CIMA Launches Road Gold Certification


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The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is excited to announce the launch of a new music industry certification program called Road Gold, and is celebrating today by presenting it to three great Canadian artists and bands. The new program will celebrate Canada’s touring artists.

In honour of CIMA's 40th year as the voice of the independent music industry in Canada, CIMA is pleased to continue charting new territory by launching the first certification in Canada that recognizes the arduous road of 'making it' as a touring band.

CIMA's first Road Gold artists are truly Canada's rising stars and through great artistry, dedication and hard work have carved out their niche by hitting the road and filling venues from coast to coast. CIMA is proud to announce that USS (Coalition Music), Big Wreck (SRO-Anthem) and Matt Andersen (True North) are the first recipients of this new Road Gold certification.

"CIMA is excited to be driving an innovative way to recognize the deep talented pool of Canada's music community who've been able to grow their fan bases through successful touring," says CIMA President Stuart Johnston. "These road warriors who are being awarded the inaugural Road Gold certification are a testament to our industry's ability to hit the road and achieve high levels of success."

CIMA Celebrates 40 Years With Awards Gala

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CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association) is a not-for-profit national trade association. CIMA represents and acts as an advocate for Canadian music industry companies with a membership consisting of Canadian-owned companies and representatives of Canadian-owned companies involved in every aspect of the music, sound recording and music-related industries. They are exclusively small businesses which include: record producers, record labels, recording studios, managers, agents, licensors, music video producers and directors, creative content owners, artists and others professionally involved in the sound recording and music video industries.

CIMA’s mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that serve to support a strong and economically stable Canadian independent music and sound recording industry, ensuring the long-term development of the sector and to raise the profile of Canadian independent music both in Canada and around the world.

This year CIMA is celebrating 40 years of advocacy, lobbying, exporting and education.

To celebrate this landmark and to inaugurate their first annual Gala and Awards, CIMA honoured their founding members, who over four decades ago had the vision, leadership and tenacity to form CIMA which was originally called then called CIRPA, Canadian Independent Record Producers Association.

All The Chapel Bells Are Ringing For Jim Ed Brown

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When I was I kid growing up in Montreal we would pack up the car every August and head to Toronto to visit our Nana. My memories of those summers at Nana’s were streetcars, oatmeal cookies and listening to her big radio in the parlour. In 1959 there was one song that everything stopped for; Nana’s favourite song, “The Three Bells” by The Browns. The song told the story of the little newsboy Jimmy Brown. The church bells in the little valley town rang when Jimmy was born, when he got married and when he passed away. Nana loved the bible passages and the sentiment of the song. She also loved the lead voice. The voice was that of Jim Ed Brown who formed The Browns with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie. Sadly Jim Ed passed away last week at the age of 81 in Franklin, Tennessee. The cause of death was listed as lung cancer.

The song almost didn’t get recorded. The Browns were preparing to disband as a group and were finishing up a final recording session when their producer Chet Atkins, asked them if there was something they fancied recording. They suggested “The Three Bells” which had been a hit in French by Edith Piaf called Les Trois Cloches. Jim Ed remembered that after the session Chet said “I know you folks are thinking about breaking up but I think you’ve just recorded the biggest record we’ve ever made.” And big it was making it to number one the pop and country charts.

George Clinton Headlines Music Mania Weekend


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The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has added another funk and soul master to this year’s lineup! Responsible for revolutionizing R&B during the ‘70s and twisting soul music into funk, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will headline opening night on Friday, June 19 for a FREE, special performance, as part of Music Mania weekend.

With Clinton at the helm of the Mothership, funk music blasted off into the stratosphere during the 1970s. Making P-Funk a household name, the hugely prolific leader led two of the most important groups at that time – Parliament and Funkadelic. He would eventually go on to build an impressive solo discography, continuing to spread the gospel of funk to the masses and inspiring a new generation of artists and music lovers.

Clinton joins previously announced acts, Morris Day & The Time and New Orleans’ very own Dumpstaphunk.

Wristbands will be distributed at 4 p.m. on the east side of Nathan Phillips Square for entry into the George Clinton show on the Toronto Star Stage inside the tent. One wristband per person.

Please note, Dumpstaphunk and Morris Day & The Time will be performing on the Outdoor Stage. Wristbands are NOT required for these two shows.

A 9’ x 16’ high-resolution screen will also illuminate the Square allowing everyone to enjoy the performance wherever they are standing.

5 p.m. - Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square

Influential Music Journalist Larry LeBlanc Rallies Support for NMC

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Photo Larry LeBlanc with folk-rocker Tom Northcott 1971

In the early 1960s, at the age of 15, Larry LeBlanc started to do what very few had done before and even fewer were taking seriously as a profession: he started to write about music.

The budding music aficionado bought his first album, Bobby Darin’s That’s All, in 1959, and was booking bands, such as the Lincolnaires and the Du-Kanes, for his school dances soon after. His first interview was with Ronnie Hawkins in 1965 in the lobby of Le Coq D’Or club. As LeBlanc recalls, Hawkins—in the truest of rock ‘n’ roll fashion—had a go-go girl on each knee, and was drinking Brandy Alexanders. “I knew you when you were a teenage genius,” Hawkins would tell LeBlanc decades later.

America had names like Crawadaddy founder Paul Williams, Richard Goldstein of the Village Voice and jazz writers Nat Hentoff and Ralph Gleason from DownBeat, and Canada had the brilliant, meticulous and opinionated LeBlanc.

Among a handful of pioneering music writers from Canada, he captured pivotal times in North American music history—some while he was still in high school—interviewing legends in their prime, like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, for U.S. publications including Rolling Stone, Hit Parader and Circus, along with New Musical Express and ZigZag in the U.K.

CIMA Celebrates 40 Year Legacy with Award Show Gala and After Party Celebration

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The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is looking forward to hosting its inaugural Awards Gala & 40th Anniversary Celebrations at Toronto’s The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) on Monday, June 15, 2015. Hosted by the CBC’s Grant Lawrence, the evening will feature a reception, dinner Gala, special performances and a Canadian Blast afterparty!

Formally incorporated in 1975, CIMA – then called the Canadian Independent Record Producers Association – has served as the voice of the independent music industry for over 40 years. The first organization of its kind in the world, CIMA has been a vital force in establishing the vital industry infrastructure that exists today, ranging from the creation of FACTOR to working with MuchMusic to establish VideoFACT to the launch of the Canada Music Fund.

To mark the occasion, CIMA will be launching four new awards – the 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), the Brian Chater Leadership Award (Pegi Cecconi, SRO-Anthem), the Entrepreneur Award (Jeffrey Remedios, Arts & Crafts Productions) and theUnsung Hero Award (Jack Long, Long and McQuade Musical Instruments).

CIMA is excited to announce the talented artists who will be performing at the 2015 Awards Gala & 40th Anniversary Celebrations: Myles Goodwyn, Jason Collett, Ian Thornley, Hawksley Workman and Tomi Swick.

Don Graham Invites You to Join Him in a Not Much Happening Place


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After a winter of cold and snow who wouldn’t want to get away to a place where the only ice you see is in the drink that’s in your hand. Singer/songwriter Don Graham has just such an escape in mind with his whimsical Gulf and Western hit ‘Not Much Happening Place’.

‘Not Much Happening Place’ takes you to a place where “time isn’t measured in hours, you know it’s morning when the sun comes up” to a place where nobody cares if you fall asleep in your chair and there are no demands on your time”.

Early reviews have labeled the song “the summer hit of 2015” and “destined to be a timeless record, playable at the beach at the cottage in the middle of summer or on a tropical beach in the dead of winter. “The only thing wrong with this record is it’s not long enough, only 2 minutes. But then I just listened again.”

No stranger to the country scene, Don Graham has an established career as a singer/songwriter and performs his original tunes in an up close and personal show called ‘Homemade Music’.

So grab your sunscreen and favourite folding chair and join Don Graham in a ‘Not Much Happening Place’. This could be the summer anthem of 2015.

Available on the EMG/Breakin’ Records and Worldwide Distribution through Believe Digital. Sure to be a summer sizzler hit !

CMAO Crowns Its Winners

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Submitted by Don Graham
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On Monday, May 25 2015,The Flato Markham Theatre hosted a night of country music for the 3rd Annual Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards, presented by Slaight Music. The show was hosted by the Road Hammers' Jason McCoy for the 2nd year in a row and he didn’t disappoint, entertaining the sold-out room.

The Small Town Pistols were the big winners last night, grabbing 3 Awards including Single of the Year for 'I Only Smoke When I Drink'. 2015 CMAO Awards Show house band The Western Swing Authority received 2 Awards - Group or Duo of the Year and Roots Artist or Group of the Year. Tim Hicks was thrilled to accept his Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year Award and legendary performer Michelle Wright was named Female Artist of the Year. All well deserved.

The 2015 CMAO Awards included performances from 12 of the 2015 CMAO Awards nominees, including Beverley Mahood and Lace, Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Lindsay Broughton,Tebey and 2015 Rising Star Award winner Leah Daniels.

Cashbox Canada Presents The First Legacy Award to Bobby Curtola

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Cashbox Magazine Canada, aside from promoting mainstream artists and their careers, has a mandate to promote the indie artists as well as the legacy artists who paved the way.

Last weekend they took that mandate one step further by presenting the first Legacy Award to Bobby Curtola. CEO & Editor in Chief Sandy Graham, herself a veteran of decades in the music business said “I firmly believe that there are a lot of good folks out there who have made outstanding contributions to the Canadian music landscape that, even if they have been recognized in the past, deserve another moment in the sun. Our plan over the next few years is to make sure these people get their due. And it won’t just be artists  it will include record people, industry insiders and the ones behind the scenes who paved the path to create a Canadian music industry.”

The first recipient of the Cashbox Award was Canadian Teen Idol from the 60’s Bobby Curtola. The presentation was made on stage at Club 744 by none other than another Canadian gem Robbie Lane. The idea was hatched when Curtola flew in to Toronto as a guest at Zoomer Radio’s celebration of Ronnie Hawkins’s 80th birthday hosted by Robbie Lane. A date to appear as a guest of Robbie Lane and the Disciples was set and Sandy Graham arranged with Robbie to present the award to Bobby onstage during the guest set at Club 744.

Nashville Songwriters Association International Tin Pan North

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There is something magical about a gathering of songwriters. These are the guys and gals who labour in mostly anonymity, creating the gems that become the soundtrack of your life.

Every year the Toronto Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosts an up-close and personal event presenting songwriters at various venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This is their 16th annual Tin Pan North event where you can see performances by over 40 talented songwriters, sharing their stories behind the songs. Headliners include; Tebey (Emerson Drive, Big & Rich), Jimmy Rankin (JUNO, CCMA, and SOCAN Award winner), Victoria Banks (Johnny Reid, Sara Evans), Mark Selby and Patricia Conroy (Michelle Wright, Lisa Brokop).

This three night event of great music of songs in its raw and original form will have showcases on Thursday and Friday evenings, May 21 & 22, with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30 pm at the Cadillac Lounge and Black Swan Tavern in Toronto and the Moonshine Café in Oakville. The Gala Show is Saturday May 23, at Hugh’s Room, with performances at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

The Showcase locations include Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas West, Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St W , Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue and the Moonshine Café - 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, Ontario.

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