RBC® is proud to support Canadian talent through our Emerging Artists Project in partnership with Canadian Music Week’s Virtual Voices Series.
Supporting the arts is a long-standing priority of RBC®. We recognize the important role they play in building vibrant communities and strong economies. We also recognize the struggle many artists go through to gain the recognition they need to become successful in their practice. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunities to advance artists’ careers.
The RBC Emerging Artist Project support results-driven programming to help artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, in the early stages of their career, by providing Networking, Training & Exposure to new/diverse audiences. More info
If ever someone deserved to have his name permanently engraved, it’s the man who inspired CMW’s annual Nile Rodgers Creators Award.
Rodgers is both a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, a producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger, and guitarist who has worked with Jagger, Bowie, Madonna and Daft Punk, on records with more than a half-billion sales.
Award honouree, superstar producer Timbaland, is a connector of great artists. From JAY-Z to Justin Timberlake to Sam Smith to Missy Elliott to Beyoncé, the man with the unique beats has influenced music like few others. Imagine a world without JAY-Z’s Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life or Justin Timberlake’s newly notorious “Britney break-up” song Cry Me A River. He even connects corporately, creating Mosley Music Group with L.A. Reid and teaming that up with Def Jam. His latest entrepreneurial enterprise is the sponsor of this Exclusive event, BEATCLUB.
Hipgnosis Fund founder & legendary Music Industry Game Changer, Merck Mercuriadis hosts this exclusive in-depth interview with the two superstar hit-maker producers. At the end of this amazing experience, Nile will present Timbaland his namesake CMW 7th annual Nile Rodgers Global Creators Award.
Merck Mercuriadis, Founder, Hipgnosis
Nile Rodgers, Producer/Composer, Multiple Grammy Award Winner/Producer/Composer/Arranger /Guitarist
Timbaland, Record Producer/Rapper/Singer/Songwriter
HOW TO NAVIGATE AND MAXIMIZE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS LIKE TIKTOK
• How to develop a tiktok content plan & what that looks like
• How to promote your music on tiktok
• How to work with influencers and what to look out for
• How does TikTok impacts streams on DSP’s
Jason and Zaena Maek, Artists
Dalton Higgins, Author, Publicist
HOW TO CREATE A MEMORABLE VOCAL PERFORMANCE
This MasterClass dives deeply into the mastery behind creating a memorable vocal performance.
Every artist is looking for ways to bring their artist identity to everything they do so their audience can recognize them immediately whenever they hear them speak in an interview or sing a song.
There are tricks and tools to creating a memorable vocal performance. This masterclass will break down these in detail.
Your coach, Lorraine Lawson has been a recording artist since the age of 16. Her songs have been featured on TV and Radio. Along the way, she has worked with some of the biggest name producers and songwriters including Stephan Moccio, Belly and Gavin Brown and Artists of all genres including Roy Woods (OVO) and Neon Dreams (Warner) and JESSIA (Republic)
Don’t miss your chance to explore how to create a memorable vocal performance!!
Lorraine Lawson, Vocal Coach, Founder of Lawson Vocal Studios
DREAM TEAMS: SONGWRITING PARTNERSHIPS THAT MAKE THE HITS
This is the day and age of creative collaborations.
The biggest hits are for the most part, written by songwriting teams.
Whether it’s with 2 composers or 10 composers writing a smash hit has more often than not become a team effort.
Gather round for an in-depth fireside chat with celebrated songwriters Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Ali Tamposi, Tayla Parx and Andrew Watt. They will discuss, dissect, enlighten, and educate. Hosted by HipgnosisSongs co-founder and CEO Merck Mercuriadis, it will be a session “NOT TO BE MISSED!”
Host: Merck Mercuriadis, Founder/CEO, Hipgnosis Songs
Andrew Watt, Songwriter
Jordan Johnson, Songwriter
Ali Tamposi, Songwriter
Stefan Johnson, Songwriter
Tayla Parx, Songwriter
EXPLORE VIRTUAL VOICES
RADIO READY, EXPORT READY, AND HOW BEING VIRTUALLY PRESENT CAN AND WILL HELP ARTISTS’ CAREER DIRECTION
For many, understanding the importance of “Readiness for Change” is why our industry is beginning to see a new light and shine on music that is the future. Carrie will breakdown the 4 areas required to focus on for future success in building a career as an independent artist in this new world.
Carrie Mullings, Radio Host/Producer, Rebel Vibez
USING DATA TO ATTRACT THE ATTENTION OF A&R’S
Che Pope, legendary record producer and Head of Upstream at DistroKid, knows all how important streaming and sales data is when it comes to growing your career as an indie artist and getting signed. That’s why just earlier this year, Che joined DistroKid to launch Upstream – a platform that feeds crucial data to A&R’s to help indie artists land a record deal. Not only has Che won two Grammy’s for his artistic talent, he served as COO of GOOD Music Records for 7 years, spearheading creative output, A&R, and marketing. Before that as Senior VP of A&R and at Aftermath Records, Staff Composer for Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control, and Senior VP of A&R for Warner Bros Record he has crafted many hits that have topped charts. In his new role at DistroKid, his goal is to leverage data to propel the next generation of artists into stardom.
This panel will dive deep into what DistroKid does, how A&R departments utilize data to scope out the new big thing, and how artists should be strategizing their distribution, streaming, and online engagement to build an undeniable story that garners attention from the industry gatekeepers. Moderator Alyssa Castiglia leads A&R and Creative at Primary Wave and formerly leveraged data to discover artists as an A&R at Island Records.
Alyssa Castiglia, Senior Director, Creative, Primary Wave
Che Pope, Grammy Award-Winning Producer, Head of Product, Distrokid
MUSICAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS: BALANCING YOUR EMTIONAL AND PHYSICAL VOICE
“As a vocal coach, I have been obsessed with learning how the body functions when we sing and trying to understand why and how issues that arise can be related to lifestyle and emotional states. This is a great place to start as it will alleviate any external barriers and obstacles to getting you where you want and need to be as a professional singer and artist….and a balanced one! In addition to all the technical stuff…….let’s dive into emotional and physical wellness. Why are you having technical difficulties? What is going on in your life? Is your mind and body reacting to negativity the same way? Effecting your voice? Can’t wait to find out!”
Teresa Nocita, Vocal Coach/Author of The Vocal Compass/Owner & Director of Studio E Music And Arts
THE INTERSECTION OF CANNABIS AND MUSIC
A Conversation with Cannabis Brand LOOP/POOL, Their Artist Co-Founders & Music Journalist Alan Cross CMW is excited to welcome partners of recently launched cannabis brand LOOP/POOL, who join music journalist Alan Cross for a discussion about the ways in which music, the artist experience and cannabis converge in Canada, the first major country to federally legalize recreational cannabis. We also use this conversation as a chance to hear from the artists themselves about how they are adapting, reacting and rethinking how they build their careers and engage with their fans through these times of uncertainty.
LOOP/POOL is an artist co-owned cannabis brand who’s committed a minimum of 5% of proceeds to give back to and support emerging Canadian artists. The company is co-owned by seven major Canadian artists including; Our Lady Peace, Blue Rodeo, Stars, Felix Cartal, Kiesza, dvsn and Roy Woods. These 7 artists, representing 7 different genres, are united in building LOOP/POOL’s singular mission and message – #SupportCreators.
Moderator – Alan Cross, Broadcaster, Interviewer, Writer & Blogger
Kiesza, Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist & Dancer, Co-Founder of LOOP/POOL
Ian Kwechansky, CEO & Co-Founder of LOOP/POOL
Raine Maida, Lead Singer of Our Lady Peace, Co-Founder & Director of LOOP/POOL, CFO of S!NG
ENHANCING YOUR TOOLKIT: ADDRESSING ONLINE HARRASSMENT
Over the past year many people have been spending more time in virtual spaces. With the rise of online harassment during the pandemic this panel conversation offers enhanced tools and resources to the music community to spot and reduce harassment in traditional and non-traditional, music work spaces.
Moderator – Miranda Mullholland, Creative Culture Advisor, Music Canada
Keziah Myers, Executive Director, ADVANCE
Claire Hayek, Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Author & Team-Building Leader
Domanique Grant, Singer/Songwriter & Creator
Feras Ismail, Detective Sergeant, Community Engagement Peel Police
Holly Faulkner, Detective Constable, Community Engagement Peel Police