Women In Music Canada Celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 

Submitted by Sandy Graham

Women In Music Canada has announced their special programming that will take place in March in celebration of International Women’s Day. Through March 7 and 8 in Toronto, ON, artists and industry professionals will be able to take part in workshops, speaking engagements and networking opportunities, followed by the inaugural Women In Music Canada Honours, where the 2023 recipients will be recognized for their outstanding success and contributions to the music industry. Tickets to the WIMC Honours are available in advance along with more information about the categories. Full event details can be found below.
“2023 is going to be a big year!” exclaims WIMC Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “I could not be prouder of the creatives who have been put forward for Women in Music Canada Honours and I am inspired their incredible accomplishments. This program has been an exciting vision and I am humbled by the support of our funders and partners who are helping us make this inaugural year happen. The Women in Music Canada Honours and International Women’s Day programming will from here on be a highlight of our year and I look forward to bringing our music community together this March.”
WIMC’s International Women’s Day programming kicks off on Tuesday, March 7, with workshops taking place throughout the day at Universal Music Canada’s new campus, 80A The Academy (80 Atlantic Ave, Toronto, ON). Workshops include creative asset reviews, panels on export readiness, equity, music and technology, a keynote and discussion about creating more diverse company cultures, and more. Workshop sessions will be complimentary but sign up here to reserve your spot.
On Wednesday, March 8 (International Women’s Day), WIMC will celebrate the recipients of the inaugural Women In Music Canada Honours, with a reception style dinner and showcase at The Opera House. A special induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will also be presented at the event – more details to come. The Honours program was designed to celebrate and support female identifying Canadian innovators and creators who have had outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2021 through December 2022 for annual based categories).
The Honours program includes eight categories: Artist of the Year (presented by Amazon Music), Distinguished Leader, Entrepreneur of the Year (presented by Bandzoogle), Excellence in Live Music, International Leader of the Year, Organization of the Year, the Trailblazer Award, and the Women in Music Canada Honour Roll, which will honour up to 10 women and female identifying industry members or artists who are on the rise. 379 were submitted for consideration in the eight categories by prospective honourees or another Canadian colleague. A long list of top submissions for the Honours will be announced on February 16.
Hosted by CBC’s Saroja Coelho, the Honours reception dinner and awards presentation will also showcase an incredible group of artists performing throughout the evening, including rising country star, Sacha, producer, DJ and performer, Liliane Chlela; JUNO-nominated recording artist, songwriter and producer, Desiree Dawson; Cree and Salish singer and TikTok creator, Tia Wood; and more to come.
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Venue: The Opera House (735 Queen St E, Toronto)
Time: 6:00pm doors | 7:00pm Honours presentation begins
Tickets: $60 (early bird rate, until February 16) | $75 (after February 16)

For more information on how to register for the workshops or purchase tickets in advance visit https://www.womeninmusic.ca/en/

If you are interested in supporting Women In Music Canada and the inaugural WIMC event, please contact Robyn Stewart at robyn@womeninmusic.ca.
About Women in Music Canada
Women in Music Canada (WIMC) is a registered non-profit organization and one of the largest music industry associations in Canada. The organization is dedicated to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of female identifying professionals and creatives at every stage of their career. The goal is to strengthen the social-economic balance of the music industry by providing professional development, support and resources for our community. Women in Music hosts educational, career development and networking events alongside broader programming initiatives, industry engagement, research and advocacy to serve the needs of our diverse community. Our panels, seminars, webinars, workshops and performance serve to educate, empower, and celebrate female contributions to the music world, and strengthen community ties.
Women in Music Canada acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations throughout Canada, specifically our headquarters in the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. www.womeninmusic.ca