EMI Music Canada president Deane Cameron, who has been integral to the success of artists including Anne Murray, Nickelback, k-os, Serena Ryder and Tom Cochrane, will receive the Walt Grealis special achievement award at the 40th anniversary of Canada's Juno Awards in Toronto in March 2011.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the award for Cameron today (Nov. 24).
Cameron will be honored at the 2011 gala dinner March 26 and televised awards ceremony the following night.
"To be recognized by my peers for doing a job that I love so much is a great privilege," Cameron said in a statement released by CARAS. "Canada continues to have a thriving music industry and a wealth of incredible new talent that keeps me just as excited to be a part of this industry today as I was when I first began. In accepting this honor, I take immense pride representing the EMI Music Canada family - including staff, artists and associated labels, who are the most
important part of any success that I have enjoyed."
Cameron got his first job in the music industry while in his teens, working in the warehouse at EMI. He re-joined the company in 1977 as manager, talent acquisition, and worked his way up the chain. In addition to playing an integral role in the careers of Canadians Cochrane, Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Rankin Family, Prism, and others, he has played an important role in breaking international artists in Canada, such as Coldplay and Radiohead.
For his contribution to arts and music, Cameron was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010, one of Canada's highest honors.