The 2016 MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award recipients were announced yesterday in Toronto.
A press release notes that “The awards recognize those who exhibit extraordinary talent, leadership, prowess and potential in the music industry.” MusiCounts, CARAS’ music education charity, hosted the winners in a celebration that included a visit to Universal Music Canada; a tour of the SOCAN offices, the Bell Media headquarters and Noble Street Studios; and an industry Music Mixer hosted by The Spoke Club.
This tour gave the recent graduates of Canadian music programs access to insight and experience from a range of executive-level music industry professionals in attendance. Award-winning broadcasting pioneer Fred Sherratt was onsite to congratulate the 11 of the 12 recipients present who were selected from post-secondary music programs across the country.
"It's such an honour to celebrate and be a part of these awards," said Sherratt. "It was inspiring to see so many promising young graduates gaining insight from industry leaders who have made a great name for themselves in the music world. I know there is a bright future ahead of all 12 recipients."
The annual award was first launched in 2008 in partnership with Bell Media and named in honour of Fred Sherratt. It recognizes the outstanding achievement, talent, and leadership of graduating music program students and aims to assist the recipients in their transition from school to career. Each student awarded received $2,500 and a trip to Toronto to attend an educational day of networking and touring top Canadian music industry institutions.
"This is a really gratifying day for MusiCounts," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "I have been doing this for 30 years, and it's an absolute honour to be able to pass along wisdom and host the next generation of music. This award is in honour of Canadian broadcasting pioneer Fred Sherratt, who we were so pleased to have with us this evening. And without Bell Media, we would not be able to make this happen."
The 2016 MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award recipients are:
Andrew Giardino, Trebas Institute - Montreal, QC: Since graduating, he has worked as a live sound technician and a postproduction dialogue editor for Ubisoft.
Brendan Lyons, Grant MacEwan University - Edmonton, AB: A graduate of the Bachelor of Music program, he works as a drummer and a producer/engineer.
Dean Thiessen, Capilano University - Vancouver, BC: A graduate of the Jazz Composition degree program, he is pursuing composition and arranging opportunities.
James Julian Villa, Selkirk College - Castlegar, BC: A student at Selkirk, he is a multi-instrumentalist and producer in a wide range of musical genres.
Mary Murrill, Harris Institute - Toronto, ON: She is completing her final term in Arts Management at Harris and has started One Home Music, an artist management company.
Matthew Maclennan, St. Francis Xavier University - Antigonish, NS: He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours). As well as playing jazz, he is a bassist in metal bands.
Nick Montreuil-Spencer, Musitechnic - Montreal, QC: A drummer and composer, Nick is currently working at Musitechnic as a technician.
Nicholas Reyno, Fanshawe College - London, ON: He works in the areas of artist development, business and communications and has managed recording sessions.
Robert Fearey, Red Deer College - Red Deer, AB: A skilled guitarist in the classical, jazz and blues genres and a choir member.
Robert Fernandes, The Banff Centre - Banff, AB: An award-winning musician, producer and recording engineer, he has worked with major artists at the Banff Centre.
Sandor Schwisberg, Humber College - Toronto, ON: A keyboardist working in the jazz and classical fields, he performs regularly in Toronto.
Tyan Juan, The Art Institute of Vancouver - Vancouver, BC: He has worked on post-production of major video games and in sound design.