OMDC CELEBRATES ONTARIO NOMINEES AT 40TH ANNIVERSARY JUNO AWARDS

OMDC 2011 JUNO Awards Nominees Luncheon L-R: OMDC Chair Kevin Shea, JUNO nominee Mia Martina, Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture, JUNO nominees Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala and OMDC President & CEO, Karen Thorne-Stone. (CNW Group/Ontario Media Development Corporation)

Ontario nominees and entertainment industry kick off JUNO Week in Toronto

TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ -

NEWS

 

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) kicked off JUNO Week with a celebration of Ontario Nominees at a star-studded VIP Luncheon in Toronto today, attended by dozens of JUNO nominees, members of Ontario's entertainment industry and Minister of Tourism and Culture Michael Chan.  Multi-JUNO Award winner, Wes "Maestro" Williams, one of Canada's most successful and influential Hip Hop artists, hosted the event

Among the 78 Ontario artists who received over 100 JUNO nominations are: Justin Bieber, Drake (with six nominations), Broken Social Scene, Down With Webster, Johnny Reid, Deadmau5, Tokyo Police Club and Rush.

The 2011 JUNO Awards, Canada's music awards, started in Toronto 40 years ago and the OMDC along with the City of Toronto and Tourism Toronto have brought the celebration back home to mark its 40th anniversary in style.  JUNO Week is happening March 21 - 27, culminating in the live broadcast of The JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 27 from the Air Canada Centre.

QUOTES 

"Ontario is centre stage on the international music scene with world renowned artists and performers who are celebrated both at home and abroad.  Ontario's music industry is a pillar of our rapidly growing entertainment and cultural sectors, contributing over $20 billion annually to our province's economy.  The Government of Ontario is a proud partner of the 2011 Juno Awards and 40th Anniversary Juno Week celebrations that recognize the many accomplishments of our diverse and dynamic artists and industry leaders."

- Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture

"OMDC is delighted to honour Ontario's critically-acclaimed JUNO nominees today. Ontario's music scene is the largest and most vibrant in Canada, with the highest revenues across the board, from record production to music publishing to sound recording studios. By supporting Ontario's independent music industry, OMDC is helping to bring the music of our talented artists to a global audience."

- Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

"The OMDC has been very supportive of our company and our artists over the past few years.  Through programs like the Music Fund and the Export Fund, our company and our artists have been able to attain success worldwide and here at home.  We are fortunate to represent three Ontario-based artists nominated for Juno Awards this year - Justin Nozuka, Hail The Villain and Finger Eleven - and they each have benefitted from the OMDC's support to Coalition Music.

"We are very lucky to have the OMDC in our corner."

- Rob Lanni, Co-Founder, Coalition Music

QUICK FACTS

  • 78 Ontario artists have received 103 JUNO Award nominations in 2011; 56 of these artists (71%) are on independent Ontario-owned and controlled record labels, publishers and managers.

  • At $462.7 million, Ontario record labels account for 78% of total operating revenues in Canada.

  • Ontario record labels paid $52.9 million in wages in 2009.

  • Ontario produces a huge number of critically acclaimed and globally popular artists many of whom have received JUNO nominations this year including: Broken Social Scene, Deadmau5, Down With Webster, Drake, Johnny Reid, Justin Bieber, Royal Wood, Rush, Sarah Harmer, Shad, Finger Eleven, Keshia Chanté, Mia Martina and Metric.

  • 2011 Juno Award albums include music from a long list of OMDC-supported Ontario indie labels, publishers and managers like MapleMusic, Arts & Crafts, Coalition Records, Dine Alone Records, Six Shooter Records, ole Media Management and more

  • The Juno Awards began in Toronto 40 years ago and this year, with the support of the OMDC, the City of Toronto and Tourism Toronto the awards have come back home. It is estimated that the economic impact of the 2011 JUNO Awards for Toronto will be $15 million.

  • Ontario's creative cluster includes: book and magazine publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, music, performing arts, radio, advertising, architecture and design. Production related to these industries contributes $12.2 billion to the provincial GDP. When other industries including sports, heritage, libraries and telecommunications are included, the industries employ almost 300,000 people.

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture that facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario's cultural media industries including book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.

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For further information:

Contact :                                            www.omdc.on.ca
George McNeillie
Manager, Communications - OMDC
Cell: 647-286-3979
gmcneillie@omdc.on.ca