IMPORTANT: London’s musicians are celebrating their work in a 12 months like no different

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It may not be live, but London’s music community will be celebrating after a year of pandemic.

Forest City London Music Week begins on Sunday with the virtual celebration of the Classical, Jazz and World Music Awards, followed by a week of live streaming events and ends on June 12 with the Forest City London Music Awards Gala.

In addition to multiple live streaming music performances, there are the popular SoundCheck for Success panels, workshops and discussions with some of Canada’s most accomplished producers, engineers and musical talents, the Battle of the High School bands and the launch of several music industry icons to Forest City London Music Hall of Fame.

The virtual award ceremony on Sunday will be moderated by the Mark Swan Quartet with performances by Magisterra Soloists, Rant Maggie Rant, King’s University College Chamber Choir, jazz singer Rachelle Courtney, Nevin Campbell, Erich Knapp, Camila Montefusco, Matthew Bermudez, Michael Vanhevel and a special performance by Middlesex-London Health Unit #Allstars led by health doctor Chris Mackie.

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Awards co-founder and chairman Mario Circelli said London Music Week, especially the awards, had become the “great link in our community” during the pandemic that has devastated the live music industry.

“COVID is having such a dramatic impact on everyone and most areas of life and society,” said Circelli. “The art and music and music events have been hit particularly hard and the pandemic has put the music community on scramble mode.

“But based on the number of votes cast this year (almost 40,000), the highest we have ever received, local music has become the way out for many. People can’t watch live shows so they support them in other ways. “

Judging by the number of nominations and entries in the jury awards, Circelli said it is clear that musicians “used the time to write, record and shoot videos as we judged the highest number of entries in these judges Categories have seen (Music Video of the Year.). and Producer / Engineer of the Year). “

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Circelli said the awards strengthen the work of local musicians.

“The London music community has proven to be productive and the FCLMA is where they look for support as they cannot reach out to a live audience,” he said.

“We have always seen the awards program as the best way to uphold, encourage, support and celebrate our own, and the last 15 months have really shown the importance of our team of volunteers in building community. There’s a real buzz in the air and we see it in the number of tweets, re-tweets, Instagram posts, and Facebook posts.

“Performers are overjoyed to be nominated and overjoyed to have the chance to perform, even if it is safe to do so without an audience.”

London Music Week highlights include:

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– Classical, Jazz and World Music Awards gala streamed live on Facebook on Sunday at 7 p.m.

– SoundCheck for Success training workshops, seminars and speakers on the following topics: Women in Music (panel discussion, Monday, 5 p.m.), What Is Pop Music Today (panel, Monday, 7:30 p.m.), How and Where to Access project funding (panel, Tuesday, 6.30 p.m.), How to Access the Media (panel, Wednesday, 7 p.m.), The Producer’s Chair with music icon Bob Marlette (one-on-one, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.); Keynote speech with unit manager Iain Taylor from the Cadence Music Group (Thursday, 7:30 pm); The Sound of Country Music has evolved, pushing the boundaries of the genre (panel, Friday, 7:30 pm); What it takes to make and record music in the age of COVID (panel, June 12, 1 p.m.); How producers can receive and support (panel, June 12, 3 p.m.). Although all are free, guests must register on fclma.ca to see

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– Celebration and induction of country star Earl Heywood, early rockers Johnny Stevens and the Canadians, violinist Lara St. John and BW Pawley and Plum Loco into the Forest City London Music Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award for the late radio manager and band mentor Greg Simpson (Tuesday, 8 p.m.)

– Musicians for Mental Health, a hip-hop night hosted by Tyler Stewart with Asante, Brandon Slaughter, Laura Ledger, Obeast and Chase March (Tuesday, 9 p.m.)

– The FCLMA High Nooner with London music legends Frank Ridsdale from Uranus (Wednesday, noon), Alan Pigguns from the Morganfields (Thursday, noon) and Paul Iago from The Gandharvas (Friday, noon);

– FCLMA Battle of the High School Bands with five London bands and the 11-year-old rapper CDMN (Cassius Smith), Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m.

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– A virtual tour of the Fanshawe College music industry arts program

– 19th annual Forest City London Music Awards (virtual) gala for other genres, including multi-artist performances, June 12th at 9pm

Circelli urged Londoners to host watch parties with food and treats from local restaurants during MusicLicious Week.

He said the music community is excited about the week and the awards.

“The community in general is expecting a treat,” said Circelli, noting that the week includes 21 events, nine professional development opportunities and 27 performances by nearly 90 musicians.

“The week is an opportunity for our music community to come together and say to Londoners – and really people around the world because of the global reach of the internet – ‘we are here, we play and we are very good. Hear this!’ ”

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What: London Music Week with award ceremonies, performances and the SoundCheck for Success training workshops, discussions and speakers

When: Sunday to June 12th.

Where: All events can be viewed on the Forest City London Music Awards Facebook page. Visit fclma.ca to sign up for SoundCheck for Success or for more information about the events, guests and speakers.

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