MusicOntario is a division of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and is based out of its offices in Toronto, ON.


Stuart Johnston

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Stuart Johnston is President of CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association and its subdivision MusicOntario), made up of 240 companies (which employ more than 2400 people and represent more than 6,000 artists) belonging to Canada’s music business. He is also a member of three agencies which process copyrights and licenses, and of the advisory council of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. CIMA’s mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that support a strong, economically stable Canadian independent music and recording industry, ensuring the long-term development of the sector and raising the profile of Canadian independent music both in Canada and internationally.

Interim Manager
Brian Hetherman

Brian Hetherman

Brian Hetherman began his career when he landed at one of Canada’s premier Indie record labels, Duke Street Records. In the 90s, he moved to MCA Records (which would soon become Universal) and worked his way up from sales, to radio promotions and marketing. Brian became the youngest head of A&R for both MCA Records and MCA Music Publishing, where he remained until 2001. From there, Brian was hired as the inaugural Executive Director of the Radio Starmaker Fund, where he set up one of the largest funding agencies in Canada.

In 2003 he pursued his dream of becoming an artist manager, record label owner and music publisher with Curve Music and Cerberus Artist Management. In 2005, he was tapped to become the President of the Music Managers Forum Canada, and soon was elected to the board of the International Music Managers Forum as Chairman. In 2009 Brian was asked to join FACTOR as VP, another of Canada’s largest funding agencies, after initially serving as a Board member for five years. In 2010 Brian became the acting General Manager of FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings), while the Board conducted an executive search for a new President.

In 2011 Brian returned to one of his true passions: his label and management company. In addition Brian has been an International consultant for Canadian Music Week, Chairman of the CCMA Board and has worked with Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) as Chair of their Artist Advisory Board.


Marketing & Events Coordinator
Emy Stantcheva

Emy Stantcheva

Emy Stantcheva is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at both the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and MusicOntario. Emy came to CIMA in January 2013 with seven years of experience working in music publicity and marketing, artist management, social media, festival/event planning and copywriting. As part of the CIMA team, Emy works on international export projects through the Canadian Blast brand and Music Export Canada arm, arranges various domestic professional development initiatives, and manages domestic events and programs, including CIMA’s annual awards gala, the Canadian Music Café and Road Gold certification. With the MusicOntario team, Emy contributes to developing, coordinating, planning and executing all aspects of MusicOntario programming, from marketing and promotions, to showcasing, professional development, and provincial and international market access. A lifelong music junkie, Emy moonlights as Lifestyle Editor for Addicted Magazine.


Membership Services Coordinator
Sam Rayner

Sam Rayner joined CIMA/MusicOntario this November, as the Membership Services Coordinator. Raised in the East Coast, he has been in the music scene for over six years as an artist and industry professional. He moved to Toronto in 2014 in pursuit of more experience and later began working for True North Records, specializing in Digital Assets and A&R. Sam is excited to immerse himself in the work of both Canadian music associations.