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Winners Revealed for 2019 Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards

Last week, Canadian Music Week (CMW) celebrated the best in Canada’s music industry with the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank, at Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto.

The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame inductees included Michael McCarty, Chief Membership and Business Development Officer at SOCAN, Steve Herman, Senior Vice President of Touring for North America at Live Nation, and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Robbie Robertson.

The recipient of the 2019 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award was the late Gord Downie, and Patrick Downie was in attendance to receive the award in his honour. Outside of his career as a musician, poet and front-man for The Tragically Hip, Gord committed his time to causes close to his heart. He dedicated the last few years of his life, educating the country about Canada’s past, moving toward reconciliation, and also spent many years working with the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers among other organizations.

The 2019 Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame inductees were Guy Brouillard of CKOI, Gerry Forbes of CJAY 92, and Brother Jake Edwards of TSN 1040 for their decades long careers in Canadian broadcasting across the country. In memoriam, Leslie Sole and Terri Michael were also inducted in the Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. The 2019 recipient of the Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award, in memory of legendary Radio Programmer Steve Young, was Brad Karp from Country 93.3FM in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) and CMW also celebrated musician, songwriter and producer Eddie Schwartz, who was inducted to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Music industry legend and CSHF founder Frank Davies presented the award to Eddie Schwartz, best known for writing such classic hit songs as “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” recorded by Pat Benatar, “Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack, “The Doctor” by the Doobie Brothers, “When There’s Time for Love” by Lawrence Gowan and “Special Girl” recorded by America. Canadian musician Lawrence Gowan was in attendance to perform “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “When There’s Time for Love”.

The Rosalie Award, supported by CBC and Slaight Music, and Direct Media Sales, was presented to Carmela Laurignano is Vice-President and Radio Group Manager at Evanov Radio Group (ERG). The Rosalie Award recipients are women who are successful in the radio industry and are seen as leaders, mentors, and people making a difference in the business.

The evening also featured performances by Indigenous Youth Hand Drum Group, Jonathon Butler, Logan Staats, 54:40, and The McCarty Band featuring Esthero, Jelleestone, and members of Three Days Grace, Alexisonfire, and Billy Talent.

The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards also recognized the following winners:

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR MAJOR MARKET
Lisa Grossi – CHUM FM – Toronto

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR SECONDARY MARKET
Barry Stewart – Hot Country 103.5/Jewel 105 – Halifax

MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR SMALL MARKET
Shilo Bellis – New Country 96.9 – Moncton

ON AIR TALENT OF THE YEAR MAJOR MARKET
Garner Andrews – Sonic 102.9 – Edmonton

ON AIR TALENT SECONDARY MARKET
Jeff & Rachel – 97.5 Virgin – London

PROGRAM DIRECTOR MAJOR MARKET
Sarah Cummings – CHUM FM – Toronto

PROGRAM DIRECTOR SECONDARY MARKET
(A Tie)
Brad Gibb – FM96/Fresh –London

Jim McCourtie – 89X/93.9 The River – Windsor

PROGRAM DIRECTOR SMALL MARKET
Matt Cleveland – Capital FM 106.9 – Fredericton

PROMOTION OF YEAR
Kiss Your Ashby Goodbye – CHUM FM – Toronto

STATION MEDIUM MARKET
96.3 Cruz-FM – Saskatoon

STATION A/C
98.1 CHFI – Toronto
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STATION CHR
The New Hot 899 – Ottawa

STATION CLASSIC GOLD
Boom 97.3 – Toronto

STATION COUNTRY
Country 105 – Calgary

STATION MULTICULTURAL
CHIN – Toronto

STATION NEWS/TALK/SPORTS
680 News – Toronto

STATION ROCK
Indie 88 – Toronto

STATION SMALL
K-Rock 105.7 – Kingston

Industry Awards

TALENT DEVELOPMENT STORY OF THE YEAR
Loud Luxury

BOOKING AGENCY
The Feldman Agency

CASINO/SPECIALTY VENUE
Casino Rama Resort, Orillia

DIGITAL MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE
Spotify

INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTOR
eOne Music

INDEPENDENT LABEL
Arts and Crafts

INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE
Dine Alone Store/Wax on Wheels, Toronto

MUSIC JOURNALIST
Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

MAJOR FACILITY (OVER 8000)
Budweiser Stage, Toronto

MAJOR FACILITY (UNDER 8000)
Brandt Centre, Regina

MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Bruce Allen Management

MAJOR RETAILER
Sunrise Records

MUSIC PUBLISHER
Universal Music Publishing

MUSIC SCHOOL
(A tie)
Fanshawe College – London
Metalworks Institute – Mississauga

PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (over 1500)
The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, Toronto

PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (under 1500)
Danforth Music Hall, Toronto

PROMOTER
Live Nation
PUBLICIST
Joanne Setterington, Indoor Recess

RECORDING STUDIO
Revolution Recording, Toronto
MAJOR LABEL
Universal Music

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.