CIMA Annual Celebration and Awards Gala

In its first two years, CIMA’s Celebration & Awards Gala recognized 19 Canadian heavyweights for their immense contributions to our indie music scene. In 2017, we’re ready to honour the next set of passionate pros, pulling from all branches and levels of the biz!

What began as our 40th anniversary celebration is now an annual party to give props to those who create, support and strengthen Canada’s independent music. Anyone currently employed at a CIMA member company is eligible to submit nominations for mentors, peers, colleagues and partners. The categories we are accepting nominations for are: the Brian Chater Leadership Award, Entrepreneur Award, and Unsung Hero Award.

Please submit up to three names for consideration for each category, along with no more than 50-300 words per nominee, explaining why you believe each individual has notably contributed to Canada’s independent music community. This  is important as it helps jurors to understand, from a unique perspective, why each candidate is suitable.

Companies and individuals who delivered exceptionally successful and unique marketing campaigns in support of independent Canadian music are also invited to submit nominations for the Marketing Award, which acknowledges the marketing power, creativity and inventive fire of our indies.

Brian Chater Leadership Award
(Past winners: Pegi Cecconi of SRO-Anthem (2015), Neill Dixon of Canadian Music Week (2016))
Named after CIMA’s former president (then CIRPA), a tireless proponent of copyright reform and Canadian music, this award acknowledges individuals in our independent music industry who demonstrate a transformative commitment to their craft. The Brian Chater Leadership Award celebrates anyone in the independent music industry, whose passionate and innovative approach has redefined best practices over the years. These true leaders have set the tone for vibrant and sustainable models across any area of the independent music industry in Canada.

Entrepreneur Award
(Past winners: Jeffrey Remedios of Universal Music, formerly of Arts & Crafts (2015), Joel Carriere of Dine Alone Records (2016))
The CIMA 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. Compounding professionalism with an out-of-the -box managing style, Entrepreneur Award recipients are the owners, risk-takers and shape-shifters who lead the way into the next era of the music industry.

Unsung Hero Award
(Past winners: Jack Long of Long & McQuade Musical Instruments (2015), Richard Flohil (2016))
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.

Marketing Award
(Past winner: Coalition Music & USS for the ‘Advanced Basics’ album campaign (2016))
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.

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 is 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 S’Aida 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 Toronto’s The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) on Monday, June 15, 2015.

The evening’s ceremonies were hosted by the CBC’s 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 Canada’s independent music scene has to offer with sets from CAIRO, Grand Analog, Ain’t 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.