Hooray For Canada!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:35 AM

The Judith Wright Centre – Music Rehearsal Space

Canada and Australia share an affinity. Similar when it comes to economy, contemporary culture, population, landmass, disposable income and (more importantly than everything else) MUSIC! This connection is evidenced by the fact that in 2015 Australia will be the focus country of Canadian Music Week. This panel brings together Canadian PR, label, management, and industry experts to give an overview of a market that should be an essential part of every Australian artist’s export strategy.

Facilitated By

Stuart Johnston - Canadian Independent Music Association (CAN)

Stuart Johnston is President of CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association) - made up of 220 companies (which employ more than 2400 people and represent more than 6,000 artists) belonging to Canada’s music business. He is also a member of three agencies which process copyrights and licenses, and of the advisory council of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. CIMA’s mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that support a strong, economically stable Canadian independent music and…


Alastair Burns - Heartstop Music (AUS)

Alastair is the Director of Heartstop Music, which specialises in management, touring, publicity and events.

Heartstop Music works with Jordie Lane, Marlon Williams, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Christopher Coleman Collective, John Smith (UK), Lindi Ortega (Canada) and C.R. Avery (Canada).

Alastair is also the founder and director of The Melbourne Folk Club and BalconyTV Melbourne.

Sari Delmar - Audio Blood Inc. (CAN)

Sari Delmar is the CEO and Founder of Audio Blood, Canada's leading artist and brand development company. Now in it's 5th year of business, AB specializes in creative marketing and PR campaigns for a wide range of clients including Canadian Music Week, M for Montreal, PledgeMusic, Pistonhead Lager and more. AB also manages 2 artists - The Balconies + HIGHS. Sari's blog is a hot bed for emerging artist and entrepreneur advice, her blog '20 Sneaky Rules About Being in a Band that No one Ever Told…

Tim Jones - Pipe & Hat (CAN)

Canadian label and artist development firm Pipe & Hat has launched artists into a steady path of success, including SiriusXM Indies Awards and WCMA nominations, Mediabase, CMJ, and !earshot charting, collaboration with Grammy-nominated producers, and performances at SXSW, CMJ, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, NXNE, CMW, Americana Music Fest, and more.

Pipe & Hat bands can be heard in several major network television shows, such as Vampire Diaries and Shameless. The company was recently …

John Kastner - Canadian Music Week (USA)

John Kastner is a music industry lifer, uniquely positioned to understand its ins and outs, having worked at it from every angle - from programming international festivals to playing them, and every job in between. Fronting such iconic bands as Asexuals, Doughboys, and All Systems Go!, he went on to write and record ten records and tour the world more than a dozen times. On the business side of the music industry Kastner has programmed Toronto’s NxNE festival, Canadian Music Week, and …

Grant Paley - Paquin Artists Agency (CAN)

Grant Paley, musician, DJ and senior music agent at Paquin Entertainment Group, has spent the past 16 years entrenched in the music scene – as both artist and agent.

As part of Paquin Artists Agency Toronto office, Grant represents a diverse roster of artists in Canada & Australia, which includes acts like Serena Ryder, Buffy Saint-Marie, Randy Bachman, Said the Whale, Delhi 2 Dublin, Chali 2na, the Funk Hunters, Royal Canoe, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Matt the Alien and OKA


Adam Sylvester - The Agency Group (CAN)

Having worked at the Agency Group for close to 8 years, Adam is lucky enough to be working with acts such as Vance Joy, The Jezabels, Bombay Bicycle Club, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Lucy Rose, Monster Truck, Northlane, Single Mothers, SonReal, Amity Affliction, X Ambassadors and more for different markets around the world.

The Agency Group, Ltd., the world’s leading independent talent booking agency, is a career-building, taste-making, artist development powerhouse. Representing a roster of …