The Canadian Music Café Turns 10

It is a milestone anniversary for this initiative co-presented by The Canadian Music Publishers Association and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA). The two-day event showcases Canadian talent for film industry professionals attending TIFF, and it boasts an impressive track record.

The Canadian Music Café Turns 10

By FYI Staff

The Canadian Music Café, presented by the Canadian Music Publishers Association and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) today announced their official line-up for their milestone 10-year edition. Taking place on September 10 and 11, The Café will be held at The Rec Room at Toronto’s Historic Roundhouse (255 Bremner Boulevard), close to the hub of TIFF (The Toronto International Film Festival).

"Canada’s music publishers are proud to be hosting the 10th edition of The Canadian Music Café. This event allows us to celebrate the song and explore opportunities for collaboration with industry professionals who are responsible for song placements in TV, film, advertising and video games,” says Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association.


The Café brings together producers, filmmakers, distributors, buyers, and music supervisors from all over the world. The 10-year anniversary lineup includes Juno-nominated Indigenous band The Jerry Cans, feminist rapper Haviah Mighty, electro, pop/rock, hip-hop trio Neon Dreams, singer/songwriter Kayla Diamond, and many more.
“CIMA is proud to showcase this diverse line-up of independent Canadian artists from across the country, in this our tenth year of the event,” says Stuart Johnston, President of CIMA. “Providing a platform for artists to showcase their unique and talented music for potential placement in film, media and television, is the foundation of the Canadian Music Café in Toronto.

This year’s lineup of artists will join Café alumni, including Polaris Prize Winner Lido Pimenta, City and Colour, Hannah Georgas, Rose Cousins, Doomsquad, City and Colour, Dear Rouge, Martha Wainwright, Scott Helman, Donovan Wood and Arkells, whose music has been placed in dozens of domestic and international film and TV productions.
The Canadian Music Café 2018 lineup and schedule:

Lost Cousins (Ontario)  1:10 pm

The Jerry Cans (Nunavut)  2:00 pm

Kayo  (Nova Scotia/Ontario)  2:50  pm


Foxtrott (Quebec)  3:30 pm

Neon Dreams (Nova Scotia)  4:20 pm

(note: Tuesday start time is 1 hour earlier)

Carmanah (BC)  12:10 pm

Kayla Diamond (Ontario)  1:00 pm

Soran (Quebec)  1:50 pm

Haviah Mighty (Ontario)  2:40 pm

a l l i e (Ontario)  3:25 pm

The Canadian Music Café is exclusive to industry professionals and by invitation only.

About the Canadian Music Café

The Canadian Music Café is a joint initiative produced by the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) whose mandates are to support and advocate for Canadian publishers and Canadian independent music companies, respectively. The 2018 Canadian Music Café is made possible by the Government of Canada (through the Canada Music Fund), the Ontario Media Development Corporation (through the Ontario Music Fund), SOCAN Foundation, Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), City of Toronto and SOCAN.

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