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Canadian Music Week to make their return in 2021 with virtual festival and concert

After cancelling the festival in 2020 due to COVID-19, Canadian Music Week (CMW) is making its return this May from the 18th to the 21st with a virtual conference, festival, and awards ceremony.

The CMW Virtual Conference is set to feature keynote interviews with Buffy Sainte-Marie, Timbaland, Dallas Austin, and more. The virtual conference will offer networking sessions, breakout rooms, one-on-one meetings, Q&A Sessions, and more. You can register for the event here.

Check out the full list of speakers for the 2021 virtual CMW conference below.

    Chris Blackwell – Island Records Founder
    Desmond Child – Grammy winning producer, songwriter
    The Honourable Steven Guilbeault – Minister of Canadian Heritage
    Shirley Halperin – Executive Editor, Variety
    Sam Hollander – Songwriter, producer, hitmaker
    Michael Huppe – President & CEO, Sound Exchange
    Kevin Liles – Co-Founder & CEO, 300 Entertainment
    Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk – Hit singer/songwriters
    Carianne Marshall – Co-Chair & COO, Warner Chappell Music
    Michael McCarty – CEO, Kilometre Music Group
    Merck Mercuriadis – Hipgnosis Music Fund
    Lawrence Mestel – Founder & CEO, Primary Wave
    Ethan Millman – Writer Rolling Stone
    Gail Mitchell – Executive Director, R&B/Hip Hop, Billboard Magazine
    Ian Montone – Founder Monotone Management Inc.
    Natalia Nastaskin – CCO, Primary Wave
    Wendy Ong – President, TaP Music
    Ryan Press – President, A&R, U.S., Warner Chappell Music
    Debra Rathwell – EVP of Global Touring at AEG
    Brittney King Rock – President, 10k Projects
    Nile Rodgers – Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer
    Mauricio Ruiz – 8 Til Faint Management, Co-Manager, Jessie Reyez
    Portia Sabin – President, Music Business Association
    Suzy Shinn, Hit Producer and engineer
    Rob Stevenson – Partner, 300 Entertainment

Additionally, CMW will be streaming the 20th Anniversary Independent Music Awards live from the El Mocambo on Friday, May 21st, 2021, hosted by our very own Josie, Matt, and Carlin. The event will feature performances from 2019 INDIE Award-winners Monowhales, July Talk, Sam Roberts Band, and Walk Off The Earth alongside the winners of the 2020 Jim Beam National Talent Search.

The Canadian Music Week Festival will be free for the public this year, and you’ll be able to tune into the streams from May 18th to 21st.

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