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About Town At CMW With Cameron Carpenter

The Sheraton lobby had started buzzing Wednesday afternoon when I spotted Sony's Sean Cordner, musicians Luther Mallory and Dylan Hennessy, Mediabase's Brett Gelfant, Doug Elliott from 94.9 The Rock, FYI's Kerry Doole, Michael McCarty from Socan, RPM's India Coran, artist manager Graham Stairs and radio doctor J.J. Jo‎hnston.

About Town At CMW With Cameron Carpenter

By Cam Carpenter

The hotel had started buzzing Wednesday afternoon when I spotted Sony's Sean Cordner, musicians Luther Mallory and Dylan Hennessy, Mediabase's Brett Gelfant, Doug Elliott from 94.9 The Rock, FYI's Kerry Doole, Michael McCarty from SOCAN, RPM's India Coran, artist manager Graham Stairs and radio doctor J.J. Jo‎hnston.
 
Next stop was the Songwriters Association of Canada's post-AGM reception at The Vault at 1 King West. It was great to catch up with President Emeritus Eddie Schwartz, Northern Pike Bryan Potvin, songwriters Stan Meissner, Dav Doyle, Angela Saini and Robyn ‎Dell'Unto.
 
Back at the hotel, I ran into manager Jake Gold, Bob Lefsetz, Ole's Andy Hawke, Bell Media's Tyson Parker and the National Music Centre team of Rob Braide, Kym Butler and Andrew Mosker. 
 
Brazil's rockers  Trampa started the night off at the Bovine which was filled with fans and media, including Indie Can Radio's Joe Chishom, Unpeeled's John MacNeil and Scott Burns from Rock Source. Vancouver's Dopey's Robe was next with its groovy psych-rock set. Yellowknife's NAHGA was a one-man show at Cherry Cola's with his shredding guitar accompanied by beats and samples. Next up was Redcoat who rocked the Bathurst venue.
 
France's Slim Paul played another great set at The Paddock and impressed both Mike Campbell (Hot off The Carleton win as ECMA Venue of the Year) and Six Shooter's Shauna de Cartier. 
 
The Tiki Bar at the Bovine was very Montreal with Sony's ‎Stephane Drolet, Stingray's Patrick Binette and Frederick Ranger and Greenland's Daniel Webster.
 
The last stop was The Horseshoe where the bands had finished, but the front-bar remained packed, with eOne's Nathan Quinn and ‎Scott Givens and The Field's Cherie Sinclair (who will be honoured this Sunday night at The Prism Prize) spotted enjoying the late night spot.
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Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024
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Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024

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Allison Russell, Charlotte Cardin, DijahSB Shortlisted for 2024 Polaris Music Prize

The Beaches, rapper TOBi, indie experimentalist Cindy Lee, and previous winner Jeremy Dutcher are also amongst the ten artists in contention for the $50,000 prize, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit. See the whole list here.

Some of Canadian music's biggest breakthroughs of the last year are facing off for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Charlotte Cardin for 99 Nights, The Beaches for Blame My Ex, Allison Russell for The Returner and Cindy Lee for Diamond Jubilee are among the ten artists shortlisted for the 2024 award, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year.

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