From the CMW news release:
Canadian Music Week announces Songwriter/Performer/Actor, Paul Williams, as a 2010 Keynote Speaker. Presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC), he will be speaking on Saturday, March 13 as well as performing on the “Kings of Songwriting” panel as part of the Songwriters’ Summit. The conference runs from March 10th – 14th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter. He has composed such timeless musical standards that have been recorded by diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, Ray Charles, R.E.M., Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis, Luther Vandross and Kermit the Frog. He is a recipient of The National Music Publishers President’s Award and is President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
Publicly lauded for his work as a singer/songwriter, he has created classics such as “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “You and Me Against the World” and “An Old Fashioned Love Song”. He has scored the films Bugsy Malone and Phantom of the Paradise and his songs “The Rainbow Connection” (The Muppet Movie) and “Evergreen” (A Star is Born) grace the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie songs of all times.
Williams predicts he will be best known for his lyrics to “The Love Boat” and his appearances as ‘Little Enos’ in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy, however he has made numerous appearances in movies and television throughout his career. His recent work in theatre and television includes creating the story and writing the songs for Disney’s A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa for which he received an Emmy nomination, Garry Marshall’s touring sensation of Happy Days, and a stage version of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.
Incredible talents such as Paul Williams inspire Canadian Music Week to explore the world of songwriting with a daylong summit…
The Canadian Music Week Songwriters Summit is a series of workshops specifically designed for songwriters with participation from esteemed industry professionals. Occurring on Saturday, March 13, 2009, attendees can experience session topics that include ‘Kings of Songwriting’, ‘Xtreme Performance Makeover’, ‘Can Artists Afford to Give Away Their Music for Free’, ‘The Screen As Jukebox: Song Placement for Film and TV’ and many more. To attend the Songwriters Summit, one-day event tickets are available for $150.00 and can be purchased by visiting www.cmw.net or by calling 905-858-4747.
Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 10 to March 14, 2010 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net.