Wed 1st - Fri 3rd February 2017
Ottawa, ON

Get The Best From Your Fest Panel

Where: Citizen, 207 Gilmour Street

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Start Time: 10AM

Moderated by: Brian Hetherman (MusicOntario / CIMA)

Panelists: Grimur Atlason (Iceland Airwaves), Dan Seligman (POP Montreal), Emy Stantcheva (CIMA), Mar Sellars (Mar on Music), Adele Slater (CODA Agency)

Description: The festival experience can be overwhelming, but have no fear! Hear from festival bookers and seasoned festival-goers about how to make the most out of music showcase festivals like MEGAPHONO, and how they are different beasts than traditional music festivals.



Festival Manager // Iceland Airwaves

Reykjavik, IS

Grimur Atlason is the current manager of Iceland Airwaves music festival. The festival takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland during the first weekend of November every year. Over 200 acts performs 250 official shows over the course of 5 days. On top of that over 680 shows takes place ‘off-venue’ at Iceland Airwaves.

During his time as manager, Grimur has worked with PJ Harvey, Skepta, Warpaint, Flaming Lips, Of Monsters and Men, Hot Chip, Björk, Caribou, Sigur Rós, Robyn, Jon Hopkins, Ásgeir, The War on Drugs, Beach House, Kraftwerk, John Grant, FM Belfast, Haim and many others. Grimur has been promoting bands since he was 16. From his first gig with Happy Mondays to being manager of bands, he’s worked with hundreds of bands such as Sonic Youth, David Byrne, St. Vincent, Morrissey, Antony and The Johnsons, Belle and Sebastian just to name a few.


Director // POP Montreal

Montreal, CA

Daniel Seligman has been active in the Montreal music scene since 2000. He has managed Stars, The Unicorns and Socalled. In 2002 Seligman started POP Montreal and remains the festival's creative director. In 15 years the fest has worked with such acts as Bun B, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire and Malajube. Most recently, he co-founded the record label Club Roll Music. In 2013 Club Roll released records by AroarA, Jef Barbara, Karneef and in 2015 Club Roll will released the new record by Katie Moore.


Management - PR - Radio // Mar On Music

Toronto, CA

Mar is a music publicist, artist manager and radio host with her own company Mar On Music. She works for Toronto record label Hand Drawn Dracula, as PR and project management. She also manages Partner & Goodbye Honolulu, puts on gigs in Toronto and writes for music blogs around the world. Her past includes BBC, touring Germany 7 times, CBC radio and being a European booking agent. She’s lived in Vancouver, London and Berlin but now very happy to call Toronto her permanent home.


Marketing & Events Coordinator // MusicOntario / CIMA

Toronto, CA

Emy Stantcheva is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and MusicOntario. Emy came to CIMA in January 2013 with seven years of experience working in music publicity and marketing, artist management, social media, festival and event planning and copy writing. As part of the CIMA team, Emy works on various domestic and international events, showcases and professional development initiatives, and programs and coordinates all things MusicOntario with Interim Manager, Brian Hetherman. A lifelong music junkie, Emy moonlights as Lifestyle Editor for Addicted Magazine.


Booking Agent // Coda

London, UK

Adele is a booking agent at Coda, previously at WME, The Agency Group and promoter at Live Nation prior to that, booking all territories outside of North America, which includes UK, Europe, Japan, Asia, Australia, and South America. Current roster includes Perfume Genius, Asgeir, Japanese Breakfast, Liam Gallagher, Dream Wife and US Girls.

Speed Meetings Day 1

Where: Citizen, 207 Gilmour Street

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Start Time: 1:15PM

Like speed dating, but with international music buyers. Delegates participating in Thursday's speed meetings are listed below, bios are at 4 minutes are reserved with each of them to pitch your music, MEGAPHONO showcase, or project idea.


Grimur Atlason, Iceland Airwaves

Dan Koplowitz, Friendly Fire Licensing

Peter Zwarich, River & Sky Festival

Beth Martinez, Danger Village

Kyle Cunjak, Shivering Songs Festival / Forward Music Group

Florent Clavel, Third Side Music

Byron Pascoe, Edwards PC Creative Law

Allison Outhit, FACTOR

Gareth Smith, Sub Pop Publishing

Dan Seligman, POP Montreal

Evan Whikehart, Secretly Group

James Boyle, Halifax Pop Explosion

Colin Mills, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC)

Adele Slater, CODA

* SIGNUP REQUIRED; PLEASE EMAIL TO SIGN UP (Subject Line: “Speed Meetings - Thursday”)

Speed Meetings Day 2

Where: Citizen, 207 Gilmour Street

When: Friday, February 3, 2017

Start Time: 1:15PM

Like speed dating, but with international music buyers. Delegates participating in Friday's speed meetings are listed below, bios are at 4 minutes are reserved with each of them to pitch your music, MEGAPHONO showcase, or project idea.


Amber Carew, ANTI-

Colleen Krueger, Flemish Eye / Landlocked MGMT

Alexandre Jacques, OPAK Productions

Jason Bissessar, Bonsound

Melanie Stone, Sonic Entertainment

Dane Sundseth, Bedlam MGMT

Carla Gillis, NOW Toronto

Mar Sellars, Mar On Music

Emy Stantcheva, CIMA/Music Ontario

Sarah Shoucri, POP Montreal

Jeff Waye, Third Side Music

Jason Burns, Arts and Crafts

Marilena Gaudio, NAC Presents

Kevin Pedersen, Dead Oceans

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