Urban Music Association of Canada

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The Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) is a Canadian non-profit[1] organization focused on showcasing and expanding Canadian urban music established in 1996. UMAC offers a variety of service such as workshops, tours and also hosts the Canadian Urban Music Awards.[2] Its president is Will Strickland.[3]


UMAC was established in 1996 to promote urban music in Canada.[4] It has chosen an Artist of the Year every year since its establishment, a distinction that has been described as "prestigious" by MTV.[5]

Canadian Urban Music Awards[edit]

The UMAC created its annual Canadian Urban Music Awards in 1998[1] "to garner more attention for the country's growing urban-music scene."[6] In 2004, the awards covered 24 categories including soca, gospel, jazz and spoken word.[1] The awards have also been known as Urban X-posure awards.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Keshia Chante on top at Urban Music Awards". CTV.ca. Bell Globemedia Inc. Canadian Press. October 21, 2004. Archived from the original on October 20, 2004. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Nominees announced for Urban Music Awards". CBC.ca. September 1, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Michael Jackson: Black or ... what?". Toronto Star. June 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Urban Music Awards held tonight". CBC.ca. July 31, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Choclair / Full Biography". MTV.com. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Shawn Desman wins big at Urban X-Posure awards". Globe and Mail. Toronto. August 2, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 

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