CIMA Executive Board 2019-2020
Tim Potocic is co-owner and president of 25-year-old Sonic Unyon Records based in Hamilton, Ontario, that specializes in developing emerging talent through label and management. The Sonic Unyon team has also spent the last decade developing a live event business through their own music-based event spaces and festivals. In 2009, Sonic Unyon became the organizing force behind Hamilton's free music and arts festival Supercrawl where Potocic serves as director. A CIMA member for over 20 years and current board Chair, he currently sits on the boards of FACTOR, and his work has been recognized with a Canadian Music Industry Award for label of the year and a Hamilton Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Since its founding in 1994, Sonic Unyon has grown into one of Canada’s leading independent record companies releasing hundreds of recordings by a wide variety of acts such as Aereogramme, Augury, A Northern Chorus, Basement Revolver, Frank Black & the Catholics, Change of Heart, Cursed, Hayden, LTtheMonk, Oh Susanna, Suicidal Angels, Ringo Deathstarr, Sacrifice, Sam Weber, Sianspheric, Simply Saucer, Treble Charger, Terra Lightfoot, Teenage Head, Tristan Psionic, Tricky Woo, Young Rival, and Voivod.
Position: Vice-Chair (Export Development)
Peter Cardinali has been involved in the music industry for almost fifty years as a bass player, arranger, composer and producer. He started Alma Records, an independent music first label, and its publishing arm, Cardster Music Co. in 1991, and has had success with artists like Myriad3, Hilario Duran, Monkey House, Ian Thomas, Steve Gadd, Joey DeFrancesco, Phil Dwyer, Michael Kaeshammer, Puentes Brothers and more. His long list of credits include Anne Murray and Ray Charles, and his years of work with the Motown record label produced many hits for the likes of Rick James and Teena Marie, to name a few, and earned him the widespread recognition of his peers.
Shauna de Cartier
Position: Vice-Chair (Membership Affairs) & Secretary
Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records in 2000, a record label and management company that has maintained since inception a steadfast commitment to fostering artistic excellence and to the development of a distinct community of predominantly Canadian-based artists with international careers. In 2012, Shauna and her team at Six Shooter founded the Interstellar Rodeo, which had a 3-year run in Winnipeg and just finished its 8th year in Edmonton, AB. Shauna also plays an active role in the industry. Shauna has served on the CIMA board for more than a decade, during which time she served four years as Chair. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Radio Starmaker Fund.
Position: Vice-Chair (Government Affairs)
Jake Gold is one of Canada’s most successful artist managers, and for its 6 season run, a judge on the national television hit Canadian Idol. In 1981, Gold started his artist management company, The Management Trust, through which he is best known for his role in establishing and transforming The Tragically Hip into a national icon. Gold currently directs the careers of upcoming act “Common Deer”, and acclaimed pop-rock band The Pursuit of Happiness, as well as music producers Moe Berg, Laurence Currie, Dan Hosh, and Russell Broom.
Gold has been recognized by the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards as Manager of the Year in 1991, 1993 and 1994. In 2009, Gold was elected to the board of CIMA (CIRPA) and recently has been elected again to Vice‐Chairman for CIMA. Jake is also a board member for the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and is the 2013 MMF Honour Roll Award recipient for his lifetime work in the field of Artist Management. He also sits on the music advisory board of Ontario Creates.
Position: Vice-Chair (Past Chair)
Lisa Logutenkow began working with Bedlam Management in 2005 following six years as a tour manager. Less than two years later she took over operations of Dine Alone Records and Bedlam Management, expanding the label’s roster domestically and globally attracting Grammy and JUNO Award-winning talent, including critically acclaimed artists such as Bedouin Soundclash, City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Arkells and many more. Lisa recently decided to further to expand her knowledge of the industry by accepting the role of Vice President of The Orchard’s Canadian office where she focuses on helping Indie labels, artists and managers grow their business, brands and respective artists.
Position: Vice-Chair (Industry Development)
Simon is a seasoned executive with over 18 years of experience working in highly entrepreneurial businesses operating in industries undergoing rapid change. As President and COO of the Nettwerk Music Group, Simon leads the Group’s operational and business development strategies. Leveraging Nettwerk’s 35-year history, Simon is helping build a truly sustainable and successful international music group that views challenges as opportunities and artists as partners.
As President and Co-Owner of Arts & Crafts, Kieran plays a key role in the development of many of Canada's leading independent artists. He is responsible for the overall strategic vision and direction of the company’s record label, music publishing, artist management, and events divisions. In addition, he serves as an artist manager to Dan Mangan. With almost twenty years of music industry tenure, Roy carries a wealth of knowledge, entrepreneurial experience, and a wide professional network. Prior to joining A&C, Kieran spent six years at Sony BMG as an artist marketing manager and two years before that as a business strategy consultant.
Position: Vice-Chair (Global Affairs)
Justin West is the President of Secret City Records and Secret City Publishing, both of which he founded in 2006 in Montreal, Canada. Today, after 12 years of operations, Secret City’s active roster of 15 artists now includes, among others, Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers, Basia Bulat, Leif Vollebekk, Shad, Alexandra Stréliski, Richard Reed Parry, Owen Pallett, and Suuns – its artists have earned three gold record certifications in Canada, a Polaris Music Prize (and 10 additional Short List nominations), and multiple JUNO and Félix award nominations. Justin currently sits on the board of directors of MERLIN, a global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, and is the Chair of the board of directors of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), a global forum for the professional independent music industry. He is also currently on the executive boards of directors of both the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), a trade association representing Canadian independent music companies, and the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record (FACTOR), a public/private partnership that administers funds to provide assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, as well as recently being elected to the board of directors of ADISQ, a trade association representing Quebec independent music companies. In the summer of 2016, Justin was the sole representative from the music industry appointed to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s “Expert Advisory Group”, which is tasked with providing advice and ongoing feedback as the Canadian government examines how to strengthen the creation, discovery, and export of Canadian content in a digital world.
CIMA Directors 2019-2020
Asim "Awesome" Awan
Asim “Awesome” Awan is the founder of Awesome Music & Management, a Toronto based company that signs Canadian artists with spectacular voices and talent. He started his career working with local Canadian Hip Hop and R&B artists including, Saukrates, Jully Black, Glenn Lewis amongst others. In 2009, Awan became the Co-President of Ultra Records & Publishing in Canada, a position that he continues to hold today. Asim’s initial success came while he was A&R Consultant at Popular Records from 1997-2002. Some of the biggest hits included Eiffel65, Darude, ATB. He later transitioned into the role of International A&R at EMI Music Canada, which he upheld for 6 years. While at EMI, he refocused the building of Awesome Music as a strong independent imprint within a major label and brought the Petrol lifestyle brand from Australia (managed by INXS longtime manager Chris Murphy) into Canada. He then went on to sign (multi-platinum artist) Cascada, followed by September (one of Sweden’s greatest exports), and introduced Canadians to the successful Dance Party compilation series.
Domestically, Awesome Music’s roster consists of Canadian artists, Elise LeGrow, Juno nominated artist Jhyve, Degrassi star and actress Ana Golja, Electronic producer/artist, French Braids, just to name a few. Awesome Music is focused on exporting Canadian music internationally. Ultra Records domestic roster consists of multi-platinum act DVBBS, Lucky Rose, Tep No, Adventure Club, Frank Walker, Shawn Hook, Chet Porter, to name a few. Ultra Records is a global company with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Stockholm, London UK.
Asim “Awesome” Awan has garnered a lot of respect within the Canadian music industry for having strong international contacts and helping secure the release of artists and music in various territories around the world. He has both moderated and participated in Canadian music panels discussing A&R, artist development, and marketing. Awan’s success over the years, coupled with experience across a multitude of genres, has earned him several accolades and a respectable position in the music industry.
Heather has been part of the music industry in Canada for over 10 years now, with a deep focus on the independent side of things. Whether it was during her role at Metalworks Productions Group as Production Supervisor or MDM Recordings as Label and Grant Administrator, or now at Dine Alone Records where she serves as Director of Accounting & Royalties Heather has worked tirelessly to build solid relationships within the community and to put the needs of independent artists first.
Gord Dimitrieff has been in the independent music business his entire professional career; as a college radio DJ, road manager, label owner and publisher. In 2000, he founded Aporia, an integrated label-publisher that has released near 70 albums from a roster that includes The Grapes of Wrath, Julie Doiron, Dearly Beloved, Kinnie Starr and many others. Placing songs in film and television has been at the centre of Gord’s strategy from the beginning: over the years, Aporia has licensed music to productions on every major Canadian and American television network, the largest Hollywood film studios and such global brands as Adidas, Chevrolet, Toyota, Mazda and Virgin Mobile.
Mathieu Drouin is an artist manager, entrepreneur and investor.
After selling a technology start-up he co-founded in high school by the age 19, he spent a year circumnavigating the globe on a tall-ship and then joined the Donald K Donald Entertainment Group, one of Canada’s largest independent music companies, as an unpaid intern at age 20.
By 23, Mathieu had risen to the position of president and become a partner in the company, on behalf of which he co-founded numerous successful new ventures including Last Gang Records and Arts & Crafts International.
In 2006 Mathieu co-founded Crystal Math Music in an effort to assist management client Metric self-release their next album 'Fantasies' without the backing of a traditional label.
In 2009 'Fantasies' became a precedent-setting success, selling over 500,000 albums and 1,000,000 singles worldwide and made history when Metric became the first band in history to have their first ever top 20 hit at US commercial radio without the backing of a label, earning Mathieu a spot on Billboard’s esteemed 'Top 30 under 30' list of 'Music Industry Power Players'.
Today Crystal Math works with a small group of artists including Metric, Grimes, Half Moon Run, Purity Ring and Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. In parallel, Mathieu is incubating a new technology start-up he founded called Kritick, while simultaneously continuing to function as an investor and advisor to a variety of start-ups, both on his own account and on behalf of the family office of technology entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker (Napster, Facebook, Spotify, Founders Fund), through the vehicle Strange Loop Ventures.
Companies Mathieu has invested in or advises include Modern Meadow, Mediachain Labs (exit to Spotify), Vrvana (exit to Apple), Layer 6 AI (formerly Milq, exit to TD Bank), Potentia Solar (exit to Power Corp), Nura, SoundBoks (Y Combinator), TrendMD (Y Combinator), OpenFan (Launch), Sustainitech and Tunemoji (Emoticast).
As an innovative, strategic and success-minded leader, Erin founded eEK! Productions in 2008 with the mission to service and develop the Canadian Music Industry by giving artists and their teams solutions to build their brand and maximize their fanbase through multiple platforms.
eEK! Productions is top of its field as a marketing and funding administration agencies based in Toronto that services all levels of artists. eEK! Productions clients include Blue Rodeo, Cowboy Junkies, Lee Harvey Osmond, Jim Cuddy, the Trews, and The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.
In 2017, Erin with her partners launched Digital Promotions Group, a digital playlist service and US Digital PR company based in Toronto, ON. DPG clients include Serena Ryder, Cowboy Junkies, Young Galaxy and Grand Analog.
Prior to forming eEK! in Toronto, Erin Kinghorn spent eight years with Vancouver-based Nettwerk Music Group from 2000 to 2008 as Director of Sales and Marketing. There, she worked on albums by Sarah McLachlan, Tiesto, Swollen Members, Great Lake Swimmers, Be Good Tanyas and more.
Erin is one of the first students of the University of Northern British Columbia which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts – Political Science and held a seat on the University Senate for 5 years. Erin has also sat on the MusicBC board for 6 years and is a founding member of the Across the Board initiative founded in 2017, promoting 50/50 gender equality on music industry boards by 2020.
Born and raised in Toronto, Chris Moncada (SVP eOne Music/GM Last Gang Records) is a modern-age music industry veteran. He started in the mailroom at Universal Music Canada, when the recorded music world was on the brink of a massive sea change. His career path at both Universal and Warner in Canada took him through various stints in marketing, publicity, and 360 rights development before joining Last Gang in 2015 to take on the role of General Manager. After the acquisition of Last Gang by Entertainment One, Chris took on the additional role of SVP at eOne Music, extending his purview across North America.
Sandy Pandya paved her own lane in the Canadian music industry, cementing herself as a leader and advancing the careers of the artists she represents. Her passion for music and inability to accept the word “no” supported her affinity for championing underdogs, which afforded her a career spanning over 20 years and counting. Her client list includes, and has included, Serena Ryder, Doc McKinney, Hawksley Workman, Hayden, Tegan and Sara, Dear Rouge and Alejandra Ribera. Currently, she serves as a member of Across The Board, an advocacy movement to pursue gender parity on the boards of directors of organizations that impact the Canadian music industry, and on the Board of Directors for CIMA. Affirming her contributions and achievements to date, Pandya was awarded by the Music Managers Forum with the 2019 Honour Roll Award, and by CIMA, with the 2018 Brian Chater Industry Award.
Michelle Szeto got her first taste of the entertainment industry at an early age in her hometown of Hong Kong, working in concert production for international superstars such as Oasis, Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, and Prodigy.
Today, in her role as Artist Manager at Paquin Entertainment Group, Michelle personally manages award-winning artists Donovan Woods and Lindi Ortega; continues to lead global marketing and press initiatives for management clients, including iconic artists Buffy Sainte-Marie and Randy Bachman; and works alongside Paquin Artists Agency division in international talent acquisition.
Iain Taylor began his career at indie label, Electric Distribution, as Ontario Sales Manager where he helped launch NWA, and Nine Inch Nails in Canada. This led to joining Universal Music Canada where he worked for 20 years in a variety of positions, ultimately as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Iain joined Maple Music Recordings in 2015 as President & CEO, where they restructured the company and rebranded it as Cadence Music Group, with the intent to broaden the company’s focus on signing and developing artists on a global level. Cadence is home to 4 labels (Open Road Recordings, Physical Presents, Pheromone Recordings and Cadence Music) as well as its distribution company, Fontana North, which represents over 100 independent labels and artists. Iain joined the CIMA Board in 2017 and has served on the Executive as Secretary as well as numerous committees.
Executive Vice President of Development and Music since February 2017, Anne Vivien is responsible for the management and global vision of Musicor and Distribution Select.
She has spent the entirety of her professional career in the music industry and has remained a very active member of the Canadian music scene. Anne Vivien has held several management positions in Québec, giving her the opportunity to export her skillset abroad, including in New York and Europe. From 1994 to 1996, she was the first director of the Montréal community radio CIBL. She later joined the renowned company BMG Canada as Artistic Director, Artists and Development until 2004. She then joined the management team at Musicor from 2004 to 2009, acting as the label’s manager. Her wealth of experience then allowed her to establish her own consulting and management firm, Viktoria Music. Through this company, she played an instrumental role in the rise of Florence K and other young artists.
Since 1996, Anne Vivien has also distinguished herself as artistic director to many artists such as: Muzion (Félix Meilleur Hip Hop album of the year 2000 and 2003), Andrée Watters (Félix Meilleur 2004 and 2006 Rock album), Marie-Élaine Thibert (Félix Album best seller in 2004 and Juno Album francophone in 2005), Marie Mai (Félix Album Rock 2008), Florence K (Felix World Music Album 2007 and 2009), Mario Pelchat and Michel Legrand (Felix Album Jazz Performance 2009), Marie-Ève Janvier and Jean-François Breau (5 nominations at the 2014 ADISQ Gala) and Yoan (two-time winner of the Canadian Country Music Association Award for the Top Selling Canadian Album of the Year in 2015 and 2016).
Holding a degree in international economics, Anne Vivien is a member of Sacem (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music), a member of the Music Managers Forum of Canada since 2013, in addition to sitting on various committees of the Québec Association of the Recording, Concert and Video Industry (ADISQ).
Stuart Johnston joined CIMA as President on March 7, 2011.
Previously, as Vice President of Policy and Government Relations with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Stuart was responsible for liaising Ontario business leaders, managing provincial government relations, and responding to issues in finance, intellectual property, transportation, trade, education, and energy issues. In 2008 Stuart was honoured with the James Gordon Carnegie Memorial Award for his leadership and mentorship within the Ontario chamber network.