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The schedule is subject to slight changes.

 

PANELS

Friday June 29

11:45 am Opening Remarks - The Roblin Center & Rachel Browne Theatre

12:00 - 12:45 pm - The Roblin Center
INCOME GENERATION: DJ Culture & Business

Delegates:
Les “More or Les” Seaforth (5$ Rap Show - Toronto, ON Canada)

Bunny “DJ Bunny” Lester (Northern Touch Music Festival - Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Brittany “DJ Miss Brit” Lynch (KFAI FM/Soul Tools Radio - Minneapolis, MN USA)
Dar “Kilma” Mauws (DontKilmaVibe.com - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Moderator: Ryan Reyes (Northern Touch Music Festival/REFRESH Events - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

It is a well known fact the DJ came before the MC. Without the DJ, hip-hop culture would not exist. Over time though the MC stole the spotlight and the DJ, took the back seat, but has this since changed? Do DJ’s get paid more regularly than an MC? Is there more demand for DJ’s? How does a DJ make money without an MC or singer?  Does a DJ even NEED an MC anymore? Our discussion will be on strategies for success, the current role of a DJ in hip-hop culture and dive into the discussion on who makes more….the MC or the DJ!


12:00 - 12:45 PM - Rachel Browne Theatre

RELEASE STRATEGIES: Old School vs. New Wave

Delegates:
Murs (Strange Music/Paid Dues/HipHopDX - Los Angeles, CA USA)
Ice Tha One (EST SDE STU - Toronto, ON Canada)
Chris “Kato” Ju (KatoOnTheTrack.com - Atlanta, GA USA)
Dai Burger (Where My Girls At Foundation - New York, NY USA)

Moderator: Morgan James (204 The Vibe - Winnipeg, MB Canada)


The conversation is not a new one. New wave artists versus old-school heads. Has this cultural divide helped or hindered hip-hop? How has it changed the business strategies of a breakout artist? How has internet and social media changed the game for artists new and old? Is there any clear cut path to success anymore? We discuss traditional roads to success and if they even matter in a world that has changed so much in the past few years.

1:00 - 1:15 pm - The Roblin Center
Touch Point #1: Toki Wright (Soul Tools/The Current - Minneapolis, MN USA)

1:00 - 1:15 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre
Touch Point #1: Alexa Potashnik (Blackspace Winnipeg - Winnipeg, MB Canada)


1:20 - 2:15 pm - The Roblin Center
BOOKINGS: International and Festival Bookings

Delegates:
Gregory Struiken (New Skool Rules - Rotterdam, ZH Netherlands)
Pauline Leung (Northern Touch Music Festival - Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Les Seaforth ($5 Rap Show - Toronto, ON Canada)
Yusuf Muhammad (A3C Festival - Atlanta, GA USA)

Moderator: Anthony Carvalho (3peat - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Often times there are acts who believe that success can be found around the world. When is the right time to book internationally? What do festival bookers, agencies, and promoters look for in an international act? Do you know if you’re ready to take the leap? Some of the things that you have to consider and ask yourself is how many people come to shows locally? Do I have enough buzz to go around the world? Do I even have a market in these places? What is export ready? Hear first hand from those who have booked and have been booked.

1:20 - 2:15 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre
ASSET REVIEW: Online Assets

Delegates:

Marni Wandner (Sneak Attack Media - New York, NY USA)

Chris “Kato” Ju (KatoOnTheTrack.com - Atlanta, GA USA)
Erin Ashley (Exclaim! -  Toronto, ON Canada)
Sharath “Tommy” Cherian (HipHopDX - Los Angeles, CA USA)
 

Moderator: Lor Brand (POP Entertainment & Management - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

This panel discusses online assets and reviews the online consistency of artists who attend. Dos and don’ts of the internet game. We meme business.


2:20 - 2:35 pm - The Roblin Center
Touch Point #2: Yusuf Muhammad (A3C Festival - Atlanta, GA USA) 


2:20 - 2:35 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre
Touch Point #2: Bunny Lester (Northern Touch Music Festival - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

2:40 - 3:25 PM The Roblin Center

BUSINESS PRACTICES: Non-Binary Music Business

Delegates:
Dai Burger (Where My Girls At Foundation - New York, NY USA)
Toki Wright (Soul Tools/The Current - Minneapolis, MN USA)
Brittany “DJ Miss Brit” Lynch (KFAI FM/Soul Tools Radio - Minneapolis, MN USA)
Murs (Strange Music/Paid Dues - Los Angeles, CA USA)

Alexa Potashnik (Blackspace Winnipeg - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Moderator: Ashley Au (Ashley Au - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Hip-hop has historically been a very male-dominated genre of music, with a culture that has put hyper-masculine personas at the forefront.  As younger people shift their understanding of  gender identity and presentation as a spectrum, it is reflected in the music they listen to and create.  It is at this cultural tipping point that leaders in the music industry are seeing the importance in representing a range of perspectives though the music they promote and are seeing the inherent value in having diversity in leadership roles.  How does one provide equal opportunities for women & non-binary people in the business of music - as an artist, a promoter, a talent buyer?  This panel discussion will explore the future of hip-hop through a lens of inclusivity.

2:40 - 3:25 pm Rachel Browne Theatre
INCOME GENERATION: Revenue sources


Delegates:
Tessa (Akashik Records - Toronto, ON Canada)
Nathalie Kleinschmit (Prairie Mix - Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Jeff Hayward (FACTOR - Toronto, ON Canada)

Moderator: David Landreth (The Landreth Bros. - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Income and revenue generation is one of an artists biggest concerns. Sometimes it is a matter of collecting every penny you can in royalties, sometimes it’s about booking your own shows, sometimes it is about writing a marketing plan and applying for grants. In this panel we discuss income from the perspective of an artist, a royalty agency, business manager and a consultant. Which methods are you currently doing and which are you missing out on?

3:40 - 3:55 pm The Roblin Center
Touch Point #3: Anthony Carvalho (3peat - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

3:40 - 3:55 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre
Touch Point #3: MURS (Strange Music/Paid Dues - Los Angeles, CA USA)


4:00 - 6:00 pm The Roblin Centre - FACTOR Sign-up Walkthrough and  Q&A

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4:00 - 6:00 pm Rachel Browne Theatre - Jam Session presented by BreakOut West hosted by Malcolm-Jay
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6:00 - 7:00 pm The Roblin Centre - #IndustryTIPS workshop with Gee Wunder

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7:00 - 8:00 pm The Roblin Centre - One-On-Ones (SHOWCASE ARTISTS ONLY)
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6:00 - 8:00 pm Rachel Browne Theatre - Festival Auditions - A3C & New Skool Rules Auditions
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Saturday June 30

10:00 - 11:00 pm FACTOR One-on-Ones - The Roblin Center (OPEN TO PUBLIC Advanced Signups at bit.ly/2LAGvdH)

11:00 - 12:45 pm FACTOR One-on-Ones -  The Roblin Center (Registration Booth Signups)

11:45 am Opening Remarks - The Roblin Center & Rachel Browne Theatre

12:00 - 12:45 pm - The Roblin Center
MUSIC PR AND MARKETING: Interviews & Podcasts

Delegates:
Sharath Cherian (HipHopDX - Los Angeles, CA USA)
Erin Ashley (Exclaim! -  Toronto, ON Canada)
Marni Wandner (Sneak Attack Media - New York, NY USA)
Chris “Kato” Ju (KatoOnTheTrack.com - Atlanta, GA USA)

Moderator: Lor Brand (POP Entertainment & Management - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

So you’ve finished your album, and it’s about to launch. What do you do now? How do you market the music and get it to the fans? What are ways to approach blogs, interviewers, podcasts that are effective and actually get their attention? When is the right time for a publicist? Do you need PR to move to the next level or can these things be done by yourself? Find out more from our panel of interviewers and curators of online content!


12:00 - 12:45 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre

ASSET REVIEW: Demo Listening

Delegates:
Morgan James (204 The Vibe - Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Gregory Struiken (New Skool Rules - Rotterdam, ZH Netherlands)
Andrew “Fresh Kils” Kilgour (The Kilzone - Toronto, ON Canada)
Brian “Frost Gamble” Gamble (Hitmaker - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Moderator:  Elise Roller (Manitoba Music - Winnipeg, MB Canada)


This panel discusses audio assets/demos and reviews the songwriting/production/style of artists who attend. This is a chance to get feedback from the types of people who would be receiving your music in the industry, find out what they think and if your message is coming through loud and clear!

1:00 - 1:15 pm - The Roblin Center
Touch Point #1: Elise Roller (Manitoba Music - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

1:00 - 1:15 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre
Touch Point #1: Tessa (Akashik Records - Toronto, ON Canada)

1:20 - 2:05 pm - The Roblin Center
BOOKINGS: National Bookings & Touring

Delegates:
Les Seaforth ($5 Dollar Rap Show - Toronto, ON Canada)
Elise Roller (Manitoba Music - Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Lisa Muswagon (Pink Party/NTMF - Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Anthony Carvalho (3peat - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Moderator: Pauline Leung (Leung & Co./Northern Touch Music Festival & Conference - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Artists need to tour as a part of their successful growth. Before you can head overseas, the connections should be made across Canada and you should have a buzz locally. What does this mean? What does this look like? Are you selling out shows in your hometown? Should you be considering hitting the road or should you focus on growing your fanbase first?

1:20 - 2:05 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre
ASSET REVIEW: Visual Assets

Delegates:
Marni Wandner (Sneak Attack Media - New York, NY USA)
Chris “Kato” Ju (KatoOnTheTrack.com - Atlanta, GA USA)
Jawn Taboika (Creators At Play - Toronto, ON Canada)
Lor Brand (POP Entertainment & Management - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Moderator: Morgan James (204 The Vibe - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

This panel discusses music video assets and reviews the consistency of the visual brand of artists who attend. Do people find the videos appealing and interesting or is the visual message not what you may be trying to accomplish.


2:20 - 2:35 pm - The Roblin Center
Touch Point #2: Marni Wandner (Sneak Attack Media - New York, NY USA)
2:20 - 2:35 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre
Touch Point #2:Andrea Robin (Winnipeg, MB Canada)

2:40 - 3:25 pm The Roblin Center

PRODUCTION/SONGWRITING: The anatomy of a successful song

Delegates:
Stevie Ross (b Sharp - Vancouver, BC Canada)
Andrew “Fresh Kils” Kilgour (The Kilzone -Toronto, ON Canada)
Tessa (Akashik Records - Toronto, ON Canada)


Moderator: Morgan James (204 The Vibe - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

The music is the central part of any successful musician. Without good music, there is no way to move forward in your career. What makes a song good? This panel will discuss from the artist perspectives, both production and songwriting as well as the label and business perspective. Do they agree with what makes a hit song? Who gets the final say?


2:40 - 3:25 pm Rachel Browne Theatre
BUSINESS STRATEGIES: Future Trends

Delegates:
Dai Burger (Where My Girls At Foundation - New York, NY USA)
Chris “Kato” Ju (KatoOnTheTrack.com - Atlanta, GA USA)

Murs (Strange Music/Paid Dues - Los Angeles, CA USA)

Moderator: Andrew Yankiwski (Precursor Productions/IntoMusic.ca - Winnipeg, MB Canada)

Blockchain, streaming services, profit sharing, royalties, public domain….all of these things are changing and reshaping the landscape of music. Not only is the creative sounds that drive the industry change, so does the technology, the business trends and the strategies. With an industry that is changing so rapidly, what can we know for certain? How does the panel see the future of music? Where should you be and what should you be thinking about today, that may help you out tomorrow?


3:40 - 3:55 pm The Roblin Center
Touch Point #3: Elise Roller (Manitoba Music - Winnipeg, MB Canada) 

3:40 - 3:55 pm - Rachel Browne Theatre
Touch Point #3: Dai Burger (Where My Girls At Foundation - New York, NY USA)

4:00 - 6:00 pm The Roblin Center - Industry One-on-Ones (SHOWCASING ACTS ONLY)

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4:00 - 6:00 pm Rachel Browne Theatre - Skratcher Winnipeg

6:00 - 7:00 pm The Roblin Center - 40oz Heroes Cypher Auditions
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6:00 - 8:00 pm Rachel Browne Theatre - Beat Making Workshop with Kato & Fresh Kils
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Sunday July 1

12:00 - 1:30 pm - MEC Presents: Q&A with the labels w/Kato and Dame Ritter
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1:30 - 3:00 pm Industry One-on-Ones (SHOWCASING ACTS ONLY)
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MIXERS/PARTIES/NETWORKING

Friday June 29
5:00 - 7:00 pm

The HipHopDX Beer Garden Party - w/Tommy Cherian from HipHopDX

1:15 - 2:00 am

 The Official Northern Touch Music Festival Kick-Off Dance Party w/DJ Miss Brit at La Carnita
Come shut down the first day of the festival with our headline DJ Miss Brit.

Saturday June 30
4:00 - 8:00 pm Forth Rooftop Patio - Artist network mixer featuring DJ daigorõ

5:00 - 9:00 pm
The Friday Knights Beer Garden Party - w/Eric Olek from Friday Knights

Sunday July 1
12:00 - 2:00 pm - DJ Stop. WhoSampled Set

2:00 - 4:00 pm R&B/Soul Live Auditions


Northern Touch Networking Brunch co-presented by Cibo Restaurant
Come and enjoy some food, music and networking with delegates at Cibo. Breakfast is open to everyone but please R.S.V.P. at biy.ly/NTMFCibo.

11:45 - 12:45 pm
Mere Hotel - Join Andrea Robin for a FREE Yoga Class to encourage health and promote wellness during music festivals. (Please sign up at the Registration desk or the Mere Hotel front desk)

EXHIBITS
Northern Touch Music Festival & Conference Pop-up Museum
June 29 - Ongoing

Times will be posted on Facebook, website and at the gallery.
Forth -
Come and enjoy a multimedia presentation curated by our president “DJ Bunny” Lester from his private archives. Artwork presented by Peatr Thomas showcasing various Winnipeg artists.


Northern Touch Music Festival & Conference Live Art Exhibit
June 29 - July 1

5:00 - Sunset

Old Market Square - Live Artwork presented by Peatr Thomas showcasing various Winnipeg artists.


B.O.S.S. Dance Showcase
Hosted by GeNie Baffoe
June 29
7:30 pm

The dance portion of the evening will begin with a showcase battle between two Winnipeg BBoy Crews Remedial Crowd vs. Gago Brothers on stage (15 mins.) followed by The Exchange Dance Battle with 16 dancers.


June 30
7:30 pm

Exchange Dance Battles finals.