May 4th, 2019

   8:30 am – 4:00 pm   

London Music Hall

SoundCheck for Success – The Annual Professional Development & Music Career Day Presented by FCLMA.

Panels – Discussions – Mentorship Opportunities – Exhibits – Performances

SoundCheck For Success is hosted by radio veteran, music historian and CMW warrior Greg Simpson


9:00 am – 9:25 am

Live Performance:

Clarke Road Secondary School Stage Band Conducted by Kevin Kennedy

The Clarke Road Show Band is made up of students from Grades 10-12 from Clarke Road Secondary School’s Instrumental, Guitar, and Vocal Programs. Students learn what it takes to put on a large-scale show while working on their music, arranging, performance, stage design, set design, advertising… and anything else that comes up along the way! Past shows include Made In Canada, Monsters of Rock and most recently Soulsville that took the students to Detroit & Memphis to learn first-hand about Soul music. These students are currently working on songs from previous shows in order to gain experience playing this style of music and are getting ready to put together a big show next year. They will pick the theme, artists, songs, stage design, etc. and begin preparation in the fall.


9:45 am – 10:45 am

“Inside A Music Industry Photographer’s Studio”

In Conversation: Alan Cross with Richard Beland – Road stories and photos from 32-year veteran music photographer, Richard Beland Photography Inc.


Alan Cross

Richard Beland










Richard Beland:
Richard Beland is a music photographer based in Toronto, Canada. His extensive body of work, which dates back to 1986 and includes live performance photographs as well as studio portraits, celebrates popular music’s depth and eclectic breadth.
From photographs of Coldplay to those of The Tragically Hip, Richard Beland’s images of international stars and Canadian icons reveal his passion for his craft, his keen sense of composition, and his steadfast commitment to detail. 

Richard Beland is a Juno and twice Canadian Country Music Award-nominated music photographer. 




(11a – 12p Small group) Up Close & Personal Q & A – Rosewood Lounge at the London Music Hall of Fame







11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Music Can Heal, Nourish & Bring Meaning.

Musicians 4 Mental Health – In Association with CMHA Middlesex & Belong to Song London Arts Council & My Sister’s Place.

4 Musicians – 4 Stories: How Music Can Heal, Nourish & Bring Meaning. Personal Stories & Song wsg.


Sarah Smith:

Sarah Smith’s powerful voice and introspective pop/rock songwriting have earned her a wide following through years of touring in Canada, the United States, and Europe. A prolific and passionate artist, her full-length albums include A Christmas Wish (2018) Live In Concert (2018), 11 (2016), The Journey (2014), and Stronger Now (2012), as well as the book November (written about the band’s tour in Europe 2017) and the live DVD Sarah Smith: Plugged and Unplugged (2015).

She’s is a seasoned road warrior, playing over 200 shows per year. Along the way, she has shared the stage with artists including Carole Pope, Sass Jordan, Biff Naked, Emm Gryner, Joel Plaskett, David Wilcox, 54-40 and many others. Whether it’s just her and her acoustic guitar or her full band, she is simply a mesmerizing performer.

Sarah has won many awards throughout her career, including: Adult Contemporary Artist at The Toronto Independent Music Awards, and Singer/Songwriter of the Year & Rock Artist of the Year at London Music Awards.

Deni Gauthier:

Londoner Deni Gauthier has delighted audiences all over Canada, the United States, and Europe. His beautiful voice and lush ambient guitar playing, layered with just the right amount of understated live looping create a sonic soundscape that is deep. He connects music and lyrics creating a path to the strangely beautiful things in life. His music can be can be heard on CBC and independent radio and throughout Canada and the States.

If he is not working in his studio he can be found on the road, sharing his music and stories. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Jason Collette, Ron James, Barney Bental, Linda McRae, Irish Mythen, Steve Forbert and so many others. His musical quest for meaning and understanding is transformative and inclusive. Deni Gauthier is an artist forging meaning from a troubled and confusing world. Deni’s music takes us on a journey of his path in life and shows us a little bit of ourselves in the process.

Tyler Stewart:

Tyler Stewart “Stewie” is known in the local arts community as a Rap music performer and mental health advocate. Life wasn’t sunshine & rainbows for him. Being the son of an absent father, lead him to feel abandoned. At school Tyler was often bullied and ostracized. Teachers and classmates would say, “You’ll never be anybody in life” or “No one would care if you died”. Without positive role models and influences Tyler built walls around himself. He eventually dropped out school and turned to music. Over a fifteen-year period Tyler dedicated himself to writing rhymes that told his story and explored his inner self. His music became his method of self-healing. Soon he realized he was not alone and that sharing his message could help others. He has become an accomplished artist and champion for raising awareness about mental health. Tyler has worked with artists such as, Madchild, Machine Gun Kelly, Demrick & more. His message remains, “You are not alone and music is the key to self expression and can take you away from everyday pain”. Tyler is a committed father.

Lola Camara:

Lola has been writing songs since she was very young. As a latchkey kid writing songs helped her understand and connect with everything around her. She sang everyday and wrote words she could set to melodies. Music became therapy for her. Born in London Ontario, Lola has moved considerably but the Forest City has always been where she feels most comfortable. Not one to be pigeonholed her music philosophy is simple, “I don’t have a set genre, if I feel it, I like it, if I don’t feel it, I don’t listen to it”.  Her writing stems from personal experiences and issues she’s been forced to face. LOLA stands for Love Over Loss Always.



1:30 PM – 2:15 pm

Producers Panel

The Evolution of Music Production & How The Game Remains The Same.

Years from now people may not remember what CDs were or an iPod or Mp3s. Technology changes but the job of the producer remains the same. A hit song will always strike mass appeal and make its way into the mass psyche. This panel features hit-making, award-winning producers in a discussion about how production has evolved and why the fundamentals endure.

Moderated by Terry McManus.

Terry has had a long and distinguished career as a songwriter, producer, and artist manager, He is the founder of the Songwriters Association of Canada and was a Professor at Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts program for over 35 years

Darius Szczepaniak

 Darius is a Canadian born mixer, engineer and musician. He has been involved in music his entire life playing, writing, recording and producing music. He has worked with many top recording artists such as Sum 41, Fe Fe Dobson, Barenaked Ladies, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Jann Arden and Holly Cole to name a few, and through his efforts has achieved several Gold and Platinum Awards. Darius is skilled in many aspects of recording, production and mixing having worked with many of the world’s top producers and engineers. Darius has worked in many amazing studios. Getting his big start at Metalworks Studios, he’s had the privilege of also working in Jacobs Studio (UK), The Carriage House (USA) and eventually becoming Head Engineer at the prestigious Phase One Studios back home in Canada. He can utilize any medium, from analogue to the latest in digital; making edits with a razor or a mouse and is a Pro Tools expert. Darius is a recognized professional throughout the industry in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and has earned this reputation through hard work.


Lisa Patterson:

Lisa Patterson is an award-winning music creator, entrepreneur and humanitarian based in Toronto, Canada. She has been championing original Canadian music in studios and on stages across 4 continents over the past 25 years. Patterson operates imaginit music studio where she has worked on over 10 albums & countless demos, specializing in Roots, World, Folk, Indigenous and Jazz artists and has a reputation for creating a harmonious studio environment for artists diverse in ethnicity and gender. In 2017 she launched H.E.R. studio: Heroes of Engineering and Record Production to advocate for female audio workers. Career highlights include co-producing projects with Juno & Polaris prize award-winning producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bare Naked Ladies); Grammy & Juno award-winning producer Adam Messinger (Magic!, Iggy Azalea); studio veteran Nick Blagona (Cat Stevens, Deep Purple). She produced and engineered the debut disc for Haitian-Canadian artist Melissa Laveaux that resulted in a signing to France’s No Format / Universal. Patterson has also recorded 2016 WOMEX Artist Award Recipient Calypso Rose; Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta; Juno winning Dub Poet Lillian Allen; and Juno nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble. As an Artist-Producer she has commercially released four albums and five videos with singles play-listed nationally and internationally; including a Rough Trade distribution deal for the Benelux. Patterson studied Music Performance at York University and Music Production at Fanshawe College. Recognition includes 2016 induction into Jack Richardson London Music Hall of Fame, a Leonardo da Vinci Award for Creativity and Innovation and the Paul Casino Achievement Award. Youth mentorships include: ‘Honey Jam’ audio, Songwriter Showcases co-sponsored by S.A.C & Music Ontario and community Anti-Violence programs. Patterson is an industry speaker, moderator and curator for Canadian Music Week and Folk Music Ontario.


Andrew McPherson:

Songwriter, producer and remixer Andrew McPherson has been a fixture of the Canadian music scene for nearly 30 years. Widely recognized for his 2-time Juno nominated and 2-time Canadian Music Award winning world fusion project Eccodek, Andrew wears a host of musical hats. A fiercely committed collaborator, Andrew’s production work has been released on labels including Six Degrees Records, Real World, Buddha Bar, White Swan/Black Swan, Modiba, National Geographic and more. He has partnered with artists including Vieux Farka Touré, Jane Siberry, Desert Dwellers, Kiran Ahluwalia, Philosopher Kings, Lenka Lichtenberg, Dub Colossus, MC Yogi, Delhi 2 Dublin, Stephen Fearing, Deva Premal, Kevin Breit and many more. From his Guelph based Monastereo studio, Andrew produces, writes and releases his diverse catalogue of music that includes 7 Eccodek albums, 4 solo recordings, a live film score and 2 releases of his recently created ambient project, Peppermoth. Peppermoth’s latest, Glimmer Tide, is released worldwide on US label Six Degrees. In addition to an active life in music, Andrew is a professional voice actor, currently the network voice of HGTV Canada and Hollywood Suite. Over 30 years Andrew has anchored campaigns for BMO, CI Investments, Kraft, Ford, Rogers, Labatt’s, Avis, Lipton’s, Kingdom Builders and was the network voice of Discovery Channel Canada.


Mike Smith:

Mike Smith is an award winning recording/mix engineer. Since joining Phase One studios in 2005, Mike has engineered for some of the top producers, songwriters and artists in the industry including BOI-1DA, T-Minus, Vinylz, Seven Thomas, Harvey Mason Jr., Sha Money, Poo Bear, Major, Mega Man, Wondagurl, School Boy Q, Jhene Aiko, Keisza, Travis Scott, Eminem, A$AP FERG, A Great Big World, YoGotti, Eddie Kramer, En Vogue and many more.



Anne Moniz:

Moniz is a singer-songwriter with twenty years’ experience as a studio vocalist and stage performer. Anne is a graduate of Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) class of 2015. She prefers to work out of established studios to help demystify the recording arts for other aspiring artists. In 2017, she produced an independently release for her band Nimway’s. It was their debut EP, and in 2018 she arranged and produced London songstress Leanne Mayer’s debut EP “Bittersweet Remedy”. Anne is a proponent for women in music and a strong advocate for the local music scen. Moniz dabbles in audio for community theatre, as well. Her proudest contribution was sound design for a 2016 production of “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”, written by Frank McGuinness, and performed at The Palace Theatre. It won “Most Outstanding Drama” at the 2016 Brickenden Awards, and she was nominated for “Best Sound Design”.


Michael Marucci:

A student of Canadian industry luminaries Jack Richardson and Kevin Doyle, Michael is a multiple JRLMA/FCLMA nominated producer/engineer who has been making records for over a decade. He owns and operates Sonic Zen Studios in London, Ontario and has worked with a wide range of artists including Leanne Mayer, Carly Thomas, Karen Emeny, Nimway, Yeti On Horseback, Redambergreen and more.  


NB: Mentor Lounges – Sign up @ Rosewood Lounge 2:30pm – 3:30pm.


2:45pm – 3:45pm


Canadian music icon Carole Pope.

Truth In Art: Making Music That Fulfills You & How Selling Out Shortens Your Music Career.

Carole Pope Up Close & Personal (Q & A).


Carole Pope is an agent provocateur pushing the boundaries of sexuality, sexual politics and the status quo. Short listed for the Polaris prize, her work has been recognized with three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie, 4 gold. 1 platinum and I double platinum record. Her latest single “This is Not a Test:”(Sony Red) is available everywhere. A new collaboration with Kevin Hearn (BNL Lou Reed) RESIST IT is out now.

Pope has toured with David Bowie and performed at Roskilde, World Pride, MOCCA, Fashion Cares 25 with Elton John, Largo, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The AGO, ROM, Arts Wells, Luminato, Joe’s Pub, The Global Cabaret Festival, The Frostbite Festival (Reykjavik), The Vancouver Folk Festival, Riverfest (Toronto), Los Angeles, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco Prides, The Michigan Womyn’s Festival and the Viper Room. She appeared in SUCK, a vampire movie along with guest stars Moby, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins.

Pope has contributed music to film and television, including Transparent Season 2, Love or Whatever, Never Saw it Coming, The L Word, General Idea Art AIDS, The fin de siècle The Trailer Park Boys Movie, This Revolution, Queers as Folk, The Five Senses and Cruising. Her seminal band ROUGH TRADE was on the short list for the POLARIS Prize and were inducted into the Indy Hall of Fame during Canadian Music Week.


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Keynote Speaker Susan Aglukark

NOMAD: Correcting the Narrative (Story & Songs)

Susan Aglukark has lived between two worlds her entire career. Nomad takes her audience on a journey of self-reflection, bringing her back to her ancestors, and how recovering her story has become a critical step in recovering herself.

Award-winning Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists, who blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. Aglukark’s talks emphasize the same themes that her music does – those of hope, spirit, and encouragement that have captivated and inspired listeners around the world.

Aglukark has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney, French President Jacques Chirac, as well as several other dignitaries. Equally important to her are the people she has performed for and spoken to on reserves, in small towns and in villages across Canada and the Arctic.

She was awarded the Governor Generals Order of Canada in 2005, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal February 2012. She also holds honorary degrees in Law from the University of Alberta and the Calgary University, and an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from the Lethbridge University, she is also the Chair and Founder of the Arctic Rose Foundation. Aglukark has been featured in Chatelaine, Flare, Saturday Night, Modern Woman, Billboard and The New York Times, with Maclean’s magazine once naming her one of “100 Canadians to Watch” along with countless other magazines.


SoundCheck for Success is made possible with the support of the Ontario Creates


Harbour Guitars

Greg Wright owner of “Harbour Guitars- School of Acoustic Guitar Building” in Port Stanley, will share this amazing art form. Custom make your own guitar.

London Musicians Association

The London Musicians Association is a member driven non-profit professional association. It is dedicated to establishing and maintaining professional standards, ethics and fees in the music industry. –

Canadian Mental Health association - Middlesex

Our goals are to promote good mental health, prevent further illness, offer treatment, support recovery and provide mental health education in the communities of London, Middlesex, Exeter and Goderich.

Our vision is an inclusive community with mental health and well-being for all.


Sunfest Committee presents thoughtful, innovative global arts programming that usually commands a very committed following. It aspires to hold a mirror up to its community in order to reflect the diversity and vitality of London’s burgeoning multicultural population.  –

M & T Printing Group

M&T Printing Group has been one of Ontario’s top print providers and a leader in the print on demand industry for more than 45 years. From concept and design to printing and delivery, our professionally trained experts can help with any requirement your business may have.



Reserve Exhibit Space – contact: Earle Taylor – Tel: 519-681-3284 –

Admission $5 Donation to the London Music Hall of Fame – Canada’s only city specific Music Hall of Fame