OMDC Photo Credit Natasha Slinko

By Sandy Graham

Photo Credit Natasha Slinko


There has been a really cool commercial on television this last year featuring the likes of icons like Molly Johnson, Tomi Swick, Alex J Robinson, Justin Hines, The Arkells and Toya Alexis singing There’s No Place Like This – Ontario.


It seems this is true to fact with this year’s nominees for the 40th Juno Awards Celebrations. According to OMDC data, 78 Ontario-based acts and companies collectively have earned 103 Juno nominations this year, and 56 of the acts are affiliated with independent, Ontario-owned or controlled record labels, publishers, and managers.


Emphasizing the importance of the music industry to the province’s new millennial economic strategy, Tourism & Culture Minister Michael Chan stated that “Ontario’s music industry is a pillar of our rapidly growing entertainment and cultural sectors, contributing over $20 billion annually to our province’s economy.”



  •  At $462.7m, Ontario record labels account for 78% of total operating revenues in Canada
  •  Ontario record labels paid $52.9m in wages in 2009
  •  Ontario’s creative cluster includes: book and magazine publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, music, performing arts, radio, advertising, architecture and design. Production related to these industries contributes $12.2b to the provincial GDP. When other industries including sports, heritage, libraries and telecommunications are included, the industries employ almost 300,000 people


The event also served to offer an opportunity to raise a toast to CARAS and the 40th Annual Juno Awards, which are to be held at the ACC in the city this Sunday. The glitzy CTV telecast and affiliated events are projected to generate as much as $15m in additional revenues for the city and the province of Ontario.


“Creating entertainment the whole world enjoys brings thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to Ontario,” says Metric’s lead singer and narrator Emily Haines. “Be part of it. We’ve got it going on.”


A special treat in the pre-lunch cocktail party was a mini-concert by Bill King, who tinkled the keys with instrumental versions of Canadian hits like Blue Rodeo’s ‘Try’, Dan Hill’s ‘Sometimes When We Touch’, Murray McLaughlin’s ‘Farmer’s Song’ and a bevy of Lighfoot tunes that included ‘Sundown’ and ‘If You Could Read My Mind’. Always a pleasure to hear this talented man play.


The event had the movers and shakers of the industry showing up to bask in the camera lights and Cashbox Canada was there. Visit our Photo Gallery to see who showed up at The Royal York Fairmount Hotel.