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Jake Gold

Jake Gold is one of Canada’s most successful artist managers and has been an active force in the Canadian music industry for over 30 years. In 1986, Gold started his own artist management company The Management Trust Ltd. and shortly after began transforming The Tragically Hip into national stardom. He is also the Executive Vice President of Entertainment Business Affairs.

Gold currently manages the careers of Adam Cohen, Sass Jordan and Crash Karma, as well as music producers Doc McKinney, Moe Berg, Russell Broom, Terry Brown and Laurence Currie.

Gold has been recognized by the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards as Manager of the Year in 1991, 1993 and 1994. He has been a member of the JUNO Awards Television and Talent committee since the 2003 awards broadcast in Ottawa-Gatineau.

In 2009, Gold was elected to the board of CIMA (CIRPA). Jake recently has been elected again to Vice-Chairman for CIMA. He is also a board member for the MMF (Music Managers Forum), and sits on the advisory board of the OMDC.

Additionally, Gold is in demand for his industry expertise and has been either moderator or panelist at Australia's Pacific Music Conference, Pollstar's Concert Industry Consortium, Vancouver's NewMusicWest, CMJ, SXSW and both Canadian Music Week and North By Northeast in Toronto. He has also been a keynote speaker at the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities conference and was the co-chair of Canadian Music Week for 2008.

Gold's devotion to music and art is matched by a strong focus on charity events and organizations. He is responsible for producing the War Child concert in Winnipeg, which drew crowds upwards of 100,000 people and raised over $400,000 for War Child Canada. He continues to donate his time to War Child and other various charities.

Gold grew up in Toronto, where he sang in Top 40 bands in his teens. From 1979 to 1981, he lived in Los Angeles, doing lighting design for the Variety Arts Centre. After receiving a call from a friend, he returned to Toronto to become a tour manager and lighting guy for Hot Tip. That same year, the band reformed as mod-pop group The Purple Hearts and asked Gold to manage it.

"I've been a manager ever since," said Gold.