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Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week 2010 is being held March 10-14, 2010 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Concurrently, these events are also being held:

Digital Music & Media Summit
The DMS discusses the business of content and traditional relationships between the media and end users.  Confirmed to speak are some of the biggest names in digital worldwide, including:

Rob Wells - Sr. VP Digital, Universal Music UK Limited
Michael Paull - EVP Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment
Angela Poe - Marketing & Social Media Manager, The Gary Group
Mark Ghuneim - CEO/Founder, WiredSet and Trendrr
Jay Frank - Sr. VP Music Strategy, CMT (An MTV Network)

plus representatives from some of the top digital companies in India - fast becoming the software powerhouse of the world.

Radio Active 2010 - The Canadian Radio Conference
Featuring two days of the finest Radio networking and education, this event is the ultimate venue for connecting with Radio as attendees interact one-on-one with hundreds of radio professionals - from station management and CEOs to program directors.

Panels include:

  • Media Monitors, Mediabase and GSelector - Connecting Your Music Scheduler To Your PPM Listeners
  • Radio Marketing Bureau
  • Jeffrey Hedquist: Time-Saving, Result-Getting, Money-Making, Writers' Block-Busting Radio Solutions

Executive Music Conference
Targeting Music & Media business professionals, this Conference is the official meeting ground for those who truly shape the music & broadcast industries, this forum of seminars, debates and keynote speakers from around the world focuses on burning issues facing professionals at every level of the entertainment biz. The Executive Music Conference attracts more that 2,000, over 70% VP/Director or higher.

Speakers and panels include:

  • The Managers Panel: Decisions, Decisions
  • How to Create Promotions that Drive Ratings When The Budget Dries Up
  • Mobile Panel: Reaching Fans Directly? There’s An App For That
  • The Fan Is Always Right - What Fans Know That Marketers Don't
  • Artist As Entrepreneur In A Digital Age
  • Live Music Methods with Tom Jackson
  • Celebrity Interview with Slash
  • CULLUMINATION!: Jamie Cullum Celebrity Interview & Exclusive Performance

TuneUP Conference
Right brain... meet your left brain. This conference is designed to help the creative talent - artists and recording professionals - hone their business skills and mesh them with their artistic muse. It’s a total-biz jam session as TuneUP 2010 offers the chance to interact with the pros from all sectors of the industry.

Songwriters' Summit 2010
Held on Saturday, this event puts attendees up close and personal with some of the world's most successful songwriters, composers, producers, publishers and international music business leaders, all who willingly share their knowledge and expertise and give the know-how to take your music to the next level.

Panels and speakers include:

  • What’s the Future for Songwriters and Publishers? - Donald Passman Presentation
  • Songs In The Key Of Light: Placing Your Music In Film, Television & Advertising
  • Future Hit.DNA: How The Digital Revolution Is Changing Top 10 Songs - Jay Frank Presentation

Plus Keynote by Paul Williams, and Panel: The Kings Of Songwriting. Fellow panelists are:

Cindy Gomez - Singer/Songwriter
Dan Hill - Artist/Songwriter/Author
Don Schlitz - Songwriter, Nashville
Dave Stewart - Musician/Producer/Entrepreneur, First Artists Bank

CMW Film Festival
Several music-related films have their premieres at this event:

When You’re Strange, directed by Tom DiCillo, Canadian Premiere
Narrated by Johnny Depp, DiCillo’s film is an intimate look into the life and career of The Doors. Fresh interviews, vintage newsreels and hundreds of hours of rare, personal footage – much of which has never been seen before – brings viewers into the inner circle of one of rock’s most enigmatic and influential bands.

"Tom DiCillo's 'When You're Strange' is a meticulously crafted ode to one of music's greatest ensembles, The Doors. Watching the unreleased footage of Jim, John, Ray and Robby, I felt like I experienced it all through their eyes. Here, Jim has been resurrected to remind us that he remains one of the most significant poets to ever grace a stage, while the band behind him kept the music alive, adding fuel to an already raging ride into history.”  - Johnny Depp

Michelle Gun Elephant Thee Movie - Last Heaven 031011, directed by Shuichi Banba, North American Premiere
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant was one of the greatest bands, massive stars in their native Japan with their brand of punk blues. They filmed their final performance in 2003. Six years later, guitarist Futoshi Abe died suddenly, thus ending any possibility of a reunion. That final concert footage has been dusted off, remastered and cut into a touring film experience. It is the last chance for fans to see the band in action, and a final tribute to Abe.

Nowhere Boy, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, a Canadian Premiere.
Acclaimed photographer Sam Taylor-Wood could not have chosen a bigger subject for her feature film debut. Nowhere Boy depicts the early story of Beatles founder John Lennon, abandoned by his mother and struggling to find his place in the world. The film depicts key events that led this creative young man to pick up the guitar and form the world’s most beloved band.

Seperado!, directed by Dyl Jones and Gruff Rhys, International Premiere
The directorial debut from Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys is a blend of concert film, family history and anthropological study. Rhys tours the Welsh communities of South America to find a distant cousin.

Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee, directed by Shane Meadows, North American Premiere
BAFTA-winning director Meadows indulges his lighter side with his latest film, heavily improvised and shot as a mock-doc. Aspiring musician Le Donk is a sub-par roadie and expectant father whose former girlfriend wants nothing to do with him. His last ticket to the big time may be aspiring English rapper Scor-Zay-Zee, but only if Donk can get Scorze on the bill of the big Arctic Monkeys show.

Plus some vintage rock films:

Streets of Fire, directed by Walter Hill, depicts a world where rock stars are worshipped like gods and the streets are controlled by vicious gangs. A mercenary (Michael Pare) must act to free his rock star ex-girlfriend (Diane Lane) from the clutches of The Bombers, a motorcycle gang led by Willem Dafoe in one of the most charismatic roles of his career. Soundtrack includes original songs from Jim Steinman – he wrote Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell – and featuring The Blasters, Maria McKee, Ry Cooder and members of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band.

Phantom of the Paradise, directed by Brian De Palma, is De Palma’s take on Phantom of the Opera as filtered through the lens of the 1970’s rock-opera, all coked up and full of 1970s glam swagger. Paul Williams, who plays the villainous Swan, composed and produced the entire soundtrack.

Naturally, the week includes the Music Fest, featuring hundreds of artists, among them:

Fucked Up
Bastard Child Death Cult
Black Swan Effect
Lifestory Monologue
Electric Six
Sweet Thing

Canadian Music Week is a feast of riches in all things music.

For more information, visit

Canadian Music Week
March 10-14, 2010

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street W
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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