Vibe Gospel Music Kicks off VGM Week 2005

It’s one of the biggest events in Canadian gospel music and it’s where the people decide. On Monday, May 9, 2005 at Mitchell’s Bookstore, 1020 Islington Rd. in Etobicoke, Ontario, VGM launches a full week of inspirational and educational events. All leading up to the main event on May 14, the Shai Awards the people’s choice awards for Canadian Gospel Music.
VGM Week is Canada’s annual Christian/Contemporary Gospel music gathering. This week-long event brings together artists, industry, media, retail, managers, agents, promoters, sponsors and music fans. During VGM Week music genres will include Contemporary pop, Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Aboriginal, Francophone and Instrumental, just to name a few.
The weeklong event will see more than 30 of Canada’s premier and up and coming gospel artists performing at both the Shai Awards and the four (4) nights of Aspiring Artist Showcase Competitions. Educational workshops and seminars will be geared to media, choir, artists, promoters, agents and managers. A Networking Breakfast, Gala Awards Dinner and After Party are additional highlights and opportunities to network throughout the week, along with the Friday night youth explosion “Stand up and be Counted” Rally.
VGM and the Shai Awards (formally Vibe Awards) — the Canadian Gospel People’s Choice Awards — is the first of its kind in Canada whereby people across the country are able to choose and vote for their favourite Canadian gospel artists in 23 separate categories. Well known Toronto Argonauts coach Michael “Pinball” Clemons and his wife Diane will be hosting the May 14th event in Mississauga at the Hershey Centre.
The schedule for the weeklong event is as follows:
Aspiring Artists Showcase: Sponsored by Mitchell’s Family books & World Vision Canada. Held at Mitchell’s Family Books Monday May 9 to Thursday May 12th 7:00-9:00pm each night. (This is a ticked event except for Media)

Shai Awards Gala Dinner: Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Rd. W, Mississauga, Friday May 13, 2005 – 6:00-9:00 PM (Doors open at 5PM). This is a ticketed event seating is limited. (This is a ticked event except for working Media – Dinner not included).

VGM Varsity Workshops: Mississauga Convention Centre, Friday May 13, 2005 & Delta Meadowvale Resort & Conference Centre, Saturday May 14, 2005. (This is a ticketed event. Seating is limited)
The ATF “StandUP and Be Counted” Rally: Canada Christian College, 50 Gervais Dr., Toronto. Friday May 13, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. doors open at 6:00 p.m. (This is a ticked event except for Media)
World Vision Media / Industry Networking Breakfast: Mississauga Convention Centre, Saturday May 14, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. (This is a ticketed event)

Purifying the Levites: Mississauga Convention Centre, Saturday May 14, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. to Noon. (Free Session)

The 2005 Shai Awards: The Hershey Centre, 500 Rose Cherry Place Mississauga. Saturday May 14, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. doors open at 5:00 p.m. (This is a ticketed event except for Media.) The Shai Awards After Party Sponsored by One Star Entertainment: Held at Cleopatra’s 5165 Dixie Road Mississauga. (This is a ticketed event)

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