SOUNDCHECK FOR SUCCESS

FCLMA SoundCheck For Success 2021

Presented By Fanshawe Music Industry Arts

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANELS 2021

Women In Music

Moderator: Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke is a programmer, host and storyteller.  She currently manages the Canadian music department at SiriusXM, overseeing the content and programming for fourteen Canadian music channels across several genres of music. She hosts various radio shows, including her weekly Sunday Service on SiriusXM’s North Americana and swing shifts at CIND-FM, Toronto’s New Alternative, Indie88. She recently launched the Women in Media podcast looking to explore the collective challenges women face in the media spotlight, in a male-dominated industry.

Panelists:

Shauna de Cartier – Six Shooter Records Founder

Over twenty years ago, Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records as a one-woman operation. As CEO she heads a Toronto-based indie label that provides artist management, production and sales of music, festival production, concert promotion and song publishing.  Six Shooter Records is recognized for its artist-centric business model, committed to boundary-pushing artistic development with career artists. De Cartier is the 2015-2016 chair of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), was vice-chair of the Radio Starmaker Fund (2012); and was on the board of the Americana Music Association in Nashville in 2013. In 2019 she was recipient of the CIMA Entrepreneur Award.

Erin Carroll (They/Them) – Publicist for Fontana North / Cadence Recordings 

Erin Carroll has worked within the music industry for almost 10 years in a variety of roles, with experience in marketing, PR, and management. Currently, Erin is the manager of Publicity Services at Cadence Music Group / Fontana North. They have managed several press campaigns for artists including Lido Pimienta, Sam Roberts Band, k-os, Trans Trenderz (Canada), Martha Wainwright, Brittany Howard (Canada), Black Pumas(Canada) and many more. Outside of Cadence, they co-manage singer/songwriter T. Thomason. Passionate about music and queer artists/industry visibility, they co-founded and chair the first-ever Canadian Music Industry LGBTQ2S+ advisory committee PRISM supported by MusicOntario. The committee, comprised of artists and music industry community leaders to develop opportunities, safer spaces, and visibility for LGBTQ2S+ voices in Ontario’s music biz.

Charlie-Wall Andrews (She/Her)  – Executive Director, SOCAN Foundation

Charlie Wall-Andrews is a Trudeau Scholar and PhD candidate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ted Rogers School of Management. She is dedicated to using her research to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Canadian music ecosystem. She conducts research at the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. Charlie has worked in the creative industries for over a decade.

Lisa Grossi (She/Her) 

Starting as a part time “new media” intern at CHUM 15 years ago, Lisa Grossi turned her love of music into an astonishing career.  Within 5 years, she was CHUM’s Music Director.  Her current list of job titles would be impressive if they were spread out over an entire career: National Music Director – MOVE Radio network; Music Director/Assistant Program Director – CHUM 104.5, Music Director – 99.9 Virgin Radio Toronto.  Nevertheless, she does them all; and she does them well, every day. 

Justine Chantale – Musician

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, from singing in the school choir, learning guitar and playing at her high schools Coffee Houses to playing local open mics. 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. All of her music, including two EPs and several singles can be found on all streaming platforms

Denise Pelley – Musician & Theatre Performer  

She’s performed with many great artists including acclaimed trombonist Ray Anderson, Gospel/Blues legend Jackie Richardson and Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook and opened for Aretha Franklin. Denise has performed with symphony orchestras and festivals, including the du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival (Toronto), Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Royal Canadian Big Band Festival, Bluesfest, Waterloo Jazz Festival and Sunfest.

Her theatre work includes, The Grand Theatre (London) performing in the Fats Waller musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, Wang Dang Doodle with Denis Simpson and A Streetcar Named Desire. Denise’s one-woman show, Jazzabel premiered in September 2004 at the McManus Theatre (Grand Theatre), London, Ontario to sold out audiences! In October 2005 Jazzabel was performed in Washington, DC at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and in February 2006 to audiences in New York City at Urban Stages Theatre. As well, she was premiered in the February 2006 issue of O (Oprah Winfrey) Magazine. Denise’s recording credits include seven CD’s.

She is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, 2003 YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts and Heritage category and in 2009 the London Black History Committee honoured Denise with the Black Community Achievement Award. In April 2015 Denise was inducted into the London Music Hall of Fame. Denise volunteers with Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan where she delivers music and art camp for the children and raises funds for a school in Nigeria.  

Date: Monday, June 7th, 2021

Time: 5:00pm 

Location: Zoom

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Discussion

The Women in Music Panel, moderated by former London radio host Sarah Burke, will gather industry women of diverse backgrounds and experiences to speak about their triumphs and challenges in the music industry.  Panelists will explore a variety of topics including:

  • Knowing Your Audience
  • Destroying Stereotypes
  • Elevating Marginalized Voices
  • Breaking the Ol’ Boys Club
  • Health, Wellness & Boundaries

 

Pop Goes EVERYTHING

Moderator: J. Stevens   

J Stevens is the Music Director/Assistant Program Director at 97.5 Virgin Radio in London, Ontario. In addition to hosting the #1 rated afternoon show in the city, he also does double duty as MD/APD/Midday host at sister station, 93.9 Virgin Radio in Windsor (where he lived & worked prior to making London home in 2016).

In his 20+ year career (which has taken him from his roots in Chatham to stops in Midwestern Ontario, as well) he’s developed relationships with some of the biggest artists in the world, spanning multiple genres. While “pop” may be the current format he’s helping to program, hacking his personal playlist would show he’s constantly listening to anything from Martha & The Vandellas to Metallica.

While he’s been a finalist multiple times for CMW’s Music Director of the Year & has hosted many high profile interviews/events, J claims any success he’s had has come thanks to hard work, adapting to an ever-changing landscape & learning about people.

Panelists: 

Eric Ratz

Eric Ratz is a GRAMMY and JUNO Award winning Producer, Engineer and Mixer with over 20 years of experience. Eric is known for big sounding mixes and rock productions. He has worked with Canada’s most successful and influential rock bands including Arkells, Big Wreck, Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Danko Jones and Monster Truck. He has been nominated for 11 JUNO awards in both the Producer and Recording Engineer categories. He has won Producer of the Year and twice won Engineer of the Year at the JUNOs. Eric is also a GRAMMY Award winner.

Matt Grady

Matt is a Canadian Producer and Engineer. Matt has strong ties to London Ontario both through working as Chief Engineer at legendary EMAC Recording Studios for more than a decade, and his role as Professor of Music Industry Arts at Fanshawe College. A rabid fan and disciple of rock and roll, he has had the good fortune to have been taught and worked alongside legends like Jack Richardson who taught him the skills to harbour a new generation of Canadian talent. Matt continues to grow as a creative force; whether producing, engineering (Ivory Hours, The Pairs. The Jailbirds) or creating (Tandem Eagle, Manglor) his sound continues the old school traditions with new explosive energy.

Luke Roes

Luke Roes is a songwriter and producer primarily known for his work with Ivory Hours. He’s currently completing a concept album called ‘Welcome to my Head’ – a hair-raising collection of pop songs about recovering from an anxious breakdown. 

India Coran

A proud Londoner, India has worked in the music industry as a radio promotion rep for over 10 years after attending UWO, Harris Institute for the Arts, and U of T. She represents both international and domestic artists to radio across Canada who are either independent or signed to major labels. Some well known clients have included Awolnation, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Nickelback, Our Lady Peace, and The Trews. She has introduced new artists to radio who went on to secure major label deals such as The Lazys, The Motorleague, and Juno award winning pop sensation Neon Dreams. She can’t wait to see live music in town again, like Texas King at the London Music Hall! 

Date: Monday, June 7th, 2021

Time: 7:30pm 

Location: Zoom

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Discussion

Genre was once a practical tool for organizing record shops and programming radio stations but what is Pop music today? Mainstream pop has evolved to be inclusive of many more musical influences. Join radio disc jockey J Stevens and leading industry professionals as they unpack the state of pop music today, where the genre originated and where it’s headed.

 

Granting Your Way to Success

Moderator: Sheila Simpson                                                                                      

Panelists:

Rebekah Morrison-Wize, London Arts Council 

Since returning to her hometown of London in 2003, Rebekah has dedicated herself to the London arts community within her position as Development Officer, Investments with the London Arts Council. Rebekah holds a BFA Honours Degree in Dance from York University. Living 20 years in Toronto, Rebekah worked with the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Canada’s National Ballet School and Canadian Stage Theatre Company. Rebekah manages the Community Arts Investment Program and is responsible for pursuing and securing LAC’s entire project; program and operational investments through grant applications, corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations and community partnerships.

Ward Dilse, Ontario Creates                                                                                                                  

This Ancaster resident has been involved in the sport and entertainment industries for the past two decades. Ward is a Program Consultant with the Ontario Music Office at Ontario Creates. He promotes and enhances the business development and market potential of Ontario’s music industry, by coordinating program and marketing initiatives and providing consultative services in order to contribute to the domestic and international growth of Ontario music companies through the Ontario Music Investment Fund. His event management experience includes the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Soccer Competition, 2018 Molson Canadian Olympic Team Send-Off and the inaugural 2019 RBC Canadian Open Concert Series. In addition, he was a member of the 2015 Juno Awards Host Committee and Co-Chair, Marketing & Pageantry.

Dwayne Dixon – Ontario Arts Council

Dwayne has more than 15 years of experience in the arts as well as in the corporate and entertainment sectors. In 2016-17, he was Executive Director of the Nia Centre for the Arts, a youth arts organization focused on helping young Black artists. During his tenure, he secured an additional 7,000 square feet from the City of Toronto for their venue to be renovated into Canada’s first multidisciplinary professional space dedicated to Black art. Dwayne also produced Nia’s first large-scale multidisciplinary arts festival, Blowout Fest. From 2013 to 2015, Dwayne was the Executive Director of Manifesto Community Projects, where among his achievements he produced Canada’s largest hip-hop and urban arts festival at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto.

Date: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm 

Location: Zoom

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Discussion

Finding ways to generate funds to allow you to deliver on your musical projects has always been challenging and during COVID and in post-COVID times, the challenge has significantly increased. Take this amazing opportunity to hear from professionals on the inside of granting bodies including London Arts Council, Ontario Creates and Ontario Arts Council Music Program. Find out how to improve your chances and seize the opportunity to pose your questions directly to the people who are most involved in the decision-making process. They have funds that they need to distribute, and you have projects that need to be funded. Learn how to increase your success in making that match.

 

Make The Media Want You

Moderator: Lisa Brandt 

Lisa Brandt enjoyed a long career in broadcasting, where she interviewed the famous and not-so-famous along the way. She wrote the book that named this panel – Make the Media Want You, An Insider’s Guide to Creating Persuasive Pitches. With the book, published in 2018, she aimed to demystify the inner workings of media, and help inexperienced artists tailor their media pitches for a better chance at success. Lisa is now a full-time voice-over artist, content creator, and staff to a senior cat.

Lisa Brandt is a former broadcaster who wrote the book, Make the Media Want You: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Persuasive Pitches, in hopes of demystifying the process of getting media attention.

Panelists:

Rudy Blair

Rudy Blair has interviewed the biggest stars in the world in all music genres –from Beyonce to Ed Sheeran to Katy Perry, Tony Bennett, and Tim McGraw. He has covered the Grammys, Junos, and the other major award shows. He’s been honoured many times with national and regional broadcasting awards, among others. And he’s now the proprietor of Rudy Blair Entertainment Media and can be found all over social media as well as all over the country, wherever music is being celebrated. Rudy Blair is a legendary emcee, host, and award-winning broadcaster whose interviews with famous and up-and-coming artists can be found at RudyBlairMedia.com.

Sarah Smith 

Sarah Smith is a singer/songwriter/rocker recording artist and force of nature who just relocated to Vancouver Island, BC. She is a full-time touring artist, performing all over Canada, the United States, Europe, and The Caribbean spreading her contagious energy to every stage she graces. Sarah has won more than 25 Canadian Independent Music Awards and once you hear her voice and see her on stage, you’re hooked. Sarah is a road warrior who plays about 300 shows a year and she has made devoted fans all over the world.

Dan Savoie

Dan Savoie was still in high school when he started, interviewing bands like KISS and Motley Crue. He’s hosted radio programs, been published in newspapers across the country, and appeared in several Hollywood films. As the Publisher and Editor of 519 Magazine, he puts local artists and performers on the same pages as stars like Alice Cooper, David Foster, and Foreigner, among many others. And he’s brought those artists to the radio in Windsor/Detroit, to live events, and on a soon-to-be-launched streaming on-demand television station.

Dan Savoie is the Publisher and Editor of 519 magazine where he puts local artists and performers on the same pages as big stars like Alice Cooper, David Foster, and Foreigner, to name a few.

Date: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Time: 7:00pm 

Location: Zoom

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Discussion                                                                                                                      

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.

 

The Producer’s Chair, One-on-One with Bob Marlette

Moderator: Scott Bollert

Scotty Bollert might be best known as the lead singer/front-man of the Canadian rock band, After The Lounge but he’s also a television host and multimedia content producer.                            

Bob Marlette:

Bob Marlette has grown to be one of the most iconic and versatile producers Early on working as a session musician with artists like Al Stewart on Year of the Cat and Time Passages, he went on to begin writing music and co-producing with David Kirshenbaum. His work as a songwriter, producer, and mixer led him to work with affluent artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Sheryl Crow and more. Join Bob as he lifts the veil to show you exactly what it takes to make music for a living. Every single day!

Date: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Time: 8:30pm 

Location: Zoom

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Discussion

Music mixers, engineers and producers constantly strive for perfection. How can you produce work with more clarity, more punch, and more excitement? Bob Marlette has been a household name in Rock music for decades. He’s composed, produced and mixed for some of the most infamous Rock and Metal bands of all time. Bob provides a deep understanding on what makes a song become successful on every level – which is the exact skill-set we all need as modern music makers.

 

Keynote Address

Iain Taylor – President & CEO, Cadence Music Group

Topic: The Current State of Music in Canada And What Musicians Need To Know                      

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Time: 7:30pm 

Location: Zoom

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Iain Taylor began his career at indie label, Electric Distribution, as Ontario Sales Manager where he helped launch NWA and Nine Inch Nails in Canada. This led to joining Universal Music Canada where he worked for 20 years in a variety of positions, ultimately as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Iain joined Maple Music Recordings in 2015 as President & CEO, where he rebranded the company as Cadence Music Group and intensified their focus on signing and developing artists on a global level. Cadence is home to 5 labels; Known Accomplice, Physical Presents, Public Records, Pheromone Recordings and Cadence Recordings. Each label has a roster featuring a wide variety of artists including; Sam Roberts Band, Felix Cartal, Martha Wainwright, Mighloe, Headstones, Shaun Frank, Joel Plaskett, Dear Rouge, The Trews, Sophie Simmons, City Fedelia, Moist, We Were Sharks and Moist.  Cadence’s distribution company, Fontana North, represents over 100 independent labels and artists including; Black Pumas, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Lotus, Nick Cave, Jeremy Dutcher, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Lido Pimienta, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Eno, The OBGMs, My Morning Jacket and Childish Gambino.

 

Not Your Grandparents Country Music Business

Moderator: Leeanne Whitehouse 

Leeanne Whitehouse is a graduate of the Radio Broadcasting program at Fanshawe College and received a B.A. in Media Information And Technoculture from Western University. Leeanne is currently the midday host at London’s Country 104 FM and also works as a voice over artist. Her voices over credits include work with radio, television and online videos for product launches. In addition to her work, you can find Leeanne cheering on The London Knights, supporting local businesses and biking along the Thames                                                                                        

Panelists:

Jeff Dalziel         

Jeff is a Multi-Platinum and award-winning Canadian record producer, Sony/ATV songwriter and musician. Jeff has produced and co-written music for labels and artists including Warner Music Canada, Sony Music Canada, Slaight Music, Wax Records, Open Road Recordings, Coalition Music, Arts & Crafts, The Washboard Union, Jessica Mitchell, Dan Davidson, Chris Labelle, Nice Horse, The Abrams, Johnson Crook, Jay Walker, Ryan Langdon, River Town Saints, Brett Kissel, Alee, Andrew Hyatt, Aaron Allen, David Janes, Alyssa Reid, Tom Wilson, Jim Cuddy, Edwin, Prozzak, Tupelo Honey, Canadian Idol, Lights, Thornley, Prty H3ro, Swollen Members and many more.

Since 2005 Dalziel has owned and operated The Post Office/Dieselmusic, developing artists, writing and producing major label records and singles, mixing and co-writing songs for record placement, writing music for TV and Film. From (1999-2005) Jeff was an in-house producer for Sony Music Canada, developing and producing for Sony’s domestic roster and special projects. (Edwin, Tom Wilson, Prozzak, Chantal Kreviazuk) Jeff is the 2018 CCMA, 2018 CMAO and 2019 CMAO Producer Of The Year. In 2019 Jeff Dalziel became a proud endorser and user of world-class Warm Audio microphones. https://warmaudio.com

Jim Cressman 

Jim is a 20 year veteran of the music industry.  He is a recipient of the International Talent Buyer of the year by IEBA, CMW Management Company of the Year, and 19 CCMAs. Jim’s mission and purpose is to facilitate artists in monetizing and leveraging their value. He is the co-founder of Invictus Entertainment Group, a firm that has consistently booked, promoted or produced 700 events per year and continues to be one of the most respected brands in Canada.

Aaron Goodvin

When the world changed in 2020 Aaron Goodvin changed with it. The Platinum-selling CCMA Songwriter of the Year shifted seamlessly into the world of digital concerts, continuing to serve his fans and radio friends alike with online events, Zoom shows, Facebook and Instagram takeovers, and his successful Live From Outside summer tour that had him partnering with radio stations for socially distanced outdoor performances.

In July 2020, Goodvin received two new CCMA nominations: Songwriter of the Year and Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, his second nomination in both categories. Honoured to take part in the first ever virtual CCMA Awards Show, he was a presenter of five award categories, once again showing that he’s not just a hit making artist; he has emcee and comedy chops as well.

Dan Brodbeck

Juno award winning, and Grammy nominated Canadian record producer, mixer/engineer and recording engineering professor based out of London, Ontario.

Date: Friday, June 11th, 2021

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Zoom

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Discussion

Country music is booming. Mainstream pop has evolved to be inclusive of many more musical influences, while country has expanded outside of its traditional ‘cultural identification’ to wider audiences. And the genres popularity has only grown during the pandemic. While the overall industry has risen only 2.6% on streaming services compared with its baseline pre-COVID numbers, country music has soared 15.8%. Not Your Grandparents Country Music focuses on how and why the genre is so hot and how artists can go from green Indies to solid gold hit makers. Join Country radio host Leeanne Whitehouse, Country 104 FM and this power panel as they discuss what it takes to develop artists, record new tracks and land them at the top of the genre.

 

“We Are Music Industry Arts” – Virtual Open House

Host: Dan Brodbeck
Coordinator, Music Industry Arts & Audio Post Production
Professor – Music Industry Arts
School of Contemporary Media
Fanshawe College
 
Host: Dan Brodbeck is a Juno award winning, and Grammy nominated Canadian record producer, mixer/engineer and recording engineering professor based out of London, Ontario.
 
Presenters:
 
Moe Berg
Moe, Canadian iconic songwriter and record producer is best known as the lead singer of The Pursuit of Happiness. Berg is also a published as a writer, releasing his first book, a short story collection called The Green Room, in 2000 (Gutter Press). He has also written book reviews for Amazon.ca, the Edmonton JournalThe Globe and Mail, among articles for other publications. Moe is currently on faculty at the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College.
 
Matt Grady
Matt is a Canadian Producer and Engineer. Matt has strong ties to London Ontario both through working as Chief Engineer at legendary EMAC Recording Studios for more than a decade, and his role as Professor of Music Industry Arts at Fanshawe College. A rabid fan and disciple of rock and roll, he has had the good fortune to have been taught and worked alongside legends like Jack Richardson who taught him the skills to harbour a new generation of Canadian talent. Matt continues to grow as a creative force; whether producing, engineering (Ivory Hours, The Pairs. The Jailbirds) or creating (Tandem Eagle, Manglor) his sound continues the old school traditions with new explosive energy.
 
Kelly Samuel
Kelly Samuel is the founder of Let’s Snack Toronto, and a proud member of the Forbes Agency Council. Kelly has contributed a dozen articles to Forbes.com about social media marketing, digital trends, and digital marketing tips for other agency members. Notably, she has also been featured by Global News in an interview about social media ethics, The Globe and Mail on Instagram, and has delivered seminars on digital marketing internationally.

Prior to founding Let’s Snack Toronto, Kelly founded and managed a different Social Media Agency in Toronto. She was also a content creator with popular radio station Indie88, contributing nearly 100 articles on pop-culture and relevant events for their social channels. Prior to this, Kelly was the Director of Marketing at 94.9 CHRW Radio at Western University. Kelly received her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario with a double major in Media Information and Technology and Visual Arts. She completed her Facebook Blueprint Certification, social media certification, as well as Hootsuite platform certification, and continues to seek emerging trends and knowledge. Kelly is currently on faculty at the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College.

 
Date: Saturday, June 12th, 2021
Time: 11:00am
Location: Zoom
 
Discussion
 
The business of music takes on many forms. Fanshawe’s Music Industry Arts program focuses your musical talents and creative passions on applied skills that will help you make your mark in the world of audio and recording arts. In this two-year diploma program, you’ll begin with the basics in sound and business, and move through writing, producing and engineering courses. Along the way, learn to manage artists, labels, digital media and communications technology and master audio and live sound production.
 
The Music Industry Arts program will fine-tune your skills into a rewarding career. Upon graduation, you’ll find rewarding work with recording artists, songwriters, agents and promoters, or in film and TV, video games, studio recording, live concerts, music publishing and management.
 
Make your mark in music at Canada’s top music school for 3 years running
 1.    Our graduates are some of the world’s best producers and performers for over 40 years, including Oscar, JUNO and Primetime Emmy winners
2.    Study and practise your skills in the most modern recording facility of any school in Canada
3.    Apply your learning by organizing and performing in the annual Share the Land<> charity concert, a favourite event for many graduates
 4.    Make connections with industry leaders at Canadian Music Week, and access an extensive network of successful graduates
 5.    Guest lectures, master classes and workshops with artists-in-residence will equip you with extensive knowledge of the latest technology and business expertise
 
 

Producer, Producer – Recording in the New Age

Moderator: Scott Bollert

Scotty Bollert might be best known as the lead singer/front-man of the Canadian rock band, After The Lounge but he’s also a television host and multimedia content producer.  

Panelists:

Darius Szczepaniak

Darius is a Canadian born Mixer, Engineer, Producer, and Musician. He has been involved in music his entire life playing, writing, recording, and producing music. Having worked with many top recording artists (Sum 41, Fe Fe Dobson, Bare Naked Ladies, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Jann Arden, and Holly Cole, to name a few), Darius has achieved many Gold and Platinum awards and featured in monthly publications of Professional Sound Magazine and Mix Magazine Online. Darius is a recognized, skilled professional throughout the industry, having earned this reputation through hard work. Darius has worked with many of the world’s top producers and engineers, including Joe Chiccarelli, Jim Scott, Michael Beinhorn, Terry Brown, Eddie Kramer, Bob Rock, and George Massenburg. Darius has had the privilege of working in many amazing studios, both locally and abroad. Getting his big start at Metalworks Studios, he quickly moved on to Comfort. As a freelance professional, Darius traveled abroad working around the globe in many amazing studios such as Jacobs Studio (UK), The Carriage House (USA), Cello Recording Studio (USA), Avatar Studios (USA).

Simon Larochette

Simon is a Producer/Engineer/Educator based in London, Ontario. He is the owner of London’s busiest studio The Sugar Shack and is also an instructor at The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART). Simon’s work includes over 100 releases for independent artists, as well as work released by Six Shooter Records, Dine Alone, Prosthetic Records, Royal Mountain and Underground Operations.

Deni Gauthier

You can sense Deni Gauthier’s spirit when you see him perform. The subtle twinkle in his eye. The understated, almost whispering voice that sings beautiful folk and rock songs about love, life, parenthood, family, and growing old.  

Deni has been amusing and enthralling audiences in North America and Europe for over 15 years. Along the way, he has recorded four studio albums, including his most recent record, the ambitious He Said/She Said. A gifted songwriter and compelling storyteller, he was described by New Canadian Music as a “major talent worthy of greater exposure.” That exposure is beginning to come. Deni has enjoyed substantial radio play on CBC and other stations, was a finalists and twice semi finalist for the prestigious International Songwriters Competition. He has performed with luminaries including Emm Gryner, Jason Collette, Barny Benthal, Linda McRae, and many others.

Whether he is performing solo or with his band, Deni delivers a dynamic emotional experience. Expect laughter and brace for tears, but most all, get ready for a memorable performance by a seasoned pro.          

Michael Marucci

Michael a student of Canadian industry luminaries Jack Richardson and Kevin Doyle, is a multiple JRLMA/FCLMA nominated producer/engineer, based in London, ON. Having graduated from the Music Industry Arts program in 2007, he now owns and operates Sonic Zen Studios, and has worked with a wide range of artists including Leanne Mayer, Carly Thomas, Karen Emeny, Tell It To Sweeney, Nimway, Yeti On Horseback, and more. A passion for music and a dedication to his craft keep him focused on working with a wide variety of artists and projects. His taste isn’t genre specific, but rather artist specific, and he thrives on the diversity and challenge of moving seamlessly between styles. Whether it’s Metal, Punk, Hip Hop, Jazz or anything in between, Michael seeks out a single constant; artists that share his passion for creating something truly unique and artistically fulfilling. You can learn more about Michael and his work by visiting his website: www.michaelmarucci.com, or reach out to him via Facebook, Instagram (@MichaelMusashi) or via email: michaelmarucci@gmail.com                                                                                                         

Solomon Marley Spence AKA – King Cruff

King Cruff is an emerging hip-hop artist based out of London Ontario. Raised in Kingston, Jamaica, this rapper has been bringing his fresh, hip-hop anthems to the global stage for the past year or so. He’s known for producing rich story-driven bars with fiercely intelligent lyricism. To date, he’s released a number of well-received tracks and is currently sitting on two collaborative EP’s. The rapper has toured much of the US and Canada, bringing his electrifying performances far and wide. He hopes to inspire, empower and bring comfort to others through his music as he pours all his pain and passion into every track.

Suzi Kory

In 2017, Suzi began writing and recording her first EP, Spellcasting, produced by John Angus MacDonald (The Trews). Following its release, she supported it with a string of shows in Toronto and LA at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go. Her songs received radio airplay across Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, UK, the Middle East, Brazil, and New Zealand.

The EP would also take her as far as Brazil where she would be the only Canadian artist, and one of three international acts, performing at Festival CoMA. There she caught the attention of Indie Week founder and fellow Canadian Darryl Hurs, who has since invited her numerous times to showcase during Indie Week in Toronto.

Following performances in Canada, the USA, and Brazil, Suzi found herself writing and recording in Los Angeles with producer Brent Woods (Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, Taylor Hawkins). She has since released five singles, ‘The Secret Garden’ (2018), ‘Pretty Little Things’ (2019), and ’Settle of the Dust’, ‘Outlaw’, and her latest ‘Love Revolution’ (2020). The singles have collectively garnered over 150,000 streams online and over 45,000 views on YouTube and have been played worldwide on radio, in addition to Sirius XM.  In the summer of 2020, Kory organized the first-ever drive-in country music festival, the ‘Love Revolution’ festival, which took place in Ontario, CA, and featured 7 local country artists. She then took the festival to Columbia, TN in the fall and plans to spread the festival to every continent worldwide.

Date: Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Time: 1:00pm 

Location: Zoom

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Discussion

Music production has changed substantially over the decades. From live off the floor 2-track recordings to 24-track recording and the advent of the Digital Audio Workstation. Now the Covid-19 Pandemic has forced music makers and producers to adjust in light of restrictions. Join this panel as we discuss what it takes to make and record music in the age of Covid, social distancing and a new global approach to producing music.

 

Producers’ Secret Sauce

Moderator: Lisa Patterson 

An endorsee of YSL Pro, Lisa Patterson is an award-winning producer, songwriter, engineer, musician, industry speaker and inclusion advocate based in Toronto, Canada. She’s been championing the diversity of Canadian music in studios and on stages across 4 continents for the past 25 years. In 2019 Lisa was one of five producers chosen by Music Publishers Canada for their inaugural Women In The Studio program that included one-on-one session with Linda Parry. In 2020 she was awarded a SOCAN Foundation mentorship with Polaris nom, Juno-winning songwriter-producer Michael Lantz (Jazz Cartier, Charmaine). In March 2021 she was lauded for “working tirelessly with care and passion for creator community” by S.A.C.’s (Songwriters Association of Canada) for overseeing their inaugural Inclusive Pro Song Camp.

Lisa has produced over 10 indie albums & countless demos for Contemporary Roots, Pop, Folk, Indigenous, Jazz and culturally diverse artists including Haitian-Canadian Melissa Laveaux’s debut for No Format / Universal Camphor and Copper and Brenda MacIntyre’s #1 charting Reverb Nation album Medicine Song. Career highlights include co-producing with Juno & Polaris prize winner Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Buffy Sainte- Marie, Bare Naked Ladies) and

Grammy & Juno winner Adam Messinger (Magic!, Iggy Azalea) and vocal production for WOMEX 2016 artist Calypso Rose, Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta and Canadian icon Lillian Allen. Her own releases charted internationally, garnering an AAA Top Ten charting single in the Benelux and Rough Trade European distribution deal. Artist development and collaborations include Warner Records recent signing Alex Frew, Canada’s Music Incubator Prize winner Esma and Indie Music award winner Meg Warren (Repartee).

Panelists:   

Alysha Brilla

Alida Kinnie Starr

Lantz (Michael Lantz)

Anthony Wright                                                                                                                                        

Date: Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Zoom

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Discussion

This one of a kind roundtable discussion features award-winning producers who pour their whole selves into their craft. Host Lisa Patterson moderates an intersectional gathering of non-conformist producers whose lauded work arises directly from who they are; bringing their natural generosity of spirit, Jedi listening and conscious approach to life to their approach in the studio. This dynamic conversation spills the beans about building a distinctive sonic signature and creating custom-designed atmospheres to bring out the best in an artist. Valuable takeaway is paramount and will include ingredients for viewers to explore and create a secret sauce all their own.

Panelists:

Alysha Brilla

Alysha Brilla has been composing and producing music for 17 years. Three Juno Award Nominations, 7,000,000 streams, six records, various projects with artists and youth internationally with features of music on shows such as Degrassi: The Next Generation. As a sound designer and creative wellness facilitator Brilla has a special interest in bioacoustics and sound as a healing modality; and is driven by a deep belief in music’s power to transform ourselves and our world.

Brilla’s music, blogs and spirituality are inspired by growing up with parents from two different cultural and religious backgrounds; a Muslim Indo-Tanzanian father who immigrated to Canada and a Christian European Settler-Canadian mother. Raised in Brampton, Ontario, Brilla’s rocky youth and intersecting cultural influences encouraged the birds eye view, non-linear philosophies that inform her artistry and teachings.

In high school, Brilla completed an internship at a local recording studio and began self-producing her music released on her Independent label, Sunny Jam Records. She has since performed internationally including across Australia, Singapore, Tanzania and Chile. Brilla has performed for and conducted creative wellness workshops in schools for the past ten years; promoting storytelling through music and mentoring in self-expression through the arts with a focus on developing skills in songwriting and music production. A special focus on encouraging and promoting the voices of youth and young women across the world for their critical perspectives on environment and social awareness and action.

In Sept 2020, Brilla opened The Frequency Portal to provide an online learning and healing space with classes, workshops, mentorship and dynamic discussions about the science of creativity, self-expression, the physics of sound and their relationship to our wellness and humanity.

Alida Kinnie Starr

Born in Calgary and based in rural BC, Canada, Kinnie Starr is a self-taught tri-lingual musician, producer, songwriter, poet, illustrator, mentor and speaker of Dutch/Mohawk, Irish and French descent. Her diverse career began 25 years ago when her debut album prompted a bidding war between major labels, resulting in a signing with Mercury/island/DefJam. Through nine trail-blazing albums since she continues to create raw, intuitive material that straddles the lines between folk, rap, art-pop and poetry, challenging listeners while making them bounce and nod.

Starr won a Juno Award as producer for Digging Roots’ Aboriginal Album of the Year, “We Are” (2010) which featured collaborations with Tanya Tagaq and A Tribe Called Red. She produces her own music, making her one of the 5% of female producers worldwide – a growing populus she spearheads by example. She researched, co-wrote, executive-produced and hosted the 2016 feature length award-winning documentary, Play Your Gender, which investigates the complex conversation around the gender gap in music production. It received the Edith Lando award in 2017, and was one of the top 10 docs to watch at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, 2017. The US premiere of the film took place in NYC in Feb. 2018, and the film went to South Africa, Oakland, Toronto, New Zealand and Siberia.

January 2021 Starr released a new pop single ‘Win or Lose’ on Boomsmack Records, her first release since her 2018 album, Feed the Fire, though she released a soundtrack last year for Edge of the Knife the first Haida language feature film, which won Best Canadian Film and Best British Columbia Film at VIFF 2018 and was one of TIFF’s top ten films that same year.

Notable music achievements include: recognized as a pioneer in Canadian hip hop by Manifesto Hip Hop Summit in Toronto alongside Michie Mee (2011); The Julian Taylor Band co-write ‘Just a Little Bit’ used by the Toronto Blue Jays in their anti-bullying campaign (2015); acknowledged as a cultural icon by the Royal British Museum of Victoria, BC (2008) and nomination for Best New Artist Juno award (2004).

Starr has worked in arts activism and mentorship with a focus on empowering indigenous and LGBTQ kids since 2006 including “Auntie Kinnie’s Rap Skool”; a literacy-focused hip hop program aimed at helping kids find their voice and power.

After 25 years of her publishing having been owned by Last Gang/Olé/E-One/Anthem, Starr is finally a free agent.

Lantz (Michael Lantz)

Lantz aka Michael Lantz is a Canadian record producer & songwriter based in Toronto, Canada. Using melodic synths, hard-hitting drums and bending baselines, his production style is self-described as “cinematic trap music”.

Recent notable successes include co-writing and producing Warner artist Charmaine’s recent singles Woo! and Bold. He’s currently working with Warner artists CJ Flemings as well as rising Pop / EDM stars Willa and Ralph – who earned a Juno 2020 nomination in Dance category. Pre-pandemic Lantz was being flown to Japan to write & produce for k-pop artists in development.

Though Lantz had produced records from a young age, his professional career started at age 18 when in 2011, he met rapper Jazz Cartier at a Scarborough studio. The two hit it off and became collaborators, with Lantz producing Cartier’s first single and video “Set Fire”. This was followed by producing Cartier’s 2015 debut album Marauding in Paradise which received a 7.3 from Pitchfork and nomination for Polaris Music Prize. Lantz won 2017 Juno for Rap Recording of the Year as producer for Cartier’s 2nd album Hotel Paranoia. He is known to add the tag “Lantz, is that you?” using a sample of Jazz Cartier’s voice at the end or beginning of his records.

Anthony Wright

Anthony Wright has been surrounded by music his entire life. His father being a minister and his mother a gospel singer, Anthony got his start in the church. His thirst for repertoire and his great ears led him to a giant gospel song list, and he started to take music seriously. At 14 he was playing with members of the Isley Brothers and Surface, and it wasn’t long before he was a staff arranger for Busch Garden’s Starlight Orchestra… at the age of 16. After extensive teaching from some amazing professors and musicians in their own right, Anthony move to the cruise ship industry. His arranging and composition skills, along with his proficiency in saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano and voice led him to become Carnival Cruise Lines youngest Musical Director. To this date, Anthony is responsible for just about 1⁄2 of CCL’s written shows.

Anthony left cruise ships with yet another trade under his belt… the 1s & 2s. He is an internationally renowned DJ, playing major clubs in Miami, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Los Angeles & New Orleans. Anthony now frequents Toronto, and is now playing for Matthew Good. He also recently played with Canadian Idol Eva Avila, joining Beyonce for her Canadian Tour. He has played with the likes of Glenn Lewis, Melanie Durrant, Kid Rock, Shamakah Ali, Wade O’Brown, Shakura S’aida, Kayte Burgess, Chris Rouse, and the legendary Brooke Blackburn. Although he is a capable singer in his own right, he make his living backing up many amazing artists. And as a DJ, he is the resident for Mariposa Cruises, SITC and Cadillac Fairview. He has played parties for the likes of Geddy Lee, Bill Clinton, Shakira, Eugene Levy, Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Elton John. Anthony is also a talented producer, working with BoB, John Legend, Kim Davis, Eva Avila, Toya Alexis, and most recently Mike Ferfolia on is debut release entitled “Pop Star Reject”. Currently, Anthony is playing for Matthew Good on his Lights Of Endangered Species tour.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

Iain Taylor – President & CEO, Cadence Music Group

Topic: The Current State of Music in Canada and what Musicians Need to Know                                                    

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Zoom

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Iain Taylor began his career at indie label, Electric Distribution, as Ontario Sales Manager where he helped launch NWA and Nine Inch Nails in Canada. This led to joining Universal Music Canada where he worked for 20 years in a variety of positions, ultimately as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Iain joined Maple Music Recordings in 2015 as President & CEO, where he rebranded the company as Cadence Music Group and intensified their focus on signing and developing artists on a global level. Cadence is home to 5 labels; Known Accomplice, Physical Presents, Public Records, Pheromone Recordings and Cadence Recordings. Each label has a roster featuring a wide variety of artists including; Sam Roberts Band, Felix Cartal, Martha Wainwright, Mighloe, Headstones, Shaun Frank, Joel Plaskett, Dear Rouge, The Trews, Sophie Simmons, City Fedelia, Moist, We Were Sharks and Moist.  Cadence’s distribution company, Fontana North, represents over 100 independent labels and artists including; Black Pumas, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Lotus, Nick Cave, Jeremy Dutcher, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Lido Pimienta, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Eno, The OBGMs, My Morning Jacket and Childish Gambino.

 

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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