June 09

Highlights From Day 1 of Canadian Music Week

The President and CEO of Ontario Creates, Karen Thorne-Stone got the day off to a great start with opening remarks. Following the opening remarks was an insightful session brought to us by Music Canada entitled, “State of the Industry: A United, Dynamic & Resilient Canadian Ecosystem”. We were joined by Jennifer Brown the CEO of SOCAN, Keziah Myers, the Executive Director of ADVANCE, Margaret McGuffin the CEO of Music Publishers Canada and the session moderator, Patrick Rogers the CEO of Music Canada. 

Universal Music Canada CEO Jeffrey Remedios gave a 45-minute keynote address on the first day of CMW and managed to bring business and humanity into his speech. Music journalist Karen Bliss will have the full story after the conference, but the topics ranged from micro case studies of some of the incredible breakthroughs by some of the label’s new artists to the company’s new award-winning headquarters in Toronto’s Liberty Village to brand new departments and positions, aligned with their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). “It feels pretty amazing to be here, Canadian Music Week, live and in-person,” he began. “A huge thank you to Neill [Dixon] and to Danya [Dixon] for persevering, for pushing forward, for making this happen. It is such a vital part of our business.”
Music Publishers Canada and Honey Jam curated a special session with amazing songwriters, producers, singers, mixers, and engineers who shared their experiences crafting a sound recording. 
A lot of my music that I have written has happened when the music stops. Stoping the music and let it cycle in my brain – Denise De’ion, Producer,

Artist & Songwriter. We all want to know about NFTs and how to incorporate it into your marketing plan if you’re an artist. Our expert panelists gave a breakdown of the many ways major artists and brands are using NFTs.
This powerful conversation gave a lot of insight into the Indigenous-owned music industry. The session included JUNO Award-Winning Touring Artists, ShoShona Kish, Vocalist and Drummer of CrownLands, Cody Bowles, Executive Director of Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, Cynthia Lickers Sage and moderated by Indigenous Music Summit, Amanda Rheaume. “The College of Knowledge: Why Data Is Everything”, moderated by Publicist, Author & Award-Winning Journalist Dalton Higgins, gave a lot of knowledge to capture and analyze data for artists and labels. Along with the best tips and tools that are currently being used within the music industry.
Focusing not just on overall consumption but also on passion indicators like repeat listening behavior, how actively are people listening to your music versus having it fed to them by charts, and playlists those are really important things to focus on.  – Dan DeCamello, Director Of Business Intelligence, Stem DistributionPURCHASE CMW PASSESCOMING UPjapan ad fp 4c.pngattachment1654773084417-page-001.jpg
Check out the full conference schedule for all the details!FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULECanadian 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. All conference functions take place at the InterContinental Toronto Centre at 225 Front Street West in Toronto.
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