TORONTO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Rock legends Randy Bachman & Fred Turner, entertainment lawyer Stephen Stohn and broadcasting pioneer Bill Evanov have been selected as the latest entertainment figures to join the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. The four will be inducted on Thursday, March 10, 2011, during the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala at Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
Bachman & Turner are respected figures in the Canadian music scene. Bachman, one of the founding members of the Guess Who, teamed up with Fred Turner in the early 1970s to launch Bachman-Turner Overdrive, which proved to be a seminal group in Canadian rock. In its initial 4-year run, the band sold more than 30 million records with numerous charting singles, including the #1 hits "Taking Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."
Stephen Stohn is a leading entertainment lawyer and a producer of music-related television series and specials. His resume includes 20 years as Director and then Chair of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Executive Producer of The Juno Awards, Canada's national music awards show. And for nine years he was a Director and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of Ontario Media Development Corporation among other roles.
Bill Evanov is the Founder and President of independent broadcaster Evanov Communications, owning 11 different radio stations across Canada. As one of the few independent broadcasters left in the country's largest markets, Evanov has pioneered several distinct formats and become a leader in supporting new Canadian talent. He defined dance music as a unique radio format when he re-launched CING FM as Energy 108 in 1990 and took it from 90,000 to over 800,000 weekly listeners. He then recreated the format on CIDC FM and grew it into the #1 CHR station in the country as Z103.5 with 853,000 listeners. In 2007 he launched Proud FM, the world's first of its kind, programming to Toronto's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) population.
The induction ceremony will be a part of Canadian Music Week, which has become to be Canada's largest annual entertainment event. CMW has grown to include four different conferences; a trade expo; a film festival; three awards shows and the nation's largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest. CMW will be held in 2011 from March 9th to 13th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues. For more information, check them online at: cmw.net. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers