Canadian Blast Showcase at Morrisons MIDEM 2015


Submitted by Sandy Graham

Once again its that time of year when the music industry folks gather in Cannes, France and congregate to make deals at the Palais des Festivals June 5-8.

Cashbox Canada will be in Cannes, France so we will return to our regular Friday publishing June 12. We will be posting on Facebook and Twitter while we are there so check out all the great stories live from MIDEM.

What has become a coveted gig is the Canadian Blast at Morrisons, 10 Rue Teissiere in the heart of Cannes. CIMA Music and Canada Music Export team up to present the best of the best of our Canadian talent and this year is sure to be one not to be forgotten.

So meet the crème de la crème at Canadian Blast 2015 !

Friday June 5
Rimi Salvi (U.P. Records) Seattle, Washington.

David Morin (Bombay Records)Whether you catch him beatboxing on a Vancouver street corner or singing and playing guitar onstage at a Vancouver club, you're bound to be charmed by the many talents of musician David Morin. After years spent honing his craft to critical acclaim in the Vancouver scene and beyond, the 30 year-old neo-soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is set to release his debut album, Morin's unique fusion of soul, hip-hop and jazz.

Saturday June 6
Mario Peluso and the Howling Hobos (Artic Records)
Within eight years, Mario Peluso’s original songs have been covered by the likes of Isabelle Boulay, Laurence Jalbert and Véronic DiCaire amongst others, and has six albums to his credit. Peluso’s songs are deeply embedded in the roots of Quebec’s Témiscamingue countryside, reflecting a folk rock Americana feel complete with harmonica.

Mimi O’Bonsawin (EMG)
Mimi’s original songs are rich with her love of the Northern Ontario landscape she grew up with, and alive with her Aboriginal (Abenaki) roots as well as the music and traditions of her French Canadian heritage. Her voice belies her age (she’s a mere 21 years old) yet the subject matter, tunes and delivery suggest a much older, well-travelled woman, with the innocence of a child, an old soul playing new music.

The Jonny Debt Band (Sugar Moon Music)
Road warriors and prolific song writers thrive on the energy of live shows and interaction with their fans. The popularity of the “God Song” and “Apple Tree” inspired the band to forge ahead on their mission. They toured China last year, meeting new fans in Beijing, Shanghai, and a stadium gig near Hong Kong.

Virginia Vegas featuring Alyssa Reed (Wax Records)
With the 2014 debut chart topping, platinum seller “We Are Stars ft Alyssa Reid”, Derik’s music instantly connected with Canadian music fans. This whirlwind year has seen him travel the continent, shooting music videos in Las Vegas and New York, sharing the stage with Alyssa Reid and Hedley and performing on the 2014 MMVA’s. With Derik’s second single “Don’t Fight The Music” already rocketing up the charts and the release of his EP, Vol. 1 Virginia To Vegas has arrived.

Sunday June 7
Ambre McLean (Letting Artists Make Art – LAMA)
A veteran of the Canadian music scene, with her genre-defying style and indie approach, McLean has released three studio albums, garnered numerous accolades and has appeared regularly on the Canadian music festival circuit.

Claire Mortifee (Bombay Records)
Canadian vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Claire Mortifee (niece of Anne Mortifee) commands an undeniable musical prowess, a socially conscious lifestyle, and a message of healing and self-love that emanates through her work.

Sunrise and Good People (SyncAudio)
The trio of Alain Mercure, Eric Bolduc and Xavier Auclair refined their sound textures and added beat samples to create what they call electronic-tribal-rock. Their 2009 debut album, RISE UP, featured three songs from the 2010 soundtrack of Lucidite Passagere nominated for Best Soundtrack at the 2011 Jutra. In 2011, the music video I WON’T FALL DOWN, a homage to Tibet, spread across the globe on Vimeo and YouTube. The Gemeaux award winning TV series Oui Surf featured five songs.

The Walkervilles featuring Glenn Lewis (Fullcc Music Group)
Glen Lewis is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter who has achieved international success with his debut album World Outside My Window. In the spring of 2015 Glenn will be release his highly anticipated new single Got To Be You.

ABOUT MIDEM (Le Marché International du Disque et de l’Édition Musicale)
June 5-8, 2015 – Le Palais des Festivals, Cannes: MIDEM is the world’s largest trade show for the independent music sector where music professionals from across the world meet face to face to do business and build partnerships. With the changes to the music industry and advent of new technologies, MIDEM has emerged as the single largest concentration of music business opportunities for digital companies in the world. It’s the global transaction platform for the music industry where Internet, Mobile & Technology professionals converge to showcase new solutions, source the freshest cross-platform content, share new business models and build relationships at the world’s largest gathering of music industry players.. Last year’s event attracted 6,400 delegates from 3,000 companies, 450 artists and 350 journalists from 73 countries.

CIMA created the first national stand in the world when they introduced the Canada Stand at MIDEM in 1978. The Canada Stand at MIDEM has since become a landmark destination as MIDEM’s longest-standing, most-established and most-recognized national pavilion. Participation with the Canada Stand at MIDEM is a proven gateway for Canadians to initiate relationships and create revenue generating and re-sale opportunities in the global arena .2015 marks the first year the Quebec Stand and the Canada Stand will share space, creating a Canada-wide presence at MIDEM.

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is the national trade association representing the English-language, Canadian-owned sector of the independent music industry. CIMA works proactively to assist the independent sector to expand business opportunities and partnerships in the international marketplace by providing strategic support for Canadian companies at trade missions, key international trade shows and conferences around the world.

Canadian Blast, an initiative of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) includes a range of performances, business services and events around the globe providing access to the trendsetting, vibrant and internationally focused Canadian music industry. Canadian Blast at MIDEM 2015 is the result of the efforts of many individuals and companies: CIMA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our Canadian partners and sponsors: Canadian Music Week (CMW), Corus Entertainment, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), the Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage/Canadian Music Fund), Harvard Broadcasting, Music Managers Forum Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), the Radio Starmaker Fund, and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN.)

Music Export Canada is the newly established alliance between some of Canada’s most active national and provincial talent exporters, importers and stakeholders. With a common goal of showcasing bright up-and-coming talent and developing emerging industry professionals, Music Export Canada will service many of the nation’s export needs and will grow to be an internationally trusted resource for the all things related to the independent Canadian music community.