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!

Kind regards,

MP Circelli
Chair, Forest City London Music Awards
London Music week

London Music Hall of Fame

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 Nomination Process

The FCLMA Board of Directors appoints a Nomination Team Lead for each category annually in order to help establish our final list of nominees. Nomination Leads must be active in the London and area Music Community, with specific expertise in regards to their assigned category. Each Nomination Team Lead establishes a committee of category experts (minimum five people) with advisement from the FCLMA Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee teams consider nomination suggestions from the public. The Nominating Committee teams then submit a list of possible nominees to the FCLMA Board of Directors ahead of public voting. The FCLMA Board of Directors may approve or revise before the list is made available to the public for final voting. 

FCLMA Artist Nomination Eligibility:

  • Artists should have performed in London or surrounding area (See catchment map below) at least once during the previous calendar year in which the Awards Gala is taking place (January 1 to December 31).
  • Artists should have released at least one new song during the previous calendar year in which the Awards Gala is taking place (January 1 to December 31) *Some categories exempt IE Cover, Tribute
  • Active in London and area music community
  • Artist or majority of band members must be from London, Ontario and / or surrounding area (See catchment map below) Within red boundary
  • Artists cannot win the same category award more than two (2) consecutive years 
  • As the London Music Hall of Fame is the highest distinction, artists inducted into the Hall are no longer eligible for yearly category consideration

The FCLMA is proud to acknowledge that the land on which we gather 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.