Virtual Voices Series Presented by RBC Emerging Artists Project

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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

THE CMW / NILE RODGERS GLOBAL CREATORS AWARD – DION “NO ID” WILSON – JAMES FAUNTLEROY

THE CMW / NILE RODGERS GLOBAL CREATORS AWARD

FEATURED SPEAKER

NILE RODGERS, DION “NO ID” WILSON, JAMES FAUNTLEROY & MERCK MERCURIADIS

THE METAVERSE: A NEW MUSIC MARKETPLACE

THE METAVERSE: A NEW MUSIC MARKETPLACE

FEATURED SPEAKER

DEAN WILSON, TANNER JACKSON, HOLLY FAGAN-LACOSTE & COREY KOVNATS

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH METRIC // ON THEIR NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH INDEPENDENT LABEL SERVICES COMPANY THIRTY TIGERS

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH METRIC // ON THEIR NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH INDEPENDENT LABEL SERVICES COMPANY THIRTY TIGERS

FEATURED SPEAKER

EMILY HAINES, JIMMY SHAW & DAVID MACIAS

JEFFREY REMEDIOS KEYNOTE & INTERVIEW

JEFFREY REMEDIOS

FEATURED SPEAKER

JEFFREY REMEDIOS KEYNOTE & INTERVIEW

IN CONVERSATION WITH CHUCK D & MERCK MERCURIADIS

First Annual Social Justice Honours Award Recipient

 

FEATURED SPEAKER

Interviewer – Merck Mercuriadis

Powered By: Ontario Creates 

KEYNOTE WITH MERCK MERCURIADIS

Featured Keynote Address with Merck Mercuriadis, CMW 40th Anniversary 

 

FEATURED SPEAKER

Keynote – Merck Mercuriadis

LAWYERS AND MANAGERS DISCUSS HOW THE GAME HAS CHANGED

The music business has and continues to fundamentally change.

With fascinating trends over just the last 12 months: Billions are being spent on catalogue acquisitions; there has been a surge in revenue growth opportunities in spaces such as NFTs/metaverse; artists continue to find new ways to ‘break out’, such as through branding and social media platforms like TikTok; and, to top it all off, some superstar artists are pulling their catalogues from streaming platforms, which highlights the complex web of rights and rightsholders within the music business.  

Join this panel of experienced entertainment lawyers and managers for a discussion on these wide-ranging topics, which all share a common theme: ‘the game has and continues to change’.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Moderator – Matt Gorman, Counsel, Cox & Palmer
Host – Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media

Panelists
Susan Abramovitch, Partner, Head of Entertainment & Sports Law, Gowling WLG
Uwonda Carter Scott, Founding Partner, Carter & Woodard
Paul Farberman, President, Paul Farberman Entertainment
Edward Shapiro, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

WALKING THE WALK: THE PATH TO ALLYSHIP

We’re often so scared to make mistakes or “do it wrong” that we end up doing nothing at all – this panel is for those who want to do better and be part of the change, but don’t know where to start.

While we sometimes need to have uncomfortable conversations to learn and grow, discussions on diversity and allyship are often just “preaching to the choir” – we need allies to step up; particularly people who have not experienced discrimination. So this is a rare case in 2022 where it’s ok for a panel to be full of white guys – men from across the music industry who will share how they learned about the need for allyship, and what practical actions they take to ensure safe and diverse work environments for all.

Moderated by Vanessa Vakharia of Goodnight Sunrise (and her bandmate/ally David Kochberg), this panel will be a casual, non-judgmental, practical discussion of small- and large-scale things everyone can do to make every single person in the music industry feel like they truly belong. A range of panelists will share how allyship plays a large role in their corner of the industry, and how they make sure their spaces and events are truly welcoming and inclusive!

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Moderators:
Vanessa Vakharia, Founder/Artist, Goodnight Sunrise
David Kochberg, Founder/Artist, Goodnight Sunrise

Panelists:
Devon Lougheed, Producer, Touring Artist and Music Director
Kevin Ker, Festival Curator & President, Epidemic Music Group
Kurt Dahl, Entertainment Lawyer/Drummer, One Bad Son

Host – Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media

UNLOCKING THE POWER OF DISTRIBUTION & ALTERNATIVE PLATFORMS

This panel will explore how artists and labels can partner with their distributors to make the biggest impact around releases, tours, and single drops.

The most successful indie release understand how to leverage listener data and integrate streaming platforms and DSP’s in unique and exciting ways. In addition we’ll explore the future of distribution including alternative models that have emerged. Hear from these experts on what makes a release successful and how distro and platform partners can be a huge key to making waves.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Andrew Conde – Head of Distribution, Create Music Group/Label Engine 
Daniel Glogower – Head of Business Development, Beatclub 
Nicole Swanson – Artist & Label Services, Cadence Music Group/Fontana North
Femi “Shamz” Obasaju – Head of RHR (R&B/Hip-Hop/Reggae), Ingrooves Music Group Time

Moderator – Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media

MUSIC CITIES – ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY & MUSIC RECOVERY

Supporting the business of music is essential so our industry can get back to doing what they do best: creating exponential economic, social and cultural impact for artists, communities and tourism.

With the support of the Province of Ontario, the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) and Music Canada are working to bridge the gap to bring the music sector out of the pandemic, and to create an effective route for economic recovery for towns and cities across the province. Panelists with expertise from a cross section of the music sector will explore initiatives and recommendations during this panel.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Opening Remarks:
The Hon. Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Erin Benjamin, President & CEO, CLMA

Moderator: 

Miranda Mulholland, Artist, Music Canada’s Creative Culture Advisor, and Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council

Speakers:
Cory Crossman, Music Industry Development Officer, Tourism London
Vic Gupta, CEO, CREATETO
Mark Garner, COO & Executive Director, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area
Amanda Burgener, Co-Founder, Curbside Concerts

Host:
Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media

BREAKING OUT AND GETTING DISCOVERED ON TIKTOK

Short form video platforms like TikTok, Triller, IG Reels and more have become the new music discovery ecosystems for A&R’s, managers, and labels.

They are crucial for new artists looking to be heard. In these worlds, content is king and catchy tracks with that indescribable hook can go viral overnight. In many ways, the playing field has been leveled. In this discussion we’ll dissect how artists can be leveraging these platforms to gain followers and traction and even connect with industry gatekeepers. Our speakers have been behind some of the most successful breakout stars of the last few years and will share their expertise on launching and discovering talent through short form video channels.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Host and Moderator – Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media
Mary Rahmani, CEO & Founder, Moon Projects
Ash Stahl, CEO, Flighthouse
Alana Dolgin, Head of Influencer Strategy, Homemade Projects

4 STEPS CLOSER TO A PUBLISHING DEAL WITH NASHVILLE MUSIC EXECUTIVE LEANN PHELAN

LeAnn Phelan will share with you what publishers are looking for in a songwriter based on her own experience signing writers over a 25+ years.

Other topics covered:
• How to utilize your PRO
• How to build community
• How to take care of your creative wellness along the journey of a songwriter

FEATURED SPEAKERS

LeAnn Phelan, Owner, LP Creative Mgmt / LP Creative Therapy
Rudy Blair, Host

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH RANDY LENNOX & DANIEL GLASS

Host Rudy Blair Interviews Randy Lennox & Daniel Glass

BROUGHT TO YOU BY: RBC Emerging Artist Project

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Randy Lennox, Executive Chair, Elevate
Daniel Glass, Founder & President, Glassnote Music
Host: Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media

THE MODERNIZED LEADERSHIP TEAM BEHIND THE GRAMMY AWARDS

A Fireside Chat with the Recording Academy’s Co-Presidents Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Panos Panay and Variety’s Jem Aswad

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Moderator: Jem Aswad, Senior Music Editor Variety
Valeisha Butterfield Jones Co President, The Recording Academy
Panos Panay Co President, The Recording Academy

SKEWED – WHO’S LENS ARE YOU MISSING? RECRUIT AND RETAIN

ADVANCE presents a conversation that will discuss the best ways to find diverse talent, and keep them!

The conversation will be about the best practices for creating a safe workplace for all equity seeking groups, and will discuss the value of Employee Resource Groups. Focusing on ways to get the most out of your employees, this chat will show ways to empower, encourage and elevate. ADVANCE brings to you an HR executive who has implemented anti-racism policies and improved corporate culture to be more holistic.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Host: Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter
Monique Ashpole, Talent Recruiter and Talent Developer, Board Director, Creed Council

THE PRESIDENTS SPEAK (WITH Q&A)

A Candid and in-Depth Discussion

For the first time ever together, join us in conversation with the three Presidents of the music supervisor guilds, from USA, UK/Europe and Canada, talk about the present and future of one of the fastest growing creative positions in filmed media – music supervision.

A candid and in-depth discussion about the role of the music supervisor in today and tomorrow’s content driven world, moderated by a recent appointee at music business management school at the Berklee School of Music.

Stay tuned afterwards for Q & A !

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Christopher Wares, Moderator – Assistant Chair of Music Business Management, Berklee School of Music
Maggie Rodford, President – UK & European Guild of Music
Michael Perlmutter, President – Canadian Guild of Music Supervisors
Joel C. High, President – Guild of Music Supervisors

CANADIAN MUSIC DATA IN 2021

Canadians love music and data on streaming confirms it.

MRC Canada’s data shows that Canada is close to hitting a new major milestone in streaming. Sometime soon, it’s expected that Canada will hit 2 billion songs streamed per week. The size and rapid growth of the streaming marketplace in Canada is an incredible achievement. At this panel, hear from industry professionals for their take on this strong, dynamic – but highly competitive – marketplace.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Presented By: Music Canada

Brought To You By:  RBC Emerging Artist Project

Host: Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media

Opening Remarks – Patrick Rogers, CEO of Music Canada

Speakers: Moderator – Miranda Mulholland, Canadian Musician/Label Owner, Artistic Director, Muskoka Music Festival Alex Bellissimo, Director of Commercial Revenue, Warner Music Canada
Erik Sowden, Head of Commercial Development, MRC Data

THE SONG DOES NOT REMAIN THE SAME

Keep moving or sink. What works for sharks works for songwriters.

Edmonton’s Stereos burned into our consciousness in 2009 with their top-5 chart hit Summer Girl. Since then, smartphones became universal, the political landscape shook and streaming became the global listening and viewing mode. And multi-platinum, Juno-winning songwriter Patrick Kordyback rode every wave as the band sailed through the next decade.

In this Q&A with veteran entertainment reporter Rudy Blair, Kordyback talks about adapting to a DIY era, writing hits on GarageBand, switching from the “jam” approach to solo songwriting, listening to and co-writing with other artists to widen his creative palette, and – most importantly – shedding the notion that there is only one way to do anything.

Brought To You By: RBC Emerging Artist Project

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Host: Rudy Blair, Music & Entertainment Reporter, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media

Patrick Kordyback, Lead Singer of Stereos, Multi-Platinum Songwriter & Juno Award Winner

EU COPYRIGHT REFORM, WHAT CAN CANADA LEARN?

This virtual panel will provide Canadian music stakeholders with an overview of the history and current status of the EU Copyright Directive with a focus on Article 17.

What can Canadians learn from EU experience?

Presented By: RBC Emerging Artist Project. Curated By: Music Publishers Canada

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Mr. Axel Voss, MEP, European Parliament’s Lead Negotiator, EU Copyright Directive

John Phelan, Director General, International Confederation of Music Publishers

AN EXCLUSIVE IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION WITH NILE RODGERS AND TIMBALAND

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.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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!!

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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!”

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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.

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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!”

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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

CMW CONFERENCE

June 5-10, 2023