Schedule at a Glance

Schedule at a Glance

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WED NOV 8 • The Hideout

The Indie Week team will let you know how to get the most out of your time at Indie Week. These tips will be invaluable to help you reach your next step in the business.

Meet the Industry: Toronto's Bookers, Festivals and Venues

2:00 – 2:40 PM City of Toronto
Toronto has always been a city known for live music but recently there have been some issues. This will be an open discussion with those in the know to how we can make things even better.

MODERATOR: Mike Tanner (City of Toronto)
PANELISTS: Dante Berardi / Spencer Sutherland (Toronto Music Advisory Council) / Andreas Kalogiannides (Toronto Music City) / Josh Colle (City of Toronto Councillor)

3:00 – 3:40 PM Festivals and Bookers of Toronto
If you want your band to play these are people you will need to impress and get to know. They are the ones who will book your for their festivals and get you on the right bill at the clubs.

MODERATOR: Noel Copeman (Underground Garage)
PANELISTS: Andrea England (Four Chords & The Truth) / Dan Burke (Independent) Jheanelle Henry (Rebel Wailer) / Yvonne Matsell (Independent) / Mar Sellars (Mar On Music)

4:00 – 4:40 PM Meet the Venues
There is lots of competition for live music in Toronto and these local venue owners and operators will give you the tips you need to know to perform at their clubs.

MODERATOR: Shaun Bowring (The Garrison)
PANELISTS: Matt Groopie (Cherry Cola’s) / Japheth Ryan Maw (Sneaky Dee’s + Hard Luck) / Kristina Redd (Phoenix) / Nicky Potter (The Painted Lady)

5:00 – 6:00 PM Urban Panel

PANELISTS: Prezident Jeff (Producer: Lil Simz , Roy Woods (OVO), Majid Jordan (OVO)) / DZY Hustle (Producer: Roy Woods (OVO), T.I., Lil Simz, Ty Dolla $ign, Kevin Gates) / Akeel Henry (Producer: Fast and the Furious Soundtrack, DVSN (OVO, Roy Woods (OVO), Kid Ink, Ty Dolla $ign) / Dalton Higgon (PR: Jazz Cartier (CDN PR), Kardinal Offishall) / Chedo (The Come up Show – Urban Press) / Alaro Diaz (Block Trade Music (Rochester label team)) / Clifton Reddick

6:00 – 8:00 PM Music Ontario Mixer
A chance to socialize with the speakers, discuss business, swap business cards and make a new connection.

WED NOV 8 • Kensington Hall


2:00 – 5:00 PM Artist Interviews

MEDIAS: Spill / Indiecan

2:00 – 5:00 PM Band Photos


WED NOV 8 • Supermarket


3:00 – 3:40 PM Songwriting 101
It all starts with a song. Songwriters will discuss how they begin the creative process and the best way to protect your composition.

MODERATOR: Roger Beckett (Musician)
PANELISTS: Jake Bennett (Musician) / Robyn Dell’Unto (Musician) / Mishelle Pack (Sony/ATV) / Greg Godovitz (Musician) / Mark Zubek (Cdn. Songwriters Assoc.)

4:00 – 4:40 PM Keynote
Juno award winning Tom Wilson (Florida Razors, Junkhouse, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond) will discuss the art of songwriting and perhaps read a passage from his upcoming book “Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkwers and the Road Home.

MODERATOR: Cameron Carpenter (Indie Week)
SPECIAL GUEST: Tom Wilson (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings / Junkhouse)

5:00 – 6:00 PM Demo Listening
Here’s your chance to have noted producers, songwriters and industry insiders have a listen to your music and give you their honest opinion of it.

MODERATOR: Todd Arkell (Manager)
PANELISTS: Hill Kourkoutis (Producer) / Mike Turner (Artist) / Chris Corless (Grayson Matthews) / Jeff Dalziel (Diesel Music)

THURS NOV 9 • Kensington Hall


1:00 – 1:40 PM 1-on-1 SESSIONS

Get your moment to talk 1-on-1 and make a connection with someone in the music industry


What makes a performances memorable that engage the audience and make you look like a star.


The do’s and don’ts from those that have toured the world by doing it themselves.
TEACHER: Chris Birkett

4:00 – 5:00 PM 

TEACHER: Erin Kinghorn

THURS NOV 9 • Nest

Business in Music

1:00 – 1:40 PM Producers Panel
With years of experience of what works and what doesn’t producers know what need to be done to give your songs the greatest chance for success. Here’s your chance to ask them all of your questions.

MODERATOR: Noah Mintz (Lacquer Channel)
PANELISTS: Ian Bodzasi (Producer) / Vic Branco (Iguana Recording) / Brian Moncarz (Rattlebox Studios) / Jeff Dalziel / Dajaun Martineau (Phase One Studios) / Ross Citrullo (RHC Music)

2:00 – 2:40 PM Agents Panel
When you first start out you can book yourself but with any luck at some point you are going to need a booking agent. How will you know, how will they find you?

MODERATOR: Bob Willette (94.9 The Rock)
PANELIST: Ralph James (APA Artists)

3:00 – 3:40 PM DIY Booking your band
From renting your own makeshift venue to booking a cross Canada or European tour these Indie artists will tell you how they made it happen on their own.

MODERATOR: Julian Taylor
PANELISTS: Alessia Priolo (Sincop8ed Noise)

4:00 – 4:40 PM Promoters and Festivals
There are festivals and showcases all over the world and these are the promoters and bookers who can help you on an International level.

PANELISTS: Stephanie Laichi (Pop Montreal) / Dave McKeigan (Pyramid Club) Rian Malloch (SOUND OF MUSIC) / Chris Brecht / Andre Noblat (COMA Fest/BRAZIL)

5:00 – 5:40 PM The Manager’s Panel
Once you get to a certain level you are going to need someone to help steer your career. You need management and these managers will let you know what they do and how they do it.

PANELISTS: Adam Sewell (Singerman Entertainment) Sarah Nicholson (SJN Agency South Africa) / Jeff Rogers (Handsome Boy) / Dan Hand (Black Lamb) / Sheila Roberts (Manager Huttch)

THURS NOV 9 • Supermarket

Publishing Music

3:00 – 3:40 PM Getting Your Songs on the Radio
Now that you have your song ready how do you get it played? Terrestrial, satellite and on-line programmers will let you know the procedures and promotion experts will tell you how they make it happen.

MODERATOR: Steve Coady (Warner Music Canada)
PANELISTS: Bob Willette (94.9 The Rock) / India Coran (RPM Promotion) /
Cara Heath (With A Bullett) / 
David Marsden (NY The Spirit) / Sarah Burke (SiriusXM)

4:00 – 4:40 PM Music Publishing
With the ever changing revenue landscape in today’s music industry finding the right music publisher might be the most important career decision that you make. They are here to tell you what you need to know abut this often misunderstood aspect of the business.

MODERATOR: Robert Singerman (Lyricfind)
PANELISTS: Amy Eligh (Arts & Crafts) / Moe Berg (Artist) /
Chris Robinson (Red Brick Songs) / Mhairi Holmer (Ole) /
Bryce Seefieldt (Warner Chappell) / Andy Curran (El Mocambo Records)

5:00 – 6:00 PM Demo Listening
Here’s your second chance to have noted producers, songwriters and industry insiders have a listen to your music and give you their honest opinion of it.

MODERATOR: Nathan Quinn (eOne)
PANELISTS: Diana Williamson ( /
Aaron Verdonk (Grayson Matthews) / Russ Mackay (Blue Sound) /
Matt Sousa (Universal)

6:00 – 8:00 Mixer presented by SONY MUSIC CANADA

FRI NOV 10 • The Hideout

Publicity and Branding in Music

1:00 – 1:40 PM Publicity
Formats change and delivery systems change but one thing that never changes is the fact you need to market and promote. You can hear all sides of the story from marketers, publicists and even an artist.

MODERATOR: Eric Alper (Eric Alper PR) 
PANELISTS: Serena Ragogna (Ole) / KJ Jansen (Artist) /
Melanie Kaye (Melanie Kaye PR) /
Steve Waxman (Warner Music Canada) /
Samantha Pickard (Strut Entertainment)

2:00 – 2:40 PM Sponsorship and Branding
There’s more out here then you think…! We are an industry that changes daily. We’re adaptive, forward thinking and always on the leading edge of cultural vibrancy. So why haven’t we accepted that there are a number of non-traditional business opportunities for today’s modern music marketer? In this discussion we look at ways you can make an impact in traditional industries while still holding onto our musical roots. We’ll discuss avenues that range from tech, media, content, partnerships, influencers, creative and marketing/advertising.

PANELISTS: Erin Kinghorn (eEK!) / Brandon Roberts (Hop City) /
Paul Eastwood (Freelance) / Matthew Smallwood (Flying Colours)

3:00 – 3:40 PM Women in Music
For far too many years the music industry was an old boys club. Here are some of the powerful women who changed all of that.

MODERATOR: Tina Simpkin
PANELISTS: Jill Snell (Road Angel Entertainment) / Susan deCartier (Starfish Entertainment) / Cherie Sinclair (The Field) / Caroline Galloway / Sarah Nicholson (SJN Agency)

4:00 – 4:40 PM International Business Development

PANELISTS: Alessia Priolo (Sincop8ed Noize) / Matthew Siebel (Siebel Studios)

5:00 – 5:40 PM Funding
There are lots of places to find funding and there are even companies that will do that for you. Do you know where to find it and how to get your fair share?

MODERATOR: Erin Kinghorn (eEK!)
PANELISTS: Michelle Farres (Radio Starmaker) / Allison Outhit (Factor) / Irene Carroll (ISee and Associates) / Noah Grunier (OMF)

FRI NOV 10 • Kensington Hall


12:00 – 12:40 PM ARTISTS BRUNCH

Artists get to hang with industry – SIGN UP REQUIRED

1:00 – 1:40 PM Insurance

TEACHERS: Chris Case / Blair Patton 

2:00 – 2:40 PM Building Your Business

TEACHER: Sam Arraj

3:00 – 3:40 PM TBA


4:00 – 4:40 PM Social Media

TEACHER: Dani Gagnon 

5:00 – 6:00 PM MENTORSHIP

MENTORS: Dani Gagnon / Chris Case / Sam Arraj 

FRI NOV 10 • Nest

Health & Wellness Day

1:00 – 1:40 PM Health on the Road: How to Survive on Tour
Touring musicians are like soldiers: moving groups of people under pressure and sometimes extreme circumstances striving to do great things. From living in a car with 6 other people, surviving on a $15/day per diem, readily available alcohol, sweating buckets on stage, and very little sleep for weeks at a time: all of this factors in the mental well being of all involved in touring. Meet the experts and hear their stories about life on the road and how to survive and stay healthy! From tour managers to nutritionists, ask them anything.

PANELISTS: Chuck Randall / Jeremy Wireman (Monster Truck Guitarist) / Florence K (Musician) / Rian Malloch (Sound of Music Festival) / Chris Cannane (Musician, Starboy) / Steve Sanna (Owner of Farmacia Health Bar) 

2:00 – 2:40 PM Mental Health and Addictions – Panel & Discussion
Everyone has a story or memory of an idol of theirs they have lost to suicide or drugs, a friend that has been struggling with addiction, or even their own quiet personal struggle with an unspeakable sadness or anxiety. Often times as musicians (or industry!) we feel that there is no way around the dark cloud of this issue. You do not have to suffer to do what you love to do. Being creatives, we reach deep down into some hard emotions, and the stigma of addressing these topics is still surprisingly present. This panel cracks that topic open in a round table interactive discussion! Let’s start talking. Lead by seasoned musicians, promoters, and even physiologists, this is a panel you wont want to miss.

PANELISTS: Alex Vincenzi (General Manager Velvet Underground) / Mark Munroe (Addicted Magazine) / John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) / Jennifer Hall (Mobius Artist Management/Label Owner) / Dayana Romero (Clinical Therapist) / Ewan Exall (Promotor at embrce)

3:00 – 3:40 PM Pre/Post Show depression and Anxiety Workshop
The art of the vulnerability, performance & the after glow! With Kevin Pauls (Performance Coach) We will explore ways to deal with anxiety, nerves, the “jitters” – all those emotions that block our performance and our creativity. We will also talk about what happens when the lights go out – how to deal with the emotional let down of the empty hotel room. Learn the benefits of being vulnerable and how it can connect you to the audience. “If performing is easy…you are no doing it right!”

TEACHER: Kevin Pauls (Performance Coach)

4:00 – 4:40 PM KEYNOTE
This year, Indie Week welcomes Chuck Randall (Tour Manager for Alice in Chains and The Cult) and Martin Atkins (Nine Inch Nails)! This feature panel will offer audiences stories, anecdotes, advice, and inspiration from two experts that have seen it all from decades of experience and insight in this tumultuous industry. A true superstar panel, come for the joint discussion, stay for the Q&A, and leave with new perspective.

SPEAKERS: Chuck Randall (Tour Manager for Alice in Chains) / Martin Atkins (Nine Inch Nails)

5:00 – 5:40 PM They’re Here to Help!
The entire event will come to a close, but not without hearing from the ones that are here to help. These panelists are WAITING to provide you with resources and tools to help you shape yourself not only as a musician with a long last career, but as a healthy human being. The struggle is VERY real. But you don’t have to struggle alone!

PANELISTS: Amanda Power (Unison Fund) / Drew Lynch ( / Ace Piva (Over the Bridge) / Clint Younge (L.O.S.T Organization) / Heidi Klett (Mission Services)

FRI NOV 10 • Supermarket

How to Make Money with Music

3:00 – 3:40 PM Music Synch and Licensing
The methods of making money with your songs not just physical and on-line sales. With the right synch or licensing opportunity you could reach a whole new audience.

PANELISTS: David Hayman (Supergroup Sonic Branding) / Andrea Higgins (Arpix) / Michael Perlmutter (Instinct) / Lindsay-Bea Davis (Open Casket Music)

4:00 – 4:40 PM Streaming and Data to make $$$
You song and video are being streamed everywhere. How do you make sure that you are getting the money owed to you?

PANELISTS: Stephen Tapp (Stingray/Galaxie) / Devi Ekanand (Coalition) / Bonnie Fedrau (ACTRA RACS) / Paul Shaver (Nielsen) / Brian Byrne ( Musiconomi) / Spencer Mussellam (Believe Digital) / Kurt Schmel (SSA Music)

5:00 – 5:40 PM Radio Panel
Top radio programmers let you know what they are looking for and how you can get your music to them.

MODERATOR: Jeff Leake (SiriusXM)
PANELISTS: Dale Peters (Dale Speaking) / Julisa Ly (The Edge) / Doug Elliott (94.9 The Rock) / Julian Tuck (CBC)

6:00 – 8:00 PM MIXER presented by ACTRA

SAT NOV 11 • The Hideout

Tech Day

2:00 – 2:40 PM Digital Distribution: The Future Of Making Money With Your Music Online

PANELISTS: Andrew Lindsay (Google Play) / Spencer Mussellam (Believe Digital) / Lee Parsons (Ditto Music)

3:00 – 3:40 PM Musiconomi SPOTLIGHT

Brian Bryne / Mike Turner / Elio-David Di Lorio

4:00 – 4:40 PM Harnessing the Power of Online Advertising to Sell Tickets, Merch, Music and Make a Profit

Jonathan Li

5:00 – 7:00 PM TBA


5:00 – 7:00 PM TBA


This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada. Indie Week would like to thank the Ontario Music Development Corporation for their support.