Deane Cameron

As President & CEO of EMI Music Canada, Deane Cameron played a significant role in the careers of many Canadian and internationally acclaimed artists and his efforts and talents have shaped the soundtrack of nearly four eras of great music for Canadians. He is often regarded as a Canadian Music Ambassador and has recently received two of the greatest honours in Canada. In 2011, Cameron was the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the JUNO Awards, and in 2010 he became a Member of the Order of Canada.

Cameron was instrumental in the development and success of many artists such as Anne Murray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Glass Tiger, Johnny Reid, k-os, Moist, Nickelback, The Rankin Family, Serena Ryder, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Susan Aglukark, The Tea Party and Tom Cochrane.

Having worked his way through the ranks of a major record label – from warehouse to President’s office, making history when he became the youngest Canadian President of a major music label in 1988. His first foray into music was as a teenage drummer in various bands with Tom Cochrane. During the ‘70’s Cameron had various music-related jobs including positions at Daffodil Records and GRT. In 1977, Cameron returned to EMI as Manager Talent Acquisition and was quickly promoted to VP, responsible for the company’s A&R department and eventually went on to become President. Once a working musician himself, he understood the artist’s point of view more than most which helped establish him arguably as the most successful and prolific A&R man this country has seen. Zealous in his belief in domestic talent, his early signings included Alias, Helix, Lisa Dal Bello, Luba, Prism, Rock & Hyde and Streetheart. This faith in Canadian talent propelled him in getting nine Canadian artists US deals including Corey Hart, Max Webster, Red Rider and Strange Advance; which earned him the nickname Captain Canada.

Cameron has pushed equally as hard developing International artists here, often enabling them to conquer Canada before other major markets. Through this dedication he has built strong relationships with some of the biggest artists in the world such as Bob Seger, Coldplay, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Norah Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, Sarah Brightman and Tina Turner.

During his 23 year career as President, he was a trail blazer for signing labels for distribution early on like Anthem, Aquarius and Nettwerk and most recently Arts & Crafts, Hidden Pony, Secret City Records and CP Records.

Cameron is a longstanding supporter of the arts and culture of Aboriginal communities. While always holding the heritage and uniqueness of the Canadian industry in high esteem, he continues to be a strong visionary and even a maverick when he has needed to be. He has been responsible for aggressively lobbying for strong anti-piracy initiatives and copyright revisions on behalf of artists and labels alike. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) for fourteen years, playing a key role in the development of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity. Cameron continues to serve on the Board for Music Canada and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and most recently has joined the board for The Unison Benevolent Fund, an organization created to assist Canadian music industry members in times of crisis.

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