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David Farrell to be Inducted into Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

November 3rd, 2017

David FarrellCanadian Music Week has announced David Farrell as the 2018 inductee to the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. Farrell will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto on Thursday, May 10th, 2018.

For more than four decades, Farrell has chronicled the ups, downs, triumphs, disasters and constant changes that make Canada’s music industry a roller coaster for its participants.

“David and I go way back before the beginnings of Canadian Music Week where we built the foundation of what was to become Canada’s largest and longest running new music festival and conference,” says CMW Founder Neill Dixon. “David has always had a strong voice in the music industry, especially when it comes to delivering to the latest and most important news. I am very excited and honoured that David is being inducted into the 2018 Canadian Music Industry Awards Hall of Fame at CMW, the event that he helped start.”

Farrell is the former co-publisher of The Record, has been reporting on Canadian music and the industry for more than 35 years.  For the last 10 years, Farrell has run the Canadian music industry website and newsletter, which chronicles who’s got a new job, what songs are being played, what concerts sold out, which record companies/retail chains/music festivals succeeded and which failed, what memories from the past still run true today, which trends (technical and otherwise) are ascendant and which aren’t – and close to a half-million words a month of news and views and facts and opinions.

“I’ve been blessed to have friends who care for me dearly and a life that’s been illuminated by people who in large or small measure have made changes in the world we live in,” says Farrell. “Being honoured by my peers in this way is beyond anything I could or would have asked for, and I’m grateful for those who have appreciated what I have done. It’s wonderful to be rewarded with an acknowledgment that my crazy life has, after all, meant something to the community that I’ve tried – for all these years – to serve in a meaningful, consistent way.

He adds, “Information is knowledge, knowledge is power, and power makes the world go round. I’ve no idea who said that first, but I’m claiming it.”

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