Schedule of Workshops

Government Funding & Music

WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
TIME: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room. 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto ON, M4R 1B9.

We are fortunate to have a government that supports the arts, helping musicians with tight budgets and number crunching for creative projects. This is an opportunity to learn straight from the source where to look and how to make your project happen with financial support.

Grants and funding are new territory to most young professionals, which can make applications intimidating. Ontario has an incredibly diverse landscape of support for artistic initiatives, making it possible to create unique art outside of commercial appeal.

Break the ice with your peers and join others experiencing a similar learning curve – with the right preparation you may find yourself enjoying the planning process!

*The MyMusic150+ program is funded by the Ontario150 fund. Without its support, the program would not be possible.

Meet the Speakers:

Christy DiFelice is a Grants Officer (Music) with Toronto Arts Council, having come from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra where she was Manager of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

She has previously worked with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Fine Arts Cultural Studies Department at York University, and as a music copyist. Also trained as a Shamanic and Energy Medicine Practitioner, Christy continues to study traditional healing methods from around the world. She is particularly passionate about how the arts can unite and build communities, as well as helping individuals discover conscious and unconscious patterns that prevent us from being our true, unique, and authentic selves.

She currently serves on the Board of the Brantford Downtown Jazz Festival, as well as the Artists’ Health Alliance, an organization that works in partnership with The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital (Centre) to provide leadership in health advocacy, promotion, and education for artists of all disciplines.

Aisha Wickham is currently a Program Consultant for the Ontario Music Office (Ontario Media Development Corporation).

Much of Wickham’s career has been focused on developing and promoting Canada’s cultural industries. For several years, she ran her own communications consulting practice, ngoma productions, specializing in a variety of services for the music and broadcasting sectors.

Previous roles include Director of Communications for G98.7 (CKFG-FM); Canadian Talent Development Manager for FLOW 93.5 (Canada’s first Black-owned radio station); Executive Director of the Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association; Executive Director of the Urban Music Association of Canada; and Economic Development Officer for the City of Toronto.

Additionally, Wickham has served on numerous Boards and Committees, including the Toronto Arts Council Music Committee, the National Advisory Board for the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), the R&B/Soul Committee for The JUNO Awards, the Ryerson University Alumni Association, and the Community Engagement Council for the Toronto 2015 PanAm/ParapanAm Games.

Wickham is the recipient of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment Award for Behind the Scenes Executive of the Year, the Canadian New Media Award for Outstanding Young Woman and the Harry Jerome Award for leadership.

She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University.

Maya Annik Bedward is a filmmaker, media arts educator and arts administrator based in Toronto, ON. She holds an MA in International Communications from the University of Leeds and a BA in Political Science and Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. After living in Brazil and the UK, Maya returned to Toronto to teach digital storytelling and stop-motion animation at the National Film Board of Canada.

Maya is a founding member of the feminist music collective, Primitiva Chiva Libre and co-host of The Gaze, a monthly radio show about race and gender representation in film. Currently, Maya works as the Information Services Coordinator at the Ontario Arts Council, where she provides artists and arts professionals with general granting information on OAC programs.

The Professional Advantage

WHEN: June 29, 2017
TIME: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE: The Garage, CSI Annex,  720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Professional vs. Hobbyist, what makes the difference? In an industry as vast, personal and diverse as music, there is more to consider than a paycheque. Each industry contains support systems, networks, legal rules and protections, as well as large organizations employing or developing members of their workforce.

To maximize the potential of your professional activities, whether in music, science, healthcare or business, awareness of local, provincial and national industry is key to creating and leveraging opportunities.

Musicians are highly trained in their art, but generally self taught in areas of industry, business and professionalism. Consider the following questions:

  • How does copyright work?
  • Covering a song, the right and wrong ways to do it?
  • Is my work protected from other people using it?
  • What are performers liable for?
  • Are there standard types of insurance for performers?
  • What services do music lawyers offer musicians?
  • When to sign a contract?
  • What amounts are standard for what kinds of work?
  • A musician was treated unfairly, what resources do they have available?
  • How can a musician easily discover the organizations supporting them?

If any of these ring a bell or you have more thoughts to add, please join the discussion at our very first workshop. We have invited speakers with great expertise on music law, resources, copyright and publishing, labour and musicians’ rights.

Meet the Speakers:

Andreas Kalogiannides is a lawyer (Kalogiannides Law), artist manager (Magic Pie Entertainment), and Executive Director of Toronto Music City, a non-profit developing affordable housing for musicians. Andreas is a founding member of the Toronto Music Advisory Council (TMAC), a City of Toronto board advising City Council on policies to develop the music sector, serving as TMAC Co-chair from 2015 – 2017; Andreas also serves as a member of the Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management.


Michael MurrayMichael Murray began as Executive Director of TMA in August 2015 with time prior as Popular & World Music Officer and ASO Officer at Ontario Arts Council, Founding Instructor at Centennial’s Music Industry Arts and Performance Program and Executive Director at UrbanArts. His career envelope has been dedicated to developing a new generation of diverse musicians and artists as well as income streams and other supports for those artists.

He was a member of the ArtReach Grant Review Team, has consulted on cultural policy for the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto Culture Division, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Ontario Ministry of Cullture. He has been on the board of Jane’s walk. He was an accompanying delegate on the Governor General’s State Visit to Brazil in 2007 making international connections on technology and social change in the arts.


Julia TrainJulia Train‘s history in the Canadian music industry began with her training in classical piano and love of music. She attended the Harris Institute for the Arts, where she studied Recorded Arts Management. Shortly after graduating, she went to work for the CMRRA’s Royalties Administration department. Julia was a valued member of the FACTOR team from 2008-2011 as a Submissions Coordinator and Communications Manager. Currently, Julia is the Senior Manager, Communications and Outreach at the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC) ensuring that musicians receive the recompense that they are entitled. She is also on the Board of Women in Music Canada. Julia is proud to have the opportunity to help the arts, and artists, in Canada and around the world.


Cheryl LinkCheryl Link began her career in the music industry at FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Records) as a Submissions Program Officer meeting independent artists, music industry professionals and gaining knowledge in the different facets of the music industry. Moving from the non-profit sector, Cheryl decided to work with the independent music distributor/label, Page Music and it was during that time she was given a part-time opportunity at BMG Music Publishing Canada. When the part-time position required more of her expertise, she decided to concentrate her efforts in music publishing and it was in this role at BMG where she learned the administrative workings of music publishing, assisted in royalties and income tracking, worked alongside the Creative Manager and the domestic songwriting roster. Cheryl was then recruited to work for Indie music publisher Casablanca Media Acquisitions in the role of Manager, Copyright and Creative. Presently, Cheryl is the Director, Film/TV and A&R at Peermusic Canada Inc. and is responsible for all domestic songwriters, artists and promoting the Peermusic worldwide catalogue to Film, TV and advertising agencies. her current catalogue includes songs by The Tragically Hip, Royal Wood, Hannah Georgas, Hawksley Workman, Brendan Canning, Sebastian Grainger, Kathleen Edwards, and many more.


Brendan McCutchenBrendan McCutchen is an associate at Cavaluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP. He specializes in labour law, construction labour law and workers’ compensation law, and represents a variety of public-and-private-sector trade union clients, including the Toronto Musicians’ Association. Brendan was just elected a Member at Large for the Ontario Bar Association’s Labour and Employment Law Section Executive. Brendan graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2010 and was called to the bar in 2011.

City of Toronto for Musicians

WHEN: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
TIME: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Committee Room #1, City Hall. 100 Queen St. West, Toronto ON, M5H 2N2.

Cities are hotspots for culture and those working in its circles. Musicians create major impact in the culture sector, forming a key part of the cultural workforce.

Toronto has a lot going on, how well do you know your city as a working musician?

  • What resources does the City of Toronto offer to performing musicians, music entrepreneurs and self employed professionals?
  • What should music industry workers know about Toronto’s entertainment and film industries or its music sector?
    Is there information available that could help music entrepreneurs?
  • Are there councils, committees or regular meetings to learn what’s happening, or to voice concerns?

As performers earning income, your taxes contribute to city services and you have the right to ask what is available for your profession. Learn how to successfully pay those taxes, keep your business finances in order and learn the costs and responsibilities of being an independent professional.

  • How to crunch the numbers, pay the taxes, know your economic climate and still plan ahead for life without an employer in Toronto?

The Toronto Musicians’ Association offers an excellent pension for members. Ask all your questions about how those numbers work at this third workshop!


Meet the Speakers:

Tova Epp is a tax preparer/actor/certified animals-in-disaster rescuer. She’s been working at Artbooks for 9 years doing the taxes of many fabulous artists. When she’s not at Artbooks she can be seen at one of her many other jobs around the city, or auditioning for yet another commercial.


Rob Lanni co-founded Coalition Music in the early 1990s. A full-service management company with true artist development as the lynchpin to its endeavors, Coalition Music helps artists to build globally successful careers. The current client roster includes artists Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, USS, Tom Cochrane, Scott Helman, Justin Nozuka and others. In 2010, Coalition Music purchased and renovated a 12,000 square foot building in mid-Toronto (a former convent) that houses their management and record label offices, rehearsal and production suites, showcase room, recording studios, education spaces, their not-for-profit arm (Canada’s Music Incubator) and their charity arm (TEMPO). Lanni is a former member of the Board of Directors at FACTOR and currently sits on the CIMA and MMF Boards as well as the Toronto Music Advisory Committee. For more information on Coalition Music, please visit www.coalitionmusic.com.


Mr. Humbert Martins has been employed at the Musicians’ Pension Fund of Canada for over 36 years.
For most of that time he has been involved in the processing and paying out of pension benefits to the Fund’s Pensioners and Beneficiaries. He has headed the Pension Benefits Department for over 25 years now.


Working as a musician and DJ for more than a decade, Corey Poole developed a drive to help artists succeed. He put it to action in his six years at CONNECT Music Licensing, where he oversaw Canada’s ISRC program and worked with Canadian and international labels and artists to make sure no royalties were left on the table.

He is currently Communications Coordinator at Music Canada, a non-profit trade organization that advocates for music and those who create it, which is funded by the major record labels. Music Canada works with all three levels of government and creative industry partners on policy initiatives to support and grow Canada’s music industry.


Mike Tanner – City of Toronto

As former Director of Operations for North by Northeast (NXNE), Mike Tanner played a key role in elevating NXNE to its current status as one of Toronto’s marquee events.

Mike was instrumental in developing NXNE’s relationships with venues, sponsors, and production partners, with public relations and media, and with the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario. Since 2007, he has helped create and execute many of NXNE’s signature offerings, like the concerts at public venues around the city, including Yonge-Dundas Square. As a result, Mike has an insider’s understanding of how City Hall works, dealing regularly with a wide range of City departments, Councillors and staff.

Mike’s own experience as a musician includes many years performing, touring, and recording. He is also the author of three internationally published books.

Through his industry relationships, and his own experience at NXNE and as a musician, Mike understands today’s opportunities for Toronto’s music sector to make a real impact – and what needs to be done to support and encourage the city’s music cluster so that it is recognized as a major generator of economic benefit and a touchstone of Toronto’s culture.

In October 2014, Mike joined the City of Toronto, Economic Development & Culture Division as the Music Sector Development Officer.

Creating Social Change Through Music

WHEN: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
TIME: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE: Port Credit Branch Library, 20 Lakeshore Road East. Mississauga Ontario L5G 1C8.

Music industry workers regularly experience music’s life-changing impact; it inspires us to tough out dry seasons and structure our lives around its variability. How do we share this impact, customize it for different audiences and spread positive social change through our work?

Learn from those working to that end and see how music is crossing boundaries in your communities through creative projects.

Now is the time to find like-minded peers and role models with ideas for music outreach, community engagement and artistic collaboration.


Mark Campbell is the Director of The  FCAD Forum for Cultural Strategies at Ryerson University,   the Founder  of Northside Hip Hop Archive and a current a Board Member with the Ontario Arts Council.  As the founding member of the Bigger than Hip Hop Show in 1997, Mark spent 18 years on radio as DJ and host.   Mark’s curatorial, popular and academic writing has appeared in several publications such as Fuse Magazine, Urbanology Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and The Jamaican Gleaner. Mark has either appeared on or been quoted in several national and local media outlets such as CTV Morning, CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning, Muchmusic, The Toronto Star, CBC’s the Current, The National Post and TVO’s The Agenda.  Mark’s academic publications and various curatorial and mixtape projects can be found at markvcampbell.ca


Nas Khan is a media artist, musician, community-engaged arts educator and an arts administrator at the Ontario Arts Council. In her council role, she manages granting programs and partnerships for community-engaged arts. She is a former visual arts teacher with the Toronto District School Board and has worked as an educator for organizations like the Art Gallery of Ontario, Inside Out LGBT Festival, and Images Festival. Nas is committed to equity and access in the arts and recognizes the importance of these elements in a healthy arts sector. Born and raised in Toronto, Nas is a second generation immigrant of mixed parentage (Indian and Welsh).


In January 2010 Richard Marsella keenly began working as the Executive Director of the Regent Park School of Music.

In 2003, Marsella completed a Masters degree in music education at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Lee Bartel and composer R. Murray Schafer. His main areas of study were musical instrument construction and alternative methods in music education.  He is currently pursuing a flex-time PhD through University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

From 2002 to 2007, he directed the Parade of Noises in the Peel Region, leading over 700 young students in a unique musical experience using homemade instruments.  This program used recycled materials to make musical instruments, and was a celebration of odd sounds.

Between 1999 and 2008, Marsella also founded and programmed the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, a multidisciplinary festival held at the Rose Theatre in downtown Brampton. This event has attracted such notable artists as The Nihilist Spasm Band, Marc Ribot, Ron Sexsmith, The Rheostatics, Hayden, Scott Thompson from The Kids in the Hall, Hayden, and many more…

More recently, Richard Marsella worked as the Artistic Programming Co-ordinator for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.  In December 2010, he organized the Olympic Torch Relay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where he was able to meet and brief former Prime Minister Harper and meet the Governor General.

His work at the community level is where his core values lie.  He is committed to injecting new ideas, and helping the Regent Park School of Music grow to even greater lengths.


The Freelance Life

WHEN: Saturday, September 16th 2017
TIME: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St Joseph Street, Toronto ON, M4Y 1J9.

Time to hear from musicians who regularly freelance in the Toronto area. Their stories, advice and words of caution to those entering this workforce are sure to be eye-opening and educational.

What are their tips and tricks to surviving a rapidly evolving music economy? Are there ways to proactively bring stability to your career, to protect your content without affecting the creative process?

Freelance musicians are not just your mentors, or your competition, they are also your collaborators, future band members and support network – get to know who’s in your community!

We will also hear from music contractors working in Toronto on what they do, who they hire and what to expect while working with them – An excellent opportunity to see who’s hiring in your city, live and in person.

No man is an island – the music industry is small; one new connection can change everything.


Leslie Allt is widely recognized as one of Toronto’s most versatile musicians. Principal Flute of the National Ballet Orchestra, recent work has also included performances with Toronto’s New Music Concerts, Arraymusic, Art of Time Ensemble, Amici Ensemble, and the Toronto Jazz Festival, as well as Festival of the Sound, and the Elora and Luminato Festivals.

He is in increasing demand as guest soloist, and particularly enjoys his work in chamber music collaborations with some of the country’s finest musicians. His facility with various genres has led to performances and/or recordings with such artists as Ray Charles, Sophie Milman, David Amram, Blue Rodeo and Diana Krall. Mr. Allt also specializes in exotic flutes, ranging from penny whistles to panpipes.

He is featured on numerous recordings for radio, CD, film and television, and brought his expertise to the Toronto productions of ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’, playing fourteen different instruments.


Wendy Solomon has  been  a  featured  performer  in  North  America, Europe  and Asia.    As  well  as  being  the  cellist  of  the international  touring  group  BOWFIRE,  she  has  also arranged  and  orchestrated  for  the  group.

Wendy’s  versatility  on  cello  has  given  her  a  varied  career; playing  in  Classical  and  Baroque  orchestras,  chamber groups,  Broadway  show  pits,  playing  with  touring  shows including  Barbra  Streisand,  Hugh  Jackman,  Bernadette Peters,  Donna  Summers,  The  Three  Tenors,  Rod  Stewart, Josh  Groban,  Aretha  Franklin,  Natalie  Cole,  Diana  Krall  and Led  Zeppelin  to  name  a  few.

She  was  a  featured  soloist  on Natalie  McMaster’s  ‘Live  In  Cape  Breton’  DVD. Busy  in  the  studios  recording  for  feature  films,  commercials and  for  many  artists  in  a  wide  variety  of  styles,  Wendy  has also  acted  as  co-producer  on  several  recordings.    She  is also  founder/composer/arranger  of    the  cello  quartet ‘LUSH’  (www.lushcellos.com).


Guitarist Levon Ichkhanian was born in 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, of Armenian descent. He is the son of Edouard Ichkhanian, renown Musical Director of Middle Eastern artists, nephew to Professor Joseph Ichkhanian, founder of the classical guitar program at the Beirut Conservatory of Music, and cousin of Hovannes Darbinian, the world’s leading scholar and performer of the Armenian tar.

A third generation musician, Levon’s first professional performance was at the age of 13. Since then, his musical experiences have expanded to include recording, composing, producing, touring and music coordinating /contracting. He has worked with Atom Egoyan, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Peter Murphy, AR Rahman, and Twyla Tharp. He has performed at the Beijing Olympics with Dee Dee Bridgewater, the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, the All Star Guitar Night in Los Angeles, Midem in Cannes, for the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York, at Jazz and Folk festivals across Canada, and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, Levon plays world string instruments, as the Oud, Banjitar and Bouzoukis.

Levon has released three solo CDs (with featured guests JUNO nominated Alain Caron and Grammy award winners John Patitucci, Paquito D’Rivera, and Bernard Purdie) and is presently mixing “Live at the Orbit” to be released in early 2013.

Levon has played on over 100 commercially released recordings ranging from Canadian Idol ‘s Gold certified CD to India’s national treasure Hariharan. He has produced JUNO nominated projects, composed for the likes of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, created soundtracks for filmmakers as environmentalist David Suzuki and was instrumental in the pre-production development of Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s production Come Fly Away to the music of Frank Sinatra.

Levon founded Global Village Creative Inc, offering music contracting, coordinating, performance and production services. Credits include stage productions (The Lord of the Rings, Jersey Boys, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Come Fly Away, Spamalot, Toxic Avenger, Robin Hood, Chicago, Lion King, Miss Saigon, South Pacific), television productions (CBC’s Over the Rainbow, City TV’s Canada’s Got Talent, Global Tv’s Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Canadian Tenors Gemini Award winning Season of Song with guests David Foster, Paul Anka, Charice, Jackie Evancho and Justin Bieber), concerts (Fashion Cares Concert wit special guest Elton John, Broadway and Beyond featuring Marvin Hamlisch) and Concert Tours (Brian Wilson’s Reimagines Gershwin Tour and Barbra Streisand’s Back to Brooklyn Tour).

Levon is an avid explorer of improvisation, which forms the basis for his workshops, master classes and published articles. A recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s acknowledgment for musical excellence and International Association of Jazz Educator’s All Star Jazz Award, he has also been the cover feature in numerous music magazines. http://www.levonmusic.com


Canadian drummer, composer and bandleader Jay Boehmer has been performing in the Toronto music scene since 1990. Jay graduated from Toronto’s Humber College Jazz Program as a performance major where he developed an interest in composition. Composing at the piano with the spirit of a drummer, his music ranges from straight-ahead swing to off-beat rhythmic grooves.

Following Humber College, Jay spent the 90’s as part of Toronto’s Queen Street indie scene recording and performing with numerous bands including Dr. Minz and the Chronic Harmonic, Ballyhoo and singer/songwriter Kyp Harness. Jay has also played drums and percussion in over 40 theatre productions across Ontario including shows for the Stirling Festival Theatre, Georgian Theatre Festival (Meaford), Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton) and Drayton Entertainment.

In 1995, Jay founded his quartet Jay Boehmer Jazz as an outlet for his original compositions. He released his debut CD Don’t Look Back in 1999 at the Top O’ The Senator jazz club in Toronto.  Don’t Look Back has been played on CBC national radio, Jazz FM91 and many Canadian campus radio stations. Jay’s group has also been featured on CBC television and City TV. A second CD entitled Autumn Afternoon was released in 2007 and features Jay’s crisp drumming style and original compositions. Both discs are available online from the Canadian Music Centre and iTunes.

In addition to Jay’s work on Broadway Goes Jazz, he performs with country sweethearts Dirty Dishes and the Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble. The Jay Boehmer Trio continues to perform in clubs and for corporate and private parties.

Dynamic Canadian Musicians

WHEN: Tuesday, December 5th 2017
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Canadian Music Centre,  20 St Joseph Street, Toronto ON, M4Y 1J9.

A panel discussion amongst producers, beat makers, performers, composers and more. Unique perspectives, diverse backgrounds and opportunity to discuss the current music industry in Toronto and beyond.

Come out to hear from top musicians working their way up and sharing their experiences – there will be plenty of time for questions and audience participation!


After a successful early career of performing, writing and producing music, Marvin Dolgay founded Tambre Productions, Toronto, Canada, in 1984.

His critically acclaimed, multi award-winning scores, themes and songs have been featured in well over 1,500 television episodes, movies and specials that have been broadcast on most major networks in North America and worldwide. He has been music director for many live TV events and tours and has also created hundreds of advertising campaigns, which have also won major national and international awards.

As Marvin continues his professional life as a music creator and producer, he has served a second term as president of The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC). He also serves as co-chair of the Canadian Creators Coalition, representing 250,000 creators in Canada.


“Beatchild”, formerly known as Slakah the Beatchild, born Byram Joseph, is a music producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & performing artist from Toronto, Canada.

An Internationally celebrated artist who’s diverse production style has seen him work with award-winning artists: Drake, Justin Nozuka, Glenn Lewis, Sinead Harnett, Amaal Nuux, Divine Brown, Melanie Durrant, Merna & countless others. Often referred to as a “genius” in the studio, his production style knows no boundaries. He produces genres ranging from rock, soul, hiphop, folk and everything in between.

Beatchild has written and produced countless hip-hop, soul infused recordings, including his own series of Soul Movement albums. In 2012 he introduced the genre bending sound of The Slakadeliqs, his psychedelic-soul project, which received numerous accolades and award nominations.

In 2016 both brands were combined into one and he is now officially referred to as Beatchild & The Slakadeliqs.


Michael Peter Olsen is a cellist, engineer, producer, film composer and grammy-nominated songwriter who’s experience impressively spans the Canadian music scene and beyond. As a cellist he has recorded and performed on over 100 recordings including Drake VIEWS, Arcade Fire Funeral, K-OS Joyful Rebellion, Jim Guthrie Now More than Ever and The Hidden Cameras The Smell of Our Own.

In 2017 Michael was nominated for Grammy award for his writing contributions to Drake’s Views album.

In 2014 he was selected as one of three songwriters-in-residence for the Canadian Film Centre’s Slaight Music Residency, chaired by Oscar-winning composer Mychael Danna.

Recently Michael, with co-writer Ben Fox, composed the music for the first season of the CBC television series “4 in the Morning”, produced by Ari Lantos.

Hailing from Vancouver B.C. Michael trained as a classical cellist from a young age. In 1995 he relocated to Toronto and obtained a bachelor of cello performance from University of Toronto.

Michael has appeared live with more artists then easily counted. He toured extensively internationally with Hidden Cameras in the early 2000’s and has graced the stage of bands as diverse as Holy Fuck, Zaki Ibrahim, Great Lake Swimmers, Arcade Fire, The Constantines, Jayme Stone, Kevin Hearn, Rheostatics, Gentleman Reg, Slakadeliqs, Mocky, Sarah Slean and Jim Guthrie.

As a string arranger, engineer, and producer he has worked with The Organ, Emma Lee, K-OS, Spiral Beach, Triple Gangers and Ohbijou. Michael fronts an original band called Our Founders which released their critically acclaimed first album in October of 2013.


Guillermo Subauste has 16 years of performing, producing, song writing, mixing albums, recording and doing live sound around the world. Emerged from the Peruvian punk rock scene of the early 2000s, with a DIY approach that allowed him to play countless shows, organize festivals and work as a sound engineer for several bands at a local studio in Lima, as well as doing live sound.

After a 2 year period at The Banff Centre, where Guillermo worked alongside great artists and producers (Jane Bunnet, The Bad Plus, Joni Mitchell) at the state of the art facilities in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, he moved back to Peru where he toured as the Front of House engineer for Adammo (Latin Grammy nomination and MTV Latin America Award recipient), mixing shows with audiences of up to 120,000 people.

At the same time he had the pleasure of mixing shows as a freelance Front of House engineer for artists like Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Mike Herrera (MXPX), Youth Of Today, and many more.

​In December of 2010, Guillermo moved to Toronto, Canada where he started gaining a reputation as a mixing engineer and musician. Some of his projects as a musician include Eastborough, Nevada, Measha Brueggergosman and The Honeyrunners.

Guillermo discovered his passion for teaching at Recording Arts Canada, where he taught Recording and Sound Design for 2 years, which he was able to balance with extensive touring as the live mixing engineer for The Sadies.

In December 2012, Subauste started working at Revolution Recording where he engineered The Sadies’ album, Internal Sounds.

In 2014 he decided to go freelance and has a studio in Roncesvalles, where he’s done records with Vivienne Wilder, Conor Gains, Aaron Davis and more.

Media and Music

WHEN: Sunday, September 10th 2017
TIME: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
WHERE: Pickering Learning Site, 1340 Pickering Pkwy #102, L1V 0C4. Room PK205

Musicians create, leverage and share media constantly, whether online, in print or using the latest technology.

  • How do you make the most of your content and the rapidly evolving communication systems for digital media?
  • Online presence, websites, followers, there is a lot to cover, and when it comes down to it, do you know how to present your work at its best?
  • What are the best methods to write and share in a way that engages your audience? Are there ways to discuss and share artistic content that aren’t on your radar?

Join the conversation with other media workers, entrepreneurs and journalists!


Stephen Bell – Founder & Lead Design – Coffeeshop Creative

Founder and Lead Design of Coffeeshop Creative by day and full time member of the Canadian Opera Company Chorus at night, Stephen is both an accomplished operatic singer as well as graphic and UX/UI web designer. Having obtained his Bachelors/Masters of Music at the University of British Columbia in operatic performance, Stephen has sung with companies in Canada, the United States and Europe. A young Artist with Calgary Opera in 2007, he sung many leading many leading and supporting roles. Since 2008, Stephen has been based in Toronto and has been a full time chorus/small role core singer with the Canadian Opera Company.

Off the stage, Stephen obtained his certificate diploma from OCAD University in digital media and web development. In 2014 he started up the successful Toronto based web design studio, Coffeeshop Creative. Being a performing artist himself, Stephen’s knowledge of the Canadian musical industry has allowed him to work closely with companies and artists to present their unique web presence. Along with a team of developers, and coordinators, Coffeeshop Creative is one of the leading web design studios in the Canadian arts scene with a clientele of over 30 artists and companies. Coffeeshop Creative removes the traditional office studio by meeting and working with its clients in the many cafes of Toronto’s unique coffee scene. Passionate about mobile design and UX/UI development, Coffeeshop Creative specializes in creating custom websites in HTML, Javascript, PHP, and Ruby on Rails. For more information visit: coffeeshopcreative.ca


Josh O’Kane is the bestselling author of Nowhere With You, a 2016 book that examines the music and career of Joel Plaskett through the lens of leaving and staying in Canada’s Maritime provinces. He has been writing about music since 2004, when a review of a William Shatner CD diverted his career path. He has reported for The Globe and Mail since 2011.


Bracken Burns – Producer – Blahzay Creative LTD.

With an exciting performing career in the UK which has taken her to Frankfurt, London, Scotland and Wales doing the shows ‘Saturday Night Fever’, ‘Wasted Love’, ‘Four Femmes On Thames’ (Uk Musical Comedy Awards WINNERS 2016), Bracken is now LOVING being back in Canada, her original home. Since arriving to Toronto Bracken has voiced the singer-songwriter Flossey in the animation series PeopleWatching. She has been working on a new game for Ubisoft and also singing on Royal Canadian Air Farce. She has also just wrapped on a new series called Frankie Drake which will premiere on CBC November, 2017.

When Bracken puts on her producing and directing hats, she adds her expertise to her own award-winning film production company Blahzay Creative (Channel 4 UK) and is currently producing and developing a new musical TV sitcom called “Wasting Love” with Free@Last TV (UK). Bracken worked with WE ARE SOCIAL in London, UK building successful youtube channels, social listening and innovative publishing techniques. Blahzay Creative is responsible for publishing content for musicians, stand up comedians, actors and corporate clients ranging from Hair Care to Floral arrangers. Bracken has created, directed, and edited several music videos for Blahzay Creative, one song of which hit the top(#1) of the charts in UK 2017.


Stephen Traub has worked as a recording engineer in Toronto for over 30 years. In 1994, he was nominated for an Juno award in the Engineer of the Year category. He has won two Emmys (2002 and 2011) in the Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing category. Aside from his work as a post production sound mixer, Stephen has worked as a producer, composer, studio design consultant and educator. He has two cats.

Buyers, Agents, and Corporate Suppliers

WHEN: Tuesday, September 19th 2017
TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum. 250-585 Dundas Street East, Toronto ON.

Music is a huge business, and as such there is an established system of supply and demand. Who is demanding music these days, and who manages the supply to their needs?

Hear from buyers/booking agents and learn the backend of the music business.

How do things come together from the ground up, what do timelines look like for live events and most importantly how are musicians hired?

Once you know the system, you’re in a much better position to fit yourself where you want to be. Music suppliers are pros at getting projects off the ground – you may want to meet each other in person by attending, and ask them about your ideas and new projects!


Quisha Wint

President of QW Productions, Co-Founder of KJ Group

Songstress – Performer – Arranger – Songwriter – Producer – Director

Quisha was born to sing and entertain. She grew up in a Jamaican/Canadian home listening to Reggae, Motown, Gospel, R&B, then entered the jazz program at Humber College in the mid ’90s. From there she embarked upon her dream of performing with well-known musicians, which took her to exciting overseas hotel engagements. Since then, Quisha has sung in many parts of Asia, Europe, North America, and Caribbean.

Quisha Wint is president of QW Productions whose mission is to provide outstanding and professional entertainment in a classy and nostalgic atmosphere, while providing a platform for artists and musicians to showcase their awesome gift in music. She aims to educate both the public and upcoming artists on the importance of “real” music and why it needs to be kept alive, and she presents music that touches our hearts. This mandate fits beautifully with her being the co-founder of a not-for-profit organization called KJ Group, where she wore the hats of producer and director of the musical Dandelions in the Wind, which premiered in Toronto February 2017 and received rave reviews.

As Music and Creative Arts Director at Unionville Alliance Church (2006 – current) Quisha is in charge of all musical and creative aspects of both weekly worship and special events. Quisha’s hard work and dedication to her church is another display of her love for community and her deep level of commitment.

With a bright personality and strong emotive vocal abilities, Quisha is one of Toronto’s most sought-after session vocalists. She also performs regularly at corporate gigs. Currently living in the GTA, Quisha is well established in the tight-knit music industry. She is a phenomenal and expressive vocalist who inspires others to live out their dreams.  www.QWProductions.com www.dandelionsinthewind.com


Dan Stapleton

President of Golden Canadian Productions.

Golden Canadian Productions is a full service entertainment provider and one of the most established and highly regarded Entertainment Agencies in Canada. This recognition is a product of many years of providing clients with top entertainment, value and excellence in customer service. Our team (some of whom are entertainers themselves) prides itself in reliability, honesty, and integrity in delivering high quality event presentations.

For over 42 years Golden has built up a comprehensive database of talented performers and a great variety of entertainment to bring your event to life. We have full access to the comedy, variety and music community throughout Canada.

From small private functions to large corporate events, we supply all types of performers from a single entertainer to a full production show.

If you can’t find the act that you are looking for please Contact Golden or E-mail Us. If we can’t find it for you then it probably doesn’t exist!


Candace Shaw is a Feminist, live music, arts, and culture producer, writer, and emcee who lives and works in Canada.

Equally comfortable onstage or off, she is a thoughtful, engaging, and provocative cultural commentator and advocate for women’s rights.

She books live music for festivals, venues, and events, including in the past as Artistic Director of the Peterborough Folk Festival and currently the Music City Summer Series. She is also the founder and Director of Canadian Women Working in Music, as education and advocacy organization for women in the music industry.

With a long history as a performer and producer, her passion for community, heritage, and history extends beyond her own personal experience and informs her intense curiosity about places and people.


Nicole Rochefort has been contributing to the performing arts industry for 15 years. She has worked within both the music (LiveTourArtists) and theatre (Kids’ Entertainment) sectors.

In 2010 Nicole established AIM: Artists In Motion. AIM is an Internationally recognized, independent booking agency known for their dynamic and diverse roster of talent. Nicole is an instructor at The Harris Institute, Chair of the Durham College Music Business Management Advisory Committee and former director of the Board for Folk Music Ontario (FMO).

She’s passionate about artist development and strives to motivate, inspire and lead others to achieve their professional goals and aspirations.

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