Canadian Musician - May / June 2018 - Page 12

CHANGES CMW Bringing International Music Industry to Toronto The 36 th annual edition of Canadian Music Week is returning to down- town Toronto from May 7-13, 2018 as hundreds of showcases featuring artists from around the world will be held in 40 different venues. As well, the CMW Music Summit, which has been expanded to four days from May 9-12, will bring together Canadian and international industry players to do business and take in educational sessions covering a wealth of timely topics affecting the industry. The expanded music conference will be held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Conference topics include streaming revenues, blockchain’s uses and potential in the music industry, the future of VR/AR content, the power of streaming playlists, as well as spotlights on the USA and other countries. Among the speakers are MAC Presents President Marcie Allen, Lava Records’ Jason Flom, AEG Presents’ Rick Mueller, immigration lawyer Lorraine D’Alessio, Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley, Nathan Wiszniak of Spotify Canada, and many more. For the first time, CMW will be hosting a music hackathon that will run for 24 hours on May 8 th and 9 th . With music technology as the focus, the CMW Hackathon will feature teams of coders, developers, de- signers, tech-savvy musicians, and creative minds building new music technologies based on blockchain, AI, AR/VR, and more. In addition to the conference and festival, there are a number of BLEEKER AT CMW 2017 awards shows held to honour the different segments of the music industry. These include the Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, the Radio Music Awards, the Live Music Awards, The Indies, and the first annual Canadian Sync Awards. This year’s festival headliners include Sloan, The Beaches, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Slow, 2 Chainz, Monster Truck, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and more. For more information, including conference and festival schedules and lineups, award nominees, and more, go to ww.cmw.net. Nominees Announced for 2018 Indies Canadian Music Week has announced the nominees for the 18 th annual Independent Music Awards (Indies), hap- pening May 12 th at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre. Gord Downie, Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Iskwe, and Alvvays are among the many Canadian artists nominated at this year’s awards, which will feature performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Said the Whale, Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, and the winner of the Jim Beam talent search. For a full list of nominees, go to www.indies.ca. B.C. Announces $7.5 Million for New Provincial Music Fund The Government of British Columbia is granting $7.5 million in funding for Amplify BC, the province’s new music fund designed to support people working in the province’s music industry. The new program focuses on four funding areas: Industry Initiatives supporting the development of B.C.’s music industry; Career Development for emerging and established artists; Live Music support to create op- portunities and enhance tourism.; and Music Company Development to increase the capacity of B.C.’s music companies. Amplify BC will be administered by Creative BC over the next year. For more information, go to www.creativebc.com. … The nominees for the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards have been announced. The awards will return on May 18 th at Winnipeg’s Club Regent Event Centre and will coin- cide with the Manito Ahbee Festi- val. Awards will be handed out in 19 categories, honouring the best music created by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. At the ceremony, classic Native American rock band Redbone will be hon- oured with a lifetime achievement award. For more information and a list of nominees, go to www.indigenousmusicawards.com. REDBONE 12 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N