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Music Industry & Artists Descend on CMW 2018

[![[Photo: Mark Matusoff]](/content/images/2018/05/MattandKim-27-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2018/05/MattandKim-27.jpg)[Photo: Mark Matusoff]
The 36th annual edition of Canadian Music Week returned to downtown Toronto from May 7-13, 2018 as hundreds of showcases featuring artists from around the world were held in 40 venues around the city. As well, the CMW Music Summit, which was expanded to four days from May 9-12, brought together Canadian and international industry players to do business and for educational sessions covering a wealth of timely topics affecting music in 2018.The expanded music conference was held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Among the wide-ranging music industry topics on the schedule were streaming revenues, blockchain’s uses and potential in the music industry, the future of VR/AR content, the power of streaming playlists, as well as spotlights on the USA and other countries. Among the speakers were MAC Presents President Marcie Allen, Lava Records’ Jason Flom, AEG Presents’ Rick Mueller, immigration lawyer Lorraine D’Alessio, Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley, Nathan Wiszniak of Spotify Canada, and many more executives and representatives from all areas of the industry.

For the first time, CMW hosted a music hackathon, which which saw the diverse team named its lead member, Sate, win the competition for its concept for an augmented reality application for concerts.

In addition to the conference and festival, there were a number of awards shows held to honour the different segments of the music industry and artists. For a recap of the Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, click here. For a recap of the 2018 Indies, click here. For a recap of the Canadian Radio & Music Awards, click here. For a recap of the Live Music Industry Awards, click here. And for a recap of the first Sync Awards, click here.

[![Kiwi Jr. at CMW 2018 [Photo: Mark Matusoff]](/content/images/2018/05/KiwiJr-4-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2018/05/KiwiJr-4.jpg)Kiwi Jr. at CMW 2018 [Photo: Mark Matusoff]
This year’s festival headliners included Sloan, The Beaches, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Slow, 2 Chainz, Monster Truck, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and more.*Canadian Musician* had a huge presence at Canadian Music Week 2018, thanks in large part to Samantha Everts-Matusoff and Mark Matusoff. Sam and Mark were on the ground covering panels and networking events by day and showcases across the city by night. To see some of Mark’s standout photos from the first three days of CMW, May 7-9, 2018, on the *Canadian Musician* blog, go [HERE](http://canadianmusician.com/blog/2018/05/16/cm-does-cmw-2018-may-7-9/#sthash.WC87DBNc.dpbs).

As well, stage psychologist, performance coach & Canadian Musician contributor Luther Mallory wrote blog post on one of the most important & valuable aspects of Canadian Music Week: hanging in the hotel lobby. Check it out HERE.

For more information, including conference and festival schedules and lineups, awards nominees, and more, go to ww.cmw.net.

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Mike Raine is the Senior editor of Canadian Musician.