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AEG Presents EVP Debra Rathwell to Enter Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

TORONTO — Debra Rathwell, executive vp, global touring & talent at AEG Presents, and legendary radio host Erin Davis, will both be inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame, during Canadian Music Week's annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards in Toronto, this year held at Bluma Appel Theatre on May 21.

"Debra is one of the most respected and admired professionals in the music industry, as well as being one of the highest-ranking female executives working on the live side of the business today," it reads in the press release.

She started her career in Ottawa, working as an executive assistant for Harvey Glatt at Treble Clef and Bass Clef, where she rose to concert manager, before relocating to Montreal in 1982 to join Donald K Donald Productions, as the company's first vp. She was soon promoted to svp. During her tenure, DKD promoted shows by such acts as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, Madonna, Rush, and Celine Dion.

Under Rathwell's direction, DKD also produced five musicals that have been taken to Broadway, including Tango Argentino, Flamenco Puro, and the Tony Award-winning Black and Blue, and presented some 300 concerts each year. Other "signature projects under her auspices," it reads, were The Moscow Circus, Torvill and Dean, and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.


In 1994, Rathwell relocated to New York, as svp of Metropolitan Entertainment, which put on the Woodstock anniversary concerts of 1994 and 1999, as well as tours by Whitney Houston and Sarah Brightman, plus conceptual tours such as Down From the Mountain, Family Values and Up in Smoke.

In 2003, she joined AEG's concert division to help open its New York office, and was instrumental in the launch of the American Idol tour franchise, followed by tours for Dancing With the Stars, America's Got Talent, and So You Think You Can Dance. Later renamed AEG Presents, the company exclusively promoted tours for the likes of Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, The Who, John Mellencamp, Miley Cyrus, JoJo Siwa, Shania Twain.

Her recent promotion to evp has given her "an expanded role across artist development and global tour strategy," the organization says, adding tours by Maggie Rogers, Lauren Daigle, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Hugh Jackman, Tame Impala, and Tyler, The Creator. Her current focus is the Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, Justin Bieber's upcoming trek, and wrapping up worldwide dates by JoJo Siwa.

The other inductee, Erin Davis, worked at Toronto's CHFI 981.FM for over 28 years, co-hosting the morning show with Don Daynard until his retirement in 1999. She then hosted with Bob Magee until June 2003, when the station decided to go in another direction. That year, she also hosted a national talk show, W Live with Erin Davis, on the W Network.

A year later, she joined EZ-Rock on their morning show with Mike Cooper. In 2005, she returned to CHFI and Cooper soon joined her until his retirement in Feb. 2016. She then continued the rest of the year with Darren B. Lamb until her own retirement that December.