After welcoming the nation just weeks ago, London is getting ready to honour its own with a week dedicated to celebrating the city’s best and brightest in the local music scene.
From April 28 to May 5, London Music Week will treat fans to a feast of live shows and showcases at a number of venues across the city — featuring everything from hip-hop to jazz, rock to pop — complete with a pair of gala events, kicking off and wrapping up the festivities.
On Sunday, April 28, the Classical, Jazz & World Music Awards Gala is set for Aeolian Hall, while the Pop Music Awards Gala will take over London Music Hall Sunday, May 5.
This week, organizers announced who would be hosting the bookend events, as well as the six people who have had a huge impact on music (especially in the London area), who have been tapped as inductees into the Hall of Fame or recipients of this year’s lifetime achievement awards.
And Forest City London Music Awards (FCLMA) Chair Mario Circelli couldn’t be happier.
"We are so excited for the awards shows,” he said. “It's the 17th annual London Music Awards and when we started this project back in 2001, we only dreamed it would become this important to the community or that we'd have a brick and mortar London Music Hall of Fame."
During a gathering at the Labatt Lounge Wednesday, the FCLMA crew proclaimed former Fanshawe College music programmer John B. Young, performer and radio/TV host Mary Lou Smoke and the Bellone family of John Bellone’s Musical Instruments on York Street will receive lifetime achievement awards during the Aeolian Hall festivities hosted by Clark Bryan and Bryan Gloyd. Fiddler John P. Allen, vocalist and guitarist Nora Galloway and late opera singer Garnet Brooks will be welcomed to the hall of fame at London Music Hall, hosted by Tara and Tom Dunphy.
“The Class of 2019 adds to our classical wing and also brings in Londoners with outstanding careers in the roots-folk-country fields,” said James Stewart Reaney, chair of the Hall of Fame committee, adding, “The Lifetime Achievement Award honours outstanding off-stage accomplishments in the London music community.”
Galloway, who is known to music fans from her days at Smale’s Pace, as well as the Home County Folk Festival and Jeans ‘n Classics, said she was honoured to be included in the celebration.
“I played London for so many years, most of the clubs I played in don’t even exist anymore,” she said with a laugh, garnering a round of applause at the mere mention of former London hotspot The Ox Box. “I love playing music, there’s no doubt about it . . . I’m proud to be a part of this community of lovely, talented, quirky musicians — proud as can be.”
In addition, public voting has already begun for the city’s favourite artists in a variety of genres online, wrapping up Tuesday, April 2. Submissions for producer and engineer of the year and music video of the year are also still being welcomed, while the deadline to register for this year’s battle of the high school bands is Monday, April 15, at 4 p.m.
London Music Week takes over the Forest City April 28 to May 5.
The Classical, Jazz & World Music Awards Gala is set for Aeolian Hall on Sunday, April 28, while London Music Hall welcomes the Pop Music Awards Gala Sunday, May 5.
For more information on the Forest City London Music Awards, to vote or for a complete list of events, visit www.fclma.ca.
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