CANADIAN LABEL SUMMIT

PRESENTED BY XPAND MUSIC CONFERENCE & CIMA

 
 

INFORMATION

The event will be held at Halifax Central Library on 5440 Spring Garden Road and take place on October 20th-21st. It will be a place for all those involved with the music industry to attend panels, network with each other and contribute to meaningful discussions.

Speakers from Sub Pop Records, Warp Records, Last Gang Records and many more will be in attendance! See below for the current schedule across both days and stay tuned as we announce speakers and fine-tune your experience. 


PARTICIPATING LABELS


 

LABEL SUMMIT SCHEDULE

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 20

 
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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
10:30am-12:00pm

These focused, half-hour sessions put 6-8 industry professionals and artists at a table with regional, national, and international label reps to get a better understanding of the following topics:

Publishing: Serge Samson (Music Nova Scotia) & Tim Hardy (SOCAN)
Marketing & Branding: Jennifer Sullivan (memBrain) & Paul Dryden (ATO Records)
Spotify: Nate Wiszniak (Spotify Canada) & Alex Bonenfant (Sleepless Records)

 

*Please note: These sessions require pre-registration. Please fill out the form here to apply

 

ASK NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR LABEL, BUT WHAT YOUR LABEL CAN DO FOR YOU
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
1:00pm-2:00pm
SpeakersIlias Dahimene (Seayou Records)Andrew Roach (Cadence Music)Ryan Dyck (Mint Records)
ModeratorSheri Jones (Jones & Co)

The digital age has made it easier than ever for an artist to spread their music to a global audience. So what can a label offer you? Aimed at new artists, this panel examines the many hats worn by a label in 2016 – distribution, publishing, management – and how they help grow an artist’s career.

 

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR MUSIC? THE EVER-CHANGING DISTRIBUTION MODEL
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
2:15pm-3:15pm
Speakers: Nate Nelson (Innovative Leisure), Evan Newman (Outside Music), Hannah Champagne (Warp Records)
Moderator: Melanie Stone (Sonic Records)

Labels must continuously adapt to changing market conditions and demand from fans. Streaming, downloads, vinyl, cassette, visual albums – can small independent labels survive trying to serve all the demands of their audience?

 

THE CRYSTAL BALL - PEER INTO THE FUTURE OF RECORD LABELS
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
3:30pm-4:30pm
Speakers: Brooke Morgan (Paper Bag Records), Sam Rayner (True North Records), Stuart Meyer (Sub Pop)
Moderator: Ian McKinnon (Groundswell Music)

Changes to the industry happen fast and are often unpredictable. New music formats, new distribution models, constantly changing audience demands, industry legislation – it all affects how a label operates. Find out where the industry is headed and how we navigate through the fog.

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 21

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
10:30am-12:00pm

These focused, half-hour sessions put 6-8 industry professionals and artists at a table with regional, national, and international label reps to get a better understanding of the following topics:

International Label Distro: Ilias Dahimene (Seayou Records) & Hannah Champagne (Warp Records)
Contractual Obligations: Pat Leyland (TKO LLP) & Phil Linton (Culvert Music)
Tour Support: Mar Sellars (Hand Drawn Dracula) & Jason Bissessar (Bonsound)

 

*Please note: These sessions require pre-registration. Please fill out the form here to apply

 

BREAKING THE INTERNET
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
1:00pm-2:00pm
Speakers: Jeff Beaulieu (Hopeful Tregedy Records), Mar Sellars (Hand Drawn Dracula), Graham Angus (Culvert Music) 
Moderator: Jon Landry (Groundswell Records)

First it was Radiohead giving away their album for free. Now visual albums like Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Frank Ocean’s Endless are changing the way records are released to the public. In the era of Apple/Tidal exclusive releases, surprise album drops, and streaming wars, how can the label ensure maximum impact for their artist?

 

THE SINGLE LIFE - HOW A LABEL SELLS FULL-LENGTH RECORDS TO A SINGLE FOCUSED INDUSTRY
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
2:15pm-3:15pm
Speakers: Alex Bonenfant (Sleepless Records), James Trauzzi (Last Gang Records), Laura Margolin (Glassnote)
Moderator: Paul Dryden (ATO Records)

Artists write full-length records, but gain traction based on the strength and impact of the singles. Today’s consumer has the ability to buy just one track, or add their favourite track to a playlist, so how does a label help push the full-length record in a single-serving world?

 
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NOT SAFE FOR LISTENING - FREE SPEECH VS. LABEL DISCRETION
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
3:30pm-4:30pm
Speakers: Anika Mottershaw (Bella Union), Scott Waring (Sleepless Records), Meghan Clinton (OPAK)
Moderator: Trevor Murphy (Acadian Embassy)

How does a label manage an outspoken or controversial artist and where is the line between art that pushes boundaries and art that pushes buttons? Does a label still have the power to manage the direction of the artist or refuse an album if it doesn’t meet societal standards?


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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION REGISTRATION

HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - 3RD FLOOR - ROOM 301
Thurs Oct 20 & Fri Oct 21 - 10:30am-12:00pm

These focused roundtable styled discussions put 6-8 industry professionals and artists at a table with regional, national, and international label reps to dive deeper into label issues such as contracting, streaming royalties, labels and publishing, international label relations, branding, and more.

Each day will consist of multiple topics and participants will move from table to table in a defined, scheduled environment. This opportunity provides for more in depth discussions than standard conference panels and acts as  a peer networking activity. Participants can expect to walk away with specific questions being answered, new industry contacts and a better understanding of the current opportunities and challenges facing labels today.

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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU!