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Toronto Independent Music Awards 2012

TIMA 2012 brings together the best emerging independent music on October 6 for a raucous
Thanksgiving feast heavy on talent and low on turkey.

TORONTO, ON, September 13, 2012 -- on October 6, 2012 the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA)  will

showcase the best in independent music with awards in 21 categories and 11 live performances, including Juno-nominated producer Rich Kidd featuring a collaboration with Famous, and Karina Es, whose Dancing in the Stars video recently had airtime on MuchMusic.

TIMA was created in 2004 as a platform to recognize independent artists and help them attain the tools for success. The show has built an impressive following and is supported enthusiastically by a strong network of industry partners who lend their time and expertise to help new artists navigate the quickly-evolving music arena.

TIMA nominees and winners are chosen by the Grand Jury, a panel of experienced insiders, including successful recording artists Bif Naked and Jully Black, and industry heavyweights such as Eric Alper, Barbara Sedun, Barry Haugen, to name a few. Full list here:

Industry-sponsored prize packs are designed to give winners tools to further their careers. 2012 prizes include: promotional band photo shoots; mentoring sessions with Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations and Label Acquisitions for eOne Entertainment; a full marketing package with advertising from Urbanology magazine; and national radio distribution from DMDS/Yangaroo.

This year, TIMA is proud to announce that all proceeds from the show will go to MusiCounts, a charity dedicated to keeping music education in Canada’s public schools. Stay tuned for more info on this!

When: October 6, 2012, doors at 6:30 PM
Phoenix Concert Theatre
$15 in advance, all proceeds going to MusiCounts (

Available for Interviews:

  • Grand Jury Members: Bif Naked, Lucas Silveira, Eric Alper, Vikas Kohli, Barry Haugen
  • TIMA Host and Comedian: Sean Ward
  • TIMA Founder and Executive Producer: Daniela Oliva

All nominees can be reached for interviews. The full list of TIMA 2012 nominees is available here:

Other Grand Jury members can be reached for comment. Contact us to get in touch!

About The Toronto Independent Music Awards

The Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) was born in 2004 out of a passion for music and the artists who sacrifice so much to make it. TIMA Founder and Executive Producer, Daniela Oliva lives and breathes the indie scene. She grew up playing music, hitting the road as tour support, and consuming live shows like it was her job. Experiencing the highs and lows first-hand Daniela realized the wealth of amazing music that never reaches a larger audience, and decided to create a platform dedicated to recognizing independent music and giving artists opportunities to go further.

TIMA is a celebration of the incredible local talent Toronto and Canada has to offer. The show is not only a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of independent acts in one place, but it also provides artists with valuable tools. Supported enthusiastically by the industry, TIMA award packages are donated by a range of partners and include packages like free recoding time, photo shoots, assistance with marketing and publicity, radio airtime, meetings with A&R executives, and more. Winners are selected by the TIMA Grand Jury, a panel of experienced insiders, including successful recording artists Bif Naked and Jully Black, and many other industry heavyweights from labels, booking agencies and PR firms. The latest addition to the TIMA family is MusiCounts, a charity focused on keeping music education in Canada’s public schools. All proceeds from TIMA 2012 will go to MusiCounts.

About MusiCounts

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances, have access to music programs through their schools. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by various initiatives such as the JUNO Awards nominee compilation CDs; annual contributions by Bell Media; Astral Media; TD; SiriusXM Canada; the Slaight Family Foundation; Vista Radio, along with funding from the House of Marley and Morningstar Canada and supported since inception by EMI Music Canada Inc.; Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.; Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada Ltd.; as well as JUNO Songwriters’ Circle presented by CMPA and SOCAN; JUNO Cup. To date, MusiCounts has awarded nearly $5 million dollars to help keep music alive, impacting 262 Post-Secondary graduates and an estimated 400,000 students, their schools and communities.  For more information, please visit:

For more information about TIMA 2012 and for media RSVP, contact:

Megan McCann
Toronto Independent Music Awards
Skype ID: megan.mccann56

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