Canadian Music Week 2014


Submitted by Don Graham

Is that time of year again in Toronto. July brings the Beaches International Jazz Festival, September sees the Toronto International Film Festival ( TIFF) and in May it’s time for Canadian Music Week.

History has it that CMW was always in March but it was moved to May this year. It makes it a bit easier for the industry folks around the world to plan their schedule between MIDEM and SXSW.

Every year CMW has a musical superstar that has the WOW factor and attending this year is the legendary Quincy Jones. Jones is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist magazine founder, record company executive, humanitarian, and jazz trumpeter. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.

Quincy JonesQuincy JonesMaybe the name should be changed the Canadian Music Week Festival because it certainly has the feel of a festival. Canadian Music Week (CMW) is an industry conference and music festival held over five days in variousvenues throughout Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CMW is the single longest running multi-day Canadian music and media event. It manages to consistently bring together more than 2,000 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. The Festival spans 4 nights of performances, with over 700 showcasing bands at over 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto, Canada.

Thirty two years ago, what started as a small radio conference called The Record Conference, has evolved into one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals from around the world 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 thousands of national and international delegates.

Dianne WarrenDianne WarrenFor the up and coming artists it’s a chance to see and be seen; for the seasoned and established acts it’s a chance to catch up with old friends and learn new technology. A chance to meet without a www. or a dot com or an @ sign. Face to face like the old days. This is the place to be for anyone in the music industry, everyone from songwriters, artists, bands, promoters, record companies, radio trackers, publicists and publishers, all under one roof. A chance to rub shoulders with and see the likes of Diane Warren, Quincy Jones, Paul Williams and Bruce Cockburn.

You’ll see performances by Tegan and Sara, Neko Case and Colour.  And the conference portion will feature “celebrity interviews” with City and Colour’s Dallas Green, Ontario dance-music maven deadmau5, disco legend Nile Rodgers, Canadian folk star Bruce Cockburn and Goth queen Amanda Palmer.

This year Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Tom Cochrane as a 2014 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.  Cochrane is an award winning singer, songwriter, producer, activist and Canadian icon. He will be honoured amongst his peers at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala, taking place on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Kool Haus in Toronto. To attend the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards or for additional details visit:

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 May 6 to May 10, 2014 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.

Be sure to attend Canadian Music Week at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and mingle with the who’s who of the Canadian Music industry. You never know who will be there!

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