Affiliate Deals for Artist Managers now released!

Affiliate marketing (aka “influencer marketing”) is where online retailers utilise third-party referrals to drive and encourage sales. In essence, it is the lifeblood of online commerce.

With music being such a compelling proposition online and capable of drawing large audiences (eg 95%+ of the top 500 most-viewed YouTube videos ever are music promos), there are clear opportunity here for artists  to generate incremental revenues and collect valuable data and insights.

To help better understand the dynamics at play here, and how affiliate marketing can be successfully employed by artists and other creators, our affiliates the MMF UK hosted a short presentation  from two of the UK’s leading digital practitioners, iemusic’s Stephen O’Reilly and Tom Burris.

In order to better help artist managers access the key takeaways from this presentation our affiliates at MMF UK have made a guide available to better help you and your artists.

You can download a FREE PDF of the Affiliate Deals for Artist Managers guide here.

Honour Roll 2017

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11th Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll
Tuesday April 18, 2017
Bymark Restaurant, Toronto
Honour Roll Inductee: CHRIS SMITH
Brian Chater Pioneer Award: DUFF ROMAN
Banner Year Award sponsored by SOCAN Foundation: JOANNE SETTERINGTON & THE STRUMBELLAS
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Honour Roll Inductee: CHRIS SMITH
Chris Smith

“Wow! I am so honoured. But wait, does this mean people in the industry will find out what I look like?” – Chris Smith

Chris Smith is the visionary behind some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names of the past decade. Chris has successfully shaped the career of eight platinum musical artists including Alessia Cara, Nelly Furtado, JoJo, Fefe Dobson, The Philosopher Kings and Tamia. In 1994, while touring the United Kingdom with music legend Beres Hammond, Chris caught the bug to pursue a career in the music business. He subsequently launched his own management company with the award-winning pop group, The Philosopher Kings, and Canadian soul and R&B legend, Jacksoul. The Philosopher Kings are recognized as predecessors to modern day pop groups like Maroon 5 and One Republic. Chris pioneered the idea of the world’s first animated musical act with the super group Prozzäk, comprised of two animated characters, Simon and Milo. Prozzäk was the first
animated group to reach quadruple Platinum status and launch a successful arena tour. Prozzäk’ s live show utilized projections with live instrumentation along with cutting edge lighting effects and sequences. Its success culminated in a partnership with Disney.
Not limiting his craft to music, Chris signed award winning celebrity chef, Roger Mooking. Roger had several successful television shows on both the Food Network and The Cooking Channel leading to issue an award winning cookbook and branded restaurants.

Chris also became an Executive Producer, creating and producing IN THE DANCE, which became a top-rated television show. Chris was among the first to develop and deliver an online fitness platform for the world’s trainers to connect with consumers via online and mobile platforms. As a means of connecting his client roster with fans and further understand consumers globally, Chris launched, a platform which showcases the latest trends in music, fashion, film and television. Chris’ acumen is exemplified by having both Gold and Platinum in most record selling countries in the world. He is most recognized for his role as managing the careers of global superstar Alessia Cara and multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist Nelly Furtado. He is also currently managing managing the careers of seven-time Grammy-nominated producer Julio Reyes (Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez) and Salaam Remi (Alicia Keys, Miguel,
Amy Winehouse). He is responsible for launching and developing the careers of artists and producers like Noah “40” Shebib (Drake, Nas, Beyonce), sound engineer Noel “Gadget” Campbell (Drake, Jay -Z, Sade, Lil Wayne) and producer DJ Cirkut (Katy Perry, Flo-Rida, Miley Cyrus). As a manager and creator of brands, Chris has signed a number of songwriters, publishers, producers, mixers, engineers, musicians, actors and actresses, world-class athletes, celebrity chefs, fitness trainers and models. Under his leadership, his clients have
accumulated over 7 billion streams worldwide. Chris Smith Management as a company has garnered a number of prestigious awards and critical press acclaim including Management Company of the Year (Canadian Music Week), and Artist Management Company of the Year (Urban Music Awards).

Brian Chater Pioneer Award: DUFF ROMAN
Duff Roman

Duff Roman is a native Western Canadian who hails from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. During his early radio career, Duff worked at CKSW Swift Current, CHAT Radio & TV Medicine Hat, CKRC Winnipeg, CFRW Winnipeg and CHED Edmonton before moving to Toronto in 1959. As an on-air personality in Toronto in the 1960s, Duff Roman has been associated with 590 CKEY (now The Fan) prior to moving to1050 CHUM where he met The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, Neil Young and other great stars that defined the era. While still performing as an announcer in the 1960s, Duff was a pioneer record-label owner and artist manager. His Roman Records, co-founded with his late brother Dan, launched the careers of The Paupers and Grammy-award winner David Clayton-Thomas, since associated with Blood Sweat and Tears. He produced Little Caesar and The Consuls and the first recordings of Levon and the Hawks, forerunners of The Band (featuring Robbie Robertson), who backed Bob Dylan. During more recent years, Roman has worked in several key roles with CHUM Limited. In 1974, he was appointed Program Director of CHUM-FM in Toronto. In 1984, he was promoted to Station Manager and directed the repositioning of CHUM-FM as Canada’s foremost Adult Rock radio station. In 1988, Duff was appointed Vice President Industry Affairs, CHUM Limited. He assumed the added responsibilities of Vice President, Digital Radio Operations, in 1999.

In addition to leaving his mark on Canada’s music history as a record producer and label owner, Roman is also the founding president of the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR), which is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry.
More recently, in December 2007, Duff was appointed Head of the CHUM Radio Division, CTV Ltd. Since forming Duff Roman Media Inc. in 2009, Duff has been involved in SmartGrid demand-response technology development, radio consulting services with the Evanov Radio Group and TV documentary production, including the award-winning mini-series, Yonge Street: Toronto Rock and Roll Stories for CTV’s BRAVO channel.

Banner Year Award sponsored by SOCAN Foundation: 
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When a crowd is feverishly singing along with the last chorus upon first listen, you know it’s a song that connects. This is what happens when The Strumbellas play ‘Spirits’ live for the first time, the first single from their latest album, HOPE. That experience embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans from across North America to this six-piece Lindsay, Ontario-bred band. With certifications in Canada, US, Germany, and Italy; 85+ million streams worldwide on Spotify; their LP “Hope” debuting at #3 on the Billboard Folk Chart; a current JUNO Award nomination and long-listed for the Polaris Prize, and several award wins under their belt; The Strumbellas have certainly had a banner year! Fiercely independent, it was absolutely no surprise to anyone when Joanne Setterington created Indoor Recess in 2003 – a place where her energy, drive and ambition could flourish, unencumbered. On the front line of many artists’ careers, she is a proud advocate and champion of everyone she has the privilege to work with in both the PR and management realms of Indoor Recess.

Honour Roll 2007

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Inaugural MMF Canada Honour Roll
Monday March 5, 2008









In 1969, Finkelstein founded True North Records. He managed The Paupers from 1966–1967 and Kensington Market from 1967-1969. Through 1972-1981. In partnership with Bernie Fiedler, he managed the careers of Abramson, Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Dan Hill. In 1970 he and Cockburn became partners in the music publishing firm Golden Mountain Music.

The first artist signed to True North Records in 1969 was Bruce Cockburn. By the time Finkelstein sold True North the label had released over 550 albums, including records from such Canadian notables as Rough Trade, Randy Bachman, The Rheostatics, Lynn Miles, Cowboy Junkies, Colin Linden, Catherine MacLellan, Tom Wilson, Moxy Fruvous, and Lighthouse among others. True North continued to also release records for acts that Finkelstein managed including Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Murray McLauchlan, Stephen Fearing Barney Bentall and Bruce Cockburn. During the period from 1969 to 2007 True North received over 40 Gold and Platinum records and over 40 Juno Awards.

In December 2007, True North was acquired by an investment group led by Linus Entertainment. Finkelstein remained as chairman and long-term consultant. He continued as Cockburn’s manager and also managed The Golden Dogs.

Honour Roll 2008

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2nd Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll
Wednesday March 5, 2008
Bymark Restaurant, Toronto


Bruce Allen







Bruce Allen was born on May 19, 1945 in Vancouver, BC. He attended UBC where he studied labour relations. However, his love of music won out and in 1966, he began BRUCE ALLEN TALENT which became the dominant booking agency in Western Canada. That company was the forerunner of Sam Feldman and Associates, the partner Bruce brought into the company when his focus turned to management. In 1973, he took an interest in the fledgling band Brave Belt, which morphed into Bachman-Turner Overdrive, beginning his career in artist management. With Allen at the helm, BTO became one of the most successful bands of the 1970’s. Allen repeated this feat in the 1980’s with the pop-rock band Loverboy that sold ten million records and earned eight Juno awards under his tutelage. At the same time, he brought the talented Bryan Adams into his fold. Allen continues to guide Bryan through an enormously successful career. In 1996 Allen took over management of Canadian legend Anne Murray, bringing new excitement into her career and returning her to the U.S. and Canadian charts. In 2003 he added Michael Bublé, a Burnaby native, to his roster. A year later, Bublé won the Juno for Best New Artist. In the years since, Bublé has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Allen also guides the career of renowned record producer Bob Rock (Metallica, The Cult, Bon Jovi, Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, 311). Bruce served on the creative team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Allen has contributed his time and talents to international causes, and in 1985, he spearheaded Canada’s response to the Ethiopian famine crisis, bringing 52 famous Canadians together for Northern Lights for Africa, a recording project that raised millions with the song “Tears Are Not Enough.” Allen is also well known in Vancouver as an established radio presence. For 16 years he was the host of “Sound Off with Bruce Allen” on CFOX Radio, and hosts the weekly “Bruce Break” on JACK- FM along with his popular and controversial daily “Reality Check” commentary on CKNW. For more than thirty years, Bruce Allen has been a cornerstone in the Canadian entertainment industry.

Honour Roll 2009

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3rd Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll
Wednesday March 11, 2009
Bymark Restaurant, Toronto









As a teenager, Danniels began his career in the music industry booking bands as an agent in his hometown of Toronto. In 1971, he took his career to the next level, taking on Canadian rock band Rush as agent and manager. In response to them being turned down by every record company in Canada, Ray took initiative and started his own company, Moon Records (later renamed Anthem) releasing Rush’s self-titled debut album. A few years later, a Cleveland radio station added Rush to its play list generating substantial airplay which led to the band’s U.S. signing with Mercury Records.

Fast forward to 2007 and Rush releases their 18th studio album Snake & Arrows, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Chart. In the tour that followed in 2007 and 2008, Rush performed in over 100 cities around the world, grossing over $40 million. In the words of Rolling Stone Magazine “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”

As the President and C.E.O. of S.R.O. Management Inc. and Anthem Entertainment Group, Ray has been instrumental in the careers of many artists including Van Halen, The Tea Party, Max Webster, Matthew Good and now Ian Thornley. Ray was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

“I appreciate being recognized by the MMF,” comments Ray Danniels. “It’s rewarding to join the ranks of Bruce Allen and Bernie Finkelstein in receiving this award. Although our styles are different, our devotion and long term commitment to our artists are the same. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the members of Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart for over 35 years of loyalty and trust. They have been the source of my motivation for all of these years. ”

Honour Roll 2010

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4th Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll
Wednesday March 10, 2010
Bymark Restaurant, Toronto
Honour Roll Inductee: SAM FELDMAN

Inducted by Darren Gilmore & Denise Donlon








With a career that spans almost 40 years in the Canadian music industry and has branched into several different areas including artist representation, talent booking, music supervision, and film and television development and production, Sam Feldman has built A&F Music, the parent company of S.L. Feldman & Associates, Bruce Allen Talent, the Characters Talent Agency, Watchdog Management and Big Pictures Entertainment into what Billboard Magazine aptly describes as a “towering presence in Canadian entertainment”.

Sam has tirelessly worked to help Canadian artists build sustainable careers both in Canada and around the world. With a shrewd eye, Feldman has identified needs of artists in the areas of touring, management and music supervision, and has sought to provide guidance and opportunities. Along the way, Feldman and his management partner Steve Macklam have established themselves as a powerful force in the Canadian music industry, guiding the careers of several top recording artists including: Diana Krall, James Taylor, Norah Jones, The Chieftains, Elvis Costello, Melody Gardot, Susan Tedeschi, Pink Martini and Ry Cooder as well as A Fine Frenzy, Collin James and Hedley.


Inducted by Deane Cameron

In 1968, Leonard Rembeau was involved with a Dartmouth, Nova Scotia youth group who were trying to raise money when he suggested a concert by Anne Murray, who was then best known as a popular singer on CBC’s Singalong Jubilee. Anne agreed to perform at the youth fundraiser, and a deep friendship was born, which eventually led to a successful business relationship.

As Anne’s burgeoning career took off, she left the East Coast for Toronto, where Leonard eventually joined her, forming Balmur – a management/promotion company with Anne, her husband Bill Langstroth, and J. Lyman MacInnis. Rameau assumed the role of General Manager and quickly established himself as a talented and fair negotiator, who would seek positive outcomes for those on both sides of the table. This is most strongly evidenced by his early talks with Capitol Records (now EMI Music Canada), still Anne Murray’s recording home. In addition to Anne Murray, Balmur also guided the careers of George Fox and Rita MacNeil, under Rambeau’s leadership.

Mr. Rambeau was known as a gentleman and scholar, for his kindness and his warmth and understanding. He was a believer in the power of television and the effect that it would have on his artists and the industry, and was pivotal in creating a bond between the CBC and the music industry – a bond that exists to this day. As the second President of CARAS, Rambeau was a key player in the eventual televisation of the JUNO Awards, and the later recipient of the first CARAS Global Achievement Award.

Honour Roll 2011

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5th Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll
Friday March 11, 2011
Bymark Restaurant, Toronto
Honour Roll Inductee: TERRY MCBRIDE
Pioneer Award: MARY MARTIN

Inducted by Mark Jowett








McBride is the CEO and co-founder of Vancouver-based Nettwerk Music Group, which includes a record label, management firm, publishing company, and other divisions. Nettwerk employs more than 130 staff and has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Boston, Nashville and Hamburg. He is Sarah McLachlan’s long-time manager and former manager for Avril Lavigne and Barenaked Ladies.

Over the years, the management arm has also helped develop the careers of Coldplay, Dido, Jars of Clay, Jamiroquai, Katherine Jenkins, Stereophonics and Sum 41, among others.


Inducted by Bob Hunka and EmmyLou Harris

A native of Toronto, Mary Martin took her first steps into the music industry in 1962 when she moved to New York, sometimes working as hostess at the now legendary Bitter End – a central venue in the folk music renaissance. Martin eventually became executive assistant to Albert Grossman, who managed the careers of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot and Peter, Paul and Mary, among others.

In Grossman’s employ, Martin introduced Dylan to Levon Helm and her friends in a band called The Hawks, who would soon be better known as The Band, the same band that toured and recorded with Dylan as he progressed from solo acoustic folk idol to electrified major international rock star. (The Band’s many hours of practice tapes and demos recorded with Dylan became some of the most storied bootleg recordings in history, but were not officially released until the 1975 double album The Basement Tapes.)

Following her four-year apprenticeship with Grossman, Martin took on music as a permanent calling by managing and helping to launch the enduring careers of Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and Rodney Crowell among others.

In 1972, Martin was named East Coast Director of A&R for Warner Bros. Records, beginning a label career that would span over 30 years. She signed Emmylou Harris, Commander Cody, Leon Redbone and Dory Previn to the label and she assisted in the signing of others. By bringing her management experience to her A&R role, she was able to further assist the label in the career development of several newer artists, most notably Harris and Bonnie Raitt.

Martin has since enjoyed A&R positions with several top Nashville labels, including RCA, Asylum and Mercury Records. In these positions she has guided the careers of many country stars, including Vince Gill, Aaron Tippin, Lorrie Morgan and Lila LcCann, and she co-produced a Hank Williams tribute album, Timeless, which won the Best Country Album Grammy Award.

Honour Roll 2012

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6th Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll
Friday March 23, 2012
Bymark Restaurant, Toronto
Honour Roll Inductee: LARRY WANAGAS

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Inducted by Bob Hunka

Larry Wanagas







Larry Wanagas began his career in the music business as the Entertainment Director at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada where he booked and promoted weekly concerts. In 1979, after 2 years of successful on-campus concert promotion, Wanagas left college life behind and opened a recording studio, Homestead Recorders. He also launched Bumstead Productions, focusing on artist management, an independent record label and a publishing company.

In 1983, Wanagas met a young singer named K.D. Lang. Wishing days of hearing her sing, he signed her to management, recording and publishing agreements – what is now known as a 360 deal. That arrangement marked the beginning of a 15-year rollercoaster of successful tours, multi-platinum album sales, accolades and awards.

The artist management division of Bumstead Productions has over the years represented a number of successful artists including Susan Aglukark, Big Sugar, The Blue Shadows (featuring Billy Cowsill), Colin James, Erasure (in North America), Richard Julian, K.D. Lang, Madeline Peroux, The Trews, Two Hours Traffic, Tim Chaisson, Poor Young Things, The Lazys and The East Pointers.

“I’m flattered to be included in the MMF Honour Roll along with the previous recipients,” says Wanagas. “I applaud the efforts of MMF Canada to nurture, support and celebrate the careers of artist managers in Canada.”


Inducted by Parkside Mike Renaud

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A founding partner of Aquarius Records, Terry Flood served as President of the label from the beginning in 1969 until 1990. During that time he helped build the company into one of Canada’s most prominent independent labels, developing the  recording careers of several superstar acts, including April Wine, Corey Hart, Sum 41 and Sass Jordan. Terry was also the manager of April Wine for over 20 years and was successful in breaking the band into markets around the world.

In 1990 Terry sold his interest in Aquarius to his partner, Donald K Tarlton. He then formed fre Records, which released Gold records by April Wine and The Skydiggers. In ’97 Terry rejoined Donald, bringing with him a young band that went on to sell gold – Serial Joe. A year later while attending NXNE, Terry saw Sum 41 perform at the El Mocambo and was fortunate to be able to help convince them to sign with Aquarius for Canada.

Terry is a long time board member of CIRPA with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the entertainment business.

Donald K Tarlton C.M. is best known as “Donald K Donald”, one of the most successful and colourful concert promoters in North America. With his own Donald K Donald Productions and in partnership with BCL Entertainment Corporation, it would be easier to list the few music superstars that Donald did not present on stages across Canada. But Donald’s achievements are not limited to concert promotions or Canada.

Donald is a Tony Award®-winning Broadway producer and has promoted attractions as diverse as Black and Blue, the Bolshoi Ballet and Tango Argentino. Numerous superstar comedians have chosen Donald as their Canadian concert entrepreneur. He also launched a tour production company called DKD!Spectacle that enjoyed its greatest success as the global producer and touring representative for Céline Dion throughout the ‘90s.

Donald launched one of the most successful French labels, ever, with Tacca Musique and established a sales record that may never be broken with the debut release by Kevin Parent. Today, Donald remains active in developing new Canadian stars through his partnerships in several management companies and involvements in alternative Indie labels including Last Gang Entertainment Group , Indica Records, and Hidden Pony Records .

Without ever defining himself as a “manager”, it’s no exaggeration to say that Donald K Donald’s activity in various fields like concert promotion, agencies, record labels, marketing companies and consultation has made him one of the more important developers of artistic careers in Canada.

In 2000, Donald was honoured by his country with his appointment and investiture into The Order of Canada and has also been honoured with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.

Honour Roll 2013

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7th Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll
Friday March 22, 2013
Bymark Restaurant, Toronto
Honour Roll Inductee: JAKE GOLD

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Inducted by Allan Gregg

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Jake Gold grew up in Toronto where he sang in Top 40 bands in his teens. After spending a couple of years in LA doing lighting design, he returned to Toronto to become the tour manager for a band called Hot Tip. When Hot Tip became The Purple Hearts, they asked Gold to manage them, and he’s been a manager ever since.

In 1981, Gold began his career in Management. In 1986 he formed The Management Trust Ltd. with Allan Gregg, where he transformed The Tragically Hip into national superstars. He has since become known as one of Canada’s most well-known and respected artist managers.

Gold was recognized by the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards as Manager of the Year on three separate occasions (1991, 1993, 1994) and has been a member of the JUNO Awards Television and Talent committee since the 2003 awards broadcast in Ottawa-Gatineau. In 2009, Gold was elected to the board of CIMA (CIRPA) and was recently elected again to Vice-Chairman for CIMA. He is also a board member for the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and sits on the advisory board of the OMDC.

Additionally, Gold is in demand for his industry expertise and has been either moderator or panellist at Australia’s Pacific Music Conference, Pollstar’s Concert Industry Consortium, Vancouver’s NewMusicWest, CMJ, SXSW and both Canadian Music Week and North By Northeast in Toronto. He has also been a keynote speaker at the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities conference and was the co-chair of Canadian Music Week for 2008.

Gold’s devotion to music and art is matched by a strong focus on charity events and organizations. He was responsible for producing the War Child concert in Winnipeg, which drew crowds upwards of 100,000 people and raised over $400,000 for War Child Canada. He continues to donate his time to War Child and other various charities.

“I am honoured to be getting this prestigious award, ” commented Gold on his selection as this year’s Honour Roll Recipient.” To be mentioned in the same sentence as the ones who have come before is enough for me. ”


Inducted by Monica Miller

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Steve Propas began his career as an entertainment buyer for the Student Union while attending McGill University in Montreal in 1970. After graduating, he went into artist management and talent buying, joining forces with Neill Dixon to form Dixon Propas Management. Their initial clients were the legendary Toronto nightclubs The El Mocambo and The Colonial Tavern and Dixon Propas became the exclusive entertainment consultants for the Ontario Place Forum. They produced over 400 concerts, featuring major artists from 1975 to 1980, booking a wide variety of established acts in musical genres ranging from rock, pop, folk, blues, gospel to classical. The management team launched, guided and established the early careers of many of Canada’s successful artists including Triumph, Toronto and The Good Brothers, achieving a great deal of international success in the process. Steve and Neill then went on to form Solid Gold Records where their label’s roster earned the duo over a dozen Gold and Platinum records and numerous Juno Awards in the early 1980’s.

In 1985 Steve launched Propas Management Corporation (PMC) and scored great success with management clients, which included Dan Hill (for 10 years), Lee Aaron, Haywire and Svengali. All of these artists attained Gold and Platinum certification in Canada under Steve’s direction and enjoyed international success. In 1987 Dan Hill had the number one AC single of the year on the Billboard chart with “Can’t We Try”, his duet with Vonda Sheppard.

In 1995, Steve, through PMC was contracted by Walter Yetnikoff at Velvel Records in New York as the label’s exclusive international licensing and distribution consultant. Acting as Velvel’s Vice President of International, he established a team of international licensing partners worldwide. After KOCH acquired Velvel, Steve became the Senior Vice President of KOCH Entertainment. He was responsible for the development and successful international exploitation of the audio visual sides of music and a cross section of licensed brands. He set up all of their international distribution and/or licensing arrangements, overseeing them on a global basis. As a licensing and distribution authority, Steve was responsible for the Pokemon brand’s audio soundtrack distribution and television licensing and establishing KOCH’s children’s line by securing Bob The Builder and Madeline.  In the field of sports and lifestyle entertainment products, Propas Management consulted and advised on strategic partnerships for the DVD home entertainment releases of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE, formerly WWF) in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Steve still worked closely with Entertainment One (E1) as the company is now called.

Steve’s experience and expertise was put to good use by the Canadian music industry. He acted as a mentor for the Ontario Media Development Corporation, assisting Ontario-based labels in planning the international exploitation of their artists. Steve was a long time member of the Canadian Independent Record Producers Association (CIRPA) and served on the board of directors for 4 terms.

His latest business success was Propas International Rights Management Corporation which encompassed  CD/DVD distribution, acting as a consultant, digital/mobile streaming and licensing arrangements in the international marketplace on behalf of clients ranging from established artists and brands to labels representing all genres and video game publishers such as Microsoft. He also revitalized Solid Gold Records’ catalogue with the late Ed Glinert who also passed away in 2011.

After graduating from College in London, England, Neill Dixon came to Toronto in 1967, and spent three years at the tail-end of the folk music “boom” running Grumbles, a coffee house that featured major names including a young Bruce Cockburn, Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, B. B. King, and a memorable week-long double bill with the late Jim Croce and Randy Newman.

In 1971 Dixon moved briefly into the record business taking on the role of Regional Promotion Manager at RCA Records before becoming VP of National Promotion and A&R at GRT Records. His path soon changed to management, which led to the formation of Dixon Propas Management – a partnership with local Toronto promoter and manager Steve Propas.

During the same time, Dixon spent a five-year period as one of Canada’s most influential talent bookers, buying talent first for the El Mocambo in its glory days as the most important live music venue in the country, and then at the Ontario Place Forum, when he introduced the first major pop concert acts to the venue.

In 1985, Neill Dixon opened an “umbrella company” he named Charttoppers, to allow him to handle a wide variety of different functions in the music industry, including record promotion, event production, television production, sponsorship organization, and numerous consulting assignments.

Working with the Juno Awards, Molson Breweries, Pepsi-Cola, Ontario Lottery Corporation- among dozens of others – he devised and executed countless music marketing promotions.

Neill Dixon’s involvement with Canadian Music Week began in 1983 as program director of an annual music business conference organized by The Record. In 1993 he took over the event and added a new music showcase festival called Canadian Music Fest now running it under the auspices of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music & The Arts (CAAMA).

In the last decade, Canadian Music Week has become the most important single event in this country’s music industry. It has attracted an “A list” of speakers – from Sir George Martin and Clive Davis to Slash, Alice Cooper, Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Burton Cummings, Moby, Lionel Richie, David Crosby and Gene Simmons.

The event offers a number of complementary components. In addition to the Executive Conference (currently known as the International Music Summit) and festival, Canadian Music Week now features three additional conferences – Digital Media Summit; Radio Interactive: International Radio Summit; and Songwriters’ & Publishers’ Summit. In recent years Neill has introduced a number of Canadian Awards shows, a film festival, the Canadian International Comedy Fest and new talent searches as well as a Music, Education and Careers Fair called TuneUp. He was instrumental in bringing the model of the “International Festival Network” as well as the “Global Synch & Consumer Brands Summit” to Canada for the benefit of Canada’s live music industry as well as emerging Canadian talent. Neill has also put his extensive worldwide database to good use by passionately promoting Canada’s best export ready artists and built CMW’s importance as an export development engine. From China to Australia and India to Latin America, his efforts on the frontlines have opened doors for Canadian companies to explore new channels for trade and export with markets all over the world.

Speaking of the Pioneer Award, Dixon commented: “I am very honoured to be sharing the Pioneer Duo Award with my longtime friend and former partner Steve Propas,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “Together we developed one of the preeminent indie record labels of the 80s and triggered the success of some of Canada’s great artists. Through the years, we may have walked different paths, but we always knew that music was our way.”

Honour Roll 2014

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8th Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll
Friday May 9, 2014
Bymark Restaurant, Toronto
Honour Roll Inductee: GILLES PAQUIN
Brian Chater Pioneer Award: BRIAN CHATER

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Inducted by Randy Bachman


Possessing a rare blend of artistic passion, creativity and business savvy, Gilles Paquin has been involved with the arts and entertainment industry for over 30 years as a manager, promoter, producer and entrepreneur. He is the President and CEO of Paquin Entertainment Group, which encompasses four divisions: artist management, artists’ agency, theatre & film division, and corporate services.

“It’s been wonderful to turn this tremendous passion into a lifelong career,” says Gilles Paquin. “I have been blessed to have worked with, and been surrounded by, great artists.”

Today, Gilles personally manages legendary icons Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bachman & Turner, and critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Del Barber, overseeing their tours nationally and internationally. He supports, oversees, and directs each artist’s creative ventures, which includes producing Randy Bachman’s television special, Vinyl Tap presents: Every Song Tells a Story; a live Bachman & Turner concert special shot in 3D at the Roseland Ballroom in New York; a bio-documentary on Buffy Sainte-Marie; and an in-studio concert special with Bachman-Cummings, called First Time Around.

Gilles founded the agency division in 1985. It has since become one of Canada’s premier entertainment agencies, representing a roster of international clientele that includes musicians, such as Tegan & Sara, Serena Ryder, Matt Andersen, The Sheepdogs, Whitehorse and K’NAAN, along with ballet and theatrical companies. In 2004, he launched a subsidiary, Koba Entertainment, focusing on large-scale family-oriented theatrical productions, such as Dora the ExplorerThe BackyardigansToopy and Binoo, and Franklin the Turtle, among others.

Always looking for his next entrepreneurial endeavor, Gilles recently spearheaded Act 5 Entertainment, an international entertainment company manages an array of projects, including live theatricals, exhibitions, and merchandising opportunities for exciting productions such as 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Nitro Circus, Val Kilmer’s one-man show Citizen Twain, and is currently developing rock musical Prairie Town, to name a few.

Gilles also co-founded the Venue Coalition, representing a network of 55 premier North American arenas, and continues to work as an advisor. He also served as a board member for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS-Juno Awards) from 1998-2004.


Inducted by Mary Ellen Chater

Brian Chater







Brian was born in Sutton England and by the age of twenty-one he had already progressed to become Copyright Manager of Mills Music in London, England.  He came to Canada in 1966, initially to run Burlington Music of Canada, and by the early ’70’s was running Much Records owned by CHUM Ltd.  Over the years he has overseen companies such as Summerlea Music and Irving-Almo Music, signing such writers as Bryan Adams, April Wine and Michel Pagliaro. He continued to operate his own music publishing company Avenue Road Music Group, and acted as an industry consultant operating as BC Music and Consulting.

Brian had an excellent grasp of cross-sector issues and was highly knowledgeable of current trends and issue in the music business. He was active for many years in the ‘business’ of music, having served on the board and committees of the Canadian Music Publishers Association until 2013, serving as President from 1983-1986. He also served as a long-time director of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency until 2013 and acted as Chair for both the Governance and Finance Committees of the Agency.

Brian was President of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (since renamed the Canadian Independent Music Association) for nearly 20 years from 1987 until March 2006, where he represented the interests of the Canadian owned independent recording sector at all levels and worked to ensure not just the survival, but the prosperity of the sector, through policy, regulatory and financing initiatives.

He was a Director of FACTOR for many years, a founding Director of the NRCC (Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada, since renamed Re:Sound) and for two years was the Chair of that organization. From 2004 to 2007 he was a Director of Radio Starmaker Fund and was a consultant to the CPCC (Canadian Private Copying Collective) since its inception in 1999. He was co-chair of the Federal Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Music Industry that reported to the Heritage Minister in 1996. He also acted as a consultant to industry collectives and wrote countless reports on the music industry for various clients. As well, he served on several policy groups advising the government on policy and music related issues.