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Last day to come and checkout all the incredible artists showcasing at Canada House SXSW 2014
The great music continues at Canada House today at SXSW - come on down if you're in town.
Highlights from the annual Canadian Blast BBQ at Brush Square
Off to a great start, check out the Canada Stand at SXSW 2014 with CIMA's partners STEP and SaskMusic
AUX.TV and Molson join Canadian Blast initiative at SXSW 2014
CIMA is proud to be leading the Canadian mission to BIME
Don't miss the annual Canadian Blast Showcase at CMJ on October 16 at Arlene's Grocery! This year features Ben Caplan, Bear Mountain, Born Gold, Courage My Love and The Motorleague.
The following is a brief outline of the numerous 2013-2014 exporting initiatives in which CIMA will be potentially engaged from an economic development and showcasing perspective.
TORONTO – March 11, 2013 – The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is proud to announce Canadian Blast's 8th consecutive trade mission to SXSW, the preeminent global music and media conference held annually in Austin, Texas.
TORONTO – February 25, 2013 – The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) proudly presents Canadian Blast at South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, Texas, as CIMA plays host to music professionals from around the world.

Day 23 takes us back to a very important day.....

Our final visit look back at SXSW lies behind door 22
If you think Music Matters....take a look behind door #21
Watch out for the guitar slingers hiding out behind door #20!
What lies behind door 19?
What lies behind Door #18? A trip to Paris.....
Behind Door #17 lies a look back at our trip to Iceland Airwaves
We head back to Texas for door #16
We look back to January to take a peak behind door #15
We head back to the south coast of the UK to take a peek what lies behind door 14
Door 13 brings the east to the south. What could lurk behind it? 
12/12/12 A date to remember. Just like the day hiding behind door 12
What lies behind Door #11?
Behind today's door we find artists from Alberta and Saskatchewan
The weekend takes us to Texas!
Door 7 finds us turning the cloc back to June.....but where will it take us
Day 5 of our advent countdown finds us in Germany on St. Nicklaus eve!
Day #4 of our journey through Canadian Blast's activities this year
Who knows what is lurking behind door #3?
The Canadian Blast Advent Calendar continues....what lies behind door #2?
This December we are going to be looking back at a busy 2012. There will be good things to listen to and watch along the way so without further ado lets open door number 1!
Are an Ontario-based artist or music company? Then check this out!
CIMA is setting a new record in hosting the second annual Canada House at Reeperbahn, featuring showcases by 17 Canadian artists, as well as a variety of business-to-business activities.

Singapore, May 26, 2012: Hil & the Sky Heroes @ Cuba Libre

Singapore, May 25, 2012: Manafest @ Main Stage
Day 2 continues...
Toronto, May 16, 2012:  Singapore’s Entertainment District will be transformed into Canadian Blast Asia on May 24, 25 and 26
 
Our latest blog from SXSW in Austin - Friday, March 16, 2012
Get your BBQ Tips from Vancouver's Said the Whale and watch the video of what happened last time they went to SXSW!

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A preview of must attend Canadian events at SXSW 2012...
We catch up with The Sheepdogs from Saskatchewan ahead of the Canadian Blast BBQ!
Arts and Crafts take over 512 Bar in Austin on Friday March 16th
Six Shooter Records has rounded up some of the finest guitarslingers for the Sleepwalk Guitar Festival at Canada House (Trinity Hall, Trinity + 6th) on Thursday 15th from Noon-1.30pm
Canadian Blast heads to the Jazzahead festival in Bremen for the first time.
Canadian Blast return to the UK's south coast once again in May for The Great Escape

March 2, 2012 - CANADIAN BLAST is back at South by Southwest 2012 in Austin from March 13 through March 18.

Halifax Pop Explosion heads back to Austin to throw a couple of parties to celebrate their 20th anniversary year!
Halifax Pop Explosion, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Film Nova Scotia, and Music Nova Scotia join forces on the afternoon (3-6) March 15th to bring you BBQ, Bands and the Best of Nova Scotia
Zeus will play Canadian Blast's SXSW BBQ in Brush Square as part of a hectic schedule that sees them crossing Canada, The UK and Europe ahead in support of new album Busting Visions
A roundup of Canadian Artists featuring on UK Radio playlists for period to Feb 6th
The Acorn contribute a cover of 'Taphead' to the "Spirit of Talk Talk" tribute 
The Acorn feature on the Soundtrack of forthcoming Jason Segel movie Jeff Who Lives At Home
OMDC teamed up with Canadian Blast to present an Ontario showcase to close out Canada at MIDEM
Canadian Blast took over Morrisons Irish Pub this weekend for two days of showcases.
MIDEM showcasing artist Alyssa Reid is BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills' "Big Thing of The Week" for week starting 9th January
CIMA announces the line-up for the fourth annual Canadian Blast showcase series at MIDEM in Cannes, France.
Canadian Blast presented two showcases at this years Halifax Pop Explosion
Now in it's fifth year, the Canadian Blast CMJ showcase has become a relative institution.
Have a listen to showcasing artists at the CMJ Canadian Blast show at Arlene's Grocery on October 19th
Free Downloads of Canadian Blast CMJ artists from the New York Post music blog.
Brooklyn Vegan recommends checking out Arlene's Grocery tonight as one of their CMJ 2011 top picks for the day/night.
October 17, 2011 - Here we are once again at Iceland Airwaves.
New York, October 12, 2011 – Now in its 5th year, the annual Canadian Blast showcase at CMJ Music Marathon returns with the next great wave of Canadian exports!
Esmerine play Canadian Blast at Iceland Airwaves at Hresso Saturday October 15th. We caught up with them to learn a little more about them, 
The Balconies head to Halifax Pop Explosion to play our Canadian Blast showcase at the Seahorse Tavern on Tuesday October 18th. We caught up with Liam of the band.
Elephant Stone play our Iceland Airwaves showcase. We caought up with Rishi for a quick Q+A
Prior to their appearance at Iceland Airwaves we caught up with Random Recipe, who told us about becoming  "band parents".
New York, October 5th, 2011 – New York, get excited!
October 3rd, 2011 - The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is proud to announce its partnership with the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in Reykjavik, October 12-16.
Sept. 29, 2011 - What a wonderful three days we had at Reeperbahn Festival.
Little Scream and Brasstronaut play as part of Canadian Blast, and two further Canadian artists also appear
Canadian Blast co-host a reception with Gonzo Circus magazine before shows from Miracle Fortress, Nadja, Picastro and Austra
Sept. 16, 2011, (Germany) - It has been a very, very busy week at Canadian Blast towers in Europe.
Incubate Festival in Tilburg plays host to 8 Canadian artsits this week. Last night Vancouver's Lightning Dust kicked things off in style.
We caught up with Nova Scotia's splendidly bearded Ben Caplan ahead of his performance at Reeperbahn, to find out what you can expect from his show
The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is proud to announce its partnership with the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands, from September 15-18.
August 11, 2011 - This is the largest Canadian contingent to ever perform at Reeperbahn and the first-ever 'Canada House' in Europe
August 4, 2011 - In support of the Japan disaster victims, the bands and artists performing at the festival participated in rerecording a unique medley of Cold Play's "Fix You" track to be released globally. Find out how you can donate.
July 25, 2011 - CIMA is proud to announce the line-up for the Canadian Blast showcase series at the Reeperbahn Festival
Canada Day in London saw more than 50,000 pass through Trafalgar Square, making it the biggest Canada Day Celebration outside of Canada. Here's how it happened!
Mocky brings the party to Berlin with help from Rich Aucoin, Bonjay and a guest slot from Marionetti
Canadian Blast headed to Barcelona for 3 showcases at Primavera Sound and Primavera Pro, including shows from Julia Kent, Jason Collett and No Joy
May 28, 2011 - SHIOK! This is Singlish (Singapore English) for "perceiving strong physical and/or emotional excitement", and that's exactly how the audience felt by the end of the very first Canadian Blast in Merlion City.
May 26th, 2010 - Tomorrow is day one of Music Matters, a trade conference that brings together key industry professionals from around Asia.
Canadian Blast heads to Den Haag for their first showcase at the Walk The Line Festival, with The Olympic Symphonium, The Mountains and The Trees, Zeus and Brasstronaut
Canadian Blast heads down to the seaside. With 18 Canadian Bands showcasing over the weekend there is plenty to choose from!
May 12, 2011 - Returning from Berlin, Canadian Blast got straight back in to the swing of the things with two hugely busy nights Upstairs at The Garage, London.
May 10, 2011 - On a beautifully sunny day in Berlin, Canadian Blast presented its first non-festival showcase in Germany this past Sunday.
Donna Murphy and Shain Shapiro talk about the work of CIMA and Canadian Blast with Factor VP Operations Allison Outhit as part of Exclaim!'s "Music School" feature
Canadian Blast heads to Rotterdam for our inaugural Urban and Hip-hop showcase 
Ghostcat, In-Flight Safety and The Sweetness turn up the heat Upstairs at The Garage in London for the first of our regular showcase evenings in association with Mean Fiddler
The following is an overview of CIMA's successful role in the SXSW Music Festival, provided by: Nicole Lauzon, Trade Commissioner, Entertainment, Consulate General of Canada, Los Angeles.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 5:00pm (EST)
A day in which Canada House hosts three storming (and packed out) showcases, and Canadian artists see out SXSW in style....
More fantastic showcases at Canada House, a pool party and hula hoopers feature in todays report...
In which Canada House opens its doors for the first of three days of showcases.....
The Canadian Blast BBQ at Brush Square has become a tradition at SXSW, one that people look forward to the minute they purchase their badge.
Introducing the Canada Stand at SXSW, and a trip to catch Ghettosocks, Jesse Dangerously and more playing to a packed hip-hop showcase at the Flamingo Cantina.
Application Deadline: 15th April 2011
Application Deadline: April 15, 2011
Application Deadline: June 10th 2011

January 24, 2011 - MIDEM Day 1 on The Canada Stand - So here we are again at MIDEM, the largest music conference in Europe. The Canada Stand is again brimming with companies, nearly forty in all... 

Apply now to showcase. Festival runs May 24-26, 2011.  Deadline to apply: Feb. 28, 2011
Application Deadline:March 31, 2011.

Application Deadline: June 10th 2011

Canadian Blast will be staging its inaugural showcase at the Primavera Sound Festival
As we start to look forward to all of the exciting things we have planned for Canadian Blast in 2011, it seems only right that we look back at what has been a momentous year for Canadian Blast.
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