Meet the delegates
Here is a list of confirmed delegates for the conference.
(List subject to slight changes)
PAID DUES FESTIVAL
(Los Angeles, CA)
For over two decades, Murs has fearlessly rapped with power, poise, and purpose. Picking up a mic in high school, he founded 3 Melancholy Gypsys before logging time in influential West Coast collective Living Legends. Following his 1997 solo debut F’Real, he unleashed a string of underground classics, including The End of the Beginning for EL-P’s Definitive Jux , the major label breakout Murs for President , and the critically acclaimed Have A Nice Life . The latter earned praise from the likes of Pitchfork, HipHopDX, and XXL who wrote, “Murs utilizes the full arsenal of his skills to craft an album with the same passion as an artist introducing himself to the world for the first time.” Most recently, 2017’s Captain California maintained that momentum and went Top 25 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart.
chris "kato" Ju
DAI BURGER WORLD
DJ Miss Brit
Brittany Lynch is DJ, poet, and entrepreneur who fiercely advocates for artists in communities of color. Her work exists at the intersections of media, art, social justice, and community healing. She was named a “Rising Star” by WCCO’s Urban Perspectives and one of 5 “Influential Young Black Leaders” by The Star Tribune. She’s a radio host on KFAI FM Radio, where she hosts the Wake Up Call on weekday mornings and Soul Tools Radio on Saturday evenings. Brittany is affectionately known as DJ Miss Brit when she’s behind the 1s and 2s, and is the curator and DJ for the Icehouse residency called “The Feels.” She’s the official tour DJ for international hip hop artist Toki Wright, and is one of the founding members of the MN Open Decks DJ Collective. DJ Miss Brit has opened up for singer V. Bozeman (Empire), Salt-N-Pepa, Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore, and many more as a DJ and host. As a private and public events DJ she’s had the opportunity to collaborate with brands such as General Mills, The University of Minnesota, Pollen Midwest, and The Office of Mayor Melvin Carter.
SOUL TOOLS ENTERTAINMENT
As an organizer, Toki led the youth non-profit organization YO! The Movement, facilitating 7 Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop Festivals in addition to other community actions. Wright helped to establish “Hip-Hop at H.E.A.L.S” a program for former child soldiers in Gulu, Northern Uganda, as well as helped to establish the careers of Hip-Hop artists in Croatia and Sierra Leone. Under the producer moniker Mamadu, Wright has also been behind the scenes producing for various artists. Toki wears several hats in media. He created Soul Tools Radio on KFAI FM Radio in Minneapolis in 2013. He also host’s “Wright About Now” on The Current via American Public Media Group. Toki hosts several arts and music events, writes for Insight News, and is also a judge for NPR’s “Tiny Desk Contest.”
HIP HOP DX
(Los Angeles, CA)
Founder and CEO of Cheri Media which is an online music media company based in Los Angeles. I launched our first online music property HipHopDX in 1999. Enlisting friends as writers for the site, the publication grew steadily due to its user-friendly design, exclusive content, and its consistent focus on quality. Now headquartered in Hollywood, California HipHopDX reaches 2.7 million readers each month, making it the #1 Hip Hop news website in the world. In early 2008, we acquired our second online music property Roughstock, the oldest country music website. Today Cheri Media consists of a passionate group of individuals that are dedicated to making music journalism world better with superior thought leadership and innovative interactive experiences. With a staff of 14 and growing we also include designers, developers and social media experts.
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.
Actor, symphony cellist, and powerful RnB singer. Tessa deﬁnitely knows how to multitask. She has performed in countless musicals, played cello in the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and along with backing up other artists with her versatile vocals (Marianas Trench 2013 tour, Tafari Anthony) she has been working to create her own serene, pulsing alternative RnB. She is currently signed to Akashic Rekords/ILS Group/Universal Music Canada.
Has been in the music industry for 29 years. Record store, manager, label and booker, festival producer. There is not too much that Johnny hasn’t done. For the last 16 years he has been a part of BreakOut West, sitting in as the submission specialist and festival manager. In the fall of 2009 Johnny produced a TV series called Live at the West in. A live concert show with interviews. The show was very successful and ran for 4 years. Was nominated for several awards and had a successful run as a summer replacement show on CBC. Since then he has been involved with many other shows and video’s like Staging the Band. Currently in pre-production for a documentary on a local band that will highlight mental illness within the music community.
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.
Ashley Au is a Winnipeg-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and queer creative. A multifaceted musician, Ashley specializes in the upright and electric basses as a sessional musician and composer, working with artists across a range of disciplines.
Current and past projects include work with Weakerthans frontman, John K. Samson; folk roots songstress, Carly Dow; internationally-acclaimed Americana tastemaker, Scott Nolan; Juno award-winning songwriter, William Prince; Ojibway-composer & jazz trumpeter Chuck Copanace; Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers; and Canadian live hip-hop outfit, Super Duty Tough Work.
Morgan "MJ" James
204 The Vibe
Morgan “MJ” James had the privilege of hosting the “Rise Up Show” on Rhythm 104.7 fm from 2014-2016. MJ has a passion for sharing her love and appreciation for all genres of music and strives to share her message of love, peace and inclusion. MJ is an active member of the community hosting events and encouraging the growth of artists here in Winnipeg. MJ continues her own growth in the local broadcast community with the launch of 204 The Vibe, Winnipeg’s NEW Hip-Hop, RnB, and Soul station. It is through this medium that MJ shares her passion and vision of a world filled with hope and love for all.
Jeff joined the FACTOR team in early 2015. He is a life-long fan and ambassador of Canadian independent music, hailing from the great city of Brantford. His love for data and spreadsheets is surpassed only by his love for Whitney Houston. By night you can usually find him DJing or watching a movie (or three).
Lisa Muswagon is a Nakoda Cree member of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Lisa is an entrepreneur, promoter, facilitator and artist who recently released the album Buffalo and Rabbits which is a contemporary hand drum album. Her late grandfather was a storyteller and felt that it was important to carry on his legacy, storytelling through Indigenous harmonized vocals and the drum. The album earned a 2017 Indigenous Music Award nomination for Best New Artists. She is currently exploring music as an artist sharing Indigenous sound through different mediums and genres of music with future collaboration.
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.
For the past several years, Erin Lowers has spent her time diving into the worlds of music journalism, digital content creation and festival programming with the hopes of pushing the Canadian music community, specifically hip-hop and R&B music, to the forefront of the entertainment industry. Since her first interaction with the music industry over a decade ago, Erin has worked with several music and culture outlets (Pound Magazine, XXL, Georgie Magazine, Boi-1da.com etc.), and now serves as the first woman to hold the Hip-Hop Editor position at Exclaim! Magazine, and is also currently working on the Emmy Award-winning series, Hip-Hop Evolution.
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.
BLACK SPACE WINNIPEG
Alexa Joy Potashnik is the Founder of Black Space Winnipeg, Host of Raw Colours on CKUW 95.9FM, local vocal percussionist known as MC Woke and the former Racialised Student Commissioner with the Canadian Federation of Students - MB. Alexa's work involves creating safe spaces for people of colour while challenging white/male privilege, dominance and supremacy through grassroots activism. Alexa continues to push against the status-quo by ensuring there are always platforms for the abjected voices in society. This year Alexa was the emcee for the Women's March On Washington - Winnipeg, an event that drew over 3,000 Winnipegers to the heart of downtown, demonstrating solidarity for social justice. She was involved and introduced Dr. Angela Davis when she was in Winnipeg and has been featured on projects with CBC.
Nathalie Kleinschmit, founder and manager at Priaire Mix, brings to the table 25 years of business consulting and training for multinationals. After receiving her MBA in Change & Innovation with a focus on strategic planning in the arts industry, she decided to trade in her business suit for a pair of jeans and work with artists full time. She was the acting executive director of Le 100 Nons, Manitoba’s Francophone music organization, from Oct 2015 to March 2017. She founded Prairie Mix as a vehicle for developing and showcasing Western Canadian talent. She manages William Prince, Justin Lacroix, and Del Barber.
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.
Les "More or Les" Seaforth
$5 DOLLAR RAP SHOW
With multiple critically-acclaimed releases, international touring under his belt, over a decade of performances & features with notable peeps including Blueprint, Chip-Fu and UK Hip Hop band The Herbaliser, rapper, producer & DJ More Or Les is a Hip Hop triple threat, bringing the heat with his own version of boom bap and nerdish lyrical tendencies. Music videos & previous releases can be found on iTunes, AppleMusic, Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube, www.moreorles.ca and more!
A creative professional with the heart of an entrepreneur. Laser-focused on project management, Jawn strives to produce effective creative work every day. He employs a strategy that puts value over pricing, vision over deliverables, and commitment over promises. Jawn's snowballing skill-set continues to bring integrated, convergent, and interactive media success to his projects. Jawn and Creators at Play are the Greater Toronto Area's preferred live event videography team, having covered festivals, conferences, and marketing activations for their clients. Creators at Play produces video marketing material for small businesses, non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies looking to tell their story online. Specialties: video production, consultation, project management, video editing, social media optimization, copywriting, voice acting, scriptwriting, dramaturgy, cinematography, documentation, graphic design, brand development.
NEW SKOOL RULES
Gregory Struiken abilities to understand the needs of urban youth in the Netherlands has helped him to create relevant concepts in the music industry to discover, develop and launch many careers of urban artists across the globe. One of his best-known projects is New Skool Rules, the biggest international urban music conference in the world. This three-day international music conference/festival, held in the Netherlands takes place annually. As the creator of this and many other projects, Gregory and his business partner have been heading their foundation Epitome Entertainment for the last 18 years. The main focus of this foundation is to create platforms for urban artists, producers, songwriters, instrumentalists, managers and other people behind the scenes, so they can develop their craft. Currently, Gregory manages 2 creatives.
Andrew "Fresh Kils" Kilgour
From behind the boards to the stage, there's not a spot of ground Fresh Kils' prolific career hasn't touched. And its not just hip hop. Its true, you'll see Fabolous, Maestro Fresh Wes and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (ATCQ) grace his resume, but you'll also find the likes of Ron Sexsmith and The Buena Vista Social Club. His prowess on the MPC has seen him share the stage with many hip hop legends (Nas, De La Soul) as well as the best of the underground, winning over fans, and beat battle competitions, with his signature showmanship. The Toronto based Sound Battle Royale Champion with multiple JUNO nominations and high profile collaborations and performances still hasn't reached his ceiling. With momentum and accolades growing each year, Fresh Kils is poised for a sound system takeover unlike any we've seen in a long time.
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.
B.O.S.S. DANCE CREW
Eugene Baffoe, known in the hip hop community as “GeNie” is a freestyle battle Dancer from Montreal, Quebec. He has been training in the field of Hip Hop for the last decade, teaching, choreographing and directing at a professional level over the last 6 years. GeNie currently heads Winnipeg’s newest and fastest growing urban Hip Hop dance drew “B.O.S.S Dance Team” (Built on Self Success). The group began in the summer of 2011 and made its debut at the Bomber game halftime show in September of 2011. He is also the co-creator and director of a non-profit Charity Dance Showcase “Dance 4 MS” which he began in 2009. The event raises money to cure Multiple Sclerosis by donating all proceeds to the Manitoba MS Society. With its first ever sold out show In May of 2012, the annual showcase has raised over $5,000 over the span of 4 years. His choreography has been showcased in Manitoba Dance festival, Showtime Productions, local Musical Theatre productions of “RENT”, flashmobs, High school events, debouts , and hip hop dance teams over the past 3 years. He has worked with renowned choreographers such as “Lil C”, Tucker Barkley and Brian Friedman. GeNie is a featured dancer in the upcoming U.S feature film “Strings” in theatres April 2014. Honoured by the city of Winnipeg with the “Youth Role Model Award” in 2009, Eugene is a committed teacher/choreographer never forgetting that he remains a student of dance
Currently Program Director for A3C (All 3 Coasts) Festival and Conference. Founded in 2005 and held in Atlanta, A3C has grown from a local showcase to become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year and is commonly referred to as “Hip-Hop’s Family Reunion.” Yusuf is also an independent promoter/marketing/talent buyer having worked with Live Nation, AEG Live, Red Bull, Heineken & more. Based in Philadelphia, Las Vegas & Atlanta with eight years of experience curating and creating events in multiple markets nationally. Yusuf has also worked in programming and stage management for other festivals such as Art of Cool, Afropunk, Roots Picnic, One Music Fest and more. Recently, he has also stepped into the booking agent and road management world working with Diddy’s son & the new face of Bad Boy, Christian “King” Combs.
Ice The One
Toronto-based singer/emcee/songwriter ‘Ice Tha One’ goes all in. With roots based in hip-hop, r&b and soul, Ice delivers raw lyricism with a smooth melody. She’s all sass, nerve and blends an old school vibe with a modern flex. Her latest project ‘In the Paint’ is an innovative collaboration with renowned producers Junia-T & Fresh Kils. For Ice, music has always been an important outlet for self-expression, a means to process life’s emotions while enduring all the challenges along our journeys. Ice has always represented the east side of her city to the fullest which is why her alias till this day is still the EST-SDE GNRL, (pronounced, east-side general). In recent years, Ice has branched out across continents in broadening her sound while reaching audiences across the UK, Australia, Europe and The United States. Her latest record is a dynamic testament to resilience.
MIchael Redhead Champagne
NORTH END MC
Michael Redhead Champagne has spent nearly two decades speaking out and leading by example. He takes a hopeful and solution oriented approach to youth engagement, facilitation, community organizing and mobilization. The list of accolades for his work is both lengthy and well deserved. He was recognized as the 2016 Canadian Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year and in TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader. In 2016, Michael served on the Bank of Canada’s bank note advisory committee with a task of creating a short list of women nominated by the public to appear on a new bank note. Michael has also received a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award as well as recognition as a CBC Manitoba Future 40 leader, a Manitoba Hero, and a Future Leader of Manitoba. As the founder of AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities), he is committed to a wide variety of important community initiatives including Meet Me at the Bell Tower, AYO Politix, ARROWS Youth Engagement Strategy, 13 Fires, Fearless R2W and Winnipeg Water Wednesday. Michael has served as president of North End Community Renewal Corporation, a board member for the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and is currently serving on the board for Marymound Inc. His committee work currently includes United Way of Winnipeg’s Council for Indigenous Relations and is an advisor to the Garden of Compassion initiative.
THE BROS LANDRETH
David began his career backing up many Canadian artists as a bass player for hire, before finally taking the obvious leap to start a band with his brother, Joey. The Bros. Landreth toured the world behind their debut album Let it Lie, garnering praise from Rolling Stone, kudos from Bonnie Raitt, and a JUNO for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Recently, Dave was a part of Manitoba Music as the professional development coordinator where he was able to share his experience as an artist and use his first-hand knowledge of the music industry to help members with their careers.
SNEAK ATTACK MEDIA
(New York, NY)
Founder and president of Sneak Attack Media, a boutique digital marketing company based in New York that offers creative services, social media, online publicity, brand activations, and strategic partnerships. From Sneak Attack’s start in 2006, Wandner has drawn upon her background as an artist and artist manager to quickly identify and drive strategies that challenge conventional thinking to design innovative, authentic, holistic campaigns for her clients across the music, entertainment and lifestyle sectors. She also started the Speakeasy: Music + Tech Mixer, a quarterly(ish) networking event that Sneak Attack hosts along with concert app Bandsintown. Wandner has spoken about digital marketing at SXSW, A2IM Indie Week, CMJ, Eurosonic, by:Larm, Music & Media Finland, The Great Escape, Social Media Week, the San Diego Music Thing, Halifax Pop Explosion, Mondo.NYC Music Festival and Tech Summit, New York University and Hunter College and at seminars for Export Music Sweden and non-profit organization Women in Music. As an extension of her work with Sneak Attack, she also works one-on-one with clients who want to develop and build their personal brand. She’s also a certified health coach and can often be found in her Brooklyn kitchen, preparing things that will likely end up on her Instagram account.
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.