London Music Week: Classical, jazz, world, Latin music winners

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London honoured some of its best musical talent Sunday night – including, for the first time, Latin artists.

At Aeolian Hall, the Forest City London Music Awards named winners in the classical, jazz, world and Latin music categories – a prelude to the bigger awards gala set for next weekend to end London Music Week. The Latin category was awarded for the first time.

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“It’s incredibly vibrant music that’s stitched together from many countries,” awards founder Mario Circelli said of Latin music. “London and region has great musicians and great performers contributing to the community in such a unique and genuine manner.”

The awards have been presented in London for 21 years.

“It’s an opportunity to gather and celebrate and support each other. We’re creating community,” Circelli said.

The nominees with winners highlighted are:

Sponsor: Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

  • Encore: The Concert Band
  • London Community Orchestra
  • London Symphonia
  • Magisterra Soloists
  • Rebelheart Collective
  • Sig Strings
  • Western University Orchestra

Sponsor: London Musicians Association

  • Brian Cho – Piano
  • Marque Smith – Piano
  • Kathleen Gahagan – Harp
  • Mark Payne – Piano
  • Sharon Wei – Viola
  • Leslie Kinton – Piano
  • Annette-Barbara Vogel – Viol

Sponsor: Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University

  • Fanshawe Chorus London
  • Kammerchor London
  • The Karen Schuessler Singers
  • London Pro Musica Choir
  • Pride Men’s Chorus

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Sponsor: Huron Flooring & London Arts Council

  • Matthew Bermudez
  • Katy Clark
  • Ellita Gagner
  • Paul Grambo
  • Stephanie O’Leary
  • Seokho Park
  • Arielle Harwood Jones

Sponsor: Elm Hurst Inn & Spa

  • Aitken Ladd Peacock
  • Baddest Big Band
  • Barry Usher
  • London Jazz Collective
  • Nevin Campbell
  • Peter Hysen
  • The JitterBugs

Sponsor: Idlewyld Inn & Spa

  • Tara Dunphy & Larry Smith
  • Rachelle Courtney
  • Marque Smith
  • Nicole Tan
  • Hilary Welch
  • Just The Two Of Us
  • The Crooners – Kish & Boa

Sponsor: SoHo’s Tacos & Tequila

  • Freddy Almarza Daubian Oliveira
  • Latin Power Band/David Rayo
  • Antonio Alas Mariachi Band
  • Simple Reflections for Artists – The Forest City
  • Juan David

Sponsor: Sunfest

  • Ritesh Das
  • Lorraine Klaasen
  • Maggie’s Wake
  • The Bookends
  • Warrior Womyn of Positive Drum
  • Three Penny Piece
  • The Sheridan Band

Organizers say this is the biggest London Music Week ever. The events continue until Sunday June 18. Here’s the lineup:

TUESDAY, JUNE 13: Forest City London music awards evening of improvisation at Dundas and Sons brewery (7-9 p.m.); Musicians 4 Mental Health, a free concert at Palasad SocialBowl on Adelaide Street featuring IanBW, Incognito Baby and others (7-11 p.m.).

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14: London Live, a “music blitz” with 14 free performances across eight local venues, including the Brian Bicknell Duo at Fireside; Chris Eh Young at the Scot’s Corner and Taylor Holden Road Block at Fitzray’s.

THURSDAY, JUNE 15: Latin Street Party on Dundas Place, free and open to all. Featuring Daubian Oliveira, David Rayo and others. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16: Women of London Music at Palasad SocialBowl on Adelaide Street. It’s free and featuring Lux, Nicole Tan, Justine Chantale and others.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16: Battle of the high school bands at London Music Hall. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $5. Featuring: The Rebates, Iron Cross, IanBW, One Way Streets, Stone Free and Angela McIntosh.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17: Hall of Fame Super Saturday, a free concert beginning at 1 p.m. on Dundas Place. Performers include 2023 inductees the McAuley Boys along with Denise Pelley.

SUNDAY JUNE 18: 21st Forest City London music awards at London Music Hall. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Free and open to all. Performers including Sarina Haggarty, Antonio Alas Mariachi Band and Tom Dunphy’s Classic Country Music Show.

A group of inductees formally will enter the London Music Hall of Fame, located along Dundas Place, at the final event. The class includes: The McAuley Boys; Dawn Tyler Watson; Bob Reid; and the Bluesmen Review.

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