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