2012 BreakOut West Conference Speakers
AIMÉE HILL – Owner, All Access Entertainment (CAN)
Aimée Hill spent three years on the road as a member of Captain Tractor before creating the publicity and artist management firm, All Access Entertainment. Honoured with the 2004 & 2005 Prairie Music Award award for publicist of the year, Aimée has worked with independent artists and labels, including Rachelle Van Zanten, Mike Plume, Stony Plain Records, JUNOFest (2004), and 13 years with the Canadian Country Music Awards. Her latest project was the Interstellar Rodeo, held this past July in Edmonton. During her time in the music industry, Aimée has been a band manager, grant writer, merch seller, jury member, talent judge, consultant and publicist. Weekdays, she can be found working leading the team in the marketing and communications department for the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University in Edmonton. Aimée can be heard every week as one half of CBC (Edmonton) Radio Active’s The In Crowd, where she spreads her picks of where-to-be and who-to-see in the arts and culture scene in Edmonton. Follow her on Twitter@AllAccessEnt
AMINÉ RAMER – Music Supervisor, States of Sound (US)
Amine Ramer has done music supervision for film, (features and documentaries) television, in-store play- lists, Ad Campaigns and on-line projects. Clients and credits include, Weeds, (Emmy Winner) Food Inc,(Oscar Nominated) The Losers, Revenge of The Electric Car, Entitled, Fifty Pills, Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down, Pinkberry, David Yurman, Olsen Twins, Blackberry, Cadillac and Heineken. Realizing the value of her musical palate, Ramer has carved out a successful career in music supervision for film and television. Ramer created the platform which enabled her to work with film and television heavyweights Lions Gate, HBO, Showtime, Warner Bros, MTV, and NBC among others. In 2005, Ramer partnered with Alexina Matisse and founded States of Sound; a full service boutique agency providing music supervision for independent films, documentaries and television. Through States of Sound Ramer continues to work passionately on a wide variety of projects, from mainstream to independent.
ANDRES MENDOZA - Marketing Consultant, CUTO (CAN)
Andres is the founder of "Cuto", a music-centred marketing consultancy and label. Current and former clients include The JUNO Awards, EMI Music Canada, Universal Music Canada and Alex Cuba. He is general manager of Rezolute Music, an independent label distributed by EMI Music Canada with a roster that includes Adam Cohen and Colin Munroe. Cohen’s critically acclaimed album “Like A Man”, the label’s first release, is now approaching Gold Sales. The Cuto label has recently released the debut album by New York’s Neo-disco outfit, Escort. Now in his third year as the Marketing Consultant for the JUNO Awards, Andres is currently creating the marketing plan for the 2013 JUNO Awards in Regina. He is also involved in the development of the recently launched Visa Infinite Music Series. Previously, Andres was with Virgin/EMI Music Canada for 10 years where he last held the position of Senior Director of Marketing. Andres handled the successful marketing of albums by Coldplay, Ben Harper, Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall, Joss Stone, Manu Chao and others. Andres is currently a board member of MMF (Music Managers Forum) Canada and holds an Honours Marketing Diploma from B.C.I.T. in Vancouver.
BARBARA SEDUN - Founder, BS Productions (CAN)
Barbara Sedun is a music fan. Currently excited to be the music supervisor (in partnership with Librascor) on the E-One/Greenroom TV series ROGUE, Barbara got her start in the music industry in publishing at The Music Publisher which helped her realize that the song was the basis for her passion for music. A 20 year run at EMI Music Publishing Canada (the greatest music publishing team in the world), most recently running the Canadian office as Senior Vice President, and a 2 year visit at Manitoba Film & Music, have rounded out her career to date. Artist development has always been her focus. Some of the writers Barbara has worked with include MOIST/David Usher, Matthew Good Band, Ghetto Concept, Jellleestone, Esthero, Sum41, Three Days Grace, Phil Deschambault (Ash Koley), Heather Longstaffe and Billy Talent. Currently on the board for the CMPA and the CMRRA, Barbara also initiated a music networking group called BS Fridays and runs her own label, BS Productions, where her first release will be LEN "It's My Neighbourhood" in October 2012. Barbara was born in Winnipeg and grew up in what was a small farming community at the time. She spent all her nights in bars seeing bands and worked in retail records and postered for a local concert promoter in return for free concert tickets. Never did she even think that she should or could work in the music industry. "Follow your dreams", she says. "They will always show you the right path".
BOB HUNKA – Industry Consultant, HunkArts Productions (US)
Bob Hunka has spent his entire professional career in the music business. He began as the Assistant General Manager of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra before moving to Toronto to work with Anne Murray’s legendary record producer, Brian Ahern. They moved to Los Angeles where they worked with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Jesse Winchester, and Johnny Cash; and where Bob met Dolly Parton and moved to Nashville to first run her publishing operations and become manager of Monument Records. He returned to Los Angeles and was hired as head of music at Sony Pictures Television where he worked on the music-driven primetime series Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek, Joan of Arcadia, and Days of Our Lives and The Young and The Restless. He was the Executive Music Producer of the Double Platinum "Songs From Dawson's Creek" Soundtrack CDs. He is based in Los Angeles where he is a consultant specializing in film and television music placement.
BRAD FIRST – Music Festival Coordinator, SXSW (US)
Brad began his music career at the moment the punk and new wave movement was taking hold in Austin. As an audio engineer, he was asked to run the sound and manage the tours for the foundational bands of the nascent movement. As the Talent/Production Manager for Clubfoot, the 900 capacity punk/new wave/dance club in 1980-1983 which was instrumental in helping Austin become known as the Live Music Capitol of the World, which makes it the perfect home for SXSW. Throughout the late 80's and early 90's Brad opened and owned several live music nightclubs on the famous 6th Street in Austin as well as managing several bands during this time. After closing up those clubs in the early 90's, he hit the road worldwide as a Tour Manager and Audio Engineer for international touring bands such as All, Duncan Sheik, Fastball, Lamb, Ugly Americans and Superdrag. Starting the new millennium as the General Manager/Talent Buyer (2000-2003) for Austin's world renowned Antone's nightclub, he was regularly asked to coordinate production logistics for different SXSW events, culminating with becoming a full time staff Music Festival Coordinator for SXSW for the last 7 years.
BRENNAN ROSS – Artist, Library Voices (CAN)
Brennan is one of three principal songwriters in the indie pop band Library Voices. Beyond touring, writing and recording with the band for the past four years he has also opened a studio in the heart of downtown Regina. In that time he has also been invited to participate in many industry conference and festivals including South by South West, Liverpool Sound City, Ottawa Blues Festival, Halifax Pop, PopMontreal, NXNE, and CMW. He has also been commissioned to write original material for television. The band's constant tour schedule has provided a practical education in building a Canadian touring act. This experience combined with a degree in international business gives him a unique perspective on building a band in today's musical landscape.
BRIAN THOMPSON - Creative Coach & Marketing Consultant, Thorny Bleeder & The DIY Daily (CAN)
Brian Thompson is a Vancouver based creative coach and consultant and a music marketing mentor. He's the guy behind Thorny Bleeder, The DIY Daily Newsletter & Podcast, The Music Biz Weekly and The Rock Star Branding Podcast. Through his writing, speaking engagements, teaching, webinars and endless podcasts, Brian has emerged as a vital and well respected voice on the convergence of artist development, marketing, social media and technology. Visit Brian online at http://www.thornybleeder.com and on Twitter @thornybleeder.
CARL JOHNSON – Artist, Library Voices (CAN)
Carl is a musician and songwriter who lives on the prairies. As a member of Regina group Library Voices he has toured extensively the last four years, searching out every nook and cranny along the Trans-Canada Highway as well as playing throughout the United States and Europe - including at NxNE, Canadian Music Week, SxSW, Breakout West, Liverpool Sound City and Halifax Pop Explosion. Library Voices has released three albums that have been nominated for multiple Western Canadian Music Awards and recently won the Sirius/XM indie award for "Alternative Group of the Year." In addition to Library Voices Carl plays and collaborates with other Saskatchewan groups including enigmatic Saskatoon chanteuse Jeans Boots, Regina's The Lazy MKs and wandering troubadour Andy Shauf. Carl has participated in the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange's Workshop Tour over multiple years, providing music and songwriting workshops to public schools in rural areas throughout Saskatchewan.
CHAD RICHARDSON - Creative Director LA/Canada, ole (US)
Coming from an impressive 20 years in the music industry as an artist, songwriter, manager, producer and Broadway star, Chad has naturally evolved into his current role as Creative Director for Los Angeles and Canada at ole. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his job working with songwriters from every genre. He’s proud to include super-producer Timbaland, Steven Tyler, Alan Few, Haley Reinhart and Jim Vallance on his roaster of writers.
CHRIS BRANDT – Instructor, Nimbus School of Recording Arts (CAN)
With 10 years experience at Universal Music, Chris Brandt managed the sales, promotion and marketing of over 6,000 releases a year. In 2004 he launched his own independent record label. His passion for the local scene led him to gain additional experience in band management, as the Music Editor for a Vancouver publication, a contributing editor for Discorder Magazine and as the host of an independent radio show for well over a decade. This experience helped him design the curriculum and serve as the Department Head of the Music Business program at the Nimbus School of Recording Arts for the past 3 years. He spent 3 years as the President of the Board of Directors for Music BC, a non-profit society administering endeavours such as the Peak Performance Project and the 2009 Juno Awards. Today, Chris is the co-founder and executive director of Music Heals (www.musicheals.ca) - a charity designed to raise awareness and funding for music therapy related initiatives across Canada. He was part of the team that invented the "Bangwagon" - the first ever mobile recording studio designed specifically for Music Therapists to use at bedside with their patients. The first of these units resided at BC Children's Hospital. In his other life, Chris teaches regular yoga classes and workshops. His prayer beads give him magical powers and he knows what you are thinking right now.
CHRISTINE ROGERSON – Director of Administration, The UNION Ltd. (CAN)
Christine Rogerson is the Director of Administration for the Union Ltd, one of Canada’s largest independent concert promoters with offices in Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto. Prior to the Union Ltd, Christine ran the Horowitz Theatre and Dinwoodie Lounge at the University of Alberta as the Operations Manager. In 2007, she became the Manager of Programming and Venues at the University of Alberta, overseeing the venue operations, student life events including the annual welcome week and Revolutionary Speaker Series, and talent buying for the campus programming. Christine is in her fifth year as a Director on the Board of Directors for the Western Canadian Music Alliance and is holding the position of chair of the Conference Committee (aiding Melissa in crafting this year’s conference sessions). In addition, she is completing seven years of service (four of those years as President and this current year as an ex-officio Past President) on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Music Industry Association. Christine has also served on the host committee for the WCMAs/BreakOut West in Edmonton (2008) and Calgary (2013). She also tried her hand at event planning in the curling world, as the Director of Banquets, Receptions, and Merchandising for the 2010 Roar of the Rings (Canadian Olympic Curling Trials) in Edmonton.
DAN MANGAN - Singer/Songwriter (CAN)
Once a mere fresh faced folk singer from Vancouver, Canada, Dan Mangan now stands at the world's doorstep. The evolution of Mangan's music is instinctively in line with its breadth and sincerity. U.S. tours with The Walkmen, Decemberists and Okkervil River, two performances at Glastonbury multiple trips to Australia and sold out theatres across Canada have shown his growth as an artist over the past few years. The 2010 Polaris Music Prize short list nomination for his sophomore album Nice, Nice Very Nice capped a stellar year in which Dan won iTunes Album of the Year in the singer songwriter category, a trio of CBC awards and was named XM The Verge Artist of the Year. His new record, Oh Fortune, is a far more ambitious offering than its predecessor. A rich, textured, indie-folk(ish) statement that explores the genre’s boundaries with great influence from his band, which pushed Dan beyond his comfort zone sonically, even as he dug deeper within himself. Written on the road, where Dan lived for the majority of the last three years, these new songs tackle bold new subject matter, playing on themes of societal manipulation, soldier shell-shock and urban sprawl with tracks like “How Darwinian,” “Rows Of Houses” and “Post War Blues.”
DAVID j TAYLOR - Engineer/ Producer/ Songwriter, Twisted Pair Productions (CAN)
David j Taylor does a great many things. First and foremost, he's a versatile singer/songwriter and recording artist who's released 15 albums (solo and with various groups) having toured western Canada so many times he could quite literally do it in the dark... without headlights... and has. He's a prolific, multiple award winning record producer, engineer, mixer and mastering engineer who's worked on over 100 recording projects to date. (Geoff Berner, Megan Nash, Speed Control, past wcma producer of the year winner and nominee). He's an award winning and multiple Gemini Award nominated music supervisor, re-recording mixer, foley recordist, sound designer, composer and voice over artist, working in the film and tv industry. (6 seasons "Corner Gas" (foley), 5 seasons "renegadepress.com" (music supervisor), foley recordist/sound editor for the 2012 Academy Award nominated film "Wild Life") . Taylor is also an educator, having spoken at: South by Southwest, Breakout West, The University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, The Recording Arts Institute (Saskatoon) and at various SaskMusic events. David acted as an instructor at the U of S Kenderdine Campus' Songwriting Retreat from 2006-2011 and has adjudicated numerous times for The Junos, WCMAs, Gemini Awards and The Yorkton Film Festival. He's thrilled to be returning to the WCMAs as a panelist/mentor and looks forward to sharing his experiences and hearing those of others in an environment that fosters open and creative conversation about the history, present and future of the music industry.
DEREK BACHMAN – Program Manager, Rawk Entertainment (CAN)
Derek Bachman has been involved in the Canadian music industry for the past 15 years and has worked on several of the largest festival and concerts in the province. Derek has also shown dedication serving as a director on numerous boards, and has been instrumental in the success and development of the Saskatchewan Recording industry Association (SaskMusic), the Western Canadian Music Awards, also The Saskatoon Juno Bid Committee, and was a Juno Host Committee member for the 2007 Juno Awards hosted in Saskatoon. Currently Derek runs the Saskatoon office for SaskMusic as Program Manager, Derek is responsible for exporting and professional development for Saskatchewan Music Industry individuals. Derek is also a contracted promoter representative for many Promoters in Canada and has worked on events including. (Nickleback, AC/DC, Tim McGraw, Bon Jovi, Wilco, Chantel Kreviazuk, Jully Black, Johnny Reid, Brent Butt, Down With Webster, 3 Doors Down, Lights, Martha Wainright, Air Borne, Flogging Molly, NOFX, Gogol Bordelo, Henri Rollins, Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphy’s, Bright Eyes and many more)
DON AMERO - Singer/Songwriter (CAN)
You can call Winnipeg’s Don Amero one of the hardest working independent musicians in showbiz today. The singer/songwriter has toured coast-to-coast, headlined concerts, presented at festivals, performed with the symphony, and played national television. Since 2006, Don’s three albums (Change Your Life, Deepening, The Long Way Home) have generated four national and international awards – Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2011 Western Canadian Music Awards), Best Folk Recording (2011 Native American Music Awards), Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year (2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards), Male Artist of the Year (2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) – and 18 more nominations. He was the first-ever recipient of the James Brown Hardest Working Musician Award, presented in fun by celebrated CBC Radio host Wab Kinew. On the radio front, Don’s music is doing extremely well. His song Through The Storm held the #1 spot on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown for nine weeks this spring. His latest single ‘Turn These Grey Skies Blue’ was picked up by 55 radio stations across Canada, making it the #3 overall most active download on DMDS.com when it was released in May. Back in December, his original Christmas song All I Need This Christmas proved popular enough to be designated DMDS.com’s #5 most active indie download. Don is looking forward to releasing his fourth full-length album in the fall of 2012. His story inspires, and his message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty. He entertains audiences of all ages, and continues to impress wherever he goes.
ELI KLEIN - Booking Agent, The Agency Group (CAN)
Eli Klein was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta where he cut his teeth working as a promoter, campus radio DJ, talent buyer and tour/artist manager. Since moving to Toronto in 2006 to work in artist management, he moved over to The Agency Group in 2007.
ERIN KIYONAGA - Submissions Coordinator, FACTOR (CAN)
Erin Kiyonaga has studied and performed music since childhood. With over 3.5 years of experience in both primary departments at FACTOR, Erin brings a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of FACTOR to the table. Currently a Coordinator in the Submissions Department, Erin is available to help you navigate FACTOR’s programs, and better understand the application and funding process.
GRANT PALEY - AGENT, PAQUIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. (CAN)
Born and located in Winnipeg, Grant spent 12 years performing, recording and funk jam band Moses Mayes as well as his time spent spinning records in clubs and festivals throughout Canada under the name DJ RPG. Winner of two WCMA’s, Moses Mayes recorded 4 albums, supported notable artists like James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Kid Koala and Antibalas and toured relentlessly in major clubs and appeared on main stages at the Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Evolve and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In 2009 Grant changed gears and moved from artist side to the business side when he joined Paquin Entertainment’s Agency division where he represents such artists as Said the Whale, Delhi 2 Dublin, Chali 2na, the Funk Hunters, Old Man Luedecke, Royal Canoe, OKA, Longwalkshortdock and Michael Rault.
GREG VAN BASTELAAR - Manager of Funded Projects Department, FACTOR (CAN)
Greg Van Bastelaar’s career began in 2001 by studying Recorded Music Production at The Trebas Institute Of Toronto. It was there that he met world-renowned Songwriter/Producer Justin Gray. A relationship was struck and his time at Big Boom Entertainment resulted in a phenomenal experience working directly in the creation of music. 2006 brought an exciting opportunity with Warner Music Canada, working directly under the General Manager of Warner Chappell Music Canada. During this time, Greg's knowledge of the industry grew considerably and a wealth of industry contacts were added to his network. Greg eventually jumped at the chance to work for The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR). This environment plugged him into the main-line of the Canadian music industry, allowing him to further develop key relationships as well as to directly help the industry thrive as a whole.
HARVEY COHEN – Director of Operations, The Union Ltd. (CAN)
As Co-Founder and Director of The Union, Harvey has been instrumental in the company’s growth to become Canada's largest independent promoter. Growing from the humble home offices of Harvey and business partner Nhaelan McMillan, Harvey now oversees the operation of the company’s 3 offices in Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto, promoting up to 700 events annually across Canada and the United States. Harvey is a past winner of the WCMA Talent Buyer of the Year award and was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2007 at age 30. Harvey has been involved in the programming/production of numerous successful festivals including the Monsters of Rock at McMahon Stadium in Calgary w/ Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest, Rock The Bells Urban Music Festival, the inaugural Virgin Festival in Calgary, Sonic Boom in Edmonton, X-Fest in Calgary, which was headlined by Linkin Park in 2012, and Skrillex’s Full Flex Express, which he produced in Edmonton and Winnipeg this past July. Harvey also oversees talent buying for Calgary’s Concorde Group, which operates numerous venues including Flames Central, West, The Republik, and many more. In addition to his duties at The Union, Harvey wears many other hats. He has ownership interests in Edmonton’s premiere live venue The Starlite Room, Alberta’s largest event labour & security solution Backstage Support Services, artist touring services firm Operation63, and has also dabbled in movie production, including acting as an Executive Producer of Kevin Smith’s latest film, Red State, which premiered at the famed Sundance Film Festival.
JAMES LINDERMAN – Songwriter, The Harmony House (CAN)
James Linderman is a member of Berkleemusic Ambassadors and Berklee Worship Music Advisors. He has written 4 top 10 singles with airplay in Canada, U.S. and U.K. James is also a Songwriters Association of Canada song assessor and has also written for over 30 international music publications. He was also named the ‘most read academic music journalist in the world’ for 3 years. www.theharmonyhouse.ca
JESSICA LEMMON – Junior Promoter, Live Nation - Production Mgr, Lemmon Entertainment (CAN)
Growing up in Edmonton Jessica became a fan of artists like No Doubt, Bif Naked, & Our Lady Peace. Regularly traveling by herself to see shows in Vancouver, Jessica met other like-minded individuals on message boards and began supporting local artists. Working with up and comers Billy The Kid and Dani Jean, Jessica toured the country and created a network of industry professionals. Our Lady Peace front-man Raine Maida, spotted Jessica and brought her onboard for his solo tour as well as Our Lady Peace's tour. Jessica worked with Live Nation West and the Big Valley Jamboree before deciding to re-locate to Toronto in 2011. Landing in Toronto, Jessica began to carve out a niche as a production manager & tour manager beginning with "Embrace Presents". Jessica found herself working on events across Canada for clients including Dell, TD Canada Trust, Honda, and Sony. Jessica honed her chops tour managing Alyssa Reid as well as Operations Manager at the CMT Music Festival. As a freelance production manager Jessica has worked on the Bell Celebrity Gala, Glee Live, Big Music Fest and even the Dalai Lama. Jessica recently finished American tours with Kathleen Edwards and Matthew Good as well as stage managing at Summer Camp Music Festival and Digital Dreams. Jessica is a passionate supporter of emerging artists and can often be found lending a hand to up and coming artists or attending local concerts. Jessica is currently working at Live Nation Canada assisting their festival events division.
JOEL BASKIN – Agent & Talent Manager, S.L. Feldman & Associates (CAN)
Since founding The Pilot Agency in his Ottawa basement in 2006, Joel Baskin has developed a reputation as an honest and relentlessly proactive advocate for his artists. His primary concern – both then, and since joining SL Feldman and Associates in February 2011 – is providing clients with personal attention and the tools to help them reach their goals by continuously adapting his services to meet their evolving needs. Baskin founded TPA as a boutique, artist-oriented company aimed specifically at serving the needs of mid-level domestic and international acts. Baskin began booking full tours and offering his growing roster of artists and corporate clients additional services, including publicity, tour and personal management and event design. In early 2011 Baskin inked a deal with SLFA, Canada’s largest full service talent agency and since has seen a marked increase in his ability to speed his artists toward their goals, but remains committed to the core principles that have always set TPA apart from its peers. Joel signed CRMA “New Country Artist Of The Year” winner Kira Isabella (Sony), DJ Ian Carey (Gold Single), and Courage My Love (Warner), reunited multi-platinum 80’s band Platinum Blonde to sold-out shows and Treble Charger who were inducted into the Indies Hall of Fame. Joel has also booked tours and shows for International artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Offspring and The Cult.
J.P. ELLSON - CEO & General Counsel, SaskMusic (CAN)
J.P. Ellson is the Chief Operating Officer and in-house legal counsel at SaskMusic, responsible for design and preparation of grant applications and adjudication of applications to programs offered by SaskMusic. J.P. also deals with the development of national and international marketing and export strategies for the sale of cultural products outside of Saskatchewan and provision of pro bono legal advice to members respecting career-orientated intellectual property. J.P. has also been a chair of the Canadian Council of Music Associations (CCMIA), representing ten (10) provincial and territorial music industry associations and has also been a chair on the National Advisory Board of FACTOR. Currently J.P. is an Advisory Council Member for Cultural Human Resource Council (CHRC) advising the Federal Government on the project “Culture in a Digital Economy” as well as an active member of the Western Canadian Music Alliance board of directors. Over the past few years J.P. has also been critically involved with the Regina JUNO Awards, Canada’s Diversity Awards, The Canadian Comedy Awards and The Gemini Awards.
JULIA TRAIN - Administrations & Communications Director, MROC (CAN)
Julia Train is the Communications and Administrations Director at the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC). Julia has also worked at FACTOR in both the Submissions Department and as the Communications Manager. She has also worked for the CMRRA in the Online Licensing Department and in the DNR Department as a Royalties Administrator.
KEITH MACPHERSON – Singer/Songwriter, Keith & Renée (CAN)
Keith and Renée defy all labels. Some call them pop, some call them rock—others have called them folk and country. For Keith and Renée, the genre doesn’t matter as much as creating music with meaning. The duo recently spent two summers in Kenya as ambassadors for the humanitarian organization Free the Children. Upon their return, they performed in over 300 schools across Canada, inspiring young people to make a positive difference in their own lives. Inspired by the spirit of the African people they met, they wrote The One, a song that earned a place on David Suzuki’s prestigious Playlist for the Planet CD compilation. Best Day, their fifth and latest CD, was inspired by the people they met while touring. No strangers to motivating the masses through music, Keith and Renée’s songs have attracted big-league music placements – from an AT&T commercial broadcast around the world to movies and television programs seen across North America. Their song Good Year was the theme for Manitoba’s 2010 Homecoming campaign, and they performed it for the Queen during her most recent visit to Winnipeg. Keith, a yoga instructor, has cracked the top ten of Canadian Idol—the first Winnipegger ever to do so—and recorded a number one hit in Australia with the band Jetty Road. What they might do next is anyone’s guess, but as their history shows, not even the sky is the limit for this ultra-talented pair.
KEN BEATTIE – Publicist, Killbeat Music (CAN)
Ken Beattie is the founder and national publicity director of Killbeat Music. Working in genres from Folk to Jazz, Indie Rock to Hip Hop, Pop to Blues and Electronica to Country, Killbeat is an award winning national media company that has launched over 400 albums by 200 + different artists in the last 8 years from every corner of Canada and in between as well as the US, and Europe. Killbeat works in print, radio, visual and online/digital media outlets that has seen more than 7 dozen albums reach #1 in the last 6 years on the national college/campus charts and The CBC Radio 3 Chart is almost never without 3 or 4 Killbeat albums in their top 30 and 1 or 2 in the top. Killbeat has cover stories, features and reviews running on a regular basis in national and regional print media outlets and countless amounts of online ink. Killbeat has had an artist on the Polaris Music Prize shortlist every year since its inception and 255 on the last 5 long lists as well as dozens of albums that have won or been nominated for Junos, ECMA’s, WCMA’s, NSMA’s and more. Some of Killbeat’s higher profile albums from the last few years include releases by Dan Mangan, Great Lake Swimmers, Chad VanGaalen, Braids, Cold Specks, The Deep Dark Woods, Yukon Blonde, Rich Aucoin, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, The Pack ad, Okkervil River, Cowboy Junkies, Ox, Two Hours Traffic, Rose Cousin, Kathryn Calder and many more.
LIAM KILLEEN – Artist Manager, Coalition Entertainment (CAN)
Liam Killeen got his start in the music industry as the drummer for the Pop-Punk band Not By Choice in 2002. Five months later, the band had a record deal, released their first single Standing All Alone and hit the road for a year and a half. The band won their first MuchMusic Video Award in 2003 for their single Now That You Are Leaving, and also appeared on two editions of MuchMusic’s Big Shiny Tunes albums. Not By Choice released two albums, enjoyed two top-ten singles, and toured internationally with Sum 41, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, and many other acts. Liam joined the management team at Coalition Entertainment in early 2009. Adding to the already successful company, fronted by Managers Rob Lanni and Eric Lawrence, with a roster that includes Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Justin Nozuka, and many more. As the Manager of USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker), Faber Drive (604 / Universal), These Kids Wear Crowns (EMI), and Greig Nori, he strives to find new and exciting opportunities to build the careers of his Artists in this ever-changing industry. In addition to his Management position, Liam is also a recurring guest on MuchMusic’s ‘Discovered’ where he dishes out advice to young artists trying to get a start on their careers, and has been a guest speaker at such conferences as North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, The East Coast Music Awards, BreakOut West, Music Manitoba, Music and Film in Motion, and many others around the world.
LYSANDRA WOODS – Creative Licensing (Television & Film), Third Side Music (CAN)
Lysandra Woods works in Film & TV Licensing at Third Side Music, an independent music publisher that publishes and sub-publishes a boutique roster of North American and International artists, bands and labels, including Ninja Tune, Tru Thoughts, Was Records and Warp. In 3 years at TSM, she’s done over 900 placements in TV, Films and Ads, procuring and negotiating deals with: Entourage, How To Make It In America, CSI (NY, Miami), Breaking Bad, Ugly Betty, BFFs, MLB Network, Ringer, Workaholics, Touch, Revenge, Smash, The Secret Circle, Parenthood, Luck, One Tree Hill, NCIS, House, Criminal Minds, Californication, True Blood, The Newsroom, Nashville, Political Animals, Good Ol’ Fashioned Orgy, Bachelorette, Step Up 4 Revolution, Project X; Sexy, Evil Genius, Goon, The Social Network, We Bought A Zoo, House At The End Of The Street, Rampart; Crazy, Stupid Love; promos with NBC, HBO, E!, G4 and Cinemax and numerous placements with Fox Sports and ESPN.
MARTIN ELBOURNE – Talent Booker, Glastonbury/The Great Escape (UK)
Martin¹s career spans 35 years in the music industry (primarily live music). Highlights: co-founder of WOMAD festival with Peter Gabriel; agent for the Smiths and New Order, 30 years as one of the main bookers /consultants to Glastonbury festival; co-founder/creative director of the Great Escape (Europe¹s leading showcase festival and music convention); co-founder of ŒM¹ for Montreal in Canada and NH7 in Puna (India¹s leading new music festival). Currently: working on Glastonbury, the Great Escape, NH7 and M for Montreal; Consulting/advising to government bodies and other international festivals; and just recently has been appointed ŒOfficial Thinker in Residence¹ to the South Australian government.
MICHAEL DAWSON – Artist, Library Voices (CAN)
Michael booked his first tour at the age of 17 and never looked back. Now, 15 years later, Dawson is the lyricist and a multi-instrumentalist for Library Voices. He also owns and runs Young Soul Records, which belongs to the EMI Associated Labels Division. His experience in the music industry ranges from booking tours, managing artists, marketing and promotion, and obtaining funding. He has performed at nearly every major industry showcase and festival in Canada including NXNE, Pop Montreal, CMW, Ottawa Blues Fest, Rifflandia, Calgary Folk Fest, and at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Library Voices was awarded the 2012 Sirius XM Alternative Artists of the Year Award and have been nominated for four WCMA award and six CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards. He has also sat on a number of juries including FACTOR and the Lieutenant-Governor Awards. Dawson spent the last five years serving as the Artistic Director of the Culture Exchange, where he booked and/or promoted over 400 concerts a year.
MICHELLE DUBUC – Account Executive, Radio & Concerts – SOCAN Vancouver (CAN)
Based in Vancouver, Michelle Dubuc is the Account Executive for Radio & Concert (Membership Department - West Coast Division) for SOCAN, where she provides specialized support to SOCAN members, with a focus on radio & concert royalties. Michelle has over 10 years of experience in the music industry, with a strong knowledge base in copyright and licensing. Prior to joining SOCAN in 2008, Michelle ran the business affairs department for Nettwerk Music Group, where she handled all facets of music licensing and contract administration for the label, publishing, and management arms of the company.
MARIE-JOSEE DANDENEAU – Artist, Oh My Darling (CAN)
Marie-Josee has creating a fiercely independent musical history that includes numerous TV performance, freelance studio recordings (over 50 albums), performing at festivals across the world (Europe, Australia, North America, Indonesia, New Zealand; playing to sometimes more than 20,000 people) performing with various artists from around the world, being the technical and musical director of several musical groups; she is also a sought after studio and live sound recording engineer, producer and booking agent. With a degree in sound engineer, this opened other doors for her, and has numerous studio audio engineer projects under her belt and her live sound project highlights include being on the sound crew for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Maria Carey and Blue Shaddy (Australia). Among others she has toured, played and shared the stage with The Violent Femmes, Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray, Sarah Harmer, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Buckwheat Zydeco, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sarah Slean, The Wyrd Sisters and Tribe of One just to name a few.
MONTE MALONE – V.P., A&R Worldwide (US)
Having been involved in the music business for over 20 years, Monte has had the opportunity to wear many interesting hats. Starting as most do, he was a roadie for several bands travelling all over the US, which forged his backbone and artist relation skills along the way. During that time, he also worked at recording studios engineering & producing local bands and performing in bands. On the side he found time for an underground radio show every Sunday on KNDI in Honolulu, HI for 4 years as an on-air talent, producing an up and coming indie radio show. He also was a writer for Skratch Magazine for two years doing album, show, and band interviews. His production savvy is attributed to the six years spent as Production/Art Director at The Album Network – A publishing conglomerate that handled magazines, CD manufacturing and distribution to all of Clear Channel’s Top 40 stations, advertising & billboard production for Network 40, Urban Network, Virtually Alternative & many others. Later, Monte was promoted to run the day-to-day operations of Clear Channel’s New Music Network, which was a website designed to highlight Independent unsigned talent (working along side with Sat Bisla and A&R Network discovering bands) and give them national exposure. Next, he joined Fontana/Universal distributed label IROCK Entertainment where he had many responsibilities such as A&R, online marketing, digital sales, co-manager of multi-platinum artists Night Ranger, street team coordinator & production. In December of 2005, he became a vital member of SMC Recordings team as VP New Media/Production Director and helped build the label into Fontana’s #1 Urban Label. Currently, Monte serves as the Vice President at A&R Worldwide based in Beverly Hills, CA. He plays an integral part of the different brands that are associated with A&R Worldwide, including MUSEXPO, Passport Approved, hushhush ATTACK! and Pangaea International Music Publishing.
NATASHA DUPREY - Music Supervisor, Silent Joe W. (CAN)
Natasha Duprey’s tenure in the music industry began in the early 90s when she moonlighted as a music video producer while earning her B.A. in Communications from Simon Fraser University. She spent the next decade working in artist management at Divine Industies (54-40, Junkhouse, Copyright, John Mann) and then made the leap to music supervision in 2003. She has since leant her creative talents to hundreds of hours of episodic television including CBC’s Arctic Air, the new hit sci-fi series Continuum, ABC/CTV’s Defying Gravity, the critically exclaimed Showtime lesbian drama The L Word, Douglas Coupland's CBC series JPOD, MTV's Peak Season, Exes & Ohs, Blood Ties, Cold Squad and The Dead Zone to name a few. Her recent feature film work includes the Golden Globe nominated Halle Berry feature Frankie & Alice, Foreverland and the Ron Sexsmith documentary Love Shines. Her resume also includes a host of Lifetime and Hallmark movies of the week, numerous movie trailers and national ad campaigns for Telus, Dodge and Tourism Vancouver. Formerly Director of Music Supervision at S.L. Feldman & Associates, Duprey now works in conjunction with the Toronto-based company Silent Joe in their west coast offices.
NATHALIE DU BOIS - President, Conexion Entertainment Group (US)
Nathalie Du Bois is currently the Head of North America on behalf of Conexion Media Group plc, a global media operation maintaining offices throughout the world including Toronto, New York, Nashville and LA. Ms. Du Bois is also a partner in Conexion Entertainment Group which maintains a catalogue of over 100,000 commercial and independent music titles and has secured placements in nearly every network show on television. In the last two years, she’s been involved in monetizing dormant catalogues and securing over $1.2 M in unpaid performance royalties on behalf of one of their clients. She also served as the leading party for one of Conexion’s copyright infringement lawsuits which resulted in substantial settlements. Prior to Conexion, Ms. Du Bois was responsible for co-founding and building Kid Gloves Music where she negotiated the first contracts with studios for licensing of commercial music under a blanket deal. Her company was the first selected by Disney to provide complete music services for its’ Direct to DVD projects. Ms. Du Bois is sought after in the publishing industry for her longstanding relationships and ability to negotiate deals on behalf of her clients which have resulted in the placement of over one thousand pieces of music in various film and television projects. Her innovative approach to structuring deals resulted in her organically growing the catalogue from 3,500 songs to the 100,000 that comprises the copyrights that CEG currently administers and/or owns today.
NICK BERNAL - Artist Manager, Nevado / Bedlam / Dine Alone Records (CAN)
Nick founded Nevado in 2008 originally as a management company for small up-and-coming bands at the time, which also became a record label in 2009 that went on to release music from now nationally recognized artists such as Bahamas (JUNO-nominated), The Golden Dogs, Yukon Blonde (2x Polaris Prize Long List nominee), Library Voices (WCMA nominee) and more. More recently, Nick also became a product manager at Dine Alone Records (City and Colour, Tokyo Police Club, Marilyn Manson, Civil Wars, Yukon Blonde) working with such artists as Deer Tick, James Vincent McMorrow, Neon Indian and Pains Of Being Pure At Heart among others, and is part of the Bedlam Music Management company which manages the careers of such artists as City and Colour, The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, Doldrums and several more. Nick currently manages Yukon Blonde, Library Voices, Great Bloomers and Megan Bonnell under both the Nevado and Bedlam umbrellas.
RENÉE LAMOUREUX – Singer/Songwriter, Keith & Renée (CAN)
Keith and Renée defy all labels. Some call them pop, some call them rock—others have called them folk and country. For Keith and Renée, the genre doesn’t matter as much as creating music with meaning. The duo recently spent two summers in Kenya as ambassadors for the humanitarian organization Free the Children. Upon their return, they performed in over 300 schools across Canada, inspiring young people to make a positive difference in their own lives. Inspired by the spirit of the African people they met, they wrote The One, a song that earned a place on David Suzuki’s prestigious Playlist for the Planet CD compilation. Best Day, their fifth and latest CD, was inspired by the people they met while touring. No strangers to motivating the masses through music, Keith and Renée’s songs have attracted big-league music placements – from an AT&T commercial broadcast around the world to movies and television programs seen across North America. Their song Good Year was the theme for Manitoba’s 2010 Homecoming campaign, and they performed it for the Queen during her most recent visit to Winnipeg. Renée, a hairstylist, recently survived skydiving in Alabama, and this self-proclaimed “queen of quirky” started her own clothing design company, Renée Leone Designs.
ROBERT CALDER - Owner, Boompa Records / Secret Study (CAN)
Rob began his musical experience playing with the Vancouver indie rock band, the Salteens, and is currently owner of the west coast record label and artist management company, Boompa. (Woodpigeon, Small Sins, Christopher Smith). Over the years, Rob has licensed independent music to Film, TV, and Advertising clients, landing successful placements in Grey’s Anatomy, The L-Word, and campaigns for Zellers and RW&CO. Rob also runs Secret Study, a boutique music agency linking brands to bands and has produced projects for The Province of BC, Brand Live Group, Astral Radio and Nikon.
SAMUEL DIAZ - Associate Director of Music Supervision, CBS Television Studios
An industry professional for over 18 years, Samuel worked as in-house music supervisor for Frasier, JAG, the Star Trek TV franchise and many other productions while at Paramount Television. Now with CBS Television Studios, he currently is the in-house music supervisor for NCIS, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife and Common Law. In the 2011-2012 television season, NCIS is the #1 scripted show in the US. He also handles production work for other CBS and CW shows, works on numerous DVD and streaming projects and takes part in the selection of composers for new shows.
SANDRA BUTEL - Artistic Director, Regina Folk Festival (CAN)
Sandra has been the Artistic Director of the Regina Folk Festival for the last 13 years and she has loved every minute of it. In her wonderfully varied past she has directed the children’s festival in Regina, worked for the French community as an event coordinator and generally enjoyed bringing people together in celebration of arts and culture. Since 1969, The Regina Folk Festival has been presenting a diverse array of “music for the people” in many genres and from many cultural traditions with both a year round concert series and an annual summer festival (Regina’s downtown gem). Sandra is an active member of Western Roots Artistic Directors (WRAD); an informal group of artistic directors from across Western Canada. She is also part of a national network of festivals, and has served on jury and advisory committees for the Canada Council, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Western Canadian Music Awards and the Juno Awards.
SARAH MACDOUGALL – Singer/Songwriter (CAN)
Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as “One of the greatest talents of our era”, and having been the #2 most played artist on Canadian Galaxie Folk/Roots radio, Sarah was recently nominated for two 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards; Songwriter of the Year and Roots Solo Album of the Year. She has been earning rave reviews and topping major music writers’ “top ten album of the year” lists as a songwriter since her official debut album, Across the Atlantic (2009), all the while producing and engineering her own music. Born overseas, 24 hrs (Vancouver) called Sarah ‘one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since Abba’, and Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden recently declared her “one of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”. THE GREATEST ONES ALIVE was produced in Vancouver and in Whitehorse with the help of Matt Rogers and Bob Hamilton. It features ten melodic songs that showcase the growth in Sarah’s songwriting and performance skills. It covers themes such as storms, success, growing up, love, friendship, and dying. The album also showcases the musical skills of Tim Tweedale, Shawn Killaly, Patrick Metzger, and Matt Rogers, with guest appearances by Bob Hamilton, Meredith Bates plus many more. THE GREATEST ONES ALIVE’s warm reception proves that the success of Across the Atlantic wasn’t just a fluke. Sarah’s voice and songs have the power to ‘make stones weep’.
SAT BISLA - President, A&R Worldwide (US)
Sat Bisla has had a multi-faceted career in the music industry--over the years he’s worked as a DJ (including an on-air stint at the tastemaker KCRW and Indie 103.1FM in Los Angeles and now on KCSN 88.5FM Los Angeles), radio programmer, club booker, artist manager, A&R scout and/or consultant for Interscope, Atlantic, Epic, Columbia, Sony, Island, Island/Mercury Records, Warner Bros. Records, Nettwerk and many others. He’s also been a club owner, media and brand consultant and Radio & Int’l Editor for the US radio and record industry trade magazines Radio & Records, Album Network and VIRTUALLYALTERNATIVE. Bisla has been instrumental in helping expose and/or develop such Platinum-selling artists as Adele, Dido, Keane, Faithless, Muse, Fatboy Slim, Ting Tings, Sam Sparro, Coldplay, Missy Higgins, The Temper Trap and many others for the American and/or worldwide audiences pre-signing in the US or globally. Bisla also constructed the creative foundation for Clear Channel’s New Music Network (an artist/consumer social networking platform back) in 2001, which has now evolved into iHeart Radio. Bisla launched the fully independent Pangaea Entertainment Group in September 2006, which is home to the globally respected A&R Worldwide, MUSEXPO, Global Synch & Consumer Brands Summit, A&R EXPO and the Worldwide Radio Summit brands. He is also the host and creator of Passport Approved, which broadcasts in multiple FM radio markets (and online) in the US, Germany and Japan with over 1.5 million listeners worldwide.
SHAIN SHAPIRO – UK & EU, Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)(UK/EU)
Shain Shapiro is a freelance music industry consultant, based in London, UK. Originally from Toronto, ON, Shapiro is currently the freelance UK and EU representative for the Canadian Independent Music Association. Through this, he is one of a team who stewards Canadian Blast and Canada House showcases in over thirty festivals including MIDEM, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape. He is the artistic director for Canada Day in London and Nuit Boréale in Paris and staged a Canada Day event in Berlin in 2011. Furthermore, he is the UK and EU marketing manager for the Polaris Music Prize, a part-time consultant with Canadian Music Week, Arts & Crafts Records, Manitoba Music, SaskMusic and Music Nova Scotia. With CIMA, he has staged over 80 showcases in 25+ countries in Europe and assisted over 300 bands in infrastructural development including The Tragically Hip, Hey Rosetta, Dan Mangan, Brasstronaut and Richie Hawtin. Through this, he has facilitated 350+ deals since November 2009 and worked with countless independent (and major) Canadian labels. Before joining CIMA as freelance Shain was an internationally published music journalist, contributing to Timeout, VICE, JamBase, View Magazine, Tourdates, DrownedinSound and others. He has been published over 500 times and his work has been translated into French, Dutch and Spanish. Shain also liaises with all other ‘global music export offices’ around the world, staging networking and B2B events with 20+ countries at major conferences and festivals.
SHANNON MARTIN – Label & Artist Manager, Aporia Records (CAN)
Born in Montreal, raised in Africa, Saudi Arabia & the UK, Shannon arrived in Calgary at 17 and b-lined for the university radio station (CJSW) and the “Brazen Hussy Show” was born. She also wrote for the local weekly paper (Vox Magazine), flogged albums at music retail, booked tours and moonlighted at commercial radio. She became a journalist, wrote for local daily newspapers and DJ’d at clubs. In 2001, she joined Vancouver’s Battle Axe Records (public relations, international sales, promotion & marketing), then Boompa Records (Label Manager, A&R, international sales, promotion & marketing) & was the artist manager for Leeroy Stagger. Eventually, she founded File Under: Music (responsibilities: the whole shebang), was the manager for Dan Mangan & V.P. for Music BC. In 2009, she moved to Toronto with Arbor & C12 Records (Label Manager, A&R, international sales, promotion & marketing) and in 2010 she helped launch MB3 Records (Royksopp, Paper Lions, Zoobombs & others). Shannon joined Aporia Records as the General Manager in Sept. 2011. Since then, Aporia has signed Grapes Of Wrath, Foam Lake, The Dustin Bentall Outfit, Donovan Woods, Catlow, Shoot The Image, Julian Taylor Band, amongst others. Shannon is also the artist manager for Lily Frost and Donovan Woods. She has three cats (Lunas, Sheriff, Dennis).
SHANNON O’NEIL - Events Coordinator, Songwriters Association of Canada (CAN)
An Event Coordinator, with hands on experience in the arts, Shannon O'Neill is no stranger to planning events. She has been a planner since she was 5 years old, taking her Dad’s agenda and planning important lists of things to accomplish each day. She recently started a production company with a long time friend called Triennacom Entertainment. When not dotting the i's, crossing the t's and booking venues, Shannon also freelances as a photographer working with anything from family/baby portraits, headshots and landscapes. When she wants a bit of escape; she enjoys long walks on the boardwalk in the beaches…with her dog Jack, reading a good book, playing the trumpet and singing off key.
SHAUNA DE CARTIER - President, Six Shooter Management (CAN)
Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records in 2000, and has since released 70+ albums and managed to keep 15 odd songwriters and bands in check. Along with its sister artist management company, Six Shooter houses a bevy of critically acclaimed artists, among them Whitehorse, the Deep Dark Woods, Jenn Grant, Amelia Curran, the Good Lovelies, Danny Michel, Harlan Pepper, Del Barber, and more. In addition to being a label, management company, and publisher, Six Shooter is the founder of two new festivals, including the Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in Toronto with curator Luke Doucet, and the Interstellar Rodeo, which debuted in Edmonton this past summer. Playing an active role in the industry, Shauna serves on the Executive of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Radio Starmaker Fund. Shauna lives by the Six Shooter motto that “Life is Too Short to Listen to Shitty Music.”
STEPHEN CARROLL - Artist Manager, Empirical Artist Services (CAN)
Empirical Artist Services is a Winnipeg based artist development company focused on long term strategic career management. The company was formed by Stephen Carroll, the guitarist for the Canadian band The Weakerthans (ANTI). Stephen has been steering the successful development of that project for over 13 years, building an international reputation for himself and the band. Under Stephen’s management, The Weakerthans have grown to become the most successful band of their generation to emerge from Winnipeg. They have an international reputation and are nationally beloved. The Weakerthans have now released 5 albums, a feature length tour film, and tour frequently all the major cites in the Western Hemisphere. In 2008, the band won four Western Canadian Music Awards, the XM Radio Artist of the Year, and the SOCAN 2008 Echo prize, and were nominated for two Indy Awards, all for their late 2007 album Reunion Tour. In late 2009 Stephen began managing a new band from Winnipeg called Imaginary Cities. The band is positioned for success with international record deals in place and international touring on going. The band went to the number one spot on both Canadian college charts, making history for being the first band in the history of the Chart Attack Chart to hit number one prior to the release of their album. Stephen was recognized for his work in his field with a nomination for Manager of the Year at the both the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards.
TERRY O’BRIEN – Education & Outreach Manager – SOCAN Vancouver (CAN)
Based in Vancouver, Terry O’Brien is Education and Outreach Manager (Membership Department - West Coast Division) for Canada’s Performing Rights Organization, SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. Terry has over thirty-five years experience in the music industry as a music publisher, composer, musician and recording artist, producer, consultant, teacher and in wholesale/retail music sales. Prior to joining SOCAN in 2000, Terry held the position of Vice President & General Manager of BMG Music Publishing Canada Inc. Terry has also been on the executive committee of the Canadian Music Publisher’s Association, a board member of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, BMG Ricordi and most recently, Music BC. As a musician, composer and producer, Terry has released five independent albums of ambient soundscapes under the artist moniker of Anomalous Disturbances.
TIFFANY ASTLE – Founder, Penelope PR (CAN)
Founder of penelopePR, Tiffany Astle is a seasoned public relations professional with ten years experience, specializing in entertainment and lifestyle clients. With extremely strong media relationships and an extensive collection of outstanding press coverage for past clients, Astle remains at the top of the publicity industry. Throughout her career she has worked with recognized Canadian organizations such as the Canadian Country Music Association (and their 2011 and 2012 Awards), the Scotiabank Pro-Am (benefitting the Gordie & Colleen Howe Fund for Alzheimer’s), the JUNO Awards, Coca-Cola Zero Fans First Game and various award-winning Canadian musical groups including, but not limited to METRIC, Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, USS and Finger Eleven. Over the past ten years, Astle has managed numerous successful national media relations campaigns. The media outreach strategies developed for her clients have resulted in excellent media coverage in daily newspapers, television and radio stations across the country. In addition, Astle’s experience has allowed her to create incredibly strong relationships with not only national media but also countless management and production teams. These relationships continue to aide in the success of penelopePR – a success that has seen the company increase the media coverage for Canada’s largest hockey fundraiser (the Scotiabank Pro-Am) by 300% from 2011 and support the growth musicians’ careers across the globe.
TONNI MARUYAMA - Head of Marketing & Sales, Epitaph Canada (CAN)
Tonni started her career in Edmonton at a record retail chain called Mister Sound (now HMV) and went from there accepted a CSR position with Capitol Records in Vancouver. Then a move to Nettwerk Records gave her an opportunity to garner firsthand experience in developing artists like Sarah McLachlan from the ground up, delving into all aspects of the business from Marketing, Promotion, Touring to Sales. Major label experience followed with Marketing positions with Sony and then Polygram (now Universal). Tonni is now happily overseeing Canadian business for the hugely successful indie label, Epitaph Records, working with artists such as Tom Waits, Neko Case, The Weakerthans, Wilco, Bad Religion, Rancid, Nick Cave to name a few.
YVONNE MATSELL – Co – Founder / Director of Music Programming, NXNE (CAN)
Yvonne spearheads the music listening team of NXNE and programs a large portion of the music festival, which is currently in its 18th year. She has booked many of Toronto’s premier venues, including The Horseshoe, The Ultrasound Showbar, Ted’s Wrecking Yard,and is currently the talent buyer for the famed El Mocambo. Yvonne has also helped to build the careers of some of Canada’s best known musical artists , including Ron Sexsmith, Tom Wilson, Rheostatics, BNL, The Headstones, Sum 41, Billy Talent, Broken Social Scene and Midway State, amongst others.