Winners Announced for the 4th Annual Canadian Live Music Industry Awards

The Canadian Live Music Association  is pleased to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Live Music Industry Awards, presented by Stingray and the El Mocambo, in partnership with Canadian Music Week. The Live Music Industry Awards celebrate the best of the live music sector and are a highlight of CMW’s Music Summit.

Brilliantly hosted by the amazing Kim Stockwood, who performed an acoustic rendition of Legends of Live award recipients Triumph’s classic song Lay It On The Line, the sold-out event featured performances by LU KALA and Datsunn as well as the presentation of Canadian Live Music Association Community Impact Award to Plus1 Organization.

“The live music community in Canada is simply incredible… the role ‘the people behind live music’ play in connecting artists to fans and curating unforgettable show experiences for all of us is as inspiring as it is invaluable. Celebrating their expertise and achievements is a highlight of Canadian Music Week for many, and the Canadian Live Music Association salutes and thanks nominees and recipients for all that they contribute to Canadian quality of life.”  Erin Benjamin, President & CEO, Canadian Live Music Association.

LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS NOMINEES * Winners are in bold; Canadian Live Music Association Members are indicated by *.


Family Program of the Year

*Festival d’ete de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)

Junior Festival (Toronto, ON)

*Regina Folk Festival (Regina, SK)

*Supercrawl (Hamilton, ON)

Winnipeg Children’s Festival (Winnipeg, MB)

Small Festival of the Year (6,000 and under)

BluesFest Windsor (Windsor, ON )

Festival Country de Lotbiniere (Saint-Agapit, QC)

*Hillside Festival, Guelph (Guelph, ON)

*Indian River Festival (Kensington, PEI)

*JUNOfest (London, ON)

Medium Festival of the Year (6,001 – 15,000)

Bass Coast Electronic Music and Arts Festival (Merritt, BC)

Cityfolk (Ottawa, ON)

*Rifflandia Music Festival (Victoria, BC)

Riverfest Elora (Elora, ON)

Rockin’ River Music Fest (Merritt, BC)

Major Festival of the Year (15,000+)

*Boots & Hearts Music Festival (Oro-Medonte, ON)

*Festival d’ete de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)

*Montreal International Jazz Festival (Montreal, QC)

Skookum Festival (Vancouver, BC)

*Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB)

Not-For-Profit Festival of the Year

*RBC Bluesfest Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

*Festival d’ete de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)

*Halifax Jazz Festival (Halifax, NS)

*Northern Lights Festival Boreal (Sudbury, ON)

*Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB)

*Calgary Folk Festival (Calgary, AB)

Green Operations Festival of the Year

*Festival d’ete de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)

*Hillside Festival (Guelph, ON)

Skookum Festival (Vancouver, BC)

*Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB)


Best Teamwork in an Arena

*Budweiser Gardens (London, ON)

*Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)

*SaskTel Centre (Saskatoon, SK)

*Scotiabank Arena (Toronto, ON)

*True North Sports & Entertainment (Winnipeg, MB)

Best Teamwork in a Soft Seat Theatre/Performing Arts Centre

*Conexus Arts Centre (Regina, SK)

*National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON)

Orpheum Theatres (Vancouver, BC)

Sony Centre (Toronto, ON)

*The Royal Theatre (Victoria, BC)

Best Teamwork in a Major Club (1,000+ capacity)

*London Music Hall (London, ON)

Mtelus (Montreal, QC)

*Phoenix Concert Theatre (Toronto, ON)

*The Danforth Music Hall (Toronto, ON)

*The Vogue Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Best Teamwork in a Medium Club (300 – 999 capacity)

Corona Theatre (Montreal, QC)

*Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto, ON)

Imperial Bell (Montreal, QC)

Rickshaw Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

*Velvet Underground (Toronto, ON)

Best Teamwork in a Small Club (less than 300 capacity)

LIVE! on Elgin (Ottawa, ON)

*Mills Hardware (Hamilton, ON)

Seahorse Tavern (Halifax, NS)

The Carleton (Halifax, NS)

The Dakota Tavern (Toronto, ON)


Agent of the Year

Adam Countryman (Paradigm Talent Agency)

*Jack Ross (APA)

*Julien Paquin (Paquin Entertainment Group, Management Team)

*Stefanie Purificati (APA)

*Steven Himmelfarb (The Feldman Agency)

Manager of the Year

Alison Taylor (ATwork Management)

Bernie Breen/Jenn Pressey (Bernie Breen Management)

*Jennifer Sookdeo (SOOKS Productions & Entertainment)

*Michelle Szebo (Paquin Artists Agency)

*Shauna de Cartier and Helen Britton (Six Shooter Records)

Production Manager of the Year

Brad Ferguson (F2 Events Corp)

Brad Hicks (Hicks Entertainment Services)

Kathleen Ryan (Kathleen Ryan Productions)

Peter Lawlor (Level Productions Inc.)

Scott Carmichael (Live Show Productions)

Simon Garner (Bryan Adams)

Road Warrior of the Year (Tour Manager)

Aaron Brody (Broken Social Scene)

Jen Ochej (Lights, Jesse Reyez)

Joe Cacciopo (Randy Bachman, Walk Off The Earth)

Dave Gardiner (The Arkells)

Donny Cooper (Tokyo Police Club, Wintersleep)

Concert Club Talent Buyer of the Year

*Craig Laskey (Collective Concerts)

*Heather Gibson (NAC Presents)

*Justin Kwan (MRG Concerts)

*Mark Horton (Sonic Concerts)

*Rob Cyrynowski (Livestar Entertainment Canada)

Festival Buyer of the Year

*Brandlive Management Group Inc.


*Mark Monahan (Ottawa Bluesfest, Cityfolk, Ontario Festival of Small Halls)

*MRG Concerts

*Rifflandia Music Festival

AV Production Company of the Year

Bates Audio

Decibel Entertainment



Brand/Music Program of the Year

*Fit On Tour

Jim Beam National Talent Search

*M&M’s Flavour Vote with Lights and Live Nation


Top of the Country

New Touring Artist of the New Year



Crown Lands


Loud Luxury


Music City of the Year

Hamilton, ON

*London, ON

Ottawa, ON

Quebec City, QC

Vancouver, BC

Canadian Live Music Association Community Impact Award


*Fit On Tour

*PLUS 1 Organization

About Canadian Music Week

Now in its 37th year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival which spans 7 nights of performances, hundreds of bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All conference functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

About the Canadian Live Music Association

The Canadian Live Music Association is the voice of Canada’s vibrant live music industry, working to advance and promote its many economic, social and cultural benefits. Founded in 2014 as a champion for the collective mission of the live music industry. The Canadian Live Music Association is an expert resource for members, including concert promoters, festivals, presenters, venues, agents, ticketing companies, industry associations and suppliers. Advocacy efforts focus on policy advancement, funding, public awareness, research, and activities that unite, highlight and galvanize the work of the live music sector.

For Canadian Live Music Association Media Inquiries please contact: 
Erin Benjamin, President & CEO // Canadian Live Music Association