International Marketplace


Embedded within the convention, the International Marketplace serves dual purposes, as a provider of key services to international delegates and as a physical space for networking with others from Canada and around the world.

Follow-up with contacts made at MIDEM, Reeperbahn and SXSW and meet new ones. The International Marketplace team and Music Ambassadors are ready to help you connect with the delegates you want to do business with. In advance, preview the online list of IMP participants who will be on-hand looking to do business in Canada. Sign in early, provide your objectives and we’ll help you make the right connection.

International Delegates and Incoming Trade Missions are onsite…

Hosting receptions
Setting up international exhibits and booths
Hosting information panels on their international territories
Participating in international matchmaking sessions, prearranged one-on-one meetings and speed dating


“On behalf of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, the artists, their management, Australian delegates and officials I’d like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all your efforts in not only hosting such a terrific and worthwhile event, but also for making the Australians so welcome and accommodating our various events and activities during CMW.  I truly believe that all the showcasing artists are going to come away from Canadian Music Week 2011 having advanced their respective careers in the territory and I’ve no doubt the relationships cultivated throughout the week will only grow and strengthen the contemporary music industries of both nations. Whilst having individually thanked them numerous times – I’d like to reiterate just how important your team are in ensuring that Canadian Music Week is one of the most special events on the SOUNDS AUSTRALIA calendar.”

– Millie Millgate, Export Music Producer, Sounds Australia


International Marketplace activities include:

Welcoming Address
Panels on Spotlighted Territory and Focus Country
Speed-dating Sessions
Mentoring Sessions
International One-on-One Meetings
Networking Receptions
Spotlight Showcases
Overview of the Canadian Music Market

Meetings are pre-arranged. Capacity is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first served basis. Please contact the International Marketplace for more details.
By appointment only.


International Marketplace Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Sheraton Hall E – Tradeshow Floor/Lower Concourse)

Thursday May 5, 2016

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm 1×1 B2B Meetings: Radio Meets Records: Mini Music Meetings

The first-ever pre-arranged B2B session of mini music meetings at CMW. Radio and records meet one-on-one to build relationships, exchange business cards, share some ideas and views on music and production.  Sign up for a little R&R and meet face to face with key Canadian radio programmers, music directors and trendsetters. Find out from the decision makers how to get a record on radio, what they need from you to make it happen.  Please note, space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 1×1 B2B Meetings: Industry Meets A&R

From artist demos to radio, retail & concert stage: Meet one-on-one with Artist & Repertoire reps responsible for signing and developing new talent. Be part of CMW’s first-ever session of pre-arranged, targeted business-to-business meetings between industry and Artists & Repertoire who lead the commercial and artistic direction of successful record labels.  Please note, space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Friday May 6, 2016

11:00 am – 1:00 am Pre-Arranged 1×1 B2B International Meetings: Spotlight on UK

Meet one-on-one with members of the delegations from the UK in a session of targeted, pre-arranged meetings customized to your objectives. By appointment only.
(Border Breakers – Export Development Series)

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm International Festival Network – SERIES  (Lower Concourse: Osgoode Ballroom East)

The first-ever How to Get Booked on a Festival series includes the popular panel HOW TO GET BOOKED ON A FESTIVAL EVEN IF NO ONE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE. Part 2 is a dedicated roundtable pitch session with the top festival programmers at CMW. Capacity is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first served basis (Ticketed event)

(Includes 2 parts)

(PART I) 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm How To Get Booked By A Festival Even If Nobody Knows Who You Are

(PART II) 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm  Roundtable Face-Face B2B Meeting Session: Meet The Festival Buyers

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm International VIP Reception: Spotlight on UK

Network with members of the delegations from the United Kingdom.


Saturday May 7, 2016

12:45 pm – 2:45 pm Pre-Arranged 1×1 B2B International Meetings: Focus on Ireland

Meet one-on-one with members of the delegations from Ireland in a session of targeted, pre-arranged meetings customized to your objectives. By appointment only. Contact Kathy Hahn at the International Marketplace for more details ( Breakers – Export Development Series)

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 1×1 B2B Meetings: Meet The Booking Agents

Booking agents pave the road for touring artists and can provide an essential service as a member of any artists’ management infrastructure. Join us for the first-ever business-to-business session of one-on-one meetings for those looking to secure agents for their artists. Meet face to face with agents. Find out how to get the attention, build and sustain interest from booking agents. What do you need to do, to get signed to an agency? Trade contact info, gain a greater understanding of how booking agencies work and meet potential partners.

For more information, please contact: Kathy Hahn, Director of International Marketplace,


For the 2015 edition of the IMP at CMW, Canadians met one-on-one with international delegates from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan, as well as Music Supervisors and Festival Programmers in a total more than 5,000 business-to-business (B2B) meetings, and networked with another 2,000 + leads and connections.  Delegates from 32 countries were at CMW, with 400 international delegates onsite actively looking to do business with Canadians.


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