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Canadian Independent Music Industry Honoured at Second Annual CIMA Awards Gala

June 15th, 2016



From CIMA:

On Monday, June 13, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) held its second annual CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala.

CBC personality Grant Lawrence hosted the night, honouring Canadian industry professionals, stage and studio veterans, road teams and entrepreneurs for the efforts they make to keep independent music sector vital and growing.

The festivities included performances from Rick Emmett doing a rousing solo rendition of “Lay It On The Line” as well as Donny ‘Mr Downchild’ Walsh, Shakura S’Aida, performing in honour of Richard Flohil, and The Sheepdogs, who treated the room to a rootsy acoustic performance, after collecting their Road Gold Award for a highly successful year of touring.

Other industry honours included the Unsung Hero Award going to Richard Flohil, who generously used the occasion to shine his own spotlight on Kaïa Kater, Scarlett Jane, and Jay Aymar. The Industry Builder Award was given to Attic Records founder Al Mair, who is also a key figure in the histories of CIMA and CMRRA. Canadian Music Week founder Neill Dixon received the CIMA Leadership Award, named for CIMA’s late president, Brian Chater. Dixon accepted by saying, “I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of a giant.” The winners of the inaugural Marketing Award were Coalition Music, in recognition of their work with USS. Joel Carriere, founder of Dine Alone Records, picked up Entrepreneur of the Year. CIMA also have a special thanks to Dine Alone Records for enhancing the night by providing their own hot sauce, colouring books, and 100 per cent Organic Rye.

We again congratulate all of this year’s winners for the ongoing, invaluable contributions they make to enriching Canada’s independent music sector. Credit must also go to our sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible:

For more information, contact CIMA: 416-485-3152,


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