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2014 JUNOs to focus on Canadian indie music

Submitted by on February 4, 2014 – 7:05 pmNo Comment

2014-JUNO-AWARDS-logo_bilingual-637x296A press release from the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) boasts a whopping 33 Independent Canadian record labels sending nominees to the 13th annual JUNO Awards.

And under those 33 labels, are multiple talented artists being taken into consideration for one of Canada’ most coveted music prizes.

“The CIMA was overwhelmingly pleased to see that this year’s JUNO nominations have put a spotlight on Canada’s independent music industry,” said the release.

What stands out the most are the categories for brand new, fresh off the block talent. For example, both the Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Breakthrough Group of the Year categories are almost entirely composed of emerging independent nominees.

President of the CIMA, Stuart Johnson, is beginning to see a trend over the years of nominated or winning artists in all categories. That trend brings to light the fact that breakthrough artists in Canada are more often than not developed and promoted by independent Canadian labels.

“This year’s nominees are a true testament to the strength of the Canadian music industry,” said Johnson. “We look forward to a true celebration of the strength and diversity of Canadian music in March.”

Results such as these reflect very positively on the work done by the CIMA. The national trade association works pragmatically to expand business opportunities and partnerships in every facet of the Canadian independent music industry. Not only do they self-promote within Canada’s borders, but they also provide key strategies for international ventures at trade shows and conferences worldwide.

Some great Canadian music labels that stand out especially are: 604 Records, Dine Alone Records, Paper Bag Records, Coalition Music, and Last Gang Records.

Full JUNOFest listings, lineups, and events will be announced on Feb. 25, 2014, at which point wrist bands for the JUNO week of March 24-30 will be available. JUNOFest will be held in Winnipeg on March 28-29 and all music submissions are acceptable and will be considered. Click here for full list of 2014 nominees.

JUNOFest is a two-night music celebration that showcases the diversity of musicians in Canada. The concerts go from 9 p.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature over 100 bands at over a dozen venues, mostly local bands to highlight Manitoba’s rich musical culture.

Story by Devin Size

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