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WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA
UNVEILS 2024 HONOURS
NOMINEES

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT GALA AND SHOWCASE

MARCH 5 AT THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE IN TORONTO, ON

Women In Music Canada is thrilled to share the nominees for the 2024 Women In Music Canada Honours. The second annual Honours event will take place on March 5 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON where the recipients will be recognized and celebrated alongside a showcase of incredible performances. Tickets are available here, with special rates available for WIMC Premium Members. See below for the full of nominees.  

“We are grateful for the inspiring list of submissions that we received this year,” shares WIMC Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “There are so many incredible women and gender diverse creators and innovators doing important work in this industry, from those who have been breaking down barriers for decades, to others starting new, ground-breaking projects that deserve to be amplified. Congratulations today to all of this year’s nominees on their success this past year and beyond. I can’t wait to come together with our community March 5 to celebrate your work.” 

The 2024 nominees were determined by a jury of 26 industry professionals and the WIMC of Directors Honours Committee. Submissions for consideration were made by the prospective honouree or another Canadian colleague. The final recipients will be adjudicated by a finalist jury, with the exception of two categories – Artist of the Year, presented by Amazon Music, and Change Maker of the Year (formerly Distinguished Leader), presented by the National Arts Centre – which will be decided on by open vote within the music community. Voting is now open here

The WIMC Honours program is designed to celebrate and support Canadian innovators and creators who have had outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2022 through December 2023 for annual-based categories). Categories are: Artist of the Year (presented by Amazon Music), Change Maker of the Year (presented by National Arts Centre), Entrepreneur of the Year (presented by Believe and TuneCore), Excellence in Live Music, International Leader of the Year, Organization of the Year, Career Achievement Honour (formerly Trailblazer), and the Women In Music Rising Leader (formerly the Honour Roll). The Career Achievement Honour will recognize five industry professionals who have been making waves for 20+ years, while the Women In Music Rising Leader will also recognize five emerging industry professionals and creators. The 2024 honourees will receive packages from gifting partners and woman-owned Canadian businesses. 

The Honours awards presentation will be hosted by Saroja Coelho, host of Mornings on CBC Music, and will include a showcase of incredible talent. Supported by Ontario Creates, performances will include JUNO-nominated South African-Canadian singer-songwriter, Zaki Ibrahim, and “Canada’s Queen of Boogie” Maya Killtron, with more to be announced soon. 

2024 WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA HONOURS:

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Venue: Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto) 

Time: 6:00 p.m. doors | 7:00 p.m. Honours presentation begins

Tickets: purchase here

 

2024 WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA HONOURS NOMINEES:

Artist of the Year (presented by Amazon Music)

The Beaches

Fawn Wood

JESSIA

Jess Moskaluke

LU KALA

Tegan and Sara

 

Change Maker of the Year (presented by National Arts Centre)

Cheryl Hickman – Opera on the Avalon

Diana Hellson – Rudegang Entertainment

Erin Benjamin – Canadian Live Music Association

Sam Slattery – CARAS

Stephanie Hutchinson – National Music Centre / YYC Music Awards / Chronograph Records

 

Entrepreneur of the Year (presented by TuneCore and Believe)

Alysha Brilla – Sunny Jam Records

Billie Jo Aasen – The Festival Company

Joanne Setterington – Indoor Recess / Indoor Recess Public Relations

Joelle May – Sakamoto Music

Lisa Patterson – LPM Lisa Patterson Music / Fearless Creative Inc.

 

Excellence in Live Music

Alica Hall – Nia Centre for the Arts

Ebonnie Rowe – Honey Jam / PhemPhat Productions

Mira Silvers – Mira Silvers / FORT Agency

Natasha Blackwood – Natasha Blackwood / First Light

Nathalie Burri – Live Nation Canada

 

Organization of the Year

Unison Fund

Possibility Seeds

SOCAN 

Change the Beat

Music Nova Scotia 

 

International Achievement

Ali Harnell – Ali Harnell / Live Nation Women

Jenn Essiembre – 300 Entertainment

Karma Bertelsen – FUGA 

Lara Baker – FUGA

Maylee Todd 

 

Career Achievement

Carey Riley – Sony Music Canada

Karen Bliss – Journalist 

Katrina Lopes – KL Management

Lisa Zbitnew – The Phoenix Concert Theatre and Bronson Centre Music Theatre

Martha Johnson – Martha and the Muffins

Meg Symsyk – FACTOR 

Melissa Langley – DJ MelBoogie

Shauna de Cartier – Six Shooter Records

Susan Rosenberg – Live Nation Canada

Yvonne Matsell – Promoter 

 

Women In Music Canada Rising Leaders

Adaeze Hubbard – Ezeada

Angie Randisi 

Chelsea O’Neill – Live Nation Canada

Claire Boning – Misfit Music MGMT

Dreyuh Safo – Universal Music Canada

Eve Sharabi – MRG Live

Good + Plenty Producers Club

Joanne Hill – Sydney Blu / Change the Beat (23by23)

Katrina Kernaghan – TikTok

Ayo Leilani – Witch Prophet

Seny Kassaye – FORT Agency

Women in Music Canada Honours, March 5, 2024

Submissions now CLOSED for the Women in Music Canada Honours. We will see you March 5, 2024 for the WIM Canada Honours Night. 

Women in Music Canada Honours program is designed to celebrate and support Women and Gender Diverse Canadian innovators and creators who have outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2022 through December 2023 for annual based categories). 

Submissions must be made through WIMCanada’s application form by the deadline (Monday, December 11, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET). Submissions may be made by the prospective honouree or another Canadian colleague. Only one submission is required to be considered. If multiple submissions are received for the same person, they will be combined to one submission for the jury review. The Honours recipients will be announced at a reception dinner and showcase program March 5, 2024.  

Women in Music Canada values diversity, equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from innovators and creators from diverse backgrounds.

ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES 

WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA HONOURS CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS 

Artist of the Year presented by Amazon Music

This honour recognizes a woman or gender diverse artist whose music demonstrates excellence with an exceptional year as a result of radio chart successes, media exposure, industry recognition, and/or touring success. Artists considered in this category may be at any stage of their music career, with success in the timeframe of the award eligibility being the primary measure of adjudication. Artists may only be honoured with this category once.

The recipient of this category will be selected from the shared results of jury and open voting by Women in Music Canada membership. 

Change Maker of the Year (Formerly Distinguished Leader) presented by National Arts Centre

This honours a woman or gender diverse industry member who is creating change through their leadership (aligning collective direction and motivating people toward strategic goals) and mentorship (supporting and sharing expertise with other women and gender diverse professionals to reach their goals). 

While the recipient may be a company owner, this is not a requirement and the recognition is intended specifically for their individual leadership initiative and successes. Active engagement with the music community should be visible on an ongoing basis. Testimonials, past achievements, and ongoing projects can all be included in this submission. Submissions will be juried primarily on professional activity occurring within one year of the submission deadline however long term initiative information may be submitted.

The recipient of this category will be selected from the shared results of jury and open voting by Women in Music Canada membership. 

Entrepreneur of the Year presented by Believe and TuneCore

This honour is given to a music industry company owner or co-owner making significant strides in diversity in the workplace. The intent of the award is to recognize the success of a company owned or primarily run by women and/or gender diverse individuals. Their company may be of any size. While the successes may be a compilation of the work of the team, and the honour may recognize a partnership (two individuals) only one physical award is presented. 

Excellence in Live Music 

This honour recognizes a women or gender diverse music professional working in a live production or touring environment making significant impact in their field: Includes tour/operations/promotions management, talent buyers, venue owners, or music event producers, tour assistant, backstage, road crew, and other related support roles. The winner will be one who prioritizes gender equity in their programming and team. This honour is not intended for artists based on their live performance. 

International Leader of the Year 

This honours an international woman or gender diverse industry member, making great strides in their country/city, outside of Canada. The recipient's work may be seen as significant on a world stage, or to the community they serve. This honour is intended for a professional based outside of Canada, regardless of their nationality. 

Organization of the Year

This honour is given to an organization or company making significant strides in equity in the workplace. The intent of the award is to go to an organization or company owned or primarily run by women and/or gender diverse individuals, however it may also commend allies who are part of the company. This may be an organization or company of any size. While the company successes may be a compilation of the work of the team, only one physical award is presented under the name of the organization or company.

Career Achievement Honour  (Formerly Trailblazer)

This category will recognize up to five women / gender diverse industry professionals or creators who have made significant impact paving the way for a more equitable community. This award is intended for folks who have been working in the music industry for 20 + years.  

Women in Music Canada Rising Leader (Formerly Honour Roll)

This category will recognize up to five women / gender diverse industry professionals or creators who are in the early stages of their career and showing success and growth in their work. These are the list of folks to watch for in the coming years. This honour is intended to highlight new Canadian innovators and creators in music.