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Indie Music Industry Honoured at the CIMA Awards

June 15th, 2017

Polaris Prize Founder Steve Jordan receiving the Unsung Hero Award [Photo: David Leyes]

Polaris Prize Founder Steve Jordan receiving the Unsung Hero Award [Photo: David Leyes]

On, Monday, June 12 the Canadian independent music industry came together at Toronto’s Glass Factory to celebrate this year’s award recipients at the third annual CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala. CBC media personality Grant Lawrence hosted the festivities that honoured Canadian industry professionals for their contributions to independent music. Announced at the CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala, Arts & Crafts was presented with the Marketing Award for their outstanding work on Gord Downie’s Secret Path.

“I’m very proud to be associated with an organization that actively values and recognizes the success of our entrepreneurs and Canadian artists,” said Stuart Johnston, President, CIMA. “We have more than our share of innovators, mavericks and independent thinkers whose hard work, foresight and entrepreneurial spirit guide our industry. We are pleased honour the incredible achievements of this year’s award recipients.”

The 2017 Award recipients

Builder Award: Donald K. Tarlton (DKD) – Presented by Slaight Music

Brian Chater Leadership Award: Sheri Jones (Jones & Co.)

Entrepreneur Award: Rob Lanni & Eric Lawrence (Coalition Music) – Presented by Gowling WLG

Unsung Hero Award: Steve Jordan (Polaris Music Prize) – Presented by MuchFACT

Marketing Award: Arts & Crafts for Gord Downie’s Secret Path 

To mark the occasion, the intimate evening also included stellar performances from Charmie, Damnhait Doyle, Jeremy Fisher, Kayla Diamond, Kim Stockwood and Zaki Ibraham.

CIMA says it would also like to thank this year’s event sponsors for making the evening possible, GOWLING WLG, MuchFact, Slaight Music, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Connect Music Licensing, CMRRA, Cassels Brock Lawyers, Fielding Estate Winery, Global Public Affairs, LYRICFIND, Moosehead, Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada, Re:Sound, SOCAN and Spotify.

Apple Music created the evening’s playlist as the exclusive playlist partner.

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