We’re a little more than halfway through the 35th Annual Canadian Music Week, which draws thousands of music industry professionals to Toronto every year. The indoor festival and conference started Tuesday and wraps Sunday, and features performances at different venues across the city, including the Air Canada Centre. Roughly 600 acts were expected to take the stage over the course of the week.

Canadian Music Week offers a variety of events for those who attend and perform, but two of its biggest are its award shows: The 20th Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards and the Live Music Industry Awards. Both were held Wednesday at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

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The Strumbellas topped the Canadian Radio Music Awards, followed by fellow natives Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber and Ruth B. The ceremony included performances by Bleeker, James Barker Band, Jonathan Roy, Modern Space and The Washboard Union. The Strumbellas walked away with three wins – Best New Group or Solo Artist, Mainstream Rock; Best New Group or Solo Artist, Modern Rock; and Factor Breakthrough Artist – while Bieber, Cara and and Ruth B snatched two awards each. The late Gary Russell, who was a popular Canadian radio personality for more than 40 years, was inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame

The Live Music Industry, awards, meanwhile saw top honors going to the WayHome Music and Arts Festival, which won Major Festival of the Year; Bernie Breen and Patrick Sambrook, who earned Managers of the Year; former Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer, who won the Global Creators Award; and a handful of other winners.

Shaffer also hosted the Live Music Industry Awards, which is in its second year. It also included performances by Ruth B and Elm.

Here is a complete list of the 2017 winners of both the Canadian Music Awards and the Live Music Industry Awards. Ey!

Canadian Radio Music Awards Winners 

Best New Group or Solo Artist, Hot AC: Ruth B, “Lost Boy”

Best New Group or Solo Artist, Mainstream AC: Alessia Cara, “Here”

Best New Group or Solo Artist, CHR: Ruth B, “Lost Boy”

Best New Group or Solo Artist, Dance/Urban/Rhythmic: Neon Dreams, “Marching Bands”

Best New Group or Solo Artist, Mainstream Rock: The Strumbellas, “Spirits”

Best New Group or Solo Artist, Modern Rock: The Strumbellas, “Spirits”

Best New Group of Solo Artist, Country: James Barker Band, “Lawn Chair Lazy

Socan Song of the Year: “Love Yourself ” by Justin Bieber

Charttopper Award: Justin Bieber

Fans’ Choice: Alessia Cara

Factor Breakthrough Artist: The Strumbellas

Live Music Industry Awards Winners 

Major Festival of the Year: WayHome Music & Arts Festival (Oro-Medonte)

Small Festival of the Year (6000 and under): Rifflandia Festival (Victoria)

Medium Festival of the Year (6001 to 15000): Toronto Urban Roots Festival (Toronto)

Family Program of the Year: Field Trip Music and Arts Festival (Toronto)

Green Operations Festival of the Year, sponsored by Stageline: Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts (Montreal)

Not-for-Profit Festival of the Year: RBC Bluesfest (Ottawa)

Best Teamwork in an Arena: Bell Centre (Montreal)

Best Teamwork in a Major Club (1000+ capacity): The Danforth Music Hall (Toronto)

Best Teamwork in a Soft Seat Theatre/ Performing Arts Centre: Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (Toronto)

Best Teamwork in a Medium Club (300 to 999 capacity): The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto)

Best Teamwork in a Small Club (less than 300 capacity): Carleton Music Bar and Grill (Halifax)

A/V Production Company of the Year: FMAV

2017 Licensed to Play Award: The Drake Hotel

Agent of the Year: Julien Paquin (Paquin Entertainment Industry)

Global Creators Award: Paul Shaffer

Concert/Club Talent Buyer of the Year: Mark Russell

New Touring Artist of the Year, sponsored by Slaight Music: July Talk

Production Manager of the Year (Festivals/Concert), sponsored by Access Event Solutions: Larry Fitzpatrick

Road Warrior of the Year (Tour Manager): Dave Gardner

Manager of the Year: Bernie Breen and Patrick Sambrook

Festival Buyer of the Year: Paula Perri

Brand/Music Program of the Year: TD Jazz Festivals

Legends of Live Award: The Tragically Hip

Music City of the Year, Canadian: Québec City

 

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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