Wrap Up: Americana Music Festival and Conference (September 20-25, 2016) Nashville, Tennessee

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For the third time CIMA returned to Nashville, TN for the Americana Music Festival and Conference. The festival welcomed legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars and industry professionals spanning from roots, country, folk and blues genres over four days. Seven Canadian companies joined CIMA’s delegation for a Canadian Blast showcase as well as a matchmaking session, a “Meet the Canadians” networking reception, and a music industry roundtable (attended by some of the Canadian companies.

The events kicked off on the morning of Thursday, September 22 for the Canada and Nashville music industry roundtable discussion hosted by t the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and led by the a senior trade commissioner with the Consulate General of Canada, Atlanta. Twenty-eight Canadian and US delegates participated in a discussion on “Next New Hot Act: How to launch a creative company or artist in the new digital age.”

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In the afternoon, Folk Music Canada and CIMA in cooperation with MusicOntario and support from OMDC, organized a B2B session, “Doing Business with Canada”, where more than 72 one-on- one B2B meetings were facilitated for between Canadian and International participants. The B2B meetings were followed by “Meet the Canadians” networking reception attended by 52 Canadian and US delegates.

On Saturday, September 24, InDo Nashville hosted the third annual Canadian Blast showcase featuring eight Canadian performances. Things kicked off at noon with Alberta based sister duo The Doll Sisters (BC) who instantly captivated everyone in attendance while singer-songwriter Willie Stratton (NS) brought his own mix of East Coast charm to the stage. Up next was another musical duo, Harrow Fair (ON), who mixed country and rock’n’roll with haunting ballads.

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Toronto songwriter Corin Raymond (ON) blended Americana and folk together in a Johnny Cash style, while Toronto’s own The Young Novelists (ON) kept the party going at with their folk-roots sound. Quebec’s The Bombadils (QC-based hailing from NS and AB) brought their unique Celtic-bluegrass blend to the stage while Tami Neilson (BC/NZ) made attendees reminiscent of the late Amy Winehouse with her powerhouse performance. Last to the stage was West Coast band, Lion Bear Fox (BC), who helped wrap up an incredible day of Canadian music as they brought their set into the crowd of music fans.

CIMA gratefully acknowledges and thanks our generous sponsors and partners Canadian Music Week (CMW), Corus Entertainment, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), the Government of Canada (through the Canada Music Fund), Harvard Broadcasting, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Musicians Rights Organization Canada (MROC), the Radio Starmaker Fund and Stingray Music