september, 2020

13sep4:00 pmSoundCheck For Success - Success in the Canadian Music Industry - Breaking the Glass CeilingBreaking the Glass Ceiling


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Success in the Canadian Music Industry – Breaking the Glass Ceiling



How has the Canadian Music Industry adapted to Hip-Hop culture’s popularity? FCLMA award winner Sum-01 chats with Canadian Hip-Hop Royals; Maestro Fresh Wes and Haviah Mighty to get their unique perspectives on the ever changing Canadian Music Industry. From the 1980’s to 2020. Does the Canadian Music Industry support Canadian Hip-Hop artists more or less than other genres? Join in to hear the frank discussion!

Host: Trish Kiwanuka: “Sum-01”


Haviah Mighty

Photo: Matt Barnes

Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15.

Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Mighty is making equally large waves as a solo artist. Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. To date, Mighty recently released Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), her most fully-realized project to date – making history as the first hip hop artist and the first black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip hop.




Maestro Fresh Wes

Maestro Fresh Wes

Wes Williams (aka Maestro Fresh Wes) has recently become the first rap artist to ever have a song inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

His legendary single “Let Your Backbone Slide”was the first rap recording to reach Gold and Platinum Status and is also considered to be a seminal intergenerational classic.

As an actor, Wes has appeared in several film and television projects, including eight seasons on CBC’s hit sitcom “Mr. D” playing the role of teacher / vice principal, Paul Dwyer .

Wes is also the author of the 2010 motivational book “Stick To Your Vision” and has been selected to do several national presentations, including the 2013 & 2017 Ted Talks on the subject of Self-Revision

Wes Williams has written theme songs for the 2014 Winter Olympics, 2015 Pan Am Games, as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics. His song “Underestimated” was included in the 2017 EA Sports NHL17.




Date: Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Zoom

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