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  • Canadians Blast Into SXSW 2013


    BBQThe Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) presents Canadian Blast at South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, Texas, as CIMA plays host to music professionals from around the world. This year marks the 8th anniversary of the Canadian Blast BBQ at Brush Square Park, the buzzing Canada Stand at the Austin Convention Centre and the return of Canada House at its new location, Friends Bar at 6th and Brazos. Each event offers SXSW delegates opportunities to see and hear the best up-and-coming Canadian talent and connect with Canada’s music industry professionals.

    “Canadian Blast is going to be very special this year in Austin,” says Stuart Johnston, President of CIMA. “Each year we return to SXSW, the positive response grows and grows. As usual, Canadian Blast initiatives in Austin are a huge asset to our artist and industry membership as well as our partners and supporters. It’s an unbeatable place for artists to shine and industry members to forge valuable relationships and business deals and I expect this to be the best year yet.”

    CIMA’s SXSW 2013 festivities kick off with the 8th annual Canadian Blast BBQ & Showcase on Wednesday, March 14, 2pm to 6pm, at Brush Square Park right across from the Hilton and Austin Convention Centre. The BBQ is a SXSW tradition featuring warm Canadian hospitality alongside the best emerging independent artists in the country. This year’s BBQ performers include Hannah Georgas, Paper Lions, Hey Ocean!, Rah Rah, Daniel Romano and The Trews. The event is open to all Platinum and Music badge holders.

    The music, networking and fun continue at Canada House at its new location at Friends Bar starting Thursday, March 14 through Saturday March 16, from noon to 6pm daily. Situated right in the middle of all the action at 208 E. 6th Street (@ Brazos Street), Canada House features bands from all corners of Canada. This year’s performers include:

    MARCH 14

    12pm Bumstead Records Showcase
    Tim Chaisson
    Two Hours Traffic
    Poor Young Things
    The Trews

    3pm Manitoba Showcase
    Chic Gamine
    Royal Canoe
    Imaginary Cities

    MARCH 15

    12pm Nova Scotia Showcase
    Jenn Grant
    In-Flight Safety
    Ben Caplan
    Tom Fun Orchestra

    3pm OMDC presents The ONTARIO Showcase
    The Wilderness of Manitoba
    Poor Young Things
    The Darcys

    MARCH 16 

    12pm CIMA Indie Spotlight
    Teenage Kicks
    Folly and the Hunter
    Wilderness of Manitoba
    Martha Johnson (of Martha and the Muffins)
    3pm BC Showcase
    Christopher Smith
    Bend Sinister
    Fine Times
    The Belle Game

    Canada Stand at the SXSW Trade Show is the place for filmmakers, developers, producers and other industry professionals to connect with Canadian artists and companies to develop new relationships and forge new partnerships. Canada Stand will be open daily at the Austin Convention Centre (Stand #1007,1009/1106,1108) from Sunday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 13.

    For more information, visit www.canadianblast.com/sxsw2013 or twitter.com/candianblast.