The Canadian Independent Music Association has announced four honorees for this year’s CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala, while Music Managers Forum Canada has also released five names of inductees to its annual honor roll. Both ceremonies take place in Toronto.
The CIMA presentation will be held at Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 11. eOne Music/Last Gang Records’ Chris Taylor will receive the entrepreneur award; Justin Time Records’ Jim West the builder award; Pandyamonium’s Sandy Pandya the Brian Chater industry award; and Indie 88’s Dave Bookman the unsung hero award.
The winner of the marketing award will be declared the night of the event. The three nominees are Arts & Crafts for Broken Social Scene‘s Hug of Thunder, Cadence Music for Headstone’s Little Army and Six Shooter Records for Whitehorse’s Panther in the Dollhouse.
“We are honoured to once again celebrate those who create, support and strengthen Canadian independent music,” said CIMA president Stuart Johnston in a statement. “We are pleased to recognize this year’s honourees for their outstanding contributions to the Canadian music industry.”
Meanwhile, with much of the music industry in town for Canadian Music Week (May 7-13), Music Managers Forum Canada will hold its 12th annual Honour Roll on May 8 at Bymark Restaurant. Manager Susan de Cartier will received the honour roll award; Daniel Caesar, Matthew Burnett and Jordan Evans the banner year award; and Live Nation Canada chairman Riley O’Connor the Brian Chater pioneer award.
O’Connor is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the Canadian music business. In 1977, after five years working in stage production in Europe, he co-founded Perryscope Concert Productions in Vancouver and went on to roles at Baseline Entertainment, Concert Productions and International to House of Blues, before joining Live Nation Canada, where he has served as Chairman since 2007.
He has steered Live Nation to market leadership in Canada’s live entertainment industry, generating approximately $420 million in annual sales for the company and producing more than 1,400 concerts annually for Canadian and international artists. In 2012, O’Connor was inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Hall of Fame.