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Spring 2016

Ontario Music Fund Providing $14 Million to 151 Recipients

Ontario is supporting a healthy, vibrant and competitive music industry by awarding 155 grants to 151 recipients totalling $14 million, through the Ontario Music Fund (OMF).

The Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport; Jeff Cohen, Founder of Toronto Urban Roots Festival (T.U.R.F); artist Terra Lightfoot, The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; Mark Sakamoto, Chair of OMDC and Han Dong MPP- Trinity-Spadina at the OMF announcement at The Rivoli on April 20.

“Ontario is home to the largest music industry in Canada and one of the most diverse anywhere in the world. Through the Ontario Music Fund, our government is supporting a dynamic and important cultural sector, helping to create good jobs here in Ontario while exporting our sound to the world.”

Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Read more here. Visit OMDC’s Facebook Gallery to see more photos from this event.

OMDC Celebrates Music Industry Success at Ontario Music Fund Showcase

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, OMDC invited cultural industry leaders and music fund recipients to the Ontario Music Fund Showcase - an event celebrating Ontario's music industry success supported by the Ontario Music Fund (OMF).

Mark Sakamoto, Chair of OMDC, Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC President & CEO and Minister Michael Coteau Host Jully Black

The first-ever showcase, which drew a full-house to Toronto’s Mod Club, featured remarks by Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; OMDC Chair Mark Sakamoto; and OMDC President & CEO Karen Thorne-Stone.

The event was hosted by JUNO Award-winning Toronto-based R&B singer Jully Black and featured performances by JUNO Award-winning Ottawa-based DJ crew A Tribe Called Red; Ottawa-based Franco-Ontarian singer-songwriter Mehdi Cayenne; Toronto-based folk singer Peter Katz; Toronto-based blues-rock band SATE and JUNO Award-winning Hamilton-based rock band Monster Truck.

SATE and David Cox

SATE’s Manager David Cox of OMF-supported artist management company CLK Creative Works, expressed the value of participating in the showcase by saying:

“The OMF has been a great benefit for CLK Creative Works and SATE. The financial support has helped us create a ground-breaking album. Over the last year we've been working diligently to build her profile and introduce her to the industry. It's been challenge to get certain individuals to attend her shows or pay serious attention because they may have a preconceived vision of the type of sound that SATE delivers. The event helped us get directly in front of some of these people and reaction has been beneficial. I heard directly from some people who were shocked and surprised and overall intrigued after watching her performance. We've built new relationships and believe her performance will help open more doors for us.”

The showcase truly demonstrated the strength, breadth, and diversity of Ontario’s music industry, which is an integral part of Ontario’s cultural landscape and an important economic driver that creates jobs and stimulates growth.

A Tribe Called Red - Ian Campeau and Bear Witness

Mehdi Cayenne


Monster Truck

Bear Witness, Ian Campeau (A Tribe Called Red) and Wade O. Brown (SATE band member) Denise Jones, Master T (Tony Young) and Juliet Dunn
Monster Truck - Brandon Bliss (Keys), Steve Kiely (Drums) with SATE, Jeremy Widerman (Guitar), Jon Harvey (Lead Vocals/Bass) and Minister Coteau
Rudy Blair and Neil Dixon Kate Edwards, Raina Wells, Karen Boersma and Erin Creasey
Melanie Brulée, Yao Hoyi, Marina Adam, José Bertrand, Kristine Murphy, Mehdi Cayenne and Patrice Agbokou
Mike Formusa and Michael Hollett Shad
OMDC’s OMF Team- Noah Gruneir, Kristine Murphy, Ryan Clancy, Marina Adam, Aisha Wickham, Michelle Holtzkener, Mark Watts and Lia Kyranis


Visit OMDC’s OMF Showcase Fund Facebook Gallery for more photos.

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