The hotel had started buzzing Wednesday afternoon when I spotted Sony's Sean Cordner, musicians Luther Mallory and Dylan Hennessy, Mediabase's Brett Gelfant, Doug Elliott from 94.9 The Rock, FYI's Kerry Doole, Michael McCarty from SOCAN, RPM's India Coran, artist manager Graham Stairs and radio doctor J.J. Johnston.
Next stop was the Songwriters Association of Canada's post-AGM reception at The Vault at 1 King West. It was great to catch up with President Emeritus Eddie Schwartz, Northern Pike Bryan Potvin, songwriters Stan Meissner, Dav Doyle, Angela Saini and Robyn Dell'Unto.
Back at the hotel, I ran into manager Jake Gold, Bob Lefsetz, Ole's Andy Hawke, Bell Media's Tyson Parker and the National Music Centre team of Rob Braide, Kym Butler and Andrew Mosker.
Brazil's rockers Trampa started the night off at the Bovine which was filled with fans and media, including Indie Can Radio's Joe Chishom, Unpeeled's John MacNeil and Scott Burns from Rock Source. Vancouver's Dopey's Robe was next with its groovy psych-rock set. Yellowknife's NAHGA was a one-man show at Cherry Cola's with his shredding guitar accompanied by beats and samples. Next up was Redcoat who rocked the Bathurst venue.
France's Slim Paul played another great set at The Paddock and impressed both Mike Campbell (Hot off The Carleton win as ECMA Venue of the Year) and Six Shooter's Shauna de Cartier.
The Tiki Bar at the Bovine was very Montreal with Sony's Stephane Drolet, Stingray's Patrick Binette and Frederick Ranger and Greenland's Daniel Webster.
The last stop was The Horseshoe where the bands had finished, but the front-bar remained packed, with eOne's Nathan Quinn and Scott Givens and The Field's Cherie Sinclair (who will be honoured this Sunday night at The Prism Prize) spotted enjoying the late night spot.