DEF JAM RECORDINGS NAMES STEVEN VICTOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF A&R

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NEW YORK, October 17, 2017 – Steven Victor, respected artist manager and A&R executive, is joining Def Jam Recordings, effective immediately, as Executive Vice President and Head of A&R. He will join the legendary label’s senior executive team, leading the company’s creative initiatives and overseeing its talented A&R department.

Victor comes to Def Jam with an extensive network of artists, writers and producers that he developed in his roles as a manager heading William Victor Management, Chief Operating Officer of G.O.O.D Music and Senior Vice President of A&R for the Universal Music Group. Victor will be based in Def Jam’s New York offices and report to Paul Rosenberg, who will become CEO of the label on January 1, 2018.

Victor said, “I’ve worked within the Def Jam family for years and am honored to be part of the new leadership driving the future success of this iconic label. I’m genuinely excited to continue Russell and Rick’s legacy of discovering and developing new artists while creating new opportunities for our incredible talent. I’d like to thank Sir Lucian and Paul for trusting me with this task and look forward to working with the A&R and management teams at Def Jam.”

Victor began his career in the publicity department of Interscope Geffen A&M, working with artists including Nelly Furtado, Jadakiss and Clipse. He has played an integral role as the Chief Operating Officer of G.O.O.D Music, a joint venture with Kanye West and Def Jam. He has also lead the careers of artists through his management company, William Victor Management whose clients include Pusha T and Dream.

Most recently, Victor signed, developed and helped break hip hop artist Desiigner, whose debut single “Panda” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 7 and held that position for two consecutive weeks. The song, which has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, hit No. 2 on Digital Songs chart and topped both charts for Streaming Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

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It’s More Than Just For Laughs At 604 Records

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Jonathan Simkin and Chad Kroeger’s Vancouver-based record label, 604 Records, is prepping a clutch of four original albums from some of Canada’s most talented comics.

Over the next six months, records from Sirius XM Top Comic Finalists Gavin Matts and Kyle Bottom, noted Vancouver comic Charlie Demers, and musical comedian Shirley Gnome will be available through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and streaming services.

Each release is to be accompanied by a live-stream event.

“Each of these albums has its unique flavour of comedy, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were all nominated for the Best Comedy Record Award that was recently reinstated at the Junos,” said Simkin, President and Co-founder of 604 Records.

“Although we are new to the comedy world, I was shocked to learn that Best Comedy Album had been removed as a Juno category years ago. I initiated a dialogue with CARAS, brought in some key people from the comedy world to continue that discussion, and am thrilled now that the category will be returning for the Junos in Vancouver next year.  We love having the opportunity to work with the incredible comedic talent within Canada, and this is only the beginning. 604 Records plans to continue signing the best in Canadian comedy, and will be releasing additional albums next year.”

Founded in 2001, 604 Records is the independent record company co-owned by Nickelback singer Kroeger and attorney Simkin. The company expanded its catalogue in 2016 to include comedy and its first comedic release, Dreamboat from Kevin Banner, went to #1 on the iTunes comedy chart.

Now one of the successful independent record labels in the country, with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, 604 has had success with releases in all genres including rock (Theory of a Deadman), pop (Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, Coleman Hell), alternative (The Zolas) and country (Dallas Smith, Jojo Mason).

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604 Records’ Hilarious Bid For A Juno Award

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604 Records is on a roll in its bid to win Comedy Album of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards in Vancouver.

The successful west-coast imprint irreverently calls itself ‘Canada’s greatest indie record label’ and has had an enviable run of success with a roster that includes Marianas Trench, Dallas Smith, Theory of a Deadman, Coleman Hell, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

It is also a production company run by a couple of seriously funny guys, namely music lawyer Jonathan Simkin and his longtime friend, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.

Earlier this year, Simkin went on a crusade to reinstate the Juno Award Comedy album category, and he succeeded. It was part of a strategy to boost the profile for a riot of comedians 604 is now working with.

Among them is Vancouverite Gavin Matts who was crowned the winner at the eighth annual SiriusXM Top Comic competition last week at the Toronto Finale, as part of JFL42.

Matts’ first comedy album Premature was synched to the event and quickly shot to #1 on the iTunes Comedy chart last week.

TV special JFL: All Access, to air on The Comedy Network.

Joining the comedy release schedule in the next several months are recordings by fellow Vancouverites’ Kyle Bottom, Charlie Demers and “smutty songstress” Shirley Gnome —all to be available through iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and streaming services.

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David Foster’s Hometown Fundraising Gala Is A Mega Event


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The stars will be out in Vancouver for the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert, as guests including Oprah Winfrey, Goldie Hawn and many more gather at the Rogers Arena on Saturday, October 21st to help raise funds for families undergoing life-saving paediatric organ transplants.

For the past 30 years, the David Foster Foundation has supported the non-medical expenses of more than 1,100 Canadian families.

Each year, in support of the Foundation, the Miracle Gala Concert brings celebrity friends from around the world together for an unforgettable evening filled with remarkable performances and surprise guests, all handpicked by Foster.

Celebrity guests in attendance at the 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert include:

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, Goldie Hawn, DR. PHIL McGraw, Jay Leno, Bo Derek, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Tenors, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, Tommy Haas, Matteo Bocelli, Ben Mulroney, Brian & Mila Mulroney, Ruben Studdard, Pia Toscano, Laura Bretan, Jim Treliving, Terry David Mulligan, Russ & Paris Courtnall, Geoff Courtnall, MICHAELA Pereira, Trevor Linden, Melissa Peterman, Rick Hansen, Shelea Frazier, Caroline Campbell and William Joseph.

Concert tickets, ranging from $49 to $119, are still available through Ticketmaster.

About the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert

The 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala is presented by Parq Vancouver, a new entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s entertainment district.

Parq Vancouver is home to the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and a first-to-market Autograph Collection Hotel, the Douglas.

30th Anniversary Gala Partners:

Presenting Partner: Parq Vancouver

In Partnership: TELUS, Aquilini Group, and WestJet

Luxury Sponsor: Bedat & Co.

Red Carpet Sponsors: Boston Pizza, S.G. Cunningham Limited, Bonnie & John Buhler

Media Partners: Canada Wide Media Ltd., Global Television, PostMedia

Invitations & Graphic Design: PALETTERA

Wine Sponsor: Inniskillin

Craft Beer Sponsor: Bomber Brewing

Liquor Sponsors: Nutrl Vodka & Tempo Gin

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Submissions Now Open For 2018 Juno Awards

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Key submission dates as follows: 

  • October 2, 2017 – Submissions open
  • October 20, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissions
  • November 10, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissions
  • December 1, 2017 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year open
  • January 4, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close

CARAS has also introduced the following changes this year:
 
Comedy Album of the Year

  • CARAS is pleased to announce the return of the Comedy Album of the Year category sponsored by SiriusXM Canada. Eligible comedy albums must be available for national sale and recorded by a comedic performer or performers of any of the following disciplines: stand-up, sketch, improvisation, and musical comedy. The nominees and winners will be determined by a judge vote.

 Francophone Album of the Year

  • The nominees for Francophone Album of the Year will now be determined by the equal weight of consumption and judge vote. The final round will be decided by judges.

 Rap Recording of the Year

  • The winner for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by an Academy Delegate vote.

Album Artwork of the Year

  • The Recording Package of the Year category has been changed to Album Artwork of the Year to more clearly define the classification criteria for those interested in submitting.

Submission eligibility:

Eligibility for the 2018 Awards applies to music released for national sale between September 1, 2016 and November 10, 2017. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 10 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online recordings will need to be available no later than November 24.
 
Eligible musicians are Canadian Citizens, which are defined by CARAS to be that where a majority of the group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period.

Voting Process by the Numbers

330 Judges are responsible for listening to each of the submissions and voting for the best product in the genre. The judges change each year and are spread out in different facets of the music industry and different regions throughout Canada.

50 Nominating & Voting Committee Members maintain the integrity of the JUNO Awards. It is their responsibility to monitor any changes within the industry as it relates to the awards. The committee brings any necessary modifications to the attention of the Board of Directors.

190+ Music Advisory Committee Members are responsible for ensuring that each of the submissions in their particular genre meets the required qualification for the JUNO Awards. Each category has an associated advisory committee.

For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules, and voting criteria, visitwww.junoawards.ca/submissions and a handy FAQ can be found here.

Those considering putting their hat in the ring should note that one can save up to 40% on submissions by signing up as a CARAS Academy Delegate at www.junoawards.ca/join.

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WINNERS CROWNED DURING CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT, THE 2017 CCMA AWARDS

DEAN BRODY WINS COVETED APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
MEAGHAN PATRICK  TAKES HOME SIRIUSXM RISING STAR AWARD AND $10,000
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September 10, 2017 (Saskatoon, SK) – The 2017 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Awards Show had Saskatoonians on their feet atSaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Canadians from coast-to-coast cheering for all their favourite country stars on CBC when the awards were broadcast exclusively by the national public broadcaster at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT). In the action-packed two-hour event, eight of the most sought-after CCMA Awards were presented and fourteen exceptional performances blew fans away.

Dallas Smith took home one of the biggest awards of the night, Album of the Year, for the second time in his career; in addition to also winning Single of the Year. Brett Kissel took home Male Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, along with Video of the Year. Newcomer Meaghan Patrickalso had a great night, winning both Female Artist of the Year and the SiriusXM Rising Star Award. Thanks to a new partnership with SiriusXM, the CCMA is pleased to announce that as this year’s SiriusXM Rising Star Award winner, Patrick will also receive a $10,000 bursary as part of SiriusXM’s continued efforts to support Canadian artists. Fan-favourites, The Road Hammers, took home Group or Duo of the Year, for the third time  Leading up to and during the first hour of the 2017 CCMA Awards Show, country music fans could vote online at fanvote.ccma.org or via social media via one of five unique hashtags for their favourite Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award nominee. A staggering 452,850 votes were received and Dean Brody was crowned winner of the night’s most coveted award.

Gord Bamford joined by Jim Cuddy, Dean Brody with Shevy Price, Chad Brownlee, Tim Hicks, High Valley, James Barker Band, Brett Kissel,Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, Jess Moskaluke, Dallas Smith and The Washboard Union all took to the CCMA Awards Show stage.

Looking ahead, the 2018 CCMA Awards Show will take place in Hamilton, Ontario. Visit ccma.org for event details.

2017 CCMA Award winners announced this evening:

APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
Dean Brody

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Kissel

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
The Road Hammers

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Autograph – Dallas Smith

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair – Brett Kissel

SIRIUSXM RISING STAR
Meghan Patrick

MEDIA NOTE: A complete list of 2017 CCMA Award winners can be found at ccma.org.

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