The Canadian Independent Record Production Association said its first showcase in Japan was a resounding success.

The show was part of the organization's second trade mission to Japan in as many years, running Nov. 10 to 14.

Four acts -- Bedouin Soundclash, St. Alvia, Patrick Watson and Woodhands - played for music biz insiders last night (Nov. 12) and music fans in the Shibuya district of Tokyo at the Duo Music Exchange SRO. The concert was co-promoted by Creativeman, a leading Japanese music promoter.

CIRPA executive director Duncan McKie said reps from key Japanese indie labels and music companies were in attendance at the show, which was also covered by local media.

"Japanese indie labels have a 50% share of the market here and are a driving force in an industry worth $5 billion a year," McKie said. "With their support, Canadian artists can reach a market of over 100 million."

The trade junket continues today with a second artist showcase at the Canadian Embassy's Oscar Peterson Theatre.