The Forest City London Music Awards (FCLMA) recognizes four Hall of Fame inductees and two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients in The Class of 2020.
Honoured with induction into the Forest City London Music Awards, London Music Hall of Fame are:
Three brothers from the big band era — the late Bert, Joe and John Niosi
Rhythm & Blues belter and Las Vegas showstopper Grant Smith.
Receiving FCLMA Lifetime Achievement Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to music business and education as well as being community leaders in music, are:
The late Martin Boundy, a conductor who inspired countless community ensembles
Iconic artist manager, musician, songwriter and Fanshawe Music Industry Arts professor Terry McManus.
FCLMA Board member and London Music Hall of Fame Curator Rena O’Halloran says “The Niosis and Grant Smith had a profound impact on London music and their addition to the HOF captures their contribution”.
The Niosi brothers and Smith join more than 20 individuals, groups and ensembles such as The Lombardo Family, Tommy Hunter, Kittie and Gordie Tapp as HOF inductees.
Boundy and McManus follow the lead of such Lifetime Achievement honourees as the late Saul Holiff, who managed Johnny Cash, and Indigenous music activist and community-builder Mary Lou Smoke.
“The Lifetime Achievement honour is awarded to an individual who has been an outstanding contributor to the London and area music community over many years” says Mario Circelli, FCLMA Chair. “It is without a doubt that both Martin Boundy and Terry McManus have left their fingerprints on London music”.
The Class of 2020 will be celebrated at events during London Music Week 2020, which has been postponed from May 3-10 until the fall because of COVID-19. The accomplishments of all six members of The Class of 2020 will also be honoured in displays at the award-winning London Music Hall of Fame, 182 Dundas St.