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Five of Canada's `most promising artists' to perform at The Asia Pacific Music Forum
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APRIL 29, 2010


Five of Canada's 'most promising artists' to perform at The Asia Pacific Music Forum

Hong Kong, April 29, 2010: Music Matters is delighted to announce thatsome ofthe hottest up and coming Canadian bands have confirmed to perform in Hong Kong at a 'Canadian Blast' showcase during this years conference and festival.

Music Matters provides a one-stop access point to anyone interested in the Asia Pacific entertainment business and is attended by over 300 companies every year in Hong Kong.

Featuring artist workshops, mentor sessions, live showcases and networking events, the Asian music industry event attracts a wealth of entertainment industry leaders. With over 70 speakers confirmed to attend and multi-Grammy winner Jason Mraz closing the show, this year will be no exception.

Canada is home to some of the world's biggest music artists including:  K'NAAN, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and Simple Plan.  Canada's next generation of musical stars are scheduled to perform during Music Matters forum and at Music Matters Live, which will be open to the general public on May 29, 2010 at The Cavern Club.

The emerging Canadian bands confirmed to perform are:

Jully Black - Multi-award winning dance/urban/rock performer, songwriter and television personality, Jully is a powerful force performing at U.S. President Bill Clinton's 60th birthday party and during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.  In addition to gold CD, Destiny's Child and Nas have recorded her songs. 

delhi 2 dublin - Where else would you see a whirling dervish fiddle player, a guitar/sitar player in a kilt, two constantly in motion percussionists (one Dhol player and one Tablas player) and a singer with the ruggedly handsome good looks of a Bollywood idol? Delhi 2 dublin transcend sterotypes and lets the music speak for itself on their numerous tours.

D.O. - The journey began when D.O. set a Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle rap, clocking in at an astounding 8 hours 45 minutes.   It continues with tours throughout Canada and the USA. Legendary MC Chuck D of Public Enemy has said: "D.O. represents the new breed of MCs putting heat on the status quo of the rap game.

Inward Eye - With a sound reminiscent of The Jam, The Kinks, The Who, this trio of brothers is quickly gathering a rabid and ever-increasing fan base.  Performing on the Warped Tour, Lollapalooza festival and opening for The Who's Canadian tour Inward Eye bring back spontaneity to rock shows.

DD/MM/YYYY - Pronounced Day Month Year, their 'no-style' approach to music is receiving rave reviews from the critics including: The Village Voice, Time Out NYC, CMJ.  Inspired by Frank Zappa, Melt Banana, DADA art and video games DD/MM/YYYY is gathering fans through frequent tours of Canada, USA and Europe.

The 'Canadian Blast' is presented by Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and Canadian Music Week (CMW) with the support of The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC); Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; and Radio Starmaker. 

Speaking about the forthcoming showcase, Duncan McKie, President & CEO, Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) said, "Experts in the Asian music market have all told us that Hong Kong is the gateway to the region. Music Matters assembles the most influential players in the Asian music industry and makes them available one-on-one with the best emerging musical talent and entrepreneurs from Canada. Following Canadian Music Weeks visit to Music Matters in 2008 and again in 2009, CIMA is proud to be associated with the 2010 version which promises to be the best yet."

Music Matters' President Jasper Donat said, "We have been working closely with CIMA and the team Canadian Music Week in Asia and Canada for three years now and are delighted that our combined efforts are delivering such a high caliber of artists to Music Matters. In fact, the bands are so good we've invited them to play twice, once for the conference, and once to the general public!"

Neill Dixon, President, Canadian Music Week said on the occasion, "Asia has been Canadian Music Week's focus for export development for the past three years. We are grateful to Music Matters for their belief in our emerging artists and we are proud to present with CIMA, for the first time in Hong Kong, five of Canada's most promising new artists. Don't miss it!"



About Music Matters

Held annually in Hong Kong, Music Matters is Asia's first and only regional music business conference and was created to encourage positivity, innovation, collaboration and transparency within the music industry. In five years it has evolved into an indispensable platform for accelerating the success and profitability of music in the Asia Pacific region. Previous attendees include some of the world's most respected artists and industry leaders such as U2 manager Paul McGuinness, Harvey Goldsmith, Seymour Stein, Edgar Bronfman jnr, Nile Rogers, Nettwerk's Terry McBride, Jamie Cullum, Rock Record's Sam Duann, UMG Japan's Kei Ishizaka, Linkin Park's Rob McDermott, UMG's Max Hole and some major league stars from the Asian world of musicians, promoters, managers, agents, telco and tech. All have used it as a platform to promote and push artists, shows, business models and new ideas. All give it rave reviews and most return each year. In 2009 Music Matters expanded it's horizons, producing a localised version in Mumbai, India (Nokia Music Connects) and the Music Matters Advertising Forum in Singapore.

About CIMA 

CIMA is the collective voice of the English language, Canadian-owned independent sector of the Canadian sound recording industry. Our mandate is to secure and develop a strong and economically stable domestic music industry. CIMA has more than 160 member companies from coast to coast in Canada, involved in every aspect of the music business. We believe that marketing efforts have become as important as product development and that Canadian independent music should be nurtured and strengthened both domestically and internationally.

About the Canadian Blast


Music Matters Event Information

May 26th-28th, 2010 (Forum on 27th & 28th) Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong

Contact Information:

Media & Registration Information

Helen Corke

T (852) 2167 8040

Sponsorship & Media Partnership Information

Konstancija "Stan" Ruza

T (852) 2167 8040


Event Production

Tracy Tan

T (852) 2167 8040

Programme Enquires

Tony Ward

T (852) 2167 8040

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