Richard interviewed legendary filmmaker Spike Lee in a no-holds-barred on stage interview at Canadian Music Week. They discussed everything from watching movies on the big screen–“It kills me today that young people see Malcolm X on this (holds up his Blackberry) for the first time. We worked too long. Look, I know Blackberry is a Canadian company. We couldn’t see the future. Now if you’re on a plane, alright, but to see Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing, and not just my films, to see Apocalypse Now the first time, the first time you see 2001 on this? As a filmmaker, I know I might sound like a dinosaur, but that pains me.”–to race in America–“This whole stuff is not new. This thing’s happened forever — back to lynchings. So please do not believe that this is a phenomenon that all of the sudden is sweeping America. Now it’s just being caught. Everybody now, with a camera, is a photojournalist. Here’s the thing though, even with the footage, those cops in New York City got off with the stranglehold of Eric Garner.”
Canadian Music Week is proud to announce that iconic American filmmaker, actor, producer, and writer Spike Lee has been named this year’s recipient of the Nile Rodgers Global Creators Award.
Lee will be presented with the award at his keynote interview during Canadian on Saturday, May 9th. The Global Creators Summit is part of the three-day Canadian Music Week Music Summit, taking place from May 7-9 at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel. The highly anticipated keynote interview will be Lee’s only appearance at the festival. Full details can be found below.
Spike Lee at Canadian Music Week 2015
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Spike Lee
WHEN: Saturday, May 9th – 2:10pm WHERE: Osgoode Ballroom East, Sheraton Centre Hotel
Tickets are available HERE! Three-day and single day summit passes will be accepted.
The Nile Rodgers Global Creators Award was established in 2014 to celebrate the most outstanding of creative geniuses who have consistently made an indelible impact on a global scale throughout their career. The inaugural award was presented to Nile Rodgers during his appearance at last year’s Canadian Music Week in celebration of his humanitarian work, prolific career, and the influence he has had on the industry as a whole.
About Canadian Music Week:
Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival, CMW spans a ten-day period from May 1 to May 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, click HERE!
On Saturday May 9, 2015 rom 2:10 pm – 2:55 pm at Osgoode Ballroom East at The Sheraton Centre Hotel Richard will host a keynote interview with legendary director Spike Lee.
On Saturday May 9, 2015, Canadian Music Week is proud to present a special Keynote Interview with Spike Lee, as part of the event’s conference programming. As one of America’s most vital, vibrant, and challenging filmmakers, over his four-decade long career he has made an indelible mark on the independent film scene with his provocative, experimental, and socially active films. Known as “Spike Lee Joints”, he has directed, produced, written, and acted in over 50 films, along with creating his own production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.
Expounding upon Spike Lee’s expansive and storied career, the Keynote Interview will give attendees a rare inside look into the filmmaker’s accomplishments, creative process, and more. The interview will take place from 2:10 pm – 2:55 pm at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.
In conjunction with Spike Lee’s participation in this year’s conference, a special engagement of his masterpiece Do The Right Thing will screen at The Royal Cinema, followed by a Q&A with Lee on Sunday May 10th.
In May 2014 Richard hosted the Canadian Music Week Don’t Stop Believin’: A Fireside Chat with Glee Music Supervisor PJ Bloom!
From the CMW website: Move over Elvis and The Beatles. Through his work on Glee alone, music supervisor PJ Bloom has set the record for the most charted songs by a single talent in Billboard history (and made the mag’s annual Power 100 List). One of the world’s busiest soundtrack supervisors, he has shaped the sound of hundreds of TV episodes, movies, video games and ads and is the go-to guy for the likes of Mssrs. Spielberg and Bruckheimer. Nobody knows the symbiotic relationship between music and image like this soundtrack superstar.
From the CMW website: Don’t Stop Believin’: Fireside Chat with Glee Music Supervisor PJ BLOOM
Move over Elvis and The Beatles. Through his work on Glee alone, music supervisor PJ Bloom has set the record for the most charted songs by a single talent in Billboard history (and made the mag’s annual Power 100 List). One of the world’s busiest soundtrack supervisors, he has shaped the sound of hundreds of TV episodes, movies, video games and ads and is the go-to guy for the likes of Mssrs. Spielberg and Bruckheimer. Nobody knows the symbiotic relationship between music and image like this soundtrack superstar.
Canadian Music Week is pleased to welcome top music supervisor PJ Bloom in an exclusive fireside chat at CMW2014 on Saturday, May 10 at the Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Delegates will have a chance to look into Bloom’s extraordinary success with the hit series Glee and hear his views on the role of music in the visual arts.
PJ Bloom is one of the top music supervisors in the entertainment industry. He has created and produced unique soundtracks for over fifty films, hundreds of television episodes, video games, advertisements and even amusement park thrill rides with sales tallying more than 50 million singles and 13 million albums worldwide. As the music supervisor for the entire groundbreaking Glee franchise, his work holds the record for most charted songs by a single act in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, surpassing Elvis Presley, The Beatles and James Brown.
Bloom has collaborated with such prolific filmmakers and television producers as Ryan Murphy, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, Jerry Bruckheimer and Ridley Scott while rendering his distinctive brand to nearly every studio and network in the Hollywood system and beyond. A partner in Neophonic, one of the largest music supervision firms in the US, his company boasts over twenty high-profile productions at any given time including the award-winning series American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire andGame of Thrones as well as new hit series The Americans and Banshee.
Recognized as one of the most creative and inexhaustible entrepreneurs in the music industry today, Bloom has received a host of awards and accolades from his peers. In 2012 alone, he made Billboard Magazine’s annual Power 100 List, was presented with the prestigious TJ Martell Humanitarian Award and was named Music Supervisor of the Year by the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). A two-time BMI Pop Award winner, two-time BMI Urban Award winner, and two-time ASCAP Pop Award winner, he is also a founding member of the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS).
To participate in this exceptional opportunity, visit www.cmw.net to register as a delegate.