Meet the delegates
Here is a list of confirmed delegates for the conference.
(List subject to slight changes)
Beautiful woman. Detroit nomad. Dope emcee. In equal measure, the previous sentences are admirable sentiments and matter of fact descriptions owed to the ferocious lyricist with the doe-shaped eyes, Boog Brown. Yet they are only a snapshot into the mind of an artist committed to collective growth, expanding our capacity for loving understanding, and making some of the hardest hitting hip-hop ever heard. Originally turning to music as a way to process her feelings around her mother’s death, Boog Brown spent age 15 to college writing and performing poetry as a way to discover and eventually share her truth as a woman of consciousness and art.
Unaloon aka Lil Bo Weep
UNALOON/LIL BO WEEP
LiL BO WEEP also known as “ Unaloon " is a traveling Australian artist from Adelaide. Now based in Sydney but residing in the US; she began recording her music from her laptop at the age of 16. Her expressions were an instant hit as her unshackled style resonated with much of today’s youth with hits like ‘i wrote this song 4 u’ and ‘NOT OK BUT ITS OK’ streaming by the millions. Her euphoric voice combined with her kind soul has been influential on Internet Sad culture and continues to make waves with people dealing with addiction and abuse. She also takes a strong stance against domestic abuse with her annual charity event series, SA Haven, in Texas. LiL BO WEEP pushes her own ever-evolving look, sound, and mindset past the limits of the contrary into the life unlived.
Melissa MacMaster, has gained valuable business management experience from her previous roles working in Atlantic, Canadas entrepreneurial eco-system and start-up community for over 7 years as a business development officer and cofounding the Global Youth Innovation Network in Benin, West Africa. Transferring her high caliber skill set to the music industry and successfully launching 902Hiphop an artist management and music licensing and sync company. 902HipHops expertise has created incredible talent and has solidified Halifax as a major player in the Canadian hip-hop music industry.
Jheanelle Henry is an Artist Manager based in Toronto, Canada. She lends herself to multiple facets of the music and entertainment industries including A&R, Brand Management, and Artist Relations. Whitney Houstons "You Give Good Love" music video is the first memory she can recall and the start of a continuing love affair with music. This was the catalyst for her now strong passion for supporting artists and helping them achieve their goals. Jheanelle prides herself on a diligent and honest work ethic, grinding as she rises with her team. Jheanelle has been highlighted as a speaker at events such as CMW, Indie Week, Northern Touch Music Festival, and Music Manitoba. Her artists have been featured in publications such as XXL, Rolling Stone, Noisey, Escape Tracks, and Complex amongst others. She has brokered brand partnerships with Goodlife Fitness, FL Studio, and Yamaha to name a few
Mira Silvers has spent over a decade wearing multiple hats as a creative director, music/culture journalist, creative producer, manager, and booking agent. She worked in PR for Believe Recordings' Parisian label, Animal 63, and a Senior Producer for Sony Music. While Mira still continues to produce creative content and write, she runs, in tandem, her own boutique music agency with a select roster of artists, which includes rising American rapper, bbymutha, DJ Mia Carucci, Canadian rapper Nate Husser, and LA-based, Canadian-Ghanaian artist AKUA, who toured globally as Solange’s vocalist. Mira has negotiated tour runs for her roster in support of North American tours for Earl Sweatshirt, Jorja Smith, Kali Uchis, Rejjie Snow, Masego, Tommy Genesis, and organized several European & North American headlining tours for her artists. Currently, Mira is on bbymutha’s European tour, who is set to release a debut LP.
Previously known as Relic the Oddity, 2 time Independent Music Award winner Rel McCoy is a triple threat. The rapper/singer/producer has been building critical acclaim both with his own releases as well as his contributions to other artists’ projects including 4 of Juno Award winner
Shad’s albums. His 2015 album “The 13th Floor” stayed #1 on Canadian College hiphop charts for 10 weeks, and his follow up album “Gas Money” had video premieres on both HipHop DX and Noisey. Rel has toured extensively in Canada, across the U.S.A, Australia and Japan, sharing stages with many household names including Slaughterhouse, Pharoahe Monch, Pharcyde, Kev Brown, Jeru the Damaja, Araab Musik, Masta Ace and more. Playing showcases at key industry conferences is nothing new to Rel. SXSW, NXNE, COCA, MOSOFEST, SLED ISLAND, and 2015’s Toronto PANAM GAMES are a few of the festivals that have welcomed Rel to play. In 2016, his successful kickstarter campaign raised over $11,000.00 in support of his album “Gas Money”. For the release of his latest album “A Different Crown”, Rel has signed with illect Recordings out of Rochester MN, propelling him
further ahead than ever before. Rel McCoy continues to embody the bold and vulnerable spirit of hip hop.
Witch Prophet is a self-managed, queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean, singer-songwriter, the CEO of Heart Lake Records (FKA 88 Days Of Fortune) and member of feminist-based electro dub hop group 'Above Top Secret'. She provides her fans with a soundscape of vocal layers, loops, raps and harmonies on a bed of hip-hop, jazz and soul-inspired beats. Think Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill meets Jill Scott. Witch Prophet has shared the stage with and opened for acts like TheeSatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces, Lido Pimienta, A Tribe Called Red, Climbing Poetree, Monte Booker, Shad, METZ,
SAMMUS, Sean Leon, JPEGMAFIA, The Cliks, Rae Spoon, Zaki Ibrahim, Kae Sun, and LAL, to name a few. Her vocals have appeared on Shad's "Flying Colours" LP (2013) as well as 2009's Polaris Prize winner Fucked Up's newest LP "Dose your Dreams" (2018).
Roller has been actively involved in the Canadian music scene for nearly a decade, first beginning in Alberta with her solo project, then joining touring rock outfit Go For The Eyes. From Calgary, she began interning remotely for Pipe & Hat Music Group in 2013, which ultimately led to her move to Manitoba in 2015. While contributing to the development of PHMG’s entire roster, Roller headed artist and community development branch, Flint/Fire, managing Victoria’s psych-rock band Fever Feel, and programming Pride Winnipeg’s festival main stage. For the past six years, Roller has booked and tour managed a number of Canadian acts. In addition to her industry experience, she can be seen tearing up the stage as the front person of heavy metal grunge band, Solhounds.
DAY ONE RECORDS
(Atlanta, GA & Toronto, ON))
Elizabeth Cleveland is rapper Shah’s agent and video producer. Originally from Toronto, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from McGill University before beginning her career in the entertainment industry with Shah and his independent record label Day One. Elizabeth began as Operations Manager at the label but quickly began taking on more responsibilities, produced Shah’s acclaimed audiovisual series, and in the absence of an experienced manager with a background in the industry, she took on the role of his agent. Shah’s entire team remains independent and have become an inspiration to emerging artists and industry professionals alike.
DAY ONE RECORDS
(Atlanta, GA & Toronto, ON)
Since being described by Complex as Trap’s Newest Star, the buzz surrounding Toronto’s Shah has spread beyond Atlanta, where his career was launched by institutions like Magic City. Shah’s most powerful terrestrial growth has been in the South, beginning in Miami, where Shah was introduced by his DJ Swamp Izzo, Cash Money Records’ official DJ. In December during Art Basel, Shah was regarded as one of the most influential rappers of Miami Art Week. Shah’s southern domain also grew in Texas. A year after being described as one of 2018’s most promising independent rappers, Shah’s official SXSW debut provided one of SXSW 2019’s most memorable rap moments. During this Austin performance, Shah debuted his newest release Poison, recorded at the Spotify Secret Genius Studio in Atlanta. Poison showcases Shah’s most vulnerable lyricism to date, exploring how he copes with the threats he’s faced from the Trump administration since his repeated unlawful federal detainments, which is actually what first led him to Atlanta. Poison also touches on the sanctuary Atlanta provided Shah in contrast to the risk he faced when traveling throughout much of the country. Shah is just the newest member of the guild of Atlanta rappers - which includes Gucci, Future, and Migos - to be propelled to local stardom by Magic City and regional stardom by Swamp Izzo.
Greg "Gee Wunder" Baptiste
Having graduated from Toronto’s Runnymede Collegiate and going on to secure a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications/French Honours degree from York University, as well as, an Ontario College Diploma in Radio/Television Broadcasting from Seneca College, Greg’s first taste of the Music and Television industries came in the late 90’s as a Production Assistant for the CFMT urban entertainment show Phat TV where he worked for six months. After that short stint Greg went on to become an integral part of the Much Music Canadian legacy. Initially hired as a Programming/Production Assistant he eventually held the post of Music Video Programmer for MuchMusic/MuchMoreMusic/MuchVibe/MuchLoud/PunchMuch/ MuchMoreRetro music channels. In total, his tenure at CHUM/CTV/Bell Media spanned over TWENTY YEARS until parting ways with the company in 2017. Known as a Music Video Guru Greg still shares his knowledge on the ever changing industry. Greg is also an accomplished commercial voice-over artist. His voice can be heard on various television commercials and was best recognized as the voice on the flagship mid-2000s show “Born to Be…” on MuchMusic. Greg has also lent his voice to companies such as General Motors, NorthStarr Ent., Rogers Cable Networks, Adidas, Mississauga Centre fore Education & Training, Scotiabank Trinidad and NBA Canada to name just a few.
Kilma is carving out a unique space in the dance music cosmos. After years in the bass realm as Sw@t, she began to grow in new directions, exploring and finding new fulfillment in house, techno, and breakbeats. Truly great artists embrace reinvention, and Kilma’s metamorphosis is no different. While her love for bass and snares still shines through, it’s filtered through her passion for house and techno rhythms, making for sets that take the listener on a journey, destination inward. Since this artistic rebirth, Kilma has been pushing the limits of the notions of “artist” and “listener”, merging their worlds, and creating a new dynamic. Not just a DJ, her original work as a producer reflects her eclectic sensibilities, while her published works in such publications as Decoded Magazine, Disc Jockey News T.V., Digital DJ Tips, The Passionate DJ, and DontKilmaVibe.com, have given her a voice far beyond the dance floor.
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Nathalie brings to the table 25 years of consulting and training experience in international business. After earning her MBA in Change & Innovation, she decided to trade in her business suit for a pair of jeans and work with artists. She founded Prairie Mix to focus on strategic planning and export development. Her work with artists William Prince, Justin Lacroix and Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds was recognized with nominations for WCMA’s “Impact on Artist Development” Award in 2017 and again in 2018, and for Trille Or’s “Entreprise” Award in 2019. In 2019, she’s stepped in as Interim Executive Director of the Western Canadian Music Alliance (BreakOut West) to promote the talent of our western Canadian artists at home and abroad.
LEUNG & CO.
Through Leung & Co., Pauline is in the business of making dreams a reality by providing logistics and a wide range of services. She’s working primarily with small to mid-size businesses in launch & expansion phases including non-government organizations and professional artists. In January 2018, she officially returned “home” to the hip-hop community as Events & Sponsorship Manager for Northern Touch Music Festival & Conference.
The Festival provides showcase, professional development and direct business opportunities for underserved genres with its current focus on hip-hop, R&B, and soul. She is a self-proclaimed life-long learner who continues to use skills from her background in insurance, non-profit arts, project administration and as a former recording artist.
ANTONIO "TONY" CRUZ
(San Antonio, TX)
Anthony Carvalho is the manager and DJ for Winnipeg hip-hop trio, 3PEAT. Anthony began his career in radio promotions and as an on-air personality in college and urban radio. He is the co-founder of Fourth Quarter Records, a record label and recording studio that is home to the 3PEAT artists. The group has played at various Canadian Festivals and recently toured the European market.
Andrew is a professional producer who has overseen countless projects during his decade at the helm of Precursor. His philosophy as a producer is simple: understand each artist's creative vision for their music and make it a reality in the studio. As an engineer, he is known for extremely high production values and the unique ability to create a signature sound for each artist.
Brian "Frost" Gamble
Born & raised in upstate New York, Frost Gamble was completely absorbed by the Hip Hop music & culture of the ‘golden era’ – and it was during that time that Frost learned the basics of crate digging and production that would fuel his sample heavy sound. Frost’s production credits include work with rap heavyweights like Kool G. Rap, KXNG Crooked, Young Bleed, Guilty Simpson, Horseshoe Gang, Skyzoo, Ruste Juxx, and many more. And his 2013 contributions to Grammy nominated Gospel Rap artist Fresh I.E.’s Red Letterz13 were recognized as “Album of the Year” at Canada’s Gospel Music Awards. In 2016, Frost landed a marketing and distribution deal with 22 Entertainment – the 3rd largest independent record label in the US, owned by industry veteran Tony Bucher. This relationship led to the commercially successful and critically acclaimed “Veteran EP”, released with New York state rapper Tone Chop. Since then, Frost’s impressive discography has only continued to grow.
ENERGY 106 FM
Sarah Nick wakes up Winnipeg every morning! She is part of Energy Mornings with Sarah & Tyler on Energy 106. She has been in the radio industry since she turned 18, and is proud to be a young woman in a morning position. Sarah has worked on many projects within the city from elections, to fundraisers. Sarah is a huge hip-hop fan she loves anything from Biggie to Kendrick Lamar… Please don’t ask her to rap, she will and it will be awful. She has a passion for helping young-adults get a start in the industry, and is always open to chatting about the world of radio, or just music in general.