Winners Announced for the 3rd Annual Canadian Live Music Industry Awards

Music Canada Live and Canadian Music Week are pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd 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 of CMW’s Live Music Summit.

Hosted by Canadian music legend Paul Shaffer, the event featured performances by Death Valley Girls, Starcrawler and Legends of Live award recipients Billy Talent as well as the presentation of the inaugural Music Canada Live Community impact award to the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

“Once again, the Canadian live music industry shines. What an incredible celebration of the people behind live music – congratulations to all the nominees and recipients, especially our members, whose dedication and drive are unmatched.” Erin Benjamin, Executive Director, Music Canada Live.

LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS NOMINEES * Winners are in bold; Music Canada Live Members are indicated by *.

FAMILY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
CALGARY STAMPEDE – (CALGARY, AB)
*LE FESTIVAL D’ÉTÉ DEQUÉBEC – (QUEBEC CITY, QC)
*INTERSTELLAR RODEO – (EDMONTON, AB)
*WINNIPEG FOLK FEST – (WINNIPEG, MB)
*REGINA FOLK FEST – (REGINA, SK)
*SUPERCRAWL – (HAMILTON, ON)

SMALL FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR (6,000 AND UNDER)
*CANMORE FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL – (CANMORE, AB)
*INTERSTELLAR RODEO – (EDMONTON, AB)
JOY OF LIFE FESTIVAL – (VICTORIA, BC)
*ONTARIO FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS – (OTTAWA, ON)
NORTHERN LIGHTS BLUEGRASS & OLD TYME MUSIC FESTIVAL – (SASKATOON, SK)
*WESTFEST – (OTTAWA, ON)

MEDIUM FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR (6,001 – 15,000)
*FIELD TRIP – (TORONTO, ON)
*INDIAN RIVER FESTIVAL – (INDIAN RIVER, PEI)
*RIFFLANDIA – (VICTORIA, BC)
RIVERFEST ELORA – (ELORA, ON)
ROCKIN’ RIVER MUSIC FEST – (MERRITT, BC)
SHAMBHALAH – (NELSON, BC)

MAJOR FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR (15,000+)
*BOOTS & HEARTS – (ORO-MEDONTE, ON)
*LE FESTIVAL D’ÉTÉ DEQUÉBEC – (QUEBEC CITY, QC)
FVDED IN THE PARK – (SURREY, BC)
HAVELOCK JAMBOREE – (HAVELOCK, ON)
*OSHEAGA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL – (MONTREAL, QC)
*RBC OTTAWA BLUESFEST – (OTTAWA, ON)

NOT-FOR-PROFIT FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
*CALGARY FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL – (CALGARY, ON)
*MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – (MONTREAL, ON)
POP MONTREAL – (MONTREAL, ON)
SING! THE TORONTO VOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL – (TORONTO, ON)
*THE MNET RADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL – (MISSION, BC)
*WINNIPEG FOLK FEST – (WINNIPEG, MB)

GREEN OPERATIONS FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
BEAU’S OKTOBERFEST – (VANKLEEK HILL, ON)
EDMONTON FOLK MUSIC FEST – (EDMONTON, AB)
POP MONTREAL – (MONTREAL, ON)
*RIFFLANDIA – (VICTORIA, BC)
RIVERFEST ELORA – (ELORA, ON)
*WINNIPEG FOLK FEST – (WINNIPEG, MB)

BEST TEAMWORK IN AN ARENA
*AIR CANADA CENTRE – (TORONTO, ON)
*BUDWEISER GARDENS – (LONDON, ON)
*BELL MTS CENTRE – (WINNIPEG, MB)
*ROGERS ARENA – (VANCOUVER, BC)
ROGERS CENTRE – (TORONTO, ON)
*ROGERS PLACE – (EDMONTON, AB)

BEST TEAMWORK IN A SOFT SEAT THEATRE/PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
ARTS CENTRE OF EDMUNDSTON – (EDMUNDSTON, NB)
*CENTRE IN THE SQUARE – (KITCHENER, ON)
LIVING ARTS CENTRE – (MISSISSAUGA, ON)
*MASSEY HALL – (TORONTO, ON)
*NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE (NAC) – (OTTAWA, ON)
ORPHEUM THEATRE – (VANCOUVER, BC)

BEST TEAMWORK IN A MAJOR CLUB (1,000+ CAPACITY)
COMMODORE BALLROOM – (VANCOUVER, BC)
LONDON CONCERT THEATRE – (LONDON, ON)
LONDON MUSIC HALL – (LONDON, ON)
*PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE – (TORONTO, ON)
M TELUS – (MONTREAL, QC)
REBEL ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX – (TORONTO, ON)

BEST TEAMWORK IN A MEDIUM CLUB (300 TO 999 CAPACITY)
CAPITAL BALLROOM – (VICTORIA, BC)
IMPERIAL BELL – (QUEBEC CITY, QC)
*LEE’S PALACE – (TORONTO, ON)
MOD CLUB – (TORONTO, ON)
RICKSHAW THEATRE – (VANCOUVER, BC)
CORONA THEATRE – (MONTREAL, QC)

BEST TEAMWORK IN A SMALL CLUB (LESS THAN 300 CAPACITY)
DRAKE UNDERGROUND – (TORONTO, ON)
LA VITROLA – (MONTREAL, QC)
PARK THEATRE – (WINNIPEG, MB)
SEAHORSE TAVERN – (HALIFAX, NS)
THE BABY G – (TORONTO, ON)
THE GARRISON – (TORONTO, ON)

AGENT OF THE YEAR
*JACK ROSS (APA CANADA INC.)
*POMELINE DELGADO (INDIE MONTREAL)
ROB ZIFARELLI (PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY)
*STEFANIE PURIFICATI (APA CANADA INC.)
*TOM KEMP (THE FELDMAN AGENCY)
KAY WHITE (TRICK OR TREAT AGENCY)

MANAGER OF THE YEAR
ASHLEY POITEVIN (LAST GANG MANAGEMENT)
CHRIS TAYLOR (ENTERTAINMENT ONE)
PIERS HENWOOD AND NICK BLASKO (AMELIA ARTISTS INC)
SANDY PANDYA (PANDYAMONIUM MANAGEMENT)
*SHAUNA DE CARTIER & HELEN BRITTON (SIX SHOOTER)
TONY SAL (THE WEEKND/SAL & CO)

PRODUCTION MANAGER OF THE YEAR (FESTIVAL/CONCERT)
BRAD HICKS (HICKS ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES)
*DAN BROOKS (MASSEY HALL)
*DUNCAN BLAIR (EVANKO)
*LANCE SCHILKA (MNET)
*CHRIS HIBBINS (RIFFLANDIA)
*VANESSA ARSCOTT (PLAN V PRODUCTIONS)

ROAD WARRIOR OF THE YEAR (TOUR MANAGER)
AARON BRODY (BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE)
AJ FABER (SPOON)
JOE CACIOPPO (410 MGMT Co)
KAREN ‘KEEKS’ WEIGOLD (JULY TALK)
KEVIN BUSHEY (BRETT KISSEL)
LAUREN HARRIS (WEDAY)

CONCERT/CLUB TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR
*AMY HERSENHOREN (COLLECTIVE CONCERTS)
*BEN PEARLMAN (COLLECTIVE CONCERTS)
*CRISPIN GILES (MRG)
*DENISE ROSS (LIVE NATION)
*GREG HENDERSON (CENTRE IN THE SQUARE)
*JUSTIN KWAN (MRG)
*MARK HORTON (SONIC CONCERTS)

FESTIVAL BUYER OF THE YEAR
*EVENKO – (MONTREAL, QC)
*LE FESTIVAL D’ÉTÉ DEQUÉBEC – (QUEBEC CITY, QC)
*LIVE NATION – (TORONTO, ON)
*MRG – (CANADA)
*RBC BLUESFEST’/CITYFOLK/FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS – (OTTAWA,ON)
*RIFFLANDIA – (VICTORIA, BC)

A/V PRODUCTION COMPANY OF THE YEAR
CHRISTIE LITES
FREEMAN
METALWORKS PRODUCTION GROUP
PALMER
VER
SOLOTECH

BRAND/MUSIC PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
BUDLIGHT DIGITAL DREAMS
JIM BEAM MAKE HISTORY
*KUNE – CANADA’S GLOBAL ORCHESTRA
*LIVE AT MASSEY HALL PRESENTED BY TD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SIRIUSXM
REDBULL SOUND SELECT

NEW TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*DANIEL CEASAR (represented by Feldman Agency)
ROMES
*SHAWN HOOK (represented by APA Agency)
*TERRA LIGHTFOOT (represented by Paquin Artists Agency)
*THE DIRTY NIL (represented by Paquin Artists Agency)
*THE BEACHES (represented by Feldman Agency)

MUSIC CITY OF THE YEAR
CALGARY, AB
HALIFAX, NS
*LONDON, ON
MONTREAL, QC
TORONTO, ON
VANCOUVER, BC

MUSIC CANADA LIVE COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD
*CENTRE IN THE SQUARE
*JAMSCHOOL
*MUSIC ON MAIN
*WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL

2018 LEGENDS OF LIVE RECIPIENT

*BILLY TALENT (represented by APA Agency)

2018 LICENSED TO PLAY AWARD – PRESENTED BY SOCAN
THE CAMERON HOUSE – (TORONTO, ON)

About Canadian Music Week
Now in its 36th 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.

For Music Canada Live Media Inquiries please contact:
Erin Benjamin // Music Canada Live
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