Top Panel Picks for Canadian Music Week 2014

posted by Dan Murphy on May 05, 2014

Deadmau5, Damian Abraham, and Shelly Finkel are among those slated to appear at Canadian Music Week

Toronto, Canada -- You could say that Canadian Music Week (CMW) is a bit of a misnomer for the conference hitting Toronto on Wednesday. In addition to the music conference, which features sections dedicated to digital media, radio, live music, and licensing, the week will also include music, film, and comedy festivals. 

Our core remains in live music, which is why our panel picks below are focused on the three-day Music Summit, which runs from May 8-10. Passes are still available and can be purchased in a variety of packages and combinations. 

EDM Panels

Electronic Dance Music is rapidly taking over the industry, reflected in the sheer mass of panels and speakers covering the genre at CMW. 

Keynote Presentation — Matthew Adell: From Access to Infinity
Friday, May 9, 1-1:30pm • Trinity 1-3
Led by Beatport CEO Matthew Adell, this presentation will detail how Beatport and its parent company, SFX Entertainment, are taking digital music services to the next level.

Keynote Interview — Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Conversation With Shelly Finkel
Friday, May 9, 1:25-1:50pm • Grand Ballroom C/D
Shelly Finkel, Head of Acquisitions at SFX, is responsible for buying some of the most lucrative properties in the Electronic Music Culture space, from festivals (Electric Zoo, TomorrowLand) to digital music services (Beatport, Tunezy). Ralph Simon, CEO of Mobilium Global Limited, will pick Finkel's brain about his acquisitions, and if you're lucky, you might even get a story or two from Finkel's legendary career as a boxing manager. 

Panel Discussion — The Globalization of Electronic Dance Music
Friday, May 9, 2-2:50pm • Trinity 1-3
Leading figures in the EDM scene will cover the rise of the genre with respect to touring and festivals. Sponsored by Ultra Records and moderated by company leaders from both the US and Canada, the panel will use the label's success as a focal point in its discussions.

Panel Discussion — Surviving the EDM Boom: Three Critical Keys to Success
Friday, May 9, 3-3:50 • Grand Ballroom C/D
Composed of leaders from SFX, Ultra Music, and Live Nation Canada, among others, this panel will focus on the business side of EDM, covering topics like intellectual property, touring, and strategic partnerships.

Keynote Interview — Deadmau5
Friday, May 9, 4-4:50 • Grand Ballroom C/D
Joel Zimmerman, best known as Deadmau5, is one of the most successful and widely renowned artists in EDM. In an interview with Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC's Q, the artist will delve into the roots of his success, as well as his relationship with social media and technology.

One-on-One Interviews

In addition to the keynotes listed above, there are several one-on-one interviews with notable members of the music industry.

Fireside Chat — Nile Rodgers and the Inaugural Global Creator's Award
Friday, May 9, 12-12:50pm • Grand Ballroom C/D
2013 was an important year for Nile Rodgers, whose production and guitar work on Daft Punk's Grammy-winning Random Access Memories led to a resurgence in the disco genre and a reunion of his band, Chic. He'll sit down with Paul Williams, president and chairman of ASCAP and collaborator on Random Access Memories, to discuss his decades-spanning producing career.

Keynote Interview — In Conversation with Tom Windish
Friday, May 9, 1-1:25pm • Grand Ballroom C/D
Gary Smith, COO of Pollstar, will sit down with Tom Windish, founder of The Windish Agency, to discuss the keys of his company's growth into one of the leading booking agencies in the industry. 

Keynote Interview — Martin Mills Interviewed by Damian Abraham of Fucked Up
Thursday, May 8, 12:10-12:40pm • Grand Ballroom C/D
Martin Mills, the chairman of Beggars Group, is widely considered to be the godfather of the modern independent record label. As if his insights aren't cause enough to attend, he will be interviewed by Damian Abraham, lead singer of Fucked Up (on Beggars' Matador Records). Attendees might even get some questions answered why Mills is abandoning Beggars Group's 50/50 Streaming Split. Fair warning: things might get weird. 

Keynote Interview — Daniel Glass Interviewed by Bob Lefsetz (The Lefsetz Letter)
Thursday, May 8, 2-2:30pm • Grand Ballroom C/D
Bob Lefsetz, of the industry newsletter "The Lefsetz Letter," will sit down with Glassnote Entertainment founder and president Daniel Glass to learn the formula for the success of his company, which counts Phoenix, Mumford and Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, and CHVRCHES as clients.

Celebrity Interview — Amanda Palmer Interviewed by Bob Lefsetz
Thursday, May 8, 2:50-3:40pm • Grand Ballroom C/D
Lefsetz will also interview Amanda Palmer, of Dresden Dolls and solo fame, who was able to raise $1.2 million in presales for her album through Kickstarter and social media platforms. She will discuss her relationship with fans and supporters through Internet channels. 

Celebrity Interview — Exclusive One-on-One with Dallas Green of City and Colour
Thursday, May 8, 4:45-5:35pm • Grand Ballroom C/D
Dallas Green has seen widespread fame as the guitarist and vocalist of Alexisonfire and under the moniker City and Colour. This interview, conducted by Matt Wells of M3 COUNTDOWN, will take audience members on a historical journey through the Canadian artist's career, illuminating his experiences and gateways to success. 

Other Panels to Check Out

In addition to the keynotes and panels listed above, here are some other events that are definitely worth checking out, with topics spanning from music festival booking to video game licensing. 

Panel Discussion — Toronto - Austin Music City Alliance
Friday, May 9, 11-11:50am • Trinity 1-3
Toronto and Austin created a "music alliance" back in October 2013, which was meant to create a "pipeline for trade, tourism and investment" between the two distinct communities. It will be interesting to learn why these two cities created such a pact, as well as what this will mean for fans and artists alike. The panel will consist of higher-ups in the festival scenes of both Austin (ACL, Fun Fun Fun) and Toronto (NXNE, Live Nation Canada).

Panel Discussion — How to Get Booked for a Festival Even if Nobody Knows Who You Are
Friday, May 9, 12-12:50pm • Trinity 1-3
This panel will provide insights into how up-and-coming artists are selected for festival lineups. Panelists, which include festival bookers, promoters, and directors, will also discuss the telltale signs of a band on the brink.

Social Music: Demo Presentations — Social and Music Accelerator (Start-Up Showcase)
Thursday, May 8, 3:45-5:15pm • Trinity 4-5
Presentations from up-and-coming company heads in the social media and music-tech fields will demonstrate upcoming trends in these markets as well as the future of music consumption. The expert panel will feature leaders of the start-up and venture capital fields. 

Panel Discussion — Music for the Masterchief: Getting Your Music in Games
Saturday, May 10, 1-1:50pm • Trinity 4-5
With revenues surpassing that of movies and most other mediums, the video game market seems to be one to look out for in coming years. Panel-members from Ubisoft Montréal, Artwerk Music Group Electronic Arts, and Greater Goods in Ontario will discuss the platforms, opportunities, and challenges of writing and licensing music for video games.

Now that you know our top picks, check out all CMW's Music Summit has to offer.

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