CIMA Annual Celebration and Awards Gala
CIMA’s Celebration and Awards Gala is our annual party to give props to those who innovatively create, support and strengthen Canada’s independent music industry.
NOMINATION CATEGORIES & DESCRIPTIONS:
The Entrepreneur Award celebrates fearless vanguards and trendsetters who spearhead and drive successful businesses, emerging or established, with an ethical approach and a true indie spirit. Focusing on the contribution(s) of a dynamic and creative leader, the Entrepreneur Award is given to those who combine a passion for music with business savvy to turn their visions into a reality. Entrepreneur Award nominees are the dynamic and creative business owners, who:
- Are the risk-takers and shape-shifters who lead the way into the next era of the music industry;
- Have demonstrated growth and success in their company;
- Combines a passion for music with business savvy to turn their visions into a reality;
- Compounds professionalism with an out-of-the -box managing style
BRIAN CHATER INDUSTRY AWARD
Named after CIMA’s former president (then CIRPA), a tireless champion of Canadian music, Independents and copyright reform, the Brian Chater Industry Award recognizes individuals in our independent music industry who demonstrate a transformative commitment to their craft, their company or organization, or to the industry at large. Nominees for this award can be a manager or employee who demonstrates strong leadership through such efforts as:
- Demonstrating innovative approaches that have redefined best practices within the company or industry;
- Establishing or inspiring vibrant and sustainable models across any area of the independent music industry;
- Showing outstanding creativity when confronted with challenges or a need for evolution;
- Sharing their infectious passion for their craft;
- Challenging and successfully changing the status quo;
- Encouraging personal and professional development in others, and is a strong member of the team.
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
The Unsung Hero Award recognizes unwavering commitment and outstanding support to the Canadian independent music industry. This award is designed to recognize any individual, group, or organization that may not necessarily be on the industry’s ‘awards radar’ but yet has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the independent music community in Canada.
The Builder Award is designed to spotlight outstanding individual(s) (or organizations) who have made a significant, influential and longstanding contribution to the Canadian Independent Music Industry. This award is given to those trailblazers who have earned the industry’s genuine gratitude and respect for paving the way for today’s music professionals to thrive, shaping our love for music while helping to define the Canadian music industry.
Innovation knows no bounds in the digital era, and creative approaches to promotional campaigns, be they viral, experiential or lifestyle-focused, make for an exciting landscape in which to launch new projects. Whether for music releases, tour announcements, fan engagement initiatives, cutting-edge activations or anything in between, Canada's independent community knows how to turn heads and command attention for its artists, whether budgets and teams are large or small. This award acknowledges the marketing power, creativity and inventive fire of our indies. Companies and individuals who delivered exceptionally successful and unique marketing campaigns in support of independent Canadian music are invited to submit nominations for consideration.
Previous Years - 2015 to 2021
Due to the pandemic, CIMA’s Celebration and Awards Gala was not held in 2021. However, as part of CIMA’s Business Summit on June 22 & 23, CIMA honoured three Canadian heavyweights within the industry with awards for their immense contributions to our indie music sector.
CIMA was thrilled to honour the following three receipients:
Builder Award: William "Skinny" Tenn
Pivot Award Winner (Sponsored by Merlin): Chris McKhool
Trailblazer Award Nominee: Ebonnie Rowe
In 2019, CIMA honoured the next set of passionate pros - pulling from all branches and levels of the biz - with the Entrepreneur Award, Brian Chater Industry Award, Unsung Hero Award, Builder Award and Marketing Award categories.
The 2019 honourees were recognized for their incredible contributions to independent music during the gala on June 10, 2019 at Lithuanian House Banquet Halls in Toronto, ON. The event was hosted by CBC Music radio personality, Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe.
Our 2019 Award Honourees:
- Builder Award: Kim Cooke, Pheromone Recordings & Revolution Recording Studio - Presented by Slaight Music
- Brian Chater Industry Award: Allison Outhit, Six Shooter Records (formerly FACTOR)
- Entrepreneur Award: Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records - Presented by Gowling WLG
- Unsung Hero Award: Yvonne Matsell, Concert Booker & Co-Founder of NXNE
Our 2019 Marketing Award Nominees: Presented by Select Distribution
- Last Gang Records for Harrison’s Apricity
- Arts & Crafts for Dan Mangan’s More or Less
- Endemic Marketing for Good Lovelies’ Shapeshifters
The Marketing Award honouree will be announced at the 2019 CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala on June 10.
Special guest performances by:
- Joel Plaskett
- Kevin Drew & Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene)
- Moscow Apartment
- The Sorority
CIMA’s Celebration and Awards Gala would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:
Award Sponsors: Gowling WLG, Select Distribution and Slaight Music
Artist Sponsors: CBC Music, Re:Sound and SiriusXM
Patron Sponsors: Cassels Brock, CMRRA, Global Public Affairs, Long & McQuade, LyricFind, SOCAN and Spotify
Our 2018 honourees were recognized for their incredible contributions to independent music at the fourth annual Celebration & Awards Gala on June 11, 2018, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. The event was hosted by Grand Analog frontman, DJ, actor and CBC After Dark radio personality, Odario Williams.
2018 Award Honourees:
- Builder Award: Jim West, Justin Time Records (Montreal) - Presented by Bell Media
- Brian Chater Industry Award: Sandy Pandya, Pandyamonium (Toronto) – Presented by Merlin
- Entrepreneur Award: Chris Taylor, Entertainment One (Toronto) - Presented by Gowling WLG
- Unsung Hero Award: Dave Bookman, Indie88 (Toronto) - Presented by Slaight Music
2018 Marketing Award Nominees: Presented by Select Distribution
- Six Shooter Records for Whitehorse’s Panther in the Dollhouse - WINNER
- Arts & Crafts for Broken Social Scene’s Hug of Thunder
- Cadence Music for Headstone’s Little Army
The following artists joined us live to pay tribute to this year's award recipients:
- Ryan Langdon
- Sam Cash, Serena Ryder & Hayden
- Taurey Butler
- Stephen Stanley
CIMA’s Celebration and Awards Gala would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:
Ontario Media Development Corp. (OMDC)
Award Sponsors: Bell Media, GOWLING WLG, Merlin, Select Distribution and Slaight Music.
Playlist Partner: Apple Music
Reception Sponsor: Merlin
Artist Sponsors: CONNECT Music Licensing and SiriusXM
Patron Sponsors: ACTRA RACS, CMRRA, LYRICFIND, Cassels Brock, Re:Sound, SOCAN and Spotify.
The third annual CIMA Awards Gala took place on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at the Glass Factory. CBC personality Grant Lawrence hosted a night that featured performances by Charmie, Jeremy Fisher, Kayla Diamond, Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle, and Zaki Ibrahim.
The 2017 winners were:
Builder Award: Donald K Tarlton (DKD)
Brian Chater Leadership Award: Sheri Jones (Jones & Co.)
Entrepreneur Award: Rob Lanni & Eric Lawrence (Coalition Music)
Unsung Hero Award: Steve Jordan (Polaris Music Prize)
Marketing Award: Arts & Crafts for Gord Downie's Secret Path album campaign
We thank our wonderful sponsors for making the 2017 edition happen: Gowling WLG, MuchFACT, Slaight Music, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), ACTRA RACS, Connect Music Licensing, CMRRA, Fielding Estate Winery, Global Public Affairs, LyricFind, Moosehead, MROC, Re:Sound, SOCAN, Spotify, and the Government of Canada.
Our exclusive playlist partner for the evening was Apple Music.
2016 Celebration and Awards Gala
The CIMA 2016 Celebration and Awards Gala were held on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Berkeley Church (315 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON).
CBC personality Grant Lawrence hosted a night that featured performances by Donnie Mr. Downchild Walsh, Jessica Mitchell, Rik Emmett, Shakura SAida and The Sheepdogs.
The 2016 winners were:
Builders Award: Al Mair (Attic Records)
Brian Chater Leadership Award: Neill Dixon (Canadian Music Week)
Entrepreneur Award: Joel Carriere (Dine Alone Records & Bedlam Music Management)
Unsung Hero Award: Richard Flohil (Richard Flohil & Associates)
Marketing Award (inaugural): Coalition Music, in recognition of their outstanding work with USS
Our 2nd Annual Celebration & Awards Gala was a special night that could only happen with the support of our exceptional members, colleagues and friends.
Credit must be given to our sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible: FACTOR, MuchFACT, Merlin, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Slaight Music, CBC Music, Gowling WLG, Stoney Ridge, ACTRA RACS, BuzzAngle, the Canadian Federation of Musicians, CMRRA, Re:Sound, MROC, SOCAN, Steam Whistle and the Government of Canada.
2015 Awards Gala & 40th Anniversary Celebrations
The inaugural CIMA Awards Gala & 40th Anniversary Celebrations were held at Torontos The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) on Monday, June 15, 2015.
The evenings ceremonies were hosted by the CBCs Grant Lawrence, and featured performances by Myles Goodwyn, Jason Collett, Ian Thornley, Hawksley Workman and Tomi Swick.
The Canadian Blast Afterparty included a showcase of some of the best emerging talent that Canadas independent music scene has to offer with sets from CAIRO, Grand Analog, Aint No Love and The OBGMS.
The 2015 winners were:
Founders Award: Bernie Finkelstein, Stan Klees, Terry Brown, Frank Davies, Tommy Graham, Greg Hambleton, Jack Richardson, Allan Macmillan, Ben McPeek, Art Snider and Paul Clinch
Brian Chater Leadership Award: Pegi Cecconi, Vice-President at SRO-Anthem
Entrepreneur Award: Jeffrey Remedios, President and Co-Founder of Arts & Crafts Productions
Unsung Hero Award: Jack Long, Co-Founder and CEO of Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
The 2015 Awards Gala & 40th Anniversary Celebrations acknowledges the generous support of the following sponsors: OMDC, FACTOR, MuchFACT, Slaight Music, Stingray, ACTRA RACS, CFM, CMRRA, MROC, Re:Sound, SOCAN, the Government of Canada.