Women In Music Canada (WIMC) has shared the long list of nominees for the first-ever Women In Music Canada Honours, scheduled for International Women’s Day – March 8, 2023 – at the Opera House in downtown Toronto. Recipients will be recognized and celebrated, alongside a dinner reception and showcase performances. Tickets are available.
The list was selected by a jury of 22 professional Canadian music industry leaders and creators, appointed by Women in Music Canada, and represents the top submissions. The final honourees will be curated from the long list by a finalist jury.
The WIMC Honours program was designed to celebrate and support Canadian innovators and creators who’ve had outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2021 through December 2022 for annual-based categories). Categories include Artist of the Year, Distinguished Leader, Entrepreneur of the Year, Excellence in Live Music, International Leader of the Year, Organization of the Year, the Trailblazer Award, and the Women in Music Canada Honour Roll, which will honour up to 10 women and gender-diverse industry members or artists on the rise.
The Honours reception, hosted by CBC’s Saroja Coelho, will showcase an incredible group of artists performing throughout the evening, including rising country star Sacha; producer, DJ, and performer Liliane Chlela; JUNO-nominated recording artist, singer-songwriter and producer Desirée Dawson; Cree and Salish singer and TikTok creator Tia Wood; singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sofia Camara; and decorated, multi-platinum recording artist Fefe Dobson.
During the event, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct multi-award winning, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Loreena McKennitt.
The Long List nominees are:
Amanda Power – The Unison Fund
Amber Moyle – Polaris Music Prize
Anna Ruddick – The Unison Fund
Anne Stirk – Spotify Canada
Ashley Bieniarz – Songsmiths
Béatrice Martin – Bravo musique and Coeur de pirate
Carey Riley – Sony Music Canada
Elise Roller – Misfit Music MGMT
Faryal Khan-Thompson – TuneCore
Fefe Dobson – 21 Entertainment Group Inc.
Heather Gibson – National Arts Centre
Irish Mythen – Irish Mythen
Janna Sailor – Janna Sailor (Allegra Chamber Orchestra)
Jenn Ivanovs – Jives Management
Jessica Holtby – Seeka Sings
Jessica Lemmon – Lemmon Entertainment
Jessika Harling – JESSIA
Katrina Kernaghan – TikTok
Lana Winterhalt – Good + Plenty Producer’s Club
Marilyne Lacombe – Mothland
Mary Beth Waldram – Laughing Heart Music
Monika Ouellet – Lazermortis
Nicole Auger – Indigenous Music Alliance
Nicole Alosinac – Nicole Alosinac Luthiery
Ryhna Thompson – Envision Management & Production
Samantha Pickard – Strut Entertainment
Sandy Graham – EMG
Shantel Noel – Spotify
Sharine Taylor – Independent / Bashy
Shauna de Cartier – Six Shooter Records
ShoShona Kish – Ishkode Records / Indigenous Music Alliance
Shumaila Hemani – Shumaila Hemani
Stacey Bedford – Bandzoogle
STONE AGE UG – STONE AGE ENTERTAINMENT
Sunny Chen – Sad China
Tyler Tasson – Endemic Marketing
Yolanda Sargeant – Sargeant X Comrade