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Music Canada Amplifies the Music Ecosystem at 2019 Symposium

On October 23, Music Canada held its annual Symposium event, highlighting the past year of work to create the conditions for a strong and dynamic music economy in Canada. The event brought together industry champions, thought leaders, artists and advocates to share milestones and to provide a look toward the future. The format of the event aligned with Music Canada’s Strategic Plan, a formal roadmap designed to achieve our goal of creating a marketplace in Canada where artists and the businesses who support them are fairly paid when their work is commercialized. 

This year’s theme, Amplifying the Music Ecosystem, set the stage to deliver the results of Music Canada’s advocacy work over the past year.  CEO and President Graham Henderson opened the event by sharing the impact of the organization’s recent report Closing the Value Gap, launched to a sold-out crowd at the Economic Club of Canada this summer. Henderson outlined how policymakers have come to recognize the existence of the Value Gap and the legislative changes that are needed to fix it. He reaffirmed Music Canada’s commitment, in light of the recent federal election, to working with the government to ensure necessary reforms are considered to address the Value Gap, and to uplift artists and creators.

Henderson welcomed Farah Mohamed as an Independent Director to Music Canada’s Board. An experienced social profit entrepreneur, Mohamed also serves as the Senior Vice President to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, and has held prior roles as the CEO of the Malala Fund and founder of G(irls)20. Along with Jennifer Sloan, who was elected Chair of the Board earlier this year, these additions complement the Board with their incredible experience and insight. 

“Music Canada has an important role to play in representing an industry that plays a part in most, if not all, of Canadian’s lives,” said Farah Mohamed.“As an independent Director to Music Canada’s Board, I look forward to supporting their mandate as an agent of change and a thought leader within the music community. I’m excited to be able to work to engage all players across the music industry, from the private sector to government leaders, so that artists from coast to coast to coast and the industry is strong and vibrant for decades to come.” 

NYU Professor Larry S. Miller, Director of the Music Business Program, and host of the popular Musonomics podcast, delivered a keynote address that shared new and compelling information from his recent report Same Heart. New Beat. How Record Labels Amplify Talent in the Modern Music Marketplace, which illustrates how record labels have reinvented themselves to thrive in the era of streaming music. Miller took part in a fireside chat with Graham Henderson and Miranda Mulholland, musician, label owner, music festival founder, and Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council. Together, they illustrated how the changing relationship with technology impacts the future sustainability of the industry.

The Symposium included a rousing performance by multi-instrumentalist country singer Emily Reid. Raised in Victoria, B.C., Reid moved to Nashville to study at the prestigious Belmont University, where she immersed herself in Nashville’s Music City culture. Reid signed with Universal Music Canada in 2018, releasing her major label debut EP, Wine, this past summer. She is currently on tour opening for Kip Moore on her home turf in British Columbia, opening shows in Duncan, Victoria, and Nanaimo. 

A fireside chat with Music Canada Chief Operating Officer Jackie Dean, board members Jennifer Sloan and Farah Mohamed, and Susan Marjetti, award-winning journalist and Executive Director of CBC Radio and Audio continued the conversation on the importance of diversity and inclusivity measures across the industry.

Despite distinct backgrounds and experiences, each panelist talked about the power of music to unite people in order to tackle social causes, to overcome challenges, and to promote what makes Canada special at home and abroad.

Graham Henderson presented Gil Moore with this year’s Artist Advocate Award, which recognizes musicians and songwriters for their outstanding advocacy efforts to improve the livelihoods of music creators. 

“I’m very proud to receive this award today,” said Gil Moore. “But awards are not the reason I became an artist advocate – I am an advocate for music because I have seen firsthand how it can change lives. I’ve seen that in my own career as a performer, I’ve seen it with fans who are so passionate about the artists they love, and I’ve seen it with our students at Metalworks, who get into this business and invest in their careers because they love music and they are driven to succeed in this industry. I’ve also seen the way that music can empower a community, create jobs, and drive economic growth – and that is worth advocating for. Thank you to Graham and Music Canada for this recognition, and your continued efforts to grow the music sector.” 

“Gil Moore has put Mississauga’s music scene on the map. We are eternally grateful for his efforts and pride he has brought to our City,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Gil consistently champions the power of music for job creation and growth, and as a member of our Economic Development Advisory Board, he has been instrumental in the creation of the first full-time music industry position at City Hall focused on music sector development.”

Henderson also presented the President’s Award to Susan Marjetti to celebrate her work to support the industry and her deep passion for music that has had an enduring impact on the music ecosystem. “I’m deeply touched by this recognition. Like all of you, music has been such a big part of my life,” said Susan Marjetti. “Music has the power to connect us. To reflect us. To engage and entertain us. It matters deeply. And Canada just wouldn’t be the same without our music and the people who make it. At CBC Music, we aspire to celebrate and honour that every day.”

In a particularly poignant moment, Graham Henderson, Warner Music President Steve Kane, and Universal Music President Jeffrey Remedios held a moving tribute to the late Deane Cameron, former President of EMI Music Canada and a true changemaker who had an indelible effect on our industry. Together, they announced that Music Canada, with the support of our member labels, has created a new MusiCounts scholarship in Cameron’s honour. Reflecting Deane’s long standing support for Indigenous communities and programs, $15,000 has been pledged to ensure that two to three Indigenous youth will receive a MusiCounts Scholarship in 2020. Shane Carter, President of Sony Music Canada, would also have been part of the announcement, but was travelling and unable to attend.

“We are here to treasure the memory of our absent friend, Deane Cameron,” said Henderson, after quoting Cicero and Thoreau. Both Kane and Remedios spoke passionately about Cameron’s passion for Canadian artists, and of his influence and mentorship on their own careers.

“I can’t think of a better way to honour our friend,” said Kane. “After Deane’s passing, there were a lot of fantastic stories about how he supported and inspired Canadian artists. Equally important was his role in inspiring and in nurturing business and executive talent. And I can say as I look over my shoulder, Jeffrey and I are living, breathing examples of that tutelage and that generosity. This scholarship embodies Deane’s generosity. He was generous with his time, with his wisdom. He challenged us, he taught us. And every day, we try to live up to the bar and example that he set for us.” 

“He brought so many of us up in this business. Leading and guiding, but also nurturing us. Deane was my mentor and he was my biggest champion,” said Remedios. 

“He taught me about making great records, and about breaking acts. He taught me about how to speak hard truths to artists – with respect, and compassion, and with care. I miss him, but he’s never far from my thoughts. I try to live up to the lessons and values that he instilled in me and so many others every day.”

Following the tribute, Miranda Mulholland performed “Ashokan Farewell” on violin in Cameron’s memory, providing a beautiful soundtrack to a moment of reflection.

Jennifer Sloan, Chair of the Music Canada Board of Directors, closed the event with a message on the importance of an industry united, and how collaboration is integral to continue to ensure that the wide range of voices can be amplified, as we strive to continue strengthening the music ecosystem.

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Music Canada and Member Labels Announce MusiCounts Scholarship in honour of Deane Cameron

Earlier this year, the music industry lost Deane Cameron, former President of EMI Music Canada and a true changemaker who had an indelible effect on our industry. In memory of Deane, Music Canada, with the support of our member labels Warner, Sony, and Universal, is proud to announce a new MusiCounts scholarship in his honour. 

The scholarship will give aspiring professionals the connections, skills, and resources needed to jump start their career in music. The Scholarship is intended for young professionals who are completing post-secondary studies in the areas of music performance, music business, or music production, and who plan to enter the workforce within the next 12 months. 

The announcement was made today at Music Canada’s 2019 Symposium, by Steve Kane, President of Warner Music Canada, and Jeffrey Remedios, President of Universal Music Canada. Shane Carter, President of Sony Music Canada, would also have been part of the announcement, but was unable to attend due to travel. 

Reflecting Deane’s long standing support for Indigenous communities and programs, $15,000 has been pledged to the MusiCounts Scholarship Program, which will ensure that two to three Indigenous youth will receive a MusiCounts Scholarship in 2020. MusiCounts’ new partnership with Indspire will allow MusiCounts to identify Indigenous youth in Canada who will benefit most from this unique scholarship program. 

“Deane Cameron was a titan of our industry – a passionate and proud supporter of Canadian music, a staunch advocate for creators, and an inspirational leader,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “He was a mentor for so many in the music business, and an esteemed member of our board for 24 years. Through the support of our members – Sony, Universal, and Warner – we honour his enduring legacy though this scholarship.”

For full details on MusiCounts’ Scholarship programs, visit https://musicounts.ca/programs-overview/scholarships/.

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Government of Canada to provide $8.3 million in funding towards Massey Hall revitalization

Left to right: The Honourable Melanie Joly, Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet (Whitehorse), Jim Cuddy, Deane Cameron, Adam Vaughan

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, was in Toronto Friday to announce The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall as a recipient of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The Government of Canada will provide $8,330,000 to assist with the revitalization of the legendary Massey Hall, which will improve its accessibility, technical infrastructure and presentation environment.

“We are thrilled that the Government of Canada is investing in Massey Hall’s future through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund,” said Deane Cameron, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall. “This funding will help set the stage for the completion of the Massey Hall Revitalization Project to ensure that Massey Hall remains a home to showcase and cultivate our future leaders in arts, culture and beyond.”

A rendering of the completed Massey Hall exterior revitalization (photo: Cicada Design for Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects)

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund launched in 2001 and receives an average of 137 applications each year. As of March 31, 2016, the fund has invested approximately $410 million in 1,381 projects in every province and territory.

“Investing in Canada’s cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy, and ensures that Canada’s unique perspective is shared with the world,” said Minister Joly.

Also in attendance at the announcement was Spadina-Fort York MP Adam Vaughan, and musician Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, who spoke to his experiences playing the infamous stage and the impact the venue has had on the City of Toronto. Joly also spoke to the venue’s presence in Toronto during her address, deeming it a “right of passage” for musicians from all over the world who grace its stage. Toronto-based duo Whitehorse closed out the event with a captivating performance.

Massey Hall opened in 1894, and the last major renovation occurred in occurred in 1948. Phase 2 planning of the revitalization is underway, and construction is set to complete in 2021.

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Deane Cameron Announced as President and CEO of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall has announced that Deane Cameron has been appointed its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 15, 2015.

The respected music industry executive will oversee all aspects of the Corporation’s management. With more than 40 years of experience in the Canadian music industry, including 24 as President and CEO of EMI Music Canada, Cameron has earned a reputation as a stalwart champion of Canadian culture. He has received some of the highest honours in Canada for his contributions to arts and culture, including an appointment to the Order of Canada, the JUNO Awards’ Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, and the Canadian Country Music Association’s Hank Smith Award of Excellence.

“The Board are excited and pleased to have a person of Deane Cameron’s calibre to lead the Corporation at such an exciting time in our organization’s history,” said Richard Hamm, Chair of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Board of Governors, in a release. “We have full confidence that Deane will bring meaningful opportunities for audiences and artists alike on behalf of one of Canada’s premiere music and entertainment institutions.”

“I am honoured and thrilled to not only be a part of this iconic music company’s legacy, but to join the impressive momentum within the organization” said Cameron of the appointment. “The team is a creative force in the live entertainment world and this is truly a unique opportunity for me, as a proud Canadian, to explore and support all exciting ways that we can best serve the community through the revitalization of Massey Hall, new program initiatives on all of our stages, and beyond.”

Cameron’s appointment was applauded by artists, industry personnel, and music organizations following the announcement.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Deane for many years, and I could not be more pleased to see such a passionate and proud supporter of Canadian creators assuming the helm at Roy Thomson/Massey Hall,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “Deane’s passion for the promotion and development of Canadian artists is legendary.  From Anne Murray to Serena Ryder, Deane has worked with a galaxy of Canadian artists helping them to make their mark in Canadian music history.  He was not given the Order of Canada for nothing!  His knowledge of every facet of the music industry, gained from his years as President and CEO of EMI Music, will be invaluable as the Corporation continues to grow and reach out to new generations of Canadians.  It is, moreover, immensely gratifying to see that a Canadian has been entrusted with the stewardship of two of our beloved, cultural crown jewels.”

“Since the very early stages of my professional career Deane has supported and encouraged me, and he was there to celebrate with us when I made my headline debut at Massey Hall just over a year ago,” said recording artist Serena Ryder in the release. “Every artist knows that these are among the greatest stages a musician can aspire to anywhere in the world. I congratulate Deane on this announcement on behalf of all artists fortunate enough to work with him and know that music fans everywhere will benefit – because he’s one of us. A true music champion.”

Congratulations to 2011 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award recipient Deane Cameron on his new gig as the President and CEO of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall!

Posted by The JUNO Awards on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Deane Cameron is the new president of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. Deane is a real music man, someone I’ve had the…

Posted by Nicholas Jennings on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nice new gig for Deane. The venues will be in great hands.

Posted by Bob Roper on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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2014 Canadian Country Music Awards presented during Canadian Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB

Congratulations to the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Award winners, which were presented this past weekend during Canadian Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB.

During the Awards broadcast Sunday night, Dean Brody won Album of the Year for ‘Crop Circles’, while Gord Bamford won Single of the Year for ‘When Your Lips Are So Close’, in addition to picking up the Male Artist of the Year Award. Jess Moskaluke won Female Artist of the Year, while Small Town Pistols were recognized as Group or Duo of the Year. Brett Kissel was honoured with the CMT Video of the Year award for ‘3-2-1’, as Tim Hicks won the Rising Star award, and Johnny Reid was the Fans’ Choice Award winner.

Music Canada would like to extend special congratulations to Deane Cameron, who was honoured with the Hank Smith Award of Excellence, which recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in contributing his or her time and talents for the advancement of Canadian country music nationally. We would also like to congratulate Beverley Mahood, who received the 2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, as well as Wendell Ferguson, who was the 2014 Artist Inductee to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and Ron Sakamoto, who was the 2014 Builder Inductee to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Congratulations as well to Open Road Recordings, who was named the Record Company of the Year at the CCMA Gala, a category that is proudly sponsored by Music Canada.

For a full list of winners, see the listing on the CCMA website.

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Deane Cameron to receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence at Country Music Week

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has announced that Deane Cameron will be honoured with the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence, which recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond their job in contributing his or her time and talents for the advancement of Canadian country music nationally.

“Deane Cameron has left an indelible impact on the Canadian country music industry. His tenacity for finding and mentoring great talent, and ability to stay humble amid successful results speaks to his strengths over a storied career,” said Ron Kitchener, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors.

As stated in the release, Cameron has played a significant role in the careers of such Canadian artists as Susan Aglukark, Terri Clark, Tom Cochrane, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Rita MacNeil, John McDermott, Anne Murray, The Rankin Family, Johnny Reid, Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more. Cameron worked his way up through the ranks of the music industry, eventually making history when he became the youngest Canadian President of a major music label in 1988.

“As Canadians, we proudly hold our place as the second most significant supporters and contributors to the global country music business. Past, present and future, the Canadian country music industry is a hotbed of talent,” said Deane Cameron. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many extraordinary artists thus far, and look forward to more exciting things to come. I’m honoured, humbled, and THRILLED to be the recipient of the Hank Smith Award of Excellence.”

Cameron will receive the honour during a private industry event held during Country Music Week, which takes place September 4 – 7 in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

Congratulations, Deane!

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Deane Cameron, President of EMI Music Canada to receive Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Toronto, ON (November 24, 2010) — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce Deane Cameron, President, EMI Music Canada, as the recipient of the 2011 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. Cameron made history in 1988 when he became the youngest Canadian President of a major music label, EMI Music Canada, and has since been a premier voice for the advancement of Canadian artists and the music industry. He will be honoured at the 2011 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards held in Toronto, ON, this coming March.

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