huge nod to the major role live plays in the industry- and adds to the momentum we are gaining across the country, and around the world. Canada’s live music companies and organizations are extraordinary and we applaud each and every nominee and recipient for their contributions.”

LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS NOMINEES * Winners are in bold

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR* PRESENTED BY MEDTECH WRISTBANDS

  • GLASTONBURY (UK)
  • BESTIVAL (UK)
  • LATITUDE FESTIVAL (UK)
  • T IN THE PARK (UK/SCOTLAND)
  • ELECTRIC PICNIC (IRELAND)

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK (BEST NEW FESTIVAL)

  • WAYHOME MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL (ON – ORO MEDONTE)
  • FIELD TRIP MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (ON – TORONTO)
  • FVDED IN THE PARK (BC – SURREY)
  • INTERSTELLAR RODEO (AB AND MB)
  • TURF – TORONTO URBAN ROOTS FEST (ON – TORONTO)

FAMILY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

  • FIELD TRIP MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (ON – TORONTO)
  • HILLSIDE FESTIVAL (ON – GUELPH)
  • WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL (MB – WINNIPEG)
  • CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL – (AB – CALGARY)
  • HALIFAX INTERNATIONAL BUSKER FESTIVAL (NS – HALIFAX)

SMALL FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR (6000 AND UNDER)

  • HILLSIDE FESTIVAL (ON – GUELPH)
  • CBC FESTIVAL (ON- TORONTO)
  • INTERSTELLAR RODEO (AB AND MB)
  • EVOLVE FESTIVAL (NS – ANTIGONOSH)
  • WOLFE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL (ON – KINGSTON)

MEDIUM FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR (6001-15,000)

  • FIELD TRIP MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (ON – TORONTO)
  • SHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVAL (BC – SALMON RIVER RANCH)
  • SONIC BOOM (AB – EDMONTON)
  • TURF – TORONTO URBAN ROOTS FEST (ON – TORONTO)
  • WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL (MB – WINNIPEG)

MAJOR FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR* PRESENTED BY SIRIUSXM

  • BOOTS & HEARTS (ON – ORO MEDONTE)
  • OSHEAGA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL (QC – MONTREAL)
  • RBC BLUESFEST (ON- OTTAWA)
  • SQUAMISH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL (BC – SQUAMISH)
  • WAYHOME MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL (ON – ORO MEDONTE)

NOT-FOR-PROFIT FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

  • FESTIVAL D’ETE DE QUEBEC (QC – QUEBEC CITY)
  • LUMINATO FESTIVAL (ON – TORONTO)
  • CITY FOLK ( ON – OTTAWA)
  • VANCOUVER JAZZ FESTIVAL (BC – VANCOUVER)
  • CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL (AB – CALGARY)

GREEN OPERATIONS FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR *PRESENTED BY STAGELINE

  • HILLSIDE FESTIVAL (ON – GUELPH)
  • OSHEAGA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL ( QC – MONTREAL)
  • PIKNIC ELECTRONIK (QC – MONTREAL)
  • RBC BLUESFEST (ON – OTTAWA)
  • WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL (MB – WINNIPEG)

BEST TEAMWORK IN AN ARENA

  • AIR CANADA CENTRE (ON – TORONTO)
  • BELL CENTRE (QC – MONTREAL)
  • BUDWEISER GARDENS (ON – LONDON)
  • REXALL PLACE (AB – EDMONTON)
  • ROGERS ARENA (BC – VANCOUVER)

BEST TEAMWORK IN A SOFT SEAT THEATRE/PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

  • JACK SINGER CONCERT HALL ( AB – CALGARY)
  • MASSEY HALL (ON – TORONTO)
  • ORPHEUM THEATRE (BC – VANCOUVER)
  • PLACE DES ARTS (QC – MONTREAL)
  • SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (ON – TORONTO)

BEST TEAMWORK IN A MAJOR CLUB (1000+CAP)

  • COMMODORE BALLROOM (BC – VANCOUVER)
  • DANFORTH MUSIC HALL (ON – TORONTO)
  • LONDON MUSIC HALL (ON – LONDON)
  • METROPOLIS (QC – MONTREAL)
  • PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE (ON – TORONTO)

BEST TEAMWORK IN A MEDIUM CLUB (300-999 CAP)

  • HORSESHOE TAVERN (ON – TORONTO)
  • MARQUEE BEER MARKET (AB – CALGARY)
  • CORONA THEATRE (QC – MONTREAL)
  • MOD CLUB (ON – TORONTO)
  • VENUE (BC  – VANCOUVER)

BEST TEAMWORK IN A SMALL CLUB OF THE YEAR (LESS THAN 300)

  • CARLETON MUSIC BAR & GRILL (NS – HALIFAX)
  • PARK THEATRE WINNIPEG (MB – WINNIPEG)
  • PETIT CAMPUS (QC – MONTREAL)
  • THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND (ON – TORONTO)
  • FOX CABARET (BC – VANCOUVER)

AGENT OF THE YEAR (CANADA) *PRESENTED BY LIVE NATION

  • ADAM COUNTRYMAN (UNITED TALENT AGENCY)
  • JEFF CRAIB (FELDMAN AGENCY)
  • JULIEN PAQUIN (PAQUIN ARTISTS AGENCY)
  • ROB ZIFARELLI (UNITED TALENT AGENCY)
  • TOM KEMP (FELDMAN AGENCY)

MANAGER OF THE YEAR * PRESENTED BY AIR CANADA CENTRE

  • JOEL CARRIERE (BEDLAM MUSIC MANAGEMENT)
  • OLIVER EL KHATIB (OVO)
  • RON KITCHENER (RGK ENTERTAINMENT)
  • SHAUNA DE CARTIER AND HELEN BRITTON (SIX SHOOTER)
  • TONY SAL AND AMIR ESMAILIAN (XO/SAL & CO)

ROAD WARRIOR OF THE YEAR (TOUR MANAGER)

  • DAVE GARDINER (THE ARKELLS AND MORE)
  • DONNY COOPER (THE SHEEPDOGS AND MORE)
  • DOUG MCKENDRICK (DEAN BRODY AND MORE)
  • KAREN “KEEKS” WEIGOLD (JULY TALK AND MORE)
  • LOUISA KEY (THE TRAGICALLY HIP AND MORE)

PRODUCTION MANAGER OF THE YEAR (FESTIVAL/CONCERT) * PRESENTED BY ACCESS EVENT SOLUTIONS

  • DAVE FORTUNE (PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL AND MORE)
  • DUNCAN BLAIR (EVENKO – OSHEAGA AND MORE)
  • LARRY FITZPATRICK (LIVE NATION)
  • LINA BEAUDIN (NORDEST)
  • VANESSA ARSCOTT (PLAN V/WAYHOME AND MORE)

CANADIAN INDEPENDENT REGIONAL PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

  • EMBRACE PRESENTS (ON – TORONTO)
  • BLUE SKIES TURN BLACK (ON – MONTREAL)
  • COLLECTIVE CONCERTS (ON – TORONTO)
  • SONIC CONCERTS (NB/NS)
  • TIMBRE CONCERTS (BC – VANCOUVER)

CANADIAN FESTIVAL BUYER OF THE YEAR

  • ADAM GILL/ EMBRACE (ON – TORONTO)
  • ERIK HOFFMAN/LIVE NATION (BC – VANCOUVER)
  • NICK FARKAS AND TEAM EVENKO/EVENKO (QC – MONTREAL)
  • LOUIS BELLAVANCE/FESTIVAL D’ETE DE QUEBEC (QC – QUEBEC CITY)
  • MARK MONAHAN/ OTTAWA BLUESFEST (ON – OTTAWA)

A/V PRODUCTION COMPANY OF THE YEAR

  • CHRISTIE LITES
  • KIAN CONCERT SOUND SERVICES LTD
  • METALWORKS
  • SOLOTECH CANADA
  • WESTBURY NATIONAL

BRAND/MUSIC PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

  • AMEX FRONT OF THE LINE
  • JIM BEAM MAKE HISTORY
  • MOLSON CANADIAN #THISISLIVE
  • REDBULL SOUND SELECT
  • TD MUSIC ACCESS

BREAKTHROUGH TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR* PRESENTED BY SLAIGHT MUSIC

  • ALESSIA CARA
  • DEAR ROUGE
  • JULY TALK
  • SCOTT HELMAN
  • TIM HICKS

MUSIC CITY OF THE YEAR (INTERNATIONAL)

  • AUSTIN, TX (USA)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY (GERMANY)
  • LONDON, ENGLAND (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • NASHVILLE, TN (USA)
  • NEW YORK, NY (USA)

MUSIC CITY OF THE YEAR (CANADIAN)

  • CALGARY
  • MONTREAL
  • OTTAWA
  • TORONTO
  • VANCOUVER

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS

2016 LEGENDS OF LIVE RECIPIENT: 

BLUE RODEO  

2016 INTERNATIONAL AGENT OF THE YEAR: 

NEIL WARNOCK, HEAD OF MUSIC WORLDWIDE, UNITED TALENT AGENCY

2016 LICENSED TO PLAY AWARD PRESENTED BY SOCAN:

HARBOURFRONT CENTRE


 

About Canadian Music Week

Now in it’s 34th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 7 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto.

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