May 16

Canadian Music Week Highlights-Lemonheads, Tokyo Police Club, Linda Perry, Poo Bear, Nile Rodgers, Dave Stewart, Jermaine Dupri and The Live Music Industry Awards @Toronto- Mon.,May 6th-Sunday,May 12th,2019

Straight ahead Indie radio pop hooks from start to finish. Tokyo Police Club started with DLTFWYH, from the latest album, and never let up. The Phoenix was jumping until the last beat. The crowd was feeding off the live energy of a band that was feeding off the power of a pumped sold-out crowd. A steady mix of new and old made for a great set. Songs like Hercules, Simple Dude and Pigs from the TPC album fit right in with the old stuff, like Nature of the Experiment from the first EP. They left the crowd wanting more finishing the set with Tessellate. The fans wanted more and let the band know it. Tokyo Police Club returned with two more great songs. Favourite Food and Your English Is Good. Great set, loved by the fans lucky enough to get a ticket.

We were crammed into Lee’s Palace for the highly anticipated”Punk Rockers” Lemonheads concert. They announced the tour of North America in support of their upcoming covers album, Varshons 2, which came out February 8th. The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson joined Evan Dando and company, providing guest support for all 33 dates. The tour begins May 2nd in Fairfield, Connecticut and ends June 15th in Boston.
The Lemonheads new album’s tracks: a marginally updated version of the psych-pop band GiveGoods’ song “Unfamiliar,” which Dando originally co-wrote with Tom Morgan in 2003 was covered during the concert.
The new album featured a banana-scented scratch-and-sniff sleeve and colored vinyl album.  Some of the cool cover songs played on this tour and during CMW included:
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
(John Prine cover), Abandoned
(Lucinda Williams cover),
(Smudge cover)
It Looks Like You
(Evan Dando song)
My Idea
(Chris Brokaw cover)
The Outdoor Type
(Smudge cover)
Man Out of Time
(Elvis Costello & The Attractions cover)
Time Passages
(Al Stewart cover)
I Just Can’t Take It Anymore
(Gram Parsons cover)
Hannah & Gabi
Different Drum
(Michael Nesmith cover)

An amazing concert during CMW and we  relived the glory days of punk and these amazing cover tunes.

Announces Winners and Recipients from the
The 4th Annual Live Music Industry Awards

Canadian Music Week and Canadian Live Music Association last night held the fourth annual Canadian Live Music Industry Awards, hosted by Kim Stockwood, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

The Live Music Industry Awards honoured the achievements of artists, individuals, and companies supporting music festivals, live music venues, artist agencies, music programs and more.

This celebratory event also featured performances by LU KALA, Datsunn, and Kim Stockwood.

Triumph, represented by Canadian Live Music Industry Association member the Feldman Agency, were honoured with the prestigious Legends of Live Award, which recognizes a group or artist who has made a great contribution to the Canadian music industry through live music touring and concerts.

The Live Music Awards winners include:

Small Festival of the Year – Hillside Festival (Guelph ON)
Medium Festival of the Year – Riverfest Elora (Elora, ON)
Major Festival of the Year – Festival d’été de Québec (Quebec, QC)
Family Program of the Year – Winnipeg Children’s Festival (Winnipeg, MB)
Green Operations Festival of the Year – Skookum (Vancouver, BC)
Not-For-Profit Festival of the Year – RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
Best Teamwork in Soft Seat/Performing Arts Centre – National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON)
Best Teamwork in Major Club – Danforth Music Hall (Toronto, ON)
Best Teamwork in an Arena – Budweiser Gardens (London, ON)
Best Teamwork in a Medium Club – Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto, ON)
Best Teamwork in a Small Club – The Dakota Tavern (Toronto, ON)
Concert / Club Talent Buyer of the Year – Craig Laskey (Collective
Canadian Live Association Community Impact Award – PLUS1 Organization (Ottawa, ON)
SOCAN Licensed To Play Award – Jazz Bistro (Toronto, ON)
Agent of the Year – Julien Paquin (Paquin Entertainment Group, Management Team)
A/V Production Company of the Year – Solotech
Brand / Music Program of the Year – TD Music Junos
Production Manager of the Year – Simon Garner (Bryan Adams)
Road Warrior of the Year – Dave Gardiner (The Arkells)
New Touring Artist – Loud Luxury
Manager of the Year – Bernie Breen/Jenn Pressey (Bernie Breen Management)
Festival Buyer of the Year – Evenko (Montreal, QC)
Legends of Live Award – Triumph
Music City of the Year – Quebec, QC

Now in its 37th year, 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 multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival which spans seven nights of performances (May 6 – 12), with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All conference functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (May 9 – 11).


Speech made during The Live Music Awards by Triumph.
“I’d like to talk a little bit about the way we approached the business,” he said. “Maybe if there are some younger musicians in here, performers. We didn’t take an adversarial relationship with promoters. We tried to work with them and we tried to work with our agents as well. As Vinny has alluded to, he was our agent since day one. Loyalty is something that is very important in this industry. To really grow the industry you really need loyal people. I love those long relationships.”

Linda Perry, Poo Bear, Nile Rodgers, Dave Stewart, Jermaine Dupri were some of the iconic music personnel on hand to showcase their expertise and life experiences during the conference series during CMW 2019.

We would like to thank Damien Nelson of Want And Able PR for the invitation to CMW 2019.