THE FOREST CITY LONDON MUSIC AWARDS
The not-for-profit Forest City London Music Awards (FCLMA) exists as a regional music incubator to preserve the rich music history of our region, celebrate the music makers of today and encourage a new generation of musicians.
Four Pillars of the FCLMA
We’re always looking for passionate people who can help make the awards program and Forest City London Music Week happen every year. Please contact us to inquire about joining any of our teams.
PRESERVE – CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – SUPPORT
The FCLMA is proud to acknowledge that the land on which we gather for our events is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendt, Attawandaron and Lenape Indigenous peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, including Treaty 6, the London Township Treaty.
OUR GOALS & OBJECTIVES
To support the careers of emerging and established musicians in the local area through:
- Acting as a resource for those interested in the music industry
- Promoting music education
- Providing instructional seminars, workshops and other materials or programs on relevant topics
- Educating musicians through participation in performance events
- Facilitating mentorship opportunities
- Increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the local music industry both past and present
- Promoting interest in music amongst youth
- To recognize the achievements of musicians and others in the local music community through Forest City London Music Awards, London Music Week (FCLMW) and other forms of recognition from time to time
- To host events that bring together members of the local music community
The Forest City London Music Awards (FCLMA) believes in a world that is inclusive in approach and where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all. We are committed to developing and supporting a robustly diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, where all members create and feel a sense of belonging. Through all our endeavours, FCLMA strives to provide a basis for equality and inclusion.
Unite the music community in a celebration of their own brightest stars.
It started as a simple wish, to honour and celebrate London and area musicians (Southwestern Ontario). It grew from the initial London Music Awards in May 2002 at Club Phoenix to a week of recognition, appreciation, mentorship and performances. Canada’s only city-specific Music Hall of Fame preserves the rich musical heritage. More than 300 volunteers have contributed to the realization of that early dream.
Forest City London Music Awards
The team of volunteers includes the Board of Directors, a Steering Committee and innumerable people at events and behind the scenes who provide time and expertise. They work throughout the year to present a week of activities that support, honour and promote the region’s music legends, popular artists, emerging musicians and the industry that creates the soundtrack of the city.
2002 London Music Awards first event
2005 Re-branded as The Jack Richardson Music Awards.
Jack was honoured to lend his name and his philosophy about nurturing Canadian talent, which was mirrored by the goals of the awards program and the mission of the not-for-profit organization. Jack Richardson (1929-2011) was the first Hall of Fame inductee under the new banner in 2005. His induction recognized the long-time Londoner and legendary Canadian record producer’s role in encouraging excellence in the local music scene, his advocacy for education in the field as a Fanshawe College professor. funding chair Mario Circelli was a co-founder of the London Music Awards before he helped create the JRLMA. John B. Young was a co-chair along with Circelli before taking the helm. Grant Stein has also served as Board Chair. In the early days, Circelli and the volunteer group began inducting worthy musicians into the London Music Hall of Fame (virtual at first) and the annual Lifetime Achievement Award (formerly the Dennis Brown Award) which honours a commitment to music above all else in a career.
Hall of Fame
Inductions over the years have represented the diverse talent nurtured in London:
- The Amabile Choirs of London
- metal stars Kittie
- Garth Hudson (The Band)
- Joey Hollingsworth
- Phil Murphy
- Orchestra London
- dance band leaders Alf Tibbs and Johnny Downs
- 1970s rock band Thundermug reuniting for the 2006 ceremony
- Canada’s Country Gentleman Tommy Hunter accepting an on-stage honour at his farewell concert at the RBC Theatre at Budweiser Gardens (then the John Labatt Centre) in 2012
They join previous inductees in the ‘virtual’ hall on our website and in our physical London Music Hall of Fame on Dundas, thanks to the generosity of Mike Manuel and the Manuel family. The London Music Hall of Fame is curated by the FCLMA and is Canada’s only city specific music hall of fame.
Both Hall of Fame inductees and Lifetime Achievement honorees are determined each year by the Steering Committee and Board according to criteria and a process that start with public nominations.
The Lifetime Achievement award is handed out at the gala. Past recipients include:
- jazz pianist John Noubarian
- London Kiwanis Music festival organizer and administrator Charlotte Cleland
- famed promoter/manager Saul Holiff
- Canadian choral leader John Barron
The Awards Gala
Come for the awards – stay for the music. Two galas at each end of Music Week recognize local talent as nominated and voted on by the public in 28 categories – country to classical, pop to punk, including those for Contributor, Fan Favourite, Producer/Engineer and Music Video of the Year. Live performances at the event bring scores of London-area musicians to the gala stage.
- London-tied artists as punk rockers Sheep Look Up
- honky-tonk heroes The Rizdales
- Juno-winning hip-hop artist Shad
- singer-songwriter Basia Bulat
- rock band Hue with guest violinist Mary-Elizabeth Brown
- Garth Hudson soloing at the keyboard
The musicians are paid for their performances through the support of generous sponsors.
Seminars, free for all levels of experience, skills and knowledge, are a key component of the London Music Awards. Top producers and engineers, performers and off-stage contributors share their expertise with emerging and established artists, offering everything from an assessment of a recording to booking tips.
The Youth Award was established to encourage and support high school bands. Winners are determined at the dynamic Highschool Battle of the Bands with meaningful opportunities for development provided.
The Ken Palmer Bursary is awarded to a graduating high school student pursuing music education at a post-secondary level in Ontario. The award honours the late Ken Palmer, who was an integral part of the London music scene for more than 40 years as a performer with the Dixie Flyers, Artistic Director of the Home County Music & Art Festival and a music teacher.
The last five years
On November 12, 2016 the Forest City London Music Hall of Fame officially opened to the public at 182 Dundas Street (former Nash Jewellers location) with a special concert featuring Garth Hudson of The Band, Priscilla Wright and Denise Pelley. The physical location for the Hall of Fame was an original goal of the board, along with holding a week-long celebration of local music. In 2017 the organization launched the inaugural London Music Week, bringing together all of these special events and many performances highlighting local artists and venues.
The FCLMA curates Canada’s only city-specific music week – FC – London Music Week.
In the summer of 2018, the not-for-profit organization returned to its roots and its initial wish to unite the community in celebration of its music-makers. The name Forest City London Music Awards reflected this re-focus. The goals to Preserve, Celebrate, Encourage and Support continue to be the pillars of the organization.
The Forest City London Music Awards, is grateful for the support of the London and area communities as we work together to:
- recognize the area’s musicians and music industry
- foster excellence and education
- preserve our music history
- nurture the music yet to come
BOARD OF DIRECTORS/STEERING COMMITTEE
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Message from the Chair
It is because of the immense talent in London and area that the not-for-profit Forest City London Music Awards (FCLMA) exists. We are here to preserve the incredible talent of the past, celebrate the music makers of today and encourage a new generation of musicians to explore, play and ply their music craft right here in London.
Putting together awards shows of this caliber and a full week of events is hard work and extremely time consuming. But it’s made possible by the dedication of some 60 plus volunteers. Together we curate Canada’s only city specific music week – London Music Week and Canada’s only city specific music hall of fame – London Music Hall of Fame which opened November 12th, 2016 at 182 Dundas Street. We continue to encourage young musicians with FCLMA Battle of the High School Bands and by awarding the FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary; a scholarship for graduating London high school students studying music.
FCLMA Steering Committee members donate their time, energy and talent voluntarily and without pay. We could never achieve such success without the people who have worked so tirelessly to bring you the Forest City London Music Awards, London Music Week and the London Music Hall of Fame. On behalf of the Board of Directors I thank each and every one of you for your hard work! Thank you for believing in this project and the music makers that comprise the London and area music community.
The FCLMA partners and cooperates with many organizations in our community; Downtown London, the London Arts Council, London Music Office, Tourism London and Sunfest. They believe in what we are doing. Our sponsors and supporters have helped to make our the biggest celebration of London and area music!
From Guy Lombardo to Garth Hudson (The Band), from Tommy Hunter to Kittie from Marie Bottrell to Denise Pelley and all the great musicians in-between and throughout the decades; there is no doubt in my mind, Londoners make world class music. I salute you!
Chair, Forest City London Music Awards
London Music week
London Music Hall of Fame