MMF Honour Roll Announcement

MMF Canada’s 12th Annual Honour Roll
Sponsored by Slaight Music

Honour Roll Award

Banner Year Award

Brian Chater Pioneer Award

Tuesday May 8, 2018
Bymark Restaurant
66 Wellington St W, Toronto

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“Thank you to the MMF for this honour! I have been tremendously fortunate to turn my love of music into a career and am honoured to be receiving the same award as the incredible managers – and mentors – that have come before me.” – Susan de Cartier

Susan de Cartier started out in New York City as a legal assistant working towards law school when a chance meeting on a plane to Toronto changed her trajectory. Come hear the story and how Susan’s career in artist management began, working with Blue Rodeo and Crash Vegas at The ACT/Risqué Disque in Toronto. Then forming Starfish Entertainment in 1995, the company that has been involved in the creation and release of more than 50 amazing albums, that have collectively sold over 5 million copies, coupled with countless concert tickets for artists including Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, The Sadies, Oh Susanna, Skydiggers, Greg Keelor and Harrow Fair. Over the course of her 30-year career, Susan has guided Blue Rodeo on to become one of the most successful bands in Canadian history garnering 12 Junos, a Star on the Walk of Fame and membership in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Her Starfish Entertainment company boasts a smart, tight-knit, and loyal staff, managing The Woodshed recording studio in addition to her longtime clients. Well respected in the artist and industry community at large, Susan also gives back through her time and contributions on the MMF and OMDC board positions.

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No one can deny the meteoric rise of Canadian, Juno winning, Grammy-nominated R&B and soul singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar this year. After independently building a following through the release of two critically acclaimed EPs Praise Break and Pilgrim’s Paradise, Caesar released his debut album Freudian in August 2017, which also garnered widespread critical acclaim. Co-managers Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett developed Daniel and also co-produced the entirety of his album Freudian and were Juno Producer of the Year nominees. Freudian featured #1 Urban AC hit ‘Get You”, #1 iTunes R&B/Soul Album and Apple “Up Next” support, Spotify “Spotlight”, TV performances on The Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Myers, The Juno Awards, and a performance with Chance the Rapper on Stephen Colbert. Heck, two songs, “Get You, First World Problems,” even made it on Obama’s year-end list. His debut world tour is selling out everywhere, including a 5-night run in his hometown of Toronto at Danforth Music Hall.


Riley O’Connor is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the Canadian Music Business and a formidable force in Canadian music since arriving on the scene in 1971. From his early beginnings in Montreal as a drum roadie, guitar tech, stagehand and truck driver, O’Connor quickly moved up the ranks of concert production and a touring Chief Election in Europe.

In 1977, after five years working in stage production in Europe, O’Connor co-founded Perryscope Concert Productions in Vancouver where he worked as Production Manager, General Manager, then Chief of Operations and Talent Buyer.

From Perryscope Concerts to Baseline Entertainment, Concert Productions International to House of Blues and now to Live Nation Canada, where Riley has served as Chairman since 2007, over the years Riley O’Connor has brought some of the brightest lights and greatest shows Canada has ever seen including international artists such as; AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Def Leppard, Guns n Roses, Elton John, Depeche Mode, Backstreet Boys, Iron Maiden, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel and KISS to name but a few.

As chairman of Live Nation Canada – the country’s leading concert promoter – Riley O’Connor has steered the company to market leadership in Canada’s live entertainment industry generating approximately $420 million in annual sales for the company and producing more than 1400 concerts annually for Canadian and international artists. A strong advocate of domestic talent and development – complemented by his hands-on approach – he has emerged as a formidable force in Canadian music and an integral part of the pioneering spirit of touring live music in Canada.

Canadian artists produced and promoted by O’Connor over the years include; RUSH, Blue Rodeo, April Wine, Bryan Adams, The Tragically Hip, Triumph, The Guess Who, Streetheart, 54*40, Nickelback, Kim Mitchell, Tom Cochrane, Our Lady Peace, Chantal Kreviazuk, Drake and many, many more, leading to his induction into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2012.

Riley O’Connor is a champion of Canadian music and continues to passionately advocate for the development and promotion of coast to coast national tours. Riley is respected and admired by artists, agents and managers alike for his integrity and passion for the music industry.

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