Top People, Venues & Companies Honoured at Canadian Live Music Industry Awards

Michael Raine
July 12, 2022

Canadian Music Week and Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) held the annual Canadian Live Music Industry Awards on June 11, 2022, at the El Mocambo in Toronto, celebrating the live music sector in Canada across 19 categories. Hosted by Jully Black, the CLMAs included live performances by Sam Drysdale, Preston Pablo, Rêve, Nobro, and Jully Black.

The Canadian Live Music Industry Awards also acknowledged outstanding leadership and contributions to the live music sector through the following awards: Excellence in Music "City" Development to the City of London, Ontario; the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeff Cohen of Collective Concerts; the Legends of Live Award to Jully Black, the Canadian Queen of R&B; and The Canadian Live Music Industry Awards "Unsung Hero" Award to Susie Grynol, president and CEO, Hotel Association of Canada and Beth Potter, president and CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Canada as co-Leaders of the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses (

CLMA President & CEO Erin Benjamin, in her annual address, remarked on the resilience and passion of the sector, acknowledging the efforts of the entire community. “We are on our way back to being the best, most incredible live music market, and concert destination, in the world. Today doesn’t mark the end of a journey… but the start of one.

The 2022 Winners for the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards are:

#ForTheLoveOfLIVE Award – Individual

Lisa Zbitnew

#ForTheLoveOfLIVE Award - Organization/Company

Curbside Concerts

#ForTheLoveOfLIVE Award - Coalition/Collaboration

Breaking Down Racial Barriers

Outstanding Emerging Organization

Hotels Live Canada (pictured)

Overcoming Adversity Award - Large Venue/Festival

Scotiabank Arena

Overcoming Adversity Award - Medium Venue/Festival

Koerner Hall (The Royal Conservatory)

Overcoming Adversity Award - Small Venue/Festival

The Carleton (Halifax)

Outstanding Digital Live Music Event

Budweiser Stage at Home

Outstanding In-Person Specialty Concert

Shambhala Music Festival: Stage Reunion Speciality Concerts

Agent of the Year

Julien Paquin

Manager of the Year

Joel Carriere

Production Person of the Year

Sarah Costa

Concert/Club Talent Buyer of the Year

Craig Laskey

Festival Buyer of the Year

Adam Oppenheim

A/V Production Company of the Year

Plan V Productions

Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.