The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) held a networking brunch and panel, 'The Long Game - Building Global Careers in the Indie Sector'
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.
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 (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.
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.
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 (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.
The seasoned singer/songwriter turned MP takes on his new role amidst a very challenging time for the independent music sector.
The Juno-winning singer/songwriter turned Toronto MP is announced as the new head of the trade org, after Stuart Johnston stepped down in December 2020 after 10 years at the helm of the Canadian independent music org.
Ottawa’s The Long Road Back concert features a covid test requirement, The Slaight Music Residency announces its new class, and Triumph is named Record Store Day Ambassador (pictured). Also in the news are Drake, CIMA, Scott B. Sympathy, Bandzoogle, Pan-Am Indie Summit, Sauga City Music Conference, Oshawa Music Awards, Laila Biali, Eve Egoyan, WOTE, and Bobby Bazini.
Emanuel (pictured) signs to Motown Records, Toronto musicians rally in support of the unhoused, and The Funk Hunters are certified Road Gold. Also in the news are Jon Box, Indie Weekly, The Weeknd, Evergreen Festival, Music BC, Glass Tiger, Cat Clyde, Micah Barnes, Stephan Moccio, Gowan and Stuck On Planet Earth, Kandle, Kaytranada, Tanya Tagaq, and farewell Andre Gagnon, Denise Jones, and Dick Alen.
The Dream Serenade Benefit Concert goes virtual (pictured), the NSMW Sessions are launched, and Ring Music closes. Also in the news are Songs For Food And Shelter, Indie Week, The Dill, Melanie Peterson, Tallinn Music Week, Fortunate Ones, Ken Tizzard and Music For Goats, MIDEM, and farewell Hal Ketchum and i_o.