Canadian music industry veterans Jake Gold and Graham Henderson will both be recognized for their major contributions to the music industry over the decades at two separate events taking place during Toronto’s Canadian Music Week, March 19 -24.
Gold, who managed multi-platinum rock band The Tragically Hip for 17 years and now handles the careers of Adam Cohen, Sass Jordan and Crash Karma, as well as a handful of music producers, will receive the 7th Annual MMF Canada Honour Roll Award, presented by Music Managers Forum Canada on March 22 at Bymark Restaurant.
The MMF Honour Roll Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements and excellence in Canadian and International Artist Management. Previous recipients are Bernie Finkelstein, Bruce Allen, Ray Danniels, Sam Feldman, Terry McBride and Larry Wanagas.
Henderson , an entertainment lawyer for 14 years, senior vice-president at Universal Music Canada for five years and president of Music Canada for the past eight years, will be inducted into the 2013 Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, on March 21 at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala held at Koolhaus.
“If you looked up the definition of a member of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame you’d see Graham Henderson’s photo,” said Bernie Finkelstein, founder of True North Records and The Finkelstein Management Company, in a statement. “His brilliant and dogged work on bringing Canada’s antiquated copyright laws into the digital age alone merits this honour, to say nothing of his many years of service to so many Canadian artists and companies.”
“When Neill [Dixon, CMW president] called to inform me that I had been singled out for this honour, I will confess that I was deeply honoured but also profoundly surprised,” said Henderson in a statement. “It is not often that those of us who labour in the background or on matters as abstract as policy and copyright are invited into the limelight. I have been privileged to work with the most extraordinary people in my career which should be reward enough. I got into this business with the idea of helping artists to find a path to their dreams. Through them, I realized my own.”
Gold, who was also a judge on Canadian Idol for the show’s duration, has been recognized as Manager of the Year several times by the Canadian Music Industry Awards, in 1991, 1993 and 1994. He began his career in management in 1981 and five years later formed The Management Trust Ltd. with Allan Gregg, where he guided The Tragically Hip into national superstars.
“I am honoured to be getting this prestigious award, ” Gold said in a statement. To be mentioned in the same sentence as the ones who have come before is enough for me. ”
Canadian Music Week have also announced John Donabie, a 47-year veteran of Canadian radio, will be inducted into the 2013 Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Awards, and Montreal pop-rock band Simple Plan will receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award for their ongoing philanthropy. Both awards will be given out during the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards.