Aisha Wickham

Ontario Creates

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Aisha Wickham is a Program Consultant for the Ontario Music Office at Ontario Creates (formerly known as the Ontario Media Development Corporation). Ontario Creates is an agency of the Government of Ontario that supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries.

Much of Aisha’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 with the City of Toronto.

Aisha 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. 

Aisha 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.


 

 
 

Allison Myggland

Alberta Music

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Allison has been involved with the grassroots music community, from Alberta to Atlantic Canada, for over fifteen years. In her current role as Program Manager with Alberta Music, Allison's duties include curating and delivering a series of educational programming for musicians and music industry professionals, consulting one-on-one with members, and executing the industry development strategies set forth by the board. Prior to her time with Alberta Music, Allison worked as an independent industry advisor, researcher, and consultant, sharing her knowledge with musicians, industry professionals, labels, venues, and industry organizations all across Canada.

Her 2017 report, commissioned by the East Coast Music Association, Music Canada, and Music Canada Live, Striking A New A-Chord: Recommendations for the Growth and Development of Canada’s East Coast Music Industry, directed a spotlight onto the current state of the music sector in Atlantic Canada and offers deep insight into the conditions faced by musicians and industry professionals.

 

 

Amanda Power

Unison Benevolent Fund

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From an early age Amanda Power recognized her skills and passion for music would be best suited to a career behind the scenes — rather than one in the spotlight. Far from a disappointment, Amanda took that love of music, country music specifically, and turned it into a life-long passion and continuous contribution to the Canadian music industry.
With a natural ability to organize events, Amanda began her career while in college working with the local country radio station. After completing her Marketing diploma at Niagara College, Amanda moved to Calgary to work with CMT Canada and volunteer with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Certain that her passion for the Canadian music industry would always be a driving force in her career choices, Amanda relocated to Toronto to take a position in member services with the CCMA in 2003.
In 2007, now the Manager of Awards and Events at the CCMA, Amanda decided to branch out as an independent contractor, to grow her experience and deepen her expertise in the industry. With a desire to learn as many aspects of the music business as possible, Amanda joined the team at Gibson Guitar Canada and continued to expanded her knowledge accepting contracts with CARAS/The JUNO Awards, EMI Music Canada, World Vision Canada, and Canadian Music Week, and returning periodically to CCMA as an outside expert.
Amanda began with Unison Benevolent Fund in 2015 as Development Manager, and in 2018 was appointed Executive Director by Unison’s Board of Directors. In her leadership role, Amanda brings almost two decades of experience and extensive knowledge of event management, sponsorship, marketing, promotions, and industry relations to Unison.

Amber G. Gallego

Amber G Productions

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Often praised for her ability to show the connection between lyrics and sounds, Amber's music interpretations demonstrate the emotional bonds which have driven music lovers to concerts for years. Her interpretations bring the music to life in a way that is not often seen in music interpreting. Deaf audience members have often said they are able to connect to music performance more then they ever had in the past. Her interpretations delighted and inspired hearing music aficionados to learn sign language. Amber has always loved music and the Deaf community, but it was not until she saw the San Antonio Deaf Dance Company and the Wild Zappers perform that she realized that she could hone her interpreting skills to bridge the access gap in the music industry. When her childhood dream of becoming the first white female rapper went unrealized (outside of her shower), she turned this passion and gift into a specialization in music interpreting-especially hip hop and rap. Deaf people that truly love and adore music often request her because they know she will “bring it”. Every song and genre is Amber's favorite! She has over 14 years of interpreting and has a Master's Degree in ASL/English Interpreting. Her certifications are National Certification RID CT&CI, NIC, Texas BEI Level V, Oral Certified: Comprehensive

Amy Eligh

Arts & Crafts

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Amy Eligh began her career in Publishing at Casablanca Media / Red Brick Songs in the Copyright and Royalties department, before moving into Creative – where she successfully stationed herself for over a decade before moving to Arts & Crafts Music. Within her role as Director of Publishing & Licensing, Amy pitches large-scale catalogue of songs for film, trailers, advertising, video games, and TV (US & Canada) as well as oversees the day to day within the department.

In addition to pitching, Amy organizes showcases for clients / songwriters with TV networks, music supervisors, and advertisers. She also develops new writers, arranges co-writing sessions, coordinates and hosts song-writing camps, and scouts for talent.

At Arts & Crafts Music, Amy works with Broken Social Scene, Timber Timbre, Reuben and the Dark, Overcoats, Heartstreets, Ollie, Taylor Knox, and many more. Amy is also on the Board of Directors for FACTOR and the Canadian Music Publishers Association. 


 

 
 

Andrew Lindsay

YouTube Music

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Andrew began his music career has a songwriter, band leader, session musician and recording engineer, working between Toronto and Hamilton Ontario. After several albums and tours, he moved to the label side of the business, where he worked across various sales and marketing positions.

Across multiple labels including PolyGram, Rounder, BMG and Sony Music, Andrew had developed a deep focus on digital distribution, eventually elevating to the position of Director of Digital Business Development and Digital Sales at Sony Music.  From that position, a new opportunity was realized when he took the position of Music Partnerships at Google, based in Toronto.

Covering both YouTube Music and Google Play Music, Andrew works directly with labels, artists and management to help maximize the artist opportunities on both platforms, and to contribute to the success of Canadian artists both within Canada, and around the world.

 
 

Anna Siegel

FUGA

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Anna works for the global digital music distributor FUGA (www.fuga.com), overseeing client relations and business development in the Americas as well as helping to set up and run the company's first US satellite office. Prior to this, Anna spent over 6 years as Director of Marketing and Communications at 7digital, where she oversaw global PR, events, digital marketing and communications strategy. She got her start in the music business as International Marketing Manager for the label Putumayo World Music, where she established and managed the company's distribution channels and marketing strategy in numerous territories. She holds a MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics.

 
 

Ben Crossman

This Is Pop! Records

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Ben Crossman, AKA Ben Disaster or Benny Blitzkrieg Pop! (just to name a few) is the Artistic director and manager of THIS IS POP RECORDS. He also hosts the award winning hit show THIS IS POP! on CJSR 88.5 in Edmonton, AB.

As a working musician, performer and personality since the age of 15, Ben has worked with a handful of his own bands as well as others, promoting, booking and doing visual art. Through THIS IS POP! Radio and THIS IS POP! Records our goal is to help bring attention to new releases by independent bands that fit the THIS IS POP standard and team up with other like minded individuals to help grow the THIS IS POP enterprise. Nationally and internationally. THIS IS POP!

 

 

Brooke Morgan

Paper Bag Records

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Brooke Morgan joined the Paper Bag Records team in 2012 as the label celebrated its ten year anniversary. In her time at the label, she has worked with a number of acclaimed artists including The Rural Alberta Advantage to Born Ruffians, Sam Roberts Band, and Elliott Brood. As Label Director, Brooke has helped steer Paper Bag Records through a rebrand of the label including the introduction of a new logo, exciting artist signings, and a unique vinyl-only imprint. 

 
 

Cara Wodnicki

BMF Media

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Cara has over 15 years experience in entertainment public relations and marketing, she is currently based in New York where she runs the Music PR division at BMF Media. Cara is known for her strategic thinking and creative media campaigns, she has developed and maintains long standing relationships with both consumer and entertainment media, with a specialty in publicity campaigns for music personalities and music brands. She has spearheaded successful major national media campaigns for a diverse range of clients from music festivals (Bamboozle, etc) to labels (Cherrytree Records, Original 1265, etc), to industry executives and of course, talent (La Roux, AJ McLean, Jared Leto & 30 Seconds to Mars, Klaxons, Nickelback, The Cult, KRS-ONE, Disturbed, Ingrid Michaelson amongst many others).

 
 

Carly Bradley

Folk On The Rocks

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The current Executive Producer of Folk On The Rocks in Yellowknife, NT.  Carly grew up in central Alberta and has lived all over Canada from Vancouver, BC to Pickle Lake, ON. With a background in production and skills in artistic direction, she and her team put on one of Canada’s most northern music festivals every year in July. Last year she also ventured into the label side of the industry by joining the team at DevilDuck Records Canada.


 

Chris Greencorn

Stan Rogers Folk Festival

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Chris is the Artistic Director of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Presenting dozens of exceptional artists every July in Canso, NS, Stanfest bills itself as "Canada’s Songwriter Festival” and is a pillar of the East Coast music scene. The 23rd annual Stan Rogers Folk Festival will happen July 25-28th, 2019.

Chris also operates Seachange Music, a small music services and consulting company, from Halifax, NS. 

Chrissy Lee

Lawnya Vawnya

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Chrissy is the Executive Director at Lawnya Vawnya; an exposition of art & culture in downtown St. John’s and Festival Coordinator at The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. Over the past decade she has worked extensively within the Arts & Culture Sector in St. John’s, NL including positions at ArtsNL, the Festival of New Dance and as the Arts & Cultural Development Coordinator at the City of St. John's. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors of Riddle Fence Arts Magazine. 

 
 

Claire Morrison

Rayannah Music

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Based in Montreal (CA), Claire specializes in tour and career management and artist administration in both English and French. She currently manages Canadian electro-soul artist Rayannah. Claire began her career in 2012 as assistant to manager Stephen Carroll of Empirical Artist Services (The Weakerthans, Paper Lions, Imaginary Cities) before switching to freelance work in 2014. She has worked as admin and tour logistics assistant for The Wailin' Jennys and Ruth Moody, and as industry consultant, artist mentor, music supervisor, and grant writer. She joined the board of community-based non-profit The Music Hive in 2017.

 

Dawn Loucks

Saved By Vinyl

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It all started 15 years ago with “BYOP (Bring Your Own Plywood) – Calgary Does Connors” – Calgary musicians covering Stompin’ Tom. During the ensuing years, Saved by Vinyl (aka Saved by Radio), released 70+ records -- on all formats. Dawn Loucks remains as the principal member of the SBV team. She is thrilled to be here with some of her favorite musicians – Astral Swans; Eamon McGrath and the Devastation Trio; Expanda Fuzz; Miesha and the Spanks.


 

 
 

DJ Shub

Artist and Delegate

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Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ-producer Shub continues to pioneer a growing genre of electronic music. Born Dan General, Shub began his career with nationally-acclaimed electronic music trio A Tribe Called Red, performing across North American stages with some of the biggest recording artists in today’s industry and winning a Juno Award in 2014. His EP "PowWowStep" was a nominee in the Indigenous Music category at the 2018 Juno Awards. In 2017, his music video for ‘Indomitable’ (featuring Northern Cree Singers) was also nominated for a Much Music Video Award. 

Eli Wener

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Eli Wener has been working in the music business since he signed his first client, Gypsy Bird (aka Bear Mountain), over a decade ago.  What started as a hobby slowly morphed into a full-time lifestyle. He’s worked in all corners of the business including as a promoter with events like Brother Ali, Apostle of Hustle, An Evening with Spike Lee and Portugal the Man’s first ever show in Vancouver to 10 people.  Eli’s passion is working directly with artists managing their careers. He’s developed an array of different styles including HUMANS, No Sinner, Desi Sub Culture, and Delhi 2 Dublin. Eli also loves licensing where he’s worked directly with supervisors landing many placements including EA Sports, CSI, HBO, MTV, Vice and most recently the theme music for Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?”.  For the last number of years, Eli worked at the Paquin Agency in a rare role as both manager & agent handling bookings for artists including K’Naan, Serena Ryder and The Dead South and managing his personal client roster.

Today, Eli runs his own management shop out of Toronto handling the careers of DJ Shub, Five Alarm Funk, Ollie and LIINKS. He’s also the talent buyer for the Red Truck Concert Series in Vancouver which is going into it’s 4th year.  Past headliners include Cut Copy, Lee Fields, and Drake White.

When not in the office, you might find Eli on the tennis court, skiing in Whistler or playing D-man on some old Toronto rink.

 

Elizabeth McBride

Songtrust

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Elizabeth McBride is a Publishing Specialist at Songtrust. With a degree in Music Industry Studies from Loyola University Orleans, the publishing world has become her centrifuge for understanding how songs get from creation to transaction data. After witnessing widespread inequality for songwriters, Elizabeth now shares Songtrust’s mission to create better harmony for performing rights and royalty models, and improve publishing literacy as a whole.

Emily Williams

Downtown Records

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Emily Williams is the Senior Director of Project Management and Digital Marketing at NYC-based independent label Downtown Records, where she leads the marketing strategy of all non-urban acts. Her current roster includes Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker), Brett Dennen, Goldroom, Houses, Lola Kirke, Tei Shi, The Academic, and more. She is a graduate of New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.

Francine Gorman

Keychange

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Francine Gorman is an editor, content producer and music consultant based in London, England.

Since 2012, Francine has predominantly worked in the Nordic music sector as a member of the Nordic Music Export, coordinating their monthly Ja Ja Ja club nights in London and Berlin, as well as holding the role of editor and curator for the Ja Ja Ja and Nordic Playlist platforms.

Alongside her editorial roles, Francine also runs her own consultancy service, working with PRS Foundation's Keychange initiative, as well as various projects focussing on the Nordic, digital and export sectors.