SoundCheck for Success 2022

Saturday June 25th

Digital Creative Arts Centre


BGC London

184 Horton St. London ON


10a – 11:30a

Songwriter Circle/Writers Round

Join us for a Nashville inspired writers round, where three local songwriters share the stories behind the songs and offer a chance for songwriters, musicians and music lovers to come together and connect. Justine Chantale, Karen Emeny, and Nick Ross take turns showcasing a variety of original songs and share insights into the song writing process, finding and creating inspiration, co-writing, and tools and tips they’ve learned along the way. Ask questions and chat one-on-one with the writers.

Justine Chantale

One of the most promising artists in Canada’s up-and-coming music scene, Justine Chantale has been described as the small-town girl with the big voice, and even bigger heart. After all, for this Stratford chanteuse, music has been a driving force for as long as she can remember.

​Now, showcasing a blend of country and pop, Justine has continued to make a name for herself across the region, not only hitting the stage during Country Music Week at the 2016 Canadian Country Music Association Awards in London, Ont., opening for landmark artists including Jess Moskaluke, Chad Brownlee and Bobby Wills, but a number of venues including London Music Hall and Trackside Music Festival, as well as recently opening for The Proud Sons at London’s downtown staple, Rum Runners.

“For me, writing and playing has always been a form of self-expression, but also a way to get my point across to people and to connect,” she said. “Sometimes words don’t always do the job — but music does. Getting up and performing is so therapeutic … and if it can really touch people, that’s why I do it.”

Nick Ross

Nick Ross is a local musician and songwriter from London, Ontario who graduated from the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College in 2013 and has worn many hats in the local music scene. As a sound-tech and stagehand, he has worked with a wide range of venues such as the London Music Club and London Music Hall, as well as starting a popular open mic night at Carey’s Bar and Grill. This provided him with an inside look into multiple levels of the industry from up-and-coming artists to professional touring acts. As a musician and songwriter he founded a band with Leanne Mayer (Hollow Romance) and has collaborated in writing, recording and performing with a wide variety of other local artists and musicians including Justine Chantale (producing her first album ‘Stepping Stones’), Karen Emeny, Brett Kingswell, and others. Musical influences stretch from modern country, folk, to pop, and his music ties together a unique combination of catchy melodies, hard hitting choruses, while weaving together powerful, insightful, and intimate lyrics. He is currently working on developing his songwriting craft by participating in co-writes and engaging in an ever-evolving process of learning to discover what it means to write songs that connect and are deeply meaningful.

Karen Emeny

With her catchy hooks and honest lyricism, Karen Emeny’s sound is one unconstrained by genre — and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

As a lover of music for as long as she can remember, and after penning her first song at just 12-years-old, it’s no surprise the artist has learned to draw inspiration from anywhere and everywhere — making her both a unique and diverse talent. Since releasing her debut EP Finding the Words in 2009, Karen has continued to make a name for herself in Canada and the U.S., connecting with listeners through both her passionate singing and song writing styles.

11:30 – 12:00p

Keynote Address – Karen Kosowski (Via Zoom)

Karen Kosowski is a versatile multi-genre writer and producer based in Nashville, TN. Raised on a wide variety of pop, rock, classical and country music in the Canadian prairie city of Winnipeg, in the early 2000’s she packed up her car and drove herself, her instruments and her recording gear to Toronto where she spent many years creating both pop and country music before following her heart and relocating her studio to Nashville, Tennessee. With her formal musical training, traditional song writing background, multi-instrumentalist abilities, varied influences and two decades of producing, pop programming and engineering skills, she is a virtual Swiss army knife in both the writing room and recording studio. As such, she has contributed to a wide resume of hits – sometimes as a producer, sometimes as a writer, sometimes as a mixer, and sometimes all three at once.

Karen produced the majority of Mickey Guyton’s 3x Grammy nominated album “Remember Her Name” (Capitol Records Nashville) and is a co-writer on several of the album’s tracks. The album received a 2022 Grammy nomination for “Best Country Album”, and the title track (one of nine that Karen produced) was nominated for “Best Country Solo Performance” and “Best Country Song.” She also mixed two of the album’s tracks, including the critically acclaimed “What Are You Gonna Tell Her.” The album has received massive critical praise and was hailed by NPR as “one of the standout country-pop works of the modern era.”

Previously Karen produced and co-wrote several tracks on Guyton’s “Bridges” EP (Capitol Records Nashville), which was hailed as one of the top country albums of 2020 by Billboard Magazine, American Songwriter Magazine and many more. Karen continues to collaborate on a variety of recording projects with Mickey as both producer and co-writer, including producing and mixing “Black Like Me (Our Voices)”, which Mickey performed at the 2021 Grammy Awards, and producing a cover of “Nothing Else Matters” for Metallica’s “The Metallica Blacklist” album. For Mickey’s performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl LVI, Karen arranged the instrumentation and choir, and played piano in the final performance. She has accompanied Mickey on stage for many special occasions, including performances on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” the 2021 American Music Awards, and the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Other recent highlights include co-writing the Gold Certified, #1 Canadian and Australian country single “What A Song Should Do” for Tim Hicks, co-writing the Platinum certified single “She Drives Me Crazy” and Gold certified single “Anthem” for Brett Kissel, and producing, mixing and co-writing the six-week #1 Australian Country Single “Memphis T-Shirt” for Melanie Dyer. She produced and co-wrote the Gold Certified, #2 Canadian Country Single “Country Thunder” for the Washboard Union (for which she received a nomination for “Producer Of The Year” at the 2020 Canadian Country Music Awards), and went on to produce 6 tracks on their new album “Everbound”, which won the 2020 CCMA award for “Roots Album Of The Year”. Karen produced/co-wrote/mixed the single “Home To Me” for Sony Nashville recording artist Ross Ellis, which charted top 10 on Sirius XM’s The Highway, and produced/co-wrote Ryan Langdon’s swagger-filled new EP “Lit In The Sticks” (Hidden Pony Records.)

While her recent work has been primarily focused in the country music genre, pop music is close to Karen’s heart, and she produced/co-wrote the US Top 40 pop hit “Somebody To Love Me” for Tryon, and produced/mixed/co-wrote the Billboard AC Radio Top 5 “It Won’t Be Christmas” for Emma-Lee, which has become a perennial radio favorite in Canada, topping the recurrent charts every Christmas season since it’s release.

Karen loves collaborating on original tracks for feature films. “Hold On” (co-written with and produced/mixed for Mickey Guyton,) was created specially for a heartbreaking scene in the Oscar-nominated movie “Breakthrough”, and “Where The Light Used To Be” (co-written with and produced/mixed for Peter Katz) was created for another emotional wrought scene, this time in Wangofilms’ action movie “88” (starring Christopher Lloyd), and it garnered her a 2016 Canadian Screen Awards nomination in the category of Achievement in Music – Best Original Song. She also produced/mixed “Without A Net”, a newly written song by Diane Warren performed by Mickey Guyton, for the 2020 feature film “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story.”

12p – 12:30p

We are Fanshawe College Music Industry Arts

Hear from Music Industry Arts grads about one of Canada’s top music production programs.

12:30p – 1p


 A UNESCO City of Music designation is an ongoing commitment to continue developing and strengthening our music sector. This designation provides London with a unique, one-of-a-kind distinction that no other community in Canada has, and connects us to the world. Hear what this designation means from City of London Music Development Officer, Cory Crossman.

 1p – 1:45p

Make The Media Want You

 The media landscape is constantly evolving. As an artist looking for airtime or ink, you need to be strategic and creative about attracting attention. It involves some introspection, a bit of homework, and knowing who to bring your story to. Blanketing all of media with your pitch is no longer an effective plan. Influencing the right people with a targeted pitch, coupled with social media traction, will get better results.

 Host – Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is the nomad of journalists. He has been a writer and editor for publications in Montreal, Ottawa, the GTA, and for no fewer than six media outlets in the London area. He’s also a published novelist and, for the past five years, has been a round table panellist every Friday morning on 1290 CJBK.

Eric Alper

For the past 25+ years, Eric Alper has been at the forefront of the Canadian entertainment industry – making the Public in Public Relations his business. His enthusiasm, encyclopaedic knowledge of the past and present have made him the go-to for music in Canada. He is also host of one of the top-rated SiriusXM shows “ThatEricAlper”. With over one million followers, friends and connections across his social media platforms, it’s clear to understand why he has been named a “must follow” by Billboard, Paste and National Post among others. He has been a 6-time nominee for Publicist of the Year during Canadian Music Week, and has worked 19 JUNO Award, 35 Canadian Folk Music Award, and 60 Maple Blues Award-winning albums, and is also truly honoured to work with some of the biggest and most important artists of our time including Ringo Starr, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Merle Haggard, John Prine, Ringo Starr, Slash, The Wiggles,, Steve Earle, Snoop Dogg, The Smashing Pumpkins, , Little Steven, Sinead O’Connor, Sesame Street among hundreds others.

Whitney South

Since graduating from Conestoga College with a print journalism diploma in 2013, Whitney has worked as a multimedia journalist for several publications across Southwestern Ontario — including Our London, Business London and 519 Magazine.

​After growing up in Kitchener, Whitney spent several years living in both Toronto and Vancouver before returning to Ontario to continue her education in 2010. A previous graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as her thesis in fine art photography, Whitney worked towards a career combining her love of photography with passion for writing.

​Post-graduation, Whitney worked in the editorial departments of the Cambridge Times and Seaforth Huron Expositor before moving to the Forest City to take on the roles of writer, photographer, layout artist and assistant editor with Our London from 2014 until its closure in January of 2018.

Over the years, she has been privileged to interviewed and photograph a veritable gallery of artists and public figures including musicians Terri Clark, Dallas Smith, and Johnny Cash drummer WS Holland, to actors Ron Perlman, Mick Foley, and Victor Garber, and Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis.

Whitney is also known for her events coverage, both newsworthy and entertainment-based, including on-site reporting from Trackside Music Festival, several years of the CMAOntario Awards, Boots & Hearts, Lucknow Music in the Fields, and the JUNO Awards. She has also run point on all social media for the 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards, as well as the entirety of CCMA Country Music Week in Hamilton — broadcast on the CBC, and was most recently the official photographer for the 2021 CCMA Host Committee, here in London

She is currently working as a freelance writer/photographer and social media specialist for a number of national, international and local artists, festivals, record labels and musicians, working on marketing and social media projects and strategies.

Bruce Urquhart

Bruce Urquhart is an award-winning journalist and editor whose work has appeared in the London Free Press, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and dozens of other major publications across Canada. A former music critic and radio DJ, Mr. Urquhart has interviewed a long list of notable musicians during his career while maintaining a truly impressive record collection.

Candice Lubick

Candice Lubick’s music career spans over twenty years and she is the person behind Classic Connections Entertainment. She is an experienced networker in business in general and the music industry specifically.

She has a deep affinity for all things musical, and has a very discerning ear and a critical eye for talent. After a rich background in musical performance and teaching education at Cambrian College, where she graduated with Dean’s honors, she continued on to Laurentian University and Queen’s University, and eventually found herself back home in southwestern Ontario.

Candice has worn many hats in the music industry over the last decade in London Ontario, working extensively as a flutist, woodwind and voice teacher, choir director, agent, promoter, and publicist, as well as, social media administrator, editor, marketing consultant, hospitality manager, event planner, and community builder.

She was the Artistic Director of Wortley Village’s Gathering on the Green Festival, a Board Executive and volunteer coordinator for the Home County Music and Art Festival and was awarded on merits of outstanding contribution for these ventures. 

In 2017, Candice was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an incurable degenerative disease of the brain and central nervous system, and suffers multiple comorbid incurable illnesses. In spite of her changing health needs, she has continued to be an unstoppable force in the Southwestern Ontario music scene. By proactively accommodating her health needs, she continues to work on a freelance basis in a variety of roles in spite of her differing abilities. 

Despite barriers Candice continues to deliver outstanding performance and service in the music industry and seeks to continue freelance work in her chosen fields and contribute in impactful  ways, to her many communities, with necessary accommodation for her health needs.

2p – 3:30p

Pro Drumming 101

Host: Glen ‘Archie’ Gamble

Led by international touring and recording musician Glen ‘Archie’ Gamble, this is an immersive musical experience called and a ‘must participate’ for all drummers. Archie has drummed for and shared the stage with artists such as Helix, Lita Ford, Ace Frehley, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and The Four Horsemen.

Archie will discuss such wide-ranging topics as crafting your career in music, how to get, find and keep gigs. Plus approaches to studio recording, landing endorsement deals, working with a click track and various techniques.

This clinic is a ‘hands-on” experience. Sharing his knowledge and experience, Archie will also demonstrate the equipment he uses and endorses. Dixon drums, Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads and Headhunters drumsticks will all be active participants in this event, with cool swag you can take and door prizes to win. This clinic is perfect for the beginner drummer to the more advanced professional.

3:30p – 4:30p

Music In Motion – How scoring for motion media makes money

In this one hour workshop, screen scoring professionals will explain how today’s recording musicians can approach licensing their music for film, TV, gaming and other motion media.  Filmmakers, licensing and ync experts, and screen scoring artists will explain how scoring for motion media makes money.  

Matt Shelvock, PhD (Chillhop Music, bitbird, Heroic)

Matt is a former senior level executive from the music industry. Specializing in creative music partnerships, Matt has led a number of high profile motion media projects with household names such as Shopify, Square Enix (Final Fantasy), HBO, Marvel, Apple, Nike, Comedy Central, and many others. Drawing from his multi award winning experiences with the Final Fantasy videogame franchise, he currently teaches a course at Western University called Music and Gaming

Alastair Sims

An audio engineer and mixer that has worked with RUSH, Tragically Hip, Three Days Grace, Barenaked Ladies, and Loud Luxury among many more. He has also recorded and mixed music for movies and television shows such as Canada’s Got Talent, Ru Paul’s “Canada’s Drag Race”( S 1-3), Selling Sunset, The L Word, and Freaks and Greeks “The Documentary”. Sims spent most of his career focusing on music production and mixing, as well as FOH mixing. He is now also working in television and post production using his skill gained in the music industry to bring life to live TV performances and musical aspects of any visual media.

Patrick Dal Cin

Originally from Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Patrick Dal Cin is an audio professional who has made his career in both the music and film industries. He attended Western University for Popular Music Studies and later attended Fanshawe for Audio Post-Production. As a freelance music producer, musician, mixing and mastering engineer, Patrick has worked with numerous acts around Ontario at both an indie and label-signed level. While fresh out of Western, he produced an indie EP that climbed the Canadian iTunes Pop charts to a top 20 position. His recordings have also successfully earned many artists’ grants from FACTOR. On the touring circuit, he has played many high-profile shows including Festival D’Été de Québec and Trackside Festival in London.

As a boom operator, Patrick has worked on numerous award winning productions such as Letterkenny, The Void, Mean Dreams and Hallmark films. Some of these productions can be found on streaming services, Netflix and Crave and have been featured at TIFF and Cannes. Patrick now works full-time as a sound engineer for Rolling Pictures in their Northern Ontario facility. He mixed the pre-recorded segments of the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards and has worked on productions for Discovery, CBC Gem and several commercial brands.

Jay Hodgson, PhD (Western University)

Jay Hodgson is an associate professor of Popular Music Studies at Western University, where he teaches courses on songwriting, screen scoring and modern record production. He was awarded a Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal in 2006, primarily in recognition of his research on recording practice. Recently Jay has mastered two records nominated for Juno awards, contributed music to films recognized by the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine and screened at the United Nations General Assembly, all while maintaining an active schedule as a producer and songwriter himself. Jay has authored and edited numerous books on recording practice, published by, among others, Bloomsbury, Taylor & Francis, Continuum, Focal, Routledge, and Oxford University Press.

4:30p – 5:30p

Producers Panel

Bob Marlette – Featured producer

Bob Marlette has grown to be one of the most iconic and versatile producers of the Rock and Heavy Metal genres. Early on in his career he was working as a session musician with artists like Al Stewart on “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages,” but he began writing music and co-producing with David Kirshenbaum. His work as a songwriter, producer, and mixer led him to work with influential artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Sheryl Crow and many more.

Marlette has had his hand in both commercial hits and cult classics of his genre. Shinedown’s “Leave A Whisper,” which Bob produced, mixed and engineered, went on to become multi-platinum. Saliva’s Grammy-nominated record, “Every Six Seconds,” also went on to become Platinum. He produced, mixed, and engineered the album, along with co-writing the hit single “Click Click Boom” that was described as “a mosh king’s dream” upon its release. He also produced Black Sabbath’s 1998 album “Reunion,” which went Platinum in the U.S. and Canada. His work on Seether’s “Disclaimer II” contributed to the vast success of the Platinum album. Recently, Bob has worked with artists like Red Sun Rising, Airbourne, Texas Hippie Coalition, and Vanderberg.

To help aid the next generation of producers, mixers, and audio engineers, Bob has been sharing his wisdom with online resources like Pro Mix Academy and Produce Like A Pro, cementing his legacy and outstanding work.

Dan Brodbeck

Dan is the coordinator and a professor of recording engineering at the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College. He is actively training the next generation of engineers, producers, writers, and performers. Since the late 80’s Dan has been engineering and producing music professionally. He owned dB Recording Studios from 1991 to 2000 where he worked on many Juno nominated albums including The Gandharvas and Garnet Rogers. In 2000 dB merged with EMAC Recording Studios in London where he made albums for Headstrong, Clockwise, Ana Lovelis and Landon Pigg for RCA/BMG New York. In 2003 Dan began working with Dolores O’Riordan from the Irish band, The Cranberries and that relationship lasted 13 years earning him a Juno win for Recording Engineer of The Year and a Grammy nomination in 2020 for his work on “In The End” for The Cranberries last album, released after Dolores’s passing.

 Moe Berg

Canadian singer-songwriter and record producer Moe Berg is best known as the lead singer for Toronto rock group The Pursuit of Happiness. Berg has also performed with Edmonton bands Troc ’59, The News, Modern Minds and Facecrime. In 2017 he toured Canada as a member of The Trans-Canada Highwaymen with Chris Murphy (Sloan), Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) and Craig Northey (Odds). He currently plays rhythm in the 1980s cover band “Monteforte.” Berg recorded and produced his first solo album, “Summer’s Over” in 1997. He has also produced records for other artists. He currently works mainly as a record producer for young bands such as The Cliks.

Berg is a published writer, releasing his first book, a short story collection called “The Green Room,” in 2000. He has also written for, the Edmonton Journal, and The Globe and Mail, among other publications.

In 2009, Berg began co-hosting a television show, Master Tracks, on Aux. The show is a documentary look at the recording process of emerging bands attempting to record a song in one day in a professional recording studio

Currently, Berg is a professor teaching music production at the Music Industry Arts Program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

SoundCheck for Success is presented by Fanshawe College Music Industry Arts

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


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