The Judges: Joey Cee, Rob Lamothe, Dale Harrison & Patrick Kelly.
Please note that if anyone contacts the judges it is immediate disqualification from the Awards.
Producer | Singer | Songwriter | Inductee Music Hall Of Fame
(It all adds up to 50 Years in the Entertainment Business ... Creating & Developing
A man of many varied talents, Joey Cee is noted as one of Canada’s successful entertainment entrepreneurs and a renaissance man. Over the past 53 years he has earned a reputation of being creative and diversified, managing to handle his projects with attention to detail. His hands-on approach applied towards all his productions has earned him accolades from his peers and the press. In 1988, Joey was chosen as one of the Top 50 Men of Influence in Peter Worthington’s “Influence Magazine”. On March 7th,1998, he was inducted into the RPM Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. He twice received the Digital Media Award for show production. In September 2014, he was honoured with a star in the Mississauga Walk of Fame and in May 2015, he was nominated for the Marty Awards’ Laurie Pallet Award by the Mississauga Arts Council.
Joey Cee, for the most part, finds himself comfortable behind the scenes. Even when he was recording as a vocalist with record releases on Capitol-EMI, Quality-Private Stock and London Records, you would only find his name on the writing credits and not as the performer because of the various pseudonyms he used on more than a dozen single releases. Only once on A&M Records and on his own JCO Records did he reveal his identity.
In the past he has been responsible for many entertainment milestones including: publishing Canada’s “first” all-Canadian music magazine Music Canada Quarterly; producing Music Canada the first all-Canadian radio feature for national syndication on CBC Radio; instrumental in the launch of the careers of such recording artists as The Guess Who, Steppenwolf, Dan Hill and others; publishing the music industry weekly trade newspaper Record Week – the predecessor to The Record; first to record and commercially release “Any Dream Will Do”/”Close Every Door” from Webber & Rice’s Joseph & The Technicolor Dreamcoat; coordinated the Canadian publicity and promotion for “We Are The World”; produced the city proclaimed Canada Day events in Los Angeles (Hollywood) for two consecutive years; responsible for nominating and orchestrating the star-studded dedication ceremonies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for film director Norman Jewison; writing, coordinating, recording and releasing the Red Cross Tornado Relief recording “Nature’s Eyes” by the Voices of Hope featuring more than 75 Canadian performers; including Helen Reddy and producing the infamous Hot Spots Reports for top radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Buffalo and Montreal.
Joey Cee is the associate producer of the annual, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Streetfest and the former PartiGras Festivals at the Distillery in Toronto, as well as co-producer of the annual Country 95.3 Country Jam on Canada Day (at Sunnyside Beach and Woodbine Parks), and the former KISS-FM new Country Festival (in the Beaches). He also recently produced several installments of the star-studded International Digital Media Awards in Toronto. Since October 2006 he has produced The Chocolate Ball and The Toronto Chocolate Festival which features more than a dozen individual chocolate related events. These are also fundraisers for The Prostate and Breast Cancer Initiatives Fund, as well as SickKids Hospital.
Joey Cee is also the publisher and editor-in-chief of the city’s very popular HOToronto Magazine (now in its 21st year), WOW Mississauga Magazine, What’s On Where International Destination Magazines, and is president of JCO Communications Inc., a company that produces and develops new festivals and events. In 2011, he launched the annual Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show which is held at Roy Thomson Hall.
He is also owner and in-house producer for Nightflite Records which recently produced and released the first Christmas album by the world renowned Famous PEOPLE Players in the fall of 2006. Now re-named Nightflite Music + Entertainment, his company mentors and develops new music talent with Joey serving as chief consultant along with a team of industry professionals who help guide and direct talent through the maze of music industry musts.
Currently, Joey Cee is continuing with the Toronto Chocolate Festival as new segments of the Festival are added on each year. 2016 marks the 11th year for the Festival. As well as adding the Vaughan Chocolate Ball in 2010, and a one time Chocolate Ball in Hamilton, plans are well under way to launch in other U.S. and Canadian cities.
Included in his Toronto On Demand publishing roster are GALAvanting Magazine, Shows and Exhibitions Magazine, Curtains Up Magazine, Festivals + Special Events Magazine and What’s On Where Magazines. Supplements include the Beaches International Jazz Festival Program. In early 2016 he will be introducing the all new (International) Chocolate Affairs Magazine.
Joey is currently writing his first book based on his life in the Canadian Music Business, which is planned for launch in 2017.
Producer | Composer | Singer | Songwriter
Born and raised in California, Rob Lamothe joined the church choir at age nine and was soon promoted to soloist, singing mostly in Latin. Rob was selected to be in a traveling choir comprised of the best young singers in Southern California and made two records with them before he was twelve years old. Then Rob discovered Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. He knew what he had to do. He quit the choir and formed his first rock band.
So began many years of hometown gigs, shows all over California, then the rest of the U.S., leading to over 25 European tours, a major label record deal, a whole bunch of tattoo's, hundreds of songs written and hearts broken. The craziness killed some of his compadres, but somehow Rob came out of it reasonably fit physically, though he's certainly left brain cells behind in more crappy bars and hotel rooms than he'd want to remember... even if he could.
Rob has been awarded an Edison Award in Holland and has seen his songs on the Billboard Charts in the US. He's had songs on hit T.V. shows like "Melrose Place" and the long-running Australian soap opera "Paradise Beach". Artists ranging from English power-pop hit-makers Katrina & The Waves to Canadian folk-rock legend Tom Wilson have recorded Rob's songs. Rolling Stone Europe Magazine said he's got an "out of this world soulful voice".
Rob has shared stages with everyone from Gun 'n' Roses to Cheap Trick to Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, as well as appearing at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Cafe.
In the last several years alone, Rob co-wrote the hit 'Single' from Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porters' triple platinum-selling debut CD, wrote and sang a track on the American television show, 'Everwood'... and Rob currently has a song in the award-winning film, 'The Wrestler's. the action you want.
Rob is also working on the music for the new RIVERDOGS CD to be released in 2017. The debut album from Riverdogs was released in 1990 by Epic Records. Vivian Campbell of Sweet Savage, Dio and Whitesnake fame was initially brought on board to produce the debut effort but was so impressed with the band that he actually became a member and played on the debut. Soon after the release, Marc Danzeisen joined Rob, Nick and Vivian to complete the line-up. Though fans and critics gave the album a warm reception, lack of support from their record label eventually led the band members to go their own way, with Campbell settling into the Def Leppard lineup and Nick Brophy becoming a respected engineer and producer. Riverdogs also released "Bone" and "Absolutely Live" in 1993. The boys have recently signed to MelodicRock Records for an album to be released in. This new album features unreleased music from the "lost" 2003 sessions and possibly new songs. A week was spent in Los Angeles working up ideas, and re-mixing and adding new parts to the original songs. Rob has continued to release solo work over the years.
Producer | Drummer | Session Player | Songwriter
Dale Harrison has always loved drumming, from his first winning audition as the bongo player in a production of The Little Drummer Boy when he was 8 years old. Dale's passion grew as he did, inspired by the likes of Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Steve Gadd, Keith Moon, Stewart Copeland, John Bonham, and many more!
Dale has also studied at The University of Ottawa & Graduated from the Humber College music program in Toronto. These influences have helped him craft a style that has enabled him to tour world wide with many great artists; Headstones, Alannah Myles, Phil X (Bon Jovi), Derek St Holmes, Toney Springer, Derek Miller and so many more!
Between tours, Dale finds himself busy as a studio musician and educator: "Yamaha Drums have never let me down in any situation, be it on tour through Europe with Alannah Myles, smashing my way across North America with Headstones or laying down tracks in the studio. Dale's Yamaha Absolute Custom Drums always stand up & sound excellent!
Dale Harrison, drummer/percussionist, 1990 Humber Music Grad, is well known and respected with 5 CDs that include 3 Juno nominations, with tours throughout North America, Mexico and the U.K. Dale's talent is also present in 3 Gold/Platinum CDs and he is constantly in demand for Indie recordings, jingles and as a session player. He is also a Drum Instructor and Independent Artist.
As well as playing with Alannah Myles touring Sweden, Poland, UK, Europe and North America, Dale has recently finished a re-union tour with The Headstones. Derek St. Holmes, of Ted Nugget, is another of many musician that have shared musical projects with Dale. Another is Kevin Reid & the Groove Stone who are at work on a new CD for 2017.
Dale's reputation as a musician has secured endorsements from: Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Regal Tip Sticks and McClarin Cool-Claws.
Producer | Composer | Singer | Songwriter
Pat Kelly, Singer, Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist SOCAN/BMI
Pat Kelly has been playing music professionally since the age of 12 and has performed with the famous and should-be famous. He has even played for her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In the 90's Kelly spent his time doing voice work for radio, television and movies. He was the frontman for After Ours and The Sweet Vibe Orchestra. Kelly has produced albums/singles and garnered clandestine acclaim in the music industry as a prolific songwriter and collaborator.
Currently he spends much of his time writing, collaborating and performing music, as a solo acoustical performer, accompanied by Jeff Burke on Bassoon and as the frontman for the band Pat Kelly & The Core, who are in the studio recording some of Kelly's finest works.
Pat is endorsed by Carparelli Guitars and volunteers as a Music Director with the Music Not Mischief program funded by Proaction Cops for Kids.