Canadian Music Week (CMW) hosted the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Thursday evening in Toronto, where 2019 Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame inductees Guy Brouillard, longtime music director at Montreal’s CKOI; Gerry Forbes, who recently retired as the longtime morning man at CJAY 92 Calgary; and coast-to-coast radio veteran Brother Jake Edwards of TSN 1040 (CKST-AM) Vancouver, were honoured for their decades-long careers in Canadian broadcasting.
Leslie Sole and Terri Michael were also inducted posthumously. The broadcasting power couple, who met at CHOM-FM in the 1970s, were tragically killed last November in an accident in Mexico. 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 93.3 FM (CJOK-FM) Fort McMurray.
Other inductees included Michael McCarty, Chief Membership and Business Development Officer at SOCAN, Steve Herman, Senior Vice President, Touring – North America at Live Nation, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Robbie Robertson.
The recipient of the 2019 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award was the late Gord Downie, with his brother Patrick Downie in attendance to receive the award. Outside of his career as frontman for The Tragically Hip, Gord committed his time to causes close to his heart, including working towards reconciliation for Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, among other organizations.
The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) and CMW also celebrated musician, songwriter and producer Eddie Schwartz. Music industry legend and CSHF founder Frank Davies presented the award to 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” by America.
The Rosalie Award, recognizing women who have blazed trails in Canadian radio, and supported by CBC and Slaight Music, and Direct Media Sales, was presented to Carmela Laurignano, vice-president and Radio Group Manager at Evanov Radio Group (ERG).
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
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
98.1 CHFI – Toronto
The New Hot 899 – Ottawa
STATION CLASSIC GOLD
Boom 97.3 – Toronto
Country 105 – Calgary
CHIN – Toronto
680 News – Toronto
Indie 88 – Toronto
K-Rock 105.7 – Kingston
TALENT DEVELOPMENT STORY OF THE YEAR
The Feldman Agency
Casino Rama Resort, Orillia
DIGITAL MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE
Arts and Crafts
INDEPENDENT RECORD STORE
Dine Alone Store/Wax on Wheels, Toronto
Ben Rayner, Toronto Star
MAJOR FACILITY (OVER 8000)
Budweiser Stage, Toronto
MAJOR FACILITY (UNDER 8000)
Brandt Centre, Regina
Bruce Allen Management
Universal Music Publishing
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
Joanne Setterington, Indoor Recess
Revolution Recording, Toronto
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