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2013 Spotlight on Japan

Japan ranks as the second largest music market in the world, just after the US, accounting for 25% of global trade revenues. While digital sales continue to rise, physical formats in Japan still account for over 72% of total recorded music sales there. Audiences in Japan are exposed to western culture and influences through trade, tourism, media and the Internet. Popular genres include everything from Pop, Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Punk, and Jazz to Classical with a large range of them enjoying good sales. Music fans are among the most knowledgeable and sophisticated in the world. They do not tend to follow fads or charts and their demands for music can be met by Canadian artists and repertoire.  Japan’s well developed and vibrant live music market makes it one of the world’s main touring destinations. Indie Canadian acts such as Broken Social Scene and Crystal Castles have enjoyed success in Japan, having toured the country on numerous occasions. Summer music festivals such as Fuji Rock and Summersonic have an average of about 45,000 attendees per day, and are key events in the international circuit. There are hundreds of live houses in Tokyo alone, most with capacities ranging from 50 to 200 people. Some larger ones have seating capacities for about 1,000 with excellent PA and lighting equipment. This thriving live industry is ideal for new and emerging Canadian artists and Canada’s independent music sector. In a market where International repertoire physical sales amount to US$548.19 million, Canada can fully benefit from an intimate knowledge of the local music industry and its key players. Through market overview presentations, seminars, business meetings and networking sessions, the Japanese region, including Seoul, will be brought into light for Canadian music companies to find a home for their artists.

DETAILS & ACTIVITIES

Welcoming Internationals Cocktails (Wednesday March 20)

Spotlight Showcases (Wednesday March 20– Saturday March 23) – Showcases featuring some of the hottest new Japanese artists

Friday March 22 – 12:30 PM -2:30 PM IMP Pre-arranged INTERNATIONAL meetings – Japan One-on-One pre-arranged meetings between the Japanese delegation & Canadian delegates. (By appointment only) Ontario Investment & Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor (via express elevators in the Eaton Centre)

Friday March 22, 2:55 PM –3:45 PM PANEL: Spotlight on Japan A panel of VIPs and music professionals from Japan who will provide an insider’s look into the Japanese music market. Marriott -Trinity 4-5

Friday March 22, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Meet the Japanese – VIP Reception Marriott – Adelaide Room – IMP

Session: Overview of the Canadian Music Market (Saturday March 23, 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Trinity 4-5) – This primer will introduce foreign guests to the Canadian market. *MANDATORY SESSION*

Networking Cocktail Reception at the International Marketplace (Friday March 22)

 

FEATURED BANDS

CHIHIRO YAMAZAKI + ROUTE 14 BAND

Location: Tokyo, JapanGenre:Jazz,PopIn the Summer of 2010, Chihiro Yamazaki is a fellow music at the age of 27, formed in four Yamashita,Yamamoto, Takami. Formed in six months, launched the 1st album, “Rat” movie starring Chihiro Yamazaki + ROUTE14band arepRead More

Japan Nite @ CMW
Wednesday March 20 @ 11:00PM
Clinton’s Tavern
 

FOUR MINUTES TIL MIDNIGHT

Location: San Diego, California Japan&U.S.AGenre:Alternative,Funk,RockFour Minutes Til Midnight is a unique funk/rock group comprised of members from Japan (Kenta Hayashi-guitar, Yusuke Ikegaya-bass) and the U.S.(Eli Taylor-vocals)… Read More

Japan Nite @ CMW
Wednesday March 20 @ 12:00AM
Clinton’s Tavern
 

JAKE STONE GARAGE

Location: Sapporo city, Hokkaido JapanGenre:RockRock trio from Sapporo city Japan. Drum ? Hideaki Iwanaka Bass ? Tsukasa Nishi Vocal & Guitar ? Satoshi Watanabe Read More

Japan Nite @ CMW
Wednesday March 20 @ 10:00PM
Clinton’s Tavern
 

JOSY

Location: Tokyo, JapanGenre:Blues,Psychedelic,RockThe guiter-less-organ all girl band from Tokyo. Mami kashiwagi :keyboard Nozomi Ito : bass Nanaka Hino :drums Kumiko Hirayama : vocal, keyboard Read More

Japan Nite @ CMW
Wednesday March 20 @ 9:00PM
Clinton’s Tavern
 

PIRATES CANOE

Location: Kyoto, JapanGenre:Acoustic ,Americana,Country,FolkPirates Canoe is a sometimes 6-piece, sometimes trio band who began performing together in the summer of 2009 in the Kansai area of Japan. Although the members come from all sorts of genres (bluegrass, folk, Irish, jam, soul, Read More

Japan Nite @ CMW
Wednesday March 20 @ 8:00PM
Clinton’s Tavern
 

TAKASHI KAMIDE

Location: Nara, JapanGenre:Funk,Jazz”If you deeply move when you listen to music, what importance is to feel something in your heart. Because music is only related with your beautiful heart”. by takashi KAMIDE Read More

Winter Jazz Series
Wednesday March 20 @ 8:00PM
Courthouse
Winter Jazz Series
Thursday March 21 @ 1:00AM
Courthouse
 

YOSHIKO

Location: Kobe, JapanGenre:Acoustic ,Adult Contemporary,Breakbeat,Easy Listening,FILM,Folk,Jazz,Pop,Singer-Songwriter,VisualAt every her performance, ALL audiences are deeply moved, Some shed tears,Some encouraged… Read More

Winter Jazz Series
Thursday March 21 @ 8:00PM
Courthouse
 

YUICHIRO TOKUDA’S RALYZZDIG

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo JapanGenre:JazzYuichiro Tokuda RALYZZDIG is extremely talented musicians from Japan. Each member has their own story to tell as an individual musician as well as their achievements as a group. RALYZZDIG has released 5 Albums which were prRead More

Winter Jazz Series
Thursday March 21 @ 11:00PM
Courthouse
Winter Jazz Series
Friday March 22 @ 11:00PM
Courthouse

20th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE AT CMW

We look forward to welcoming you onsite. Meet with new potential business partners, re-new old acquaintances and pursue new international trade opportunities.

The International Marketplace hosted close to 1,000 B2B meetings around CMW in 2023. The 2024 Spotlight is on India, home to IPI (India Phonographic Industry) – the 2nd oldest music industry org. in the world involved in protecting copyright When CAAMA produced its Spotlight on India in 2010, only 7.5% of India was connected to the internet. In 2022 India was ranked as the 2nd largest online market worldwide, 2nd only to China. Now, 52% of India is connected, The 2024 Spotlight will tap new opportunities which were not accessible 14 years ago.  CAAMA’s 2024 Spotlight will provide fresh access to this industry, which is one of the world’s most established.

Sign in online here to participate in the pre-arranged, curated B2B meetings.

CAAMA’s International Marketplace trade hub will be open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT during CMW.

You will find us in the room with all the flags.

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