Rock Icon and Entrepreneur Gene Simmons Keynote Speaker: March 12th Canadian Music Week 2009

    TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Gene Simmons, the media multi-hyphenate and
co-founder of the hottest band in the world, KISS, will be a featured artist
keynote speaker at this year's Canadian Music Week. On Thursday, March 12,
2009 11:00 a.m., Simmons will speak about his various business endeavours and
experiences as the co-founder of the rock super-group KISS. A limited number
of tickets for the artist keynote will be available to the public for purchase
on the Canadian Music Week website - - Rotate This, and
Soundscapes as of Monday, January 19.
    Recently Simmons' record label, Simmons Records, has joined forces with
Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country's leading music company. This
partnership will construct a multi-platform vehicle to seek out, develop and
promote Canadian talent from both the domestic market and international stage.
    Simmons co-founded KISS over 35 years ago, and to date the band has
played thousands of shows to millions of people around the world. KISS is the
juggernaut of licensing and merchandising, with over 3,000 products - from
KISS Visa cards to KISS condoms. Simmons' current endeavors include: starring
and producing in Gene Simmons Family Jewels, a reality series in its fourth
season; My Dad the Rock Star, his own cartoon show created for Canada's
Nelvana now in its fifth year; and current best seller Ladies of the Night
released through his own Simmons Books.
    Simmons Comic Group and Simmons Abramson Marketing handles all branding
and marketing aspects for the Indy Car Series. His clothing line, Moneybag has
joined forces with Canada's Dussault Custom Ink, providing cutting edge
clothing to fashion savvy consumers. Simmons is also chairman of the board for
NO GOOD TV ( The Site has over 300 million video clicks. It serves
as the largest producer of uncensored entertainment programming in the world.
And now, Simmons Records has partnered with Universal Music Canada working
specifically with Canadian talent.
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