Canadian Music Week 2023 was held from June 5 to 10, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario and attracted participants from the music, interactive and broadcasting industries from around the globe. CMW is Canada’s largest annual event dedicated to the celebration and promotion of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. It consisted of two information-intensive conferences, a trade exposition, , the music festival, and awards shows: the sync-awards, the Indies Awards, and the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards.
A Music Conference – Sessions of Interest:
1. 2nd Annual Social Justice Honours Award – Interviewer – Master T
Kardinal Offishall, Global A&R at Def Jam Records, is awarded the 2nd annual Social Justice First Annual Social Justice Honours Award Recipient for his work in helping those in need.
2. Web3, AI and New Opportunities
The Web3.0 panel discussed how musicians can take advantage of these new technologies to offer new services from entertainment to gaming to change how people consume creative talent for fun and profit.
3. Tom Poleman – Radio Innovator – Interview By: Jamar “JNiice” McNeil
Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer and President of National Programming, iHeartMedia is interviewed by Jamar “JNiice” McNeil. Tom Poleman co-producers iHeartMedia’s major events such as the iHeartRadio Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Festival , the iHeart Country Festival, iHeart Radio ALTer Ego, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, and iHeartPodcast Awards.
4. Tom Jackson,
Live Music Producer who has worked with artists like Taylor Swift, worked with the 2023 Jim Beam National Talent Search winner to improve their stage presence and music.
Awards: Canadian Music Week 2023
The Awards are always a key part of the Festival:
I Sync Sessions & Awards
Of great importance to musicians is potential revenue from Synchronization which can be an important source of income. As this panel pointed out, completion is tough and the process is long and complicated to obtain rights clearance and getting your music placed into a movie to television program.
What is Sync license?
A music synchronization license, or “sync” for short, is a music license granted by the holder of the copyright of a particular composition, allowing the licensee to synchronize (“sync”) music with some kind of visual media output (film, television shows, advertisements, video games, accompanying website music, movie trailers, etc.).[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronization_rights]
The session, State of Sync covered the process of synchronization or licensing your music into a visual media output for fun and profit for the artist. The process is a complicated on from pitching to a music supervisor to clearing the copyright rights to the work and the artistic aspects of combing the music to the media output.
The 2023 CANADIAN SYNC AWARDS included the following winners:
Best Sync – Sports Program or Sports Promo is the 2022/2023 IIHF World Juniors of Hockey (Canada v. Czechia Finals Promo) “Stereo” by The Watchmen – Music Supervisor: Cody Partridge
Best Sync – Commercial – Apple AirPods 2022 – “Voodoo” by Badshah, J Balvin, and Tainy – Music Supervisor: Everton Lewis, Jr
Best Sync – Scene, Episodic Series (Drama or Comedy) – Shoresy – “True Love” by Tobias Jesso Jr. – Music Supervisor: Cody Partridge
II Live Music Industry Awards:
The Canadian Live Music Industry Awards included awards to
GENERAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS
• BrandxMusic Program of the Year: RBCxMusic | Canada
• Road Warrior of the Year: Jen Ochej | Canada
• Agent of the Year: Grant Paley, Midnight Agency | Canada
• Manager of the Year: Six Shooter Management, Six Shooter Records | Toronto, ON
III The Indies
The 22nd Annual Canadian Independent Music Awards aka “The Indies” honoured the achievements of independent Canadian and International musicians and was held History
Notable Winners of the 21st Annual Jim Beam® INDIE Awards Are:
Album of the Year – presented by SiriusXM is July Talk – “Remember Never Before”
Artist of the Year – presented by SiriusXM is Alexisonfire
The Canadian Music Week 2023 was a great event promoting music and the training of music professionals. Check back here for CMW2024.
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