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Friday, September 19 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Touring Canada

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They may have a different word for it, but Canadians love Americana music. Canada has a long history of love for singer-songwriters, roots music, outlaw country and acoustic folk. This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges of the Canadian music market including immigration, routing tours, booking festivals, pitching radio and releasing and marketing albums. The panel will compare and contrast the American and Canadian markets from an artist development point of view, providing valuable info for Americans, internationals, and Canadians alike. Canada’s proximity to the U.S. makes it a natural market for American and international touring artists to explore. But with a relatively small population and a huge geographic area, Canada needs to be approached strategically.


Sean McManus

Program Managers, Manitoba Music


Jon Bartlett

Kelp Music
JON BARTLETT started his label Kelp Records back in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1994. It has since grown into Kelp Music, focused primarily on management, with Measha Brueggergosman, Andy Shauf and New Country Rehab as clients. Jon’s sister company MEGAPHONO focuses on finding... Read More →

Stuart Johnston

President, Canadian Independent Music Association
STUART JOHNSTON is President of CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association), made up of 220 companies (which employ more than 2,400 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... Read More →

Tim Jones

Pipe & Hat
TIM JONES is founder of and runs Label Relations & Artist Development for Canadian label and artist development firm Pipe & Hat, which has launched artists into a steady path of success, including SiriusXM Indies Awards and WCMA nominations, Mediabase, CMJ and !earshot charting, collaboration... Read More →

Ian Menzies

Meta4 Music
IAN MENZIES With more than 30 years of experience in the music industry, Ian has worked in almost every aspect of the business. He began as a recording artist, touring across Canada throughout the 80s. Since then he has worked in music journalism (Canadian Musician), record distribution... Read More →

Michelle Szeto

Director of Marketing and Publicity, Paquin Entertainment Group
MICHELLE SZETO is the Director of Marketing and Publicity of Paquin Entertainment Group. Since joining the company over 8 years ago, Michelle oversees global marketing and publicity initiatives for all divisions, including Paquin Artists Agency, which proudly represents over 150 world-class... Read More →


Steve Dawson

Black Hen Music

Friday September 19, 2014 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room 310 - Palmer Plaza 1801 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

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