Earlier this month, our team attended Canadian Music Week in Toronto. The conference was held from May 7th to 13th and discussed all aspects of the music industry including radio, digital, live/touring, the international marketplace and music cities. During the week showcases were held in venues throughout the city featuring some of the best and emerging acts in Canada.
Packed with back to back shows, panels and meetings our group was happy to sync up with some of our Canadian labels and enjoy many of our local artists including performance by Luminelle artists Helena Deland and Anemone as well as Audiogram acts Aliocha, Elliot Maginot and Soran. We also caught Nate Husser, a rapper under Cult Nation and REHN Music Group talent, Royal Prospects.
One of our label managers, Anna, who ventured from New York states, “I had so much fun seeing The Dirty Nil at the Phoenix Concert Theatre and hanging out with the Dine Alone crew. The show was awesome, and it was really fun and refreshing to be in an unfamiliar venue and meet some new people.”
Label and sales manager, JD Parent, met up with numerous labels and saw a ton of showcases. He was blown away by Royal Prospect (REHN Music Group), “They played outdoors, mostly acoustic and sounded fantastic!” With so much going on, he only wishes there was time to fit in more.
Another attendee from The Orchard, Kira Ashwin had a great time recalling, “there were so many fantastic Orchard acts at CMW this year! Soran, Royal Prospect, Helena Deland, and Anemone were some of my favourites of the week. Anemone’s set was lively and fun, they sounded great and had the entire room dancing. ” She also was able to catch a panel about whether the Amazon Alexa device is the “Saviour” of the music industry. “The discussion stirred up some great questions from both the audience and the panel.”
Until next time, Toronto!