About Music Ontario


MusicOntario is a non-profit, membership-based division of the Canadian Independent Music Association, also known as CIMA.  Its mission is to provide professional development, education, information & support to the music industry of Ontario.

The association delivers programs, services, events and initiatives that assist in nurturing, developing, promoting, and sustaining growth within the provincial music sector. MusicOntario supports and develops both the emerging and established independent industry in all markets province-wide.


Our programs and services are geared towards serving our members and fulfilling our mandate. Some of the activities that MusicOntario offers are:

  • Advocacy
  • Featured Member Program
  • Industry Promotion & Marketing
  • Market Access
  • Membership Directory
  • Member exclusive e-blasts, discounts & opportunities
  • Networking activities
  • Newsletter
  • Partnership Discount Program
  • Professional Development
  • Workshops


The membership base of MusicOntario is intended to be broad and inclusive. Our members can include, but are not limited to, the following types of individuals & companies:

  • Bands/artists/creative collectives
  • Blogs
  • Booking Agents/Agencies
  • Designers
  • Distributors
  • Engineers
  • Industry professionals & companies
  • Lawyers
  • Music Supervisors
  • Photographers
  • Print media
  • Promoters
  • Publicists
  • Publishers
  • Radio stations
  • Retailers
  • Studios
  • Trade Associations
  • Venues


Between 2014 and 2017, MusicOntario delivered 117 events, ranging from workshops, panels, B2B and peer mentorship sessions, to showcasing (domestic and international), networking and professional development, whether in the form of free, low cost or subsidized programming. Over 17,000 artists, emerging and established industry professionals, stakeholders and music fans took part in or attended MusicOntario events in 28 cities across seven provinces/states and six countries!

2018 programming is underway – make sure to keep an eye on our events section, sign up for our newsletter and get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Drawn from respected music industry individuals and organizations, the Talent Selection Committee reviews and recommends candidates for participation in MusicOntario opportunities and showcases. The committee currently includes:

  • Alan Cross (A Journal of Musical Things)
  • Alex Payne (HomesickTO)
  • Alka Sharma (Executive Director of Folk Music Ontario)
  • Brandon Ross (Discover Music Niagara)
  • Cheryl McIver (Managing Director of Endless City)
  • Dondrea Erauw & Mikaila Simmons (Music Supervisors at instinct entertainment)
  • James Keelaghan (Artistic Director of Summerfolk Festival)
  • Lana Gay (Host, Indie88)
  • Nadia Elkharadly (Senior & Music Editor for Addicted Magazine)
  • Ryan Warner (Canada’s Music Incubator)