CLMIA Nominations Announced

Nominees for the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards (CLMIAs) have been announced in 19 categories.

CLMIA  Nominations Announced

By FYI Staff

Nominees for the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards (CLMIAs) have been announced in 19 categories. The event, held under the umbrella of Canadian Music Week, will be held on June 10 at the El Mocambo, hosted by Jully Black with performances by Black, Sam Drysdale, Preston Pablo, Rêve, and Nobro. 

In a statement released with the noms, CLMA President and CEO Erin Benjamin stated: "Never has it been more important to come together and celebrate each other and the incredible resilience of our live music community. The past two years have been excruciating and yet we have persevered. Now, here we are - the moment has finally arrived. Join us to recognize our peers and colleagues who have gone above and beyond, and led this sector through our many challenges. The Canadian Live Music Industry Awards is our time to shine the spotlight backstage and front of house, and thank, celebrate and acknowledge you and all you do."


The CLMIAs will also acknowledge outstanding leadership and contributions to our community through the following awards: Excellence in Music "City" Development to the City of London, Ontario; the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeff Cohen of Collective Concerts; the Legends of Live Award to Jully Black, the Canadian Queen of R&B; and the "Unsung Hero" Award to Susie Grynol, President & CEO, Hotel Association of Canada and Beth Potter, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada as co-Leaders of the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses (

The complete nominations list follows:

#ForTheLoveOfLIVE - Individual

Eduardo Ottoni – Coastal Jazz BC
Marc Gertner – Live Nation
Amanda Burgener – Curbside Concerts AB
Lisa Zbitnew – Phoenix & Bronson Music Centre
Brandon Eedy – London Music Hall
Marshall Feit – Grace Centre, NS
Mervon Mehta – Royal Conservatory
Umair Jaffar – Small World Music Centre, Toronto
Tyson Boyd – Concert Works, Edmonton


#ForTheLoveOfLIVE - Organization/Company

Riverfest Elora
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Curbside Concerts
Kingston Live
Side Door
Canada's Music Incubator (CMI) - CMI Live
Starlite Sessions
Lemmon Entertainment

#ForTheLoveOfLIVE Award - Coalition/Collaboration

Breaking Down Racial Barriers
Love You Live Venue Coalition (Toronto)
BC Music Festival Collective
Starlite Sessions & BOP Management
More Music Management & HipHopCanada

Outstanding Emerging Organization

Golden Hour Productions
Curbside Concerts
Culturas 360°
Hotels Live Canada
Midnight Agency

Overcoming Adversity Award - Large Venue/Festival

Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Scotiabank Arena
Budweiser Stage 
Escapade Music Festival
Shambhala Music Festival
Calgary Bluesfest
Calgary Stampede

Overcoming Adversity Award - Medium Venue/Festival

Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival
Horseshoe Tavern
Koerner Hall (The Royal Conservatory)
El Mocambo
Rickshaw Theatre
deCoste Performing Arts Centre
Starlite Room
The Park Theatre
Ausgang Plaza
Vogue Theatre

Overcoming Adversity Award - Small Venue/Festival

Festival Country Lotbinière
The Carleton
Hank's Tavern
The Westdale Theatre
Peterborough Folk Festival 
Capitol Music Club
Hugh's Room
Winterruption YEG
The Grace Arts Centre
South Block BBQ
Bar Le Ritz PDB
Folk On The Rocks
Le Pantoum
Small World Centre

Outstanding Digital Live Music Event

Budweiser Stage at Home 
100 Homes: Concert Connections
Canada Performs (NAC)
Aeolian Hall Phoenix Sessions
TD Music Connected Series
Calgary Bluesfest
The LUV Concert Series
Saying Goodbye
The Lemmon Stage
International Indigenous Music Summit


Outstanding In-Person Specialty Concert

Hotels Live
DNA Live & Live Nation: The Drive-In Experience 
The Road to Rock the Park Patio Series
All Axis Festival 
Shambhala Music Festival: Stage Reunion Speciality Concerts

Agent of the Year

Ben Buchanan - CAA
Romi Mayes – Curbside Concerts
Paul Biro – Sakamoto Agency
Tao-Ming Lau – Lou Crane Agency
Ralph James - APA
Grant Paley – Midnight Agency
Jack Ross - APA
Stefanie Purificati - APA
Julien Paquin – Paquin Artist Agency
Nicole Rochefort – AIM Booking Agency
Joel Baskin – Feldman Agency


Manager of the Year

Nikki Shibou - Independent
Joel Carriere – Dine Alone
Jason "JR" Antoine – Studio 44
CJ Allen – Allen Music Management
Maria Escamilla – Moonstone Mngt
Steve Kenny & Teresa Nelson – Traverse Music Mngt
Eli Wener  - Wener Mngt
Alexander Wyder – High Tide Artists
Tre Digga - Independent

Production Person of the Year

Eduardo Ottoni – Coastal Jazz
Leslie Goldthorpe – Collective Concerts
George Antonio – Pulse Concert Works
Paul Zivontsis – Royal Conservatory
Doug McKendrick – Roy Thomson/Massey Hall
John Ellingbo - Soundsourced
Vanessa Arscott – Plan B Prod’s
Sarah Costa – Promosa Prod. Mgt

Concert/Club Talent Buyer of the Year

Jessica Lemmon – Lemmon Ent.
Craig Laskey – Horseshoe Tavern
Rob Cyrynowski – Live Star Ent. / Hotels Live
Mervon Mehta – Royal Conservatory
Joëlle Turcotte / Sébastien Gagnon  - Le Zaricot
Greg Curtis – Tooth Blackner Presents

Festival Buyer of the Year

Spencer Shewen – Riverfest Elora
Alex Primeau – DNA Live
Alfredo & Mercedes Caxaj – Sunfest London
Evelyne Côté - Evenko
Adam Oppenheim – Calgary Stampede
Brent Oliver – Winterruption YEG

A/V Production Company of the Year

FM Systems
DC Music Toronto Rehearsal Studios Sound Stage and Event Space
DL Sound and Lighting
ENTXX Productions
Pulse Concert Works Calgary
Decibel Entertainment Ltd.
Plan V Productions
Promosa: Production Management
Briere Production Group

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