TORONTO, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaW'ire) — A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the talents in the music industry today. From his works as a musician, producer, writer, and advertising director to his business acumen as consultant and industrialist, Dave Stewart will be imparting his vision and intuition to Canadian Music Week delegates during a keynote address on Friday, March 12, 2010.
Dave Stewart's career spans more than 25 years and more than 75 million album sales with Eurythmics' partner Annie Lennox, delivering ingenious pop/rock such as "Here Comes The Rain Again", "Who's That Girl", "Would I Lie To You", "Missionary Man", and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)". In 1999, the duo were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brits followed by a world tour which saw proceeds donated to Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
One of the most sought-after writers and music producers, Dave has crafted songs for and collaborated with the likes of Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Anastacia, Celine Dion, and Shakira and has shared the stage with everybody from BB King, U2, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan. He has won Best British Producer four times, Best British Songwriter five times as well as numerous Grammy, MTV and European awards.
An artist and filmmaker, Dave has scored films for directors Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, and Ted Demme as well as writing and producing the title songs for many hit movies throughout the years. Together with Mick Jagger, he wrote and produced the score for Alfie, starring Jude Law, which won the pair a Golden Globe for best original song. Dave produced the award-winning documentary Deep Blues, and his first feature film Honest premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
As an entrepreneur, Dave has worked with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to create "The Hospital", a multi-media creative centre and members club in London. Along with Deepak Chopra, he has launched a creative consultancy, DeepStew, and is the U.S. creative director for The Law Firm – a global creative network in 72 countries. On his own, Dave has established Weapons of Mass Entertainment, a "media company for the new world" (The LA Times), linking creative ideas to a host of projects in film, television, books, theatre and new media.
Most recently, Dave has added the unique title of "Change Agent" for Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone company, to his resume, where he is charged with connecting the company to talent, opportunities and new ideas and creating new content business paradigms for the entertainment industry. Together, they are creating what they hope will be a global, multi-ethnic pop star from scratch. Using "Dance Fabulous" – a dance game that bridges music and gaming – as a platform to launch the career of Canadian artist Cindy Gomez, the game's star character, they are engineering a new distribution model for the next generation of the entertainment business.
Along with Cindy, Dave will be participating on Canadian Music Week's "Kings of Songwriting" session on Saturday, March 13 – a special performance in-the-round by chart-topping songwriters as they share their stories behind the hits and debut new songs.
–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers