CMW 2018 Music Summit Expanded, Sync Awards Added & More Details Announced

CMWCanadian Music Week will once again be taking over downtown Toronto from May 7-13, 2018. In addition to the three-day Music Summit, CMW organizers have announced the return of the one-day Mastering of a Music City Summit, which will be held Saturday, May 12th at the Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel. It is a joint event by Music Canada, the international recording industry group IFPI, and Canadian Music Week and it will explore in-depth the relationship between creative city planning, quality-of-life, and the music industry.

The Music Summit has been expanded to four days, May 9-12, will be split into three programming streams encompassing Tech & Innovation, Live Touring, and the Global Creators Summit, as well as keynotes, celebrity interviews, breakout sessions, and workshops. The keynote speakers will include Live Nations’ Jackie Wilgar, immigration lawyer Lorraine D’Alessio, AEG Live President Rick Mueller, producer Steve Lillywhite, and Peermusic CEO Megan Faces Peer.

Also new for this year in the inaugural Sync Awards, which will recognize the contribution that sync makes to the creative industries. Nominees will include music supervisors, sync teams, publishers, record companies, and others from the worlds of broadcast and advertising. The Sync Awards are added to a busy lineup of awards shows, which includes the Live Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, and the Indie Awards.

This year’s CMW Festival headliners include Sloan, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dirty Nil, Keys ‘n’ Krates, and Slow.

For a full schedule of events and showcases, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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