Apply Now: CIMA's Canadian Blast BBQ at SXSW 2020

Posted on
October 7, 2019

CIMA, through Music Export Canada, is excited to announce that submissions are now being accepted for our 2020 Canadian Blast BBQ at Austin’s SXSW! This year’s mission will mark the 15th year that CIMA will be in attendance for this key showcase and business development opportunity at the most influential and largest music festival & conference in North America. 

Now in its 34th year, SXSW allows for unmatched networking opportunities, conference programming, and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. Check out some of the outcomes associated with our mission to SXSW in 2019 here.

Our legendary Canadian Blast BBQ will be taking place on March 18, 2019 and will be moving to a new venue – The Venue (on 6th Street). This event, the kickoff for CIMA’s Canadian Blast mission at SXSW, is a high-profile event that draws hundreds of VIP international delegates, media and thousands of SXSW delegates! 

We’re now accepting submissions for artists interested in showcasing at our Canadian Blast BBQ.

Want to showcase? Here’s our criteria:

  • Artist must be export-ready. 
  • Artist must have a business representative in attendance and they must register as a SXSW delegate as well as sign up to the Canadian Blast SXSW B2B initiative, free for selected band representatives (this includes speed-dating and networking events).  [Please note: CIMA is able to offer a discounted SXSW badge rate to Canadian Blast participants. Contact for more information] 
  • Make sure you have applied directly with the festival itself to maximize your chances for both SXSW and Canadian Blast showcases. Only SXSW accepted acts will be eligible to be on the Canadian Blast showcase. The deadline for these submissions is October 25, 2019. 
  • BBQ selected acts will be reviewed by SXSW for final approval.
  • The Canadian Blast BBQ showcase submission form is here:
  • Artist representative company should have the resources to able to follow-through on business opportunities resulting from the showcase (tours, gigs, etc.) in international territories.Artist representative company must agree to complete a post-event survey.
  • Artist representative company must agree to continue to report back in future on successes resulting from B2B opportunities.

Submission Deadline: November 8, 2019

Please complete the submission form prior to the end of day on Friday, November 9, 2019. As always, the final Canadian Blast line-up will be selected by CIMA’s external Talent Selection Committee. Successful Canadian Blast applicants will be notified by late November. 

Ready to submit?

Our handy submission form is right here once you’re ready:

If you have any questions about this export mission, please feel free to get in touch with our Music Export Manager, Trisha Carter, at

CIMA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our Canadian partners and sponsors: the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), the Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage/Canadian Music Fund), Ontario Creates, Radio Starmaker Fund, Stingray Music, SOCAN Foundation and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).

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