CIMA CEO Andrew Cash. FYI photo.
April 13, 2023
by David Farrell

American acts can cross our border freely to work but proposed new U.S. visa costs make reciprocity nearly impossible for our developing acts.

Sue Foley  Photo: Danny Clinch
August 10, 2022
by Kerry Doole

 The finalists of the 2022 Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award are announced, Sue Foley (pictured) will record live at The Elmo, and the Junos change a date. Also in the news are Drake, DJ Khaled, NSMW, Ever After, Boots and Hearts, CIMA, Americanafest, Carleton Stone, Keychange, Oscar Peterson, Andrea Ramolo, and Darcy James Argue.

Hill Kourkoutis
July 26, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Hill Kourkoutis wins a prestigious industry award (pictured), Shawn Mendes and Stars cancel tours, and Drake and The Weeknd each receive multiple VMA noms. Also in the news are the CCMAs, MacKenzie Porter, CIMA's Canada House, EMV, The SOCAN Foundation, VIFF AMP, Radio & Records party, Dave Bookman, Big Rude Jake, Allegories, NMC, Music Nova Scotia, Dean Brody, Wilfred N And The Grown Men, and James Favron.

Daniel Lanois  Photo: Marthe Vannebo
July 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Sonic auteur Daniel Lanois (pictured) signs to BMG, Hamilton's Supercrawl sports a stellar lineup, and Graham Scott Fleming joins Open Road Recordings and RGK Ent. Also in the news are Jeremy Dutcher, Music Nova Scotia, Sunfest, the North Music Festival, Mixto Festival, NMC, CIMA, MMF, Jessica Sole, Tegan and Sara, Michael Boguski, Thomas Stajcer, Susan Aglukark, and Stephen Lambke. 

Panelist details with story. Pic: Karen Bliss.
May 16, 2022
by Karen Bliss

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) held a networking brunch and panel, 'The Long Game - Building Global Careers in the Indie Sector'

ES: MO  Elizabeth Shepherd & Michael Occhipinti
October 28, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti form a new duo (pictured), The TD Music Connected Series returns, and Andrew Joseph Stevens wins the Harmonize Mentorship. Also in the news are the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, PASSPORT: Music Export Summit, Good Lovelies, Shad, Mad Ones, Hugh’s Room Live, Dala, CIMA, Amazon Music, and farewell Mort Sahl.

September 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Lowest Of The Low will launch a live album (pictured) with five Toronto shows, CIMA hosts a showcase at the Reeperbahn Festival, and Feist will premiere new music at Meridian Hall. Also in the news are Marc Jordan, Miesha & the Spanks, Paul Brandt, Jay Feelbender, The Upper Canada Choristers and Cantemos, CityXLab, and farewell George Mraz.

Justin Bieber  Facebook photo
August 16, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber (pictured) leads the nominees for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, The Music Pro Summit announces more speakers, and The Grammy Museum features Alex Cuba. Others in the news include CIMA, AmericanaFest UK, Chairmen Of The Boards, Gordie Tentrees, Elora Festival, Martin Verrall, Big Wreck, and farewell R. Murray Schafer, and Nanci Griffith.

May 27, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber (pictured) will play the Junos, The Weeknd and Drake score at the Billboard Music Awards, and an anti-racism pledge for the Canadian music industry. Also making news are Chi Pig, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, CIMA, Music Publishers Canada, Joe Coughlin, Elliott BROOD, Discogs, Reid Zoé, and farewell Kathryn Moses, Frank Wright, James Harman, and Roger Hawkins.

May 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Nominees for the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards (pictured) are led by William Prince, Dine Alone signs Canadian DIY metal collective Respire, and Crown Lands are back in action. Also in the news are CIMA, Music Ontario, New Skool Rules, Reliant Music, The Trews, Upper Room Studio, CFMAs, PACKS, MMF Canada, Kinaxis Inconcert, and farewell Patsy Bruce.

Cory Marks  Facebook photo
May 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Cory Marks (pictured) is certified gold, the Westward Music Festival announces its schedule, and Canadian artists showcase at The Great Escape. Also in the news are The Damn Truth, CIMA, Indie Weekly, Mike Renaud, CMTF, Sean Ono Lennon, Sina Bathaie, Men Without Hats, Cœur de pirate, IASPM-Canada, and farewell Wendy Gilmour and Anita Lane.

April 8, 2021
by Bill King

The seasoned singer/songwriter turned MP takes on his new role amidst a very challenging time for the independent music sector.