CIMA Executive Board 2020-2021
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 (Equity)
David “Click” Cox started his career as a member of the MMVA winning and JUNO nominated group, The Maximum Definitive. Created reputation for his promotional and marketing efforts working closely with concert promotions company REMG. Soon after, he started his career working with BMG Music Canada and then worked at Universal Music Canada as A&R. During his time with Universal, David founded the Stylus Awards to celebrate the Canadian Hip-Hop and R&B music talents and recognition of DJs. After 8 years with Universal, he created his own entertainment company, CLK Creative Works. Today, CLK is responsible for managing an eclectic roster of highly skilled and experienced artists. Along with management, David teaches music business at Metalworks and The Remix Project.
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)
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.
Position: 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 2020-2021
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Rheaume is a Juno nominated and Canadian Folk Music Award winning Métis singer/songwriter from Ottawa, Ontario. As a self-managed artist, she has been touring nationally and internationally since 2010. Co-owner of Ishkode Records Inc. and Operations Director of the International Indigenous Music Summit, Amanda is deeply invested and active in the Indigenous music community. She is committed to creating equity and equal opportunities for Indigenous artists and amplifying Indigenous voices in the music industry at home and abroad.
Kesi Smyth brings 16 years of experience to Canada’s music industry as General Manager for the 604 Label Group (604 Records, Light Organ Records, Simkin Artist Management and Comedy Here Often?).
Most notably; Kesi was day to day manager for Carly Rae Jepsen during the peak of global hit “Call Me Maybe” organizing performances for the MuchMusic Video Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, and much more. She has since ascended roles to oversee the label operations of the 604 Label Group and the many clients it serves.
While handling day to day operations for the label group and its staff, Kesi brings extensive knowledge and experience to the role. She is responsible for overseeing effective marketing plans, tour and recording schedules, managing various creative projects, and working closely with third party managers, agents, and creative teams.
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.
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.