Winners Announced for the 2nd Annual Canadian Live Music Industry Awards

Music Canada Live and Canadian Music Week are pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Live Music Industry Awards. Presented by the El Mocambo, The Live Music Industry Awards celebrate the best of the live music sector and are a highlight CMW’s Live Music Summit.
Hosted by Canadian music legend Paul Shaffer, the event featured special performances by Ruth B and Elm.

Among many memorable moments, iconic Canadian group The Tragically Hip were honoured with the Legends of Live award in recognition of their contribution to the industry. A full list of nominees and winners can be found below.

“What a powerful night, what a passionate community. We are proud of all the achievements of our members, those who work behind the scenes to make live music happen, and thrilled to celebrate their successes with them” Erin Benjamin, Executive Director, Music Canada Live

LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS NOMINEES * Winners are in bold

FESTIVAL

Family Program of the Year
1. CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL – (AB – CALGARY)
2. CBC FESTIVAL (ON – TORONTO)
3. FIELD TRIP MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (ON – TORONTO) –  WINNER
4. HALIFAX INTERNATIONAL BUSKER FESTIVAL (NS – HALIFAX)
5. SUPERCRAWL (ON – HAMILTON)

Major Festival of the Year (15,001+)
1. BOOTS & HEARTS (ON – ORO MEDONTE)
2. FVDED IN THE PARK, (BC – SURREY)
3. PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL (BC – PEMBERTON)
4. RBC BLUESFEST (ON – OTTAWA)
5. WAYHOME MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL (ON – ORO MEDONTE) – WINNER

Medium Festival of the Year (6,001 – 15,000)
1. CITYFOLK (ON – OTTAWA)
2. DIGITAL DREAMS (ON – TORONTO)
3. SHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVAL (BC – SALMON RIVER RANCH)
4. TURF – TORONTO URBAN ROOTS FEST (ON – TORONTO) –  WINNER
5. WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL (MB – WINNIPEG)

Not-For-Profit Festival of the Year
1. CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL (AB – CALGARY)
2. MANIFESTO (ON -TORONTO)
3. NORTHERN LIGHTS FESTIVAL BOREAL (ON – SUDBURY)
4. RBC BLUESFEST (ON – OTTAWA) – WINNER
5. UP & DOWNTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL (AB – EDMONTON)

Small Festival of the Year (6,000 and under)
1. EVOLVE, (NB – MONCTON)
2. RIFFLANDIA, (BC – VICTORIA) – WINNER
3. RIVERFEST, (ON – ELORA)
4. UNSOUND, (ON – TORONTO)
5. UP HERE, (ON – SUDBURY)

Green Operations Festival of the Year
1. EDMONTON FOLK FESTIVAL (AB – EDMONTON)
2. OSHEAGA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL (QC – MONTREAL) – WINNER
3. PIKNIC ELECTRONIK (QC – MONTREAL)
4. RBC BLUESFEST (ON – OTTAWA)
5. WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL (MB – WINNIPEG)

VENUES

Best Teamwork in an Arena
1. BELL CENTRE (QC – MONTREAL) – WINNER
2. BUDWEISER GARDENS (ON – LONDON)
3. FIRSTONTARIO CENTRE (ON – HAMILTON)
4. REXALL PLACE (AB – EDMONTON)
5. ROGERS K-ROCK ARENA (ON – KINGSTON)
AIR CANADA CENTRE (ON – TORONTO) WINNER 2016

Best Teamwork in a Major Club (1,000+ Capacity)
1. DANFORTH MUSIC HALL (ON – TORONTO) – WINNER
2. LONDON MUSIC HALL (ON – LONDON)
3. METROPOLIS (QC – MONTREAL)
4. PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE (ON – TORONTO)
5. REBEL (ON – TORONTO)

Best Teamwork in a Medium Club (300 to 999 Capacity)
1. CORONA THEATRE (QC – MONTREAL)
2. HORSESHOE TAVERN (ON – TORONTO) – WINNER
3. MARQUEE BEER MARKET (AB – CALGARY)
4. RICKSHAW THEATRE CLUB (BC – VANCOUVER)
5. VENUE (BC – VANCOUVER)

Best Teamwork in a Small Club (less than 300 Capacity)
1. CARLETON MUSIC BAR & GRILL (NS – HALIFAX) – WINNER
2. FOX CABARET (BC – VANCOUVER)
3. MILLS HARDWARE (ON – HAMILTON)
4. PARK THEATRE WINNIPEG (MB – WINNIPEG)
5. PETIT CAMPUS (QC – MONTREAL)
THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND (ON – TORONTO) WINNER 2016

Best Teamwork in a Soft Seat Theatre / Performing Arts Centre
1. JACK SINGER CONCERT HALL (AB – CALGARY)
2. NAC NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE (ON – OTTAWA)
3. ORPHEUM THEATRE (BC – VANCOUVER)
4. PLACE DES ARTS (QC – MONTREAL)
5. SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (ON – TORONTO) –  WINNER

GENERAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS

A/V Production Company of the Year
1. FMAV – WINNER
2. METALWORKS PRODUCTION GROUP
3. SOLOTECH
4. VER
5. WESTBURY NATIONAL

Agent of the Year – Canadian
1. ADAM COUNTRYMAN (UNITED TALENT AGENCY)
2. JEFF CRAIB (FELDMAN AGENCY)
3. JULIEN PAQUIN (PAQUIN ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY) – WINNER
4. KAY WHITE (TRICK OR TREAT)
5. RALPH JAMES (UNITED TALENT AGENCY)

Manager of the Year
1. ALEX BONENFANT – JULY TALK
2. BERNIE BREEN / PATRICK SAMBROOK – TRAGICALLY HIP – WINNER
3. CHRIS TAYLOR – LAST GANG
4. JOANNE SETTERINGTON – STRUMBELLAS
5. SHAUNA DE CARTIER & HELEN BRITTON – SIX SHOOTER

Production Manager of the Year(FESTIVAL/CONCERT) Sponsored by Access Event Solutions
1. BRAD HICKS (BESTIVAL)
2. BRENT SILBERSTEIN (PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL)
3. DUNCAN BLAIR (EVENKO – OSHEAGA)
4. LARRY FITZPATRICK (LIVE NATION) – WINNER
5. MATT BLAKELY (BILLY TALENT)

Road Warrior of the Year (Tour Manager)
1. CHRIS BRUNTON (JANN ARDEN)
2. DAVE GARDINER (THE ARKELLS & MORE) – WINNER
3. KAREN “KEEKS” WEIGOLD (JULY TALK & MORE)
4. MATT BARBER (WHITEHORSE & MORE)
5. WARREN -WIGGY- TOLL (GORDON LIGHTFOOT & MORE)

Concert/Club Talent Buyer of the Year
1. ALEX PATTON, FOURCE, (ON – TORONTO)
2. AMY HERSENHOREN, COLLECTIVE CONCERTS (ON – TORONTO)
3. DANIEL GLICK EVENKO (QC – MONTREAL)
4. MARK RUSSELL LIVE NATION, (ON – TORONTO) – WINNER
5. STEVEN RIFF, EMBRACE PRESENTS ( ON – TORONTO)

Festival Buyer of the Year
1. EMMANUEL PATTERSON, LIVE NATION (ON – TORONTO)
2. MARK MONAHAN, RBC BLUESFEST (ON – OTTAWA)
3. NICK FARKAS, EVENKO (QC – MONTREAL)
4. PAULA PERRI, FOURCE (ON – TORONTO) – WINNER
5. SHAUNA DE CARTIER, SIX SHOOTER RECORDS (ON – TORONTO)

Brand/Music Program of the Year
1. BUD LIGHT DIGITAL DREAMS (ON – TORONTO)
2. JIM BEAM MAKE HISTORY
3. MOLSON/COORS (QC – OSHEAGA)
4. RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY (QC – MONTREAL)
5. TD JAZZ FESTIVALS – WINNER

New Touring Artist of the Year Sponsored by Slaight Music
1. ANDY SHAUF
2. CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON
3. JAZZ CARTIER
4. JULY TALK – WINNER
5. STRUMBELLAS

MUSIC CITIES

Music City of the Year – Canadian
1. CALGARY
2. OTTAWA
3. QUEBEC CITY – WINNER
4. TORONTO
5. VANCOUVER

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS

2017 LEGENDS OF LIVE RECIPIENT
THE TRAGICALLY HIP
2017 LICENSED TO PLAY AWARD PRESENTED BY SOCAN
THE DRAKE HOTEL
NILE RODGERS GLOBAL CREATORS AWARD  Sponsored by  Access Event Solutions
PAUL SHAFFER

About Canadian Music Week
Now in it’s 35th 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. http://cmw.net.

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