‘Time to party’: London Music Week returns live for 20 years

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London Music Week is back and it’s live.

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The Forest City London Music Awards will mark their 20th anniversary in person from June 19-26 with two awards galas, industry workshops and expert panels, showcases, the battle of the high school bands and the induction of famous regional artists into the Forest City London Music Hall of Fame.

It begins Monday with a public call for entries in 23 award categories. Nominations close at 4 p.m. on March 18. Voting on the nominations begins April 2 and ends at 4 p.m. on May 6.

“We never thought this celebration would have so much meaning, but it really brings the whole music community together and reminds us why we make music in this city,” said Mario Circelli, Founder and President of the Awards and Temple. of fame.

“It can be hard to pluck strings or jump on a keyboard with your fingers crossed, but that’s what we’re doing with plans to present live award shows at your favorite venues and London Live, a chance to… ‘sample sounds across the city.’

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Registrations for the Battle of the Band and applications for the $1,000 Ken Palmer Scholarships for a high school male and female headed toward post-secondary music studies also open Mondays and close at 4 p.m. May 27.

See fclma.ca for more details or to submit a nomination, application or application.

The award categories cover all genres of music, from classical to pop, but there is no vote for producer or music video of the year, since these categories are selected by a jury.

When the awards started 20 years ago, “it was a simple idea to come together to celebrate great music from the region,” Circelli said.

“(The Awards) honor the best musicians across all genres in the region and over the years they have grown in size and scope, becoming a week of recognizing talent and achievement, offering support and education to the greater southwestern Ontario region,” he said.

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“This celebration supports emerging artists. It honors those who work to make music, today and in the past. And after all these last two years, it’s time to celebrate.

Circelli said the Hall of Fame at 182 Dundas Street “preserves the area’s musical heritage in a downtown location for all to see.” ”

London Music Week highlights include:

  • 19 June: Classical music, jazz and world music awards ceremony at Aeolian Hall;
  • 22 June: live music performances in London at venues across the city;
  • June 24: Battle of the High School Bands at London Music Hall;
  • June 24: SoundCheck for Success Music Career and Professional Development Day;
  • June 26: Awards ceremony at the London Music Hall; and,
  • June 19-26: FCLMA MusicLicious with special Music Week menu items at select London restaurants.

Janis Wallace, producer of the classical, jazz and world music awards show, said it’s important to recognize artists in these genres “because they’re not always (in) the forefront.” We will match their commitment to music with a celebration that honors them all.

Pop music awards show producer Jennifer Watts said there was pent-up demand for the gatherings and promised a fun night. “We are all ready to celebrate and it will be a show 20 years in the making.”

jbelanger@postmedia.com
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