OMDC Newsletter
2016 Highlights

Celebrating 2016 Highlights from Ontario-based music companies and their artists!

Congratulations to these Ontario JUNO 2016 Award Winners!

photos courtesy of CARAS

Find the full list of 2016 JUNO Award winners click here.
Get ready for the JUNO 2017 Nominee Announcement on February 7, 2017.

Congratulations to CMW’s 2016 Indie Award Winners

Here are just a few highlights. For a full list of winners click here.

Aboriginal Artist/Group of The Year - A Tribe Called Red (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)

Songwriter of The Year - City and Colour
(Dine Alone Records)

Single of The Year - Wintersleep "Amerika"(Dine Alone Records)

Group of The Year - The Strumbellas
(Six Shooter Records)

Rap/R&B Artist/Group of The Year - Jazz Cartier (Safe & Sound)

Rock Artist/Group of The Year - The Elwins
(Hidden Pony Records)

Singer-Songwriter Artist/Group of The Year - Dan Mangan (Arts and Crafts)

Congratulations to Ontario’s Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and Drake on their 2016 Awards

In 2016, The Weeknd took home: 3 Grammy Awards | 8 Billboard Awards | 5 JUNO Awards

Drake, AMAs, 2016 American Music Awards, Winners

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In 2016, Drake took home: 2 American Music Awards| 3 BET Awards | 1 Bet Hip Hop Award | 1 Billboard Award | 1 iHeart Music Awards | 1 JUNO Award | 2 Much Music Awards
In 2016, Justin Bieber took home: 1 Brit Award | 2 Billboard Music Awards | 1 Grammy Award | 4 American Music Awards|2 JUNO Awards

2nd Annual CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala
Neill Dixon received the CIMA Leadership Award

CIMA industry honours included the following:

  • Our Unsung Hero Award went to Richard Flohil, who generously used the occasion to shine his own spotlight on Kaïa Kater, Scarlett Jane and Jay Aymar.
  • The Industry Builder Award was given to the very deserving Al Mair – founder of Attic Records and a key figure in the histories of CIMA and CMRRA.
  • Neill Dixon received the CIMA Leadership Award, named for their prolific late president, Brian Chater. Neill accepted by saying, “I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of a giant”.
  • The winners of their inaugural Marketing Award were Coalition Music, in recognition of their outstanding work with USS.
  • Joel Carriere picked up Entrepreneur of the Year, and a special thanks goes went to his Dine Alone Records for enhancing the night by providing their own hot sauce, colouring books, and 100% Organic Rye.

OMDC Shares Some Golden Moments….
Executives from Universal Music Canada presented OMDC with a plaque in recognition of Ontario-based, Ontario Music Fund-supported artist Alx Veliz’ gold single, “Dancing Kizomba” (from his EP, Love Knows No Language).
(L to R): Jeffrey Remedios, President and CEO // Adam Abbasakoor, VP Commercial Affairs // Shawn Marino, VP A&R // Steve Teixeira, Sr. VP Business Affairs // Don Kitchen, Director, A&R // Mark Jones, Sr. VP Finance & Administration // Aisha Wickham, Program Consultant, Ontario Music Office (OMDC) // Jon Box, VP Label Partnerships // Marina Adam, Manager, Ontario Music Office (OMDC) // Kristine Murphy, Director, Industry Development (OMDC) // Kristen Burke, Sr. VP Marketing // Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO (OMDC) // Matt Sousa, Coordinator, A&R Operations // JP Boucher, Director, Marketing // Amy Jeninga, Director Marketing & Digital