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Radio Starmaker Fund Annual Report

2013 / 2014

Radio Starmaker Funded Artists Round 48

Success Fact: Mo Kenney

Mo Kenney

Halifax singer/songwriter Mo Kenney arrived in style with her 2012 self-titled debut album, produced by her musical mentor, Joel Plaskett. A crystalline voice and the disarming honesty of Mo’s songs resulted in an immediate and warm critical embrace from the national media. CBC Radio 2 was an early champion and her song “Sucker” went on to win SOCAN’s prestigious Songwriting Prize in 2013. Pheromone Recordings worked her debut album for 18 months, through tours with Joel Plaskett and Ron Sexsmith, ultimately leading to festival plays and her own headlining shows. She also travelled to Australia, the UK and Ireland, touring with established artists and playing festivals in those regions.

When an album has legs by definition there are continuing initiatives and the Radio Starmaker Fund played an absolutely crucial role “stoking the star-making machinery behind the popular song”. Starmaker was there to help facilitate domestic and international touring and to defray the cost of continuing marketing initiatives deep into the album’s life cycle. Mo has a richly deserved place among the latest wave of emergent Canadian artists but the progress she made on her debut would not have been possible without the support of the Radio Starmaker Fund.

Kim Cooke
Pheromone Recordings

Artist Approved
Abandon All Ships $28,500.00
Alex Cuba $16,000.00
Amanda Martinez $19,000.00
Amelia Curran $12,000.00
Andrée Watters $15,000.00
Austra $92,795.00
Bahamas $7,500.00
Basia Bulat $102,687.47
Cancer Bats $27,000.00
Chad Brownlee $27,000.00
Chromeo $9,000.00
Colin Stetson $26,000.00
Crash Karma $58,296.35
Current Swell $13,500.00
Dallas Smith $71,290.00
Danko Jones $34,804.53
Danny Fernandes $3,000.00
David Myles $21,000.00
Dean Brody $3,000.00
Del Barber $28,124.00
Delhi 2 Dublin $14,000.00
Down With Webster $49,467.39
Elisapie Isaac $13,500.00
Elizabeth Shepherd $13,500.00
Good Lovelies $33,000.00
Gord Bamford $21,000.00
Groenland $33,628.06
Half Moon Run $89,060.50
Hannah Georgas $69,847.23
Hey Ocean! $19,500.00
Ian Kelly $46,552.90
Imaginary Cities $9,000.00
Jaydee Bixby $22,500.00
Jenn Grant $25,500.00
Artist Approved
Total $1,939,876.05
Jon and Roy $13,500.00
JRDN $4,500.00
Ladies Of The Canyon $38,716.94
Leif Vollebekk $7,500.00
Manafest $24,000.00
Matt Andersen $9,000.00
Matt Dusk $36,352.85
Matt Mays $33,000.00
Mia Martina $11,500.00
Misteur Valaire $56,802.86
Mo Kenney $10,500.00
Monster Truck $157,192.20
Mother Mother $1,500.00
New Country Rehab $15,000.00
Nikki Yanofsky $15,000.00
Old Man Luedecke $32,000.00
Purity Ring $6,500.00
Rose Cousins $31,000.00
Royal Wood $32,000.00
Ruth Moody $7,500.00
Said The Whale $18,000.00
Sarah Slean $8,000.00
Serena Ryder $31,500.00
Shad $6,000.00
Susie Arioli $12,000.00
The Barr Brothers $26,000.00
The Deep Dark Woods $65,989.80
The Pack A.D. $15,000.00
The Sheepdogs $18,000.00
The Wailin’ Jennys $9,000.00
The Weeknd $63,267.97
Whitehorse $31,500.00
Young Empires $4,500.00
Yukon Blonde $12,500.00

Includes funding approved for Domestic Marketing, International Marketing and Domestic and International Touring programs.