Our Position On the Proposed Edmonton Rave Moratorium

We're very concerned about the proposed "moratorium on rave" and you should be too! To read the policy, please consult the City Of Edmonton's proposed agenda item for the Community and Public Services Committee

This policy was sprung on Edmonton's electronic music community on Thursday, May 31st with no consultation or discussion with the primary stakeholders. It's a one size-fits-all policy that treats all electronic music events, regardless of the size, the same. Even though it appears to target only the larger events, its intentionally vague wording means that all event promoters and attendees should be very concerned.

Even worse, the proposed ban will do nothing to address the underlying issues with drug incidents. Banning events will not solve the fentanyl crisis, it'll drive it even further underground and away from vital harm reduction services.

We encourage the City of Edmonton to collaborate with the promoters of these events and with harm reduction experts to come up with a workable harm reduction strategy that INCLUDES all parties.

We encourage promoters of all events to publicize and share all the many ways they are working on making their events safe for patrons. If you're looking for help to develop a harm reduction strategy for your event, we recommend Indigo Harm Reduction Services in Edmonton or Calgary PartySafe

We encourage all Edmontonians to respectfully reach out to their city councillors to let them know what you think of this ban. Together we can let them know that electronic music is a vital part of our communities.

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If you wish to contact us about our position, please email info@albertaelectronicmusic.com

The Legacy and Future of Drum & Bass: In Conversation with Jack from SpectraSoul [Video]

We're proud to release the latest in our interview series from AEMCON 2017. In this edition, we have Jack from Spectrasoul weigh in on the past and future of Drum and Bass, his path as an artist, and his musical influences. 

Shot & Edited by Chané Neveling, Interview by Max Martel,

Alberta Electronic Music Conference 2017, National Music Centre

All Music by SpectraSoul

Where should you stay during AEMCON? Introducing our Official Hotel Partner

There are many options for accommodation in Calgary, but every year, we like to partner with one hotel to provide an easy and cost-effective choice for our out of town guests and speakers.

Our Official Hotel Partner - Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary

We're happy to announce that we've partnered with the Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary to provide our attendees with a stellar hotel deal this year. All AEMCON attendees can get a room for $114 a night which includes: 

  • Free breakfast
  • Free Wifi
  • In-room mini refrigerators and microwaves
  • Walking proximity to most conference venues and events 
  • Amenities like a business centre and gym

Anyone who is interested in staying at the Fairfield may phone in to book via their 24hr central reservations desk at 1-888-236-2427 or via the reservation link. Just let them know your part of the Alberta Electronic Music Conference! Guests must book their rooms by Tuesday, October 16, 2018 for the link to work.

Many of our artists and speakers will be staying at this hotel so expect to run into many friendly faces in the lobby and hallways.  Many of our past attendees have told us that meeting and conversations held in the halls of the hotels were highlights of the weekend. 

 

Workshop + Panel Proposals Are Now Open

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AEMCON2018:

Submit your ideas + apply to present

We're excited to officially open applications for AEMCON2018 programming, panels and workshops.

Have a next-level idea for daytime programming?
Know someone who's intensely passionate about music?
Want to share your own knowledge with hundreds of like-minded individuals?

Now is your chance to make your voice heard.

Experience a highlight of AEMCON2017:
Watch our Festival Management Panel in its entirety below.

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All ideas welcome.

We look forward to reading them.

See you in November. Much love.

– The Alberta Electronic Music Team

The 2017 Alberta Electronic Music Recap

AEMCON By the Numbers

  • 5 Days of Activities 
  • 16+ Night Events
  • 35+ Workshops and Panel
  • 95+ Speakers and performing artists
  • 7 Venues across the city
  • Delegates from 46 cities, from across Canada, America, and Europe
  • 1500+ attendees for the night life events

This year, the Alberta Electronic Music Conference welcomed to Calgary nearly 400 producers, promoters, music industry professionals and DJs attending from 46 cities across Canada, America, and the UK. We're are overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who took part in this year's conference. We truly believe that if our community continues to work together, share ideas, and push electronic music culture, the possibilities are endless. As we end 2017, we wanted to share a quick recap of the event and share some photos and videos. We also want to let you know that AEMCON will definitely be returning in 2018! 

     The Librarian at the HiFi Club, Photo by Blaire Russell

    The Librarian at the HiFi Club, Photo by Blaire Russell

     The National Music Centre, our primary venue - Photo by Leigh-Anne Hazard

    The National Music Centre, our primary venue - Photo by Leigh-Anne Hazard

     Our Full Line Up for 2017

    Our Full Line Up for 2017

    The Workshops and Panels

    The core of the weekend was spread over Saturday and Sunday at the National Music Centre. With over 35 workshops, panel discussions, and interviews to take in, our days were jam-packed. Content this year as a mixture of music production mastery, business and marketing insight, and promoter/event organizer content. Our goal was to provide industry insight for all those who are involved with the industry, not just producers and DJs. Our musical content was primarily focused on how artists can arrive at professional level results, develop their sound design and mix down skills, and build their themselves into professional artists through touring, licensing, grants, and community development.

    We’ve captured a number of sessions from the weekend and will be sharing them over the next few months. To start, we’re happy to share the Festival Panel, featuring Andrea Graham (Bass Coast / The Librarian), Maud Salvi (Sled Island), Jordan Smoliak (Astral Harvest), Nicole Seaboyer (Shambhala Music Festival), Baran Faber (Circle) and moderated by Joel West (Groundwerk). These are the organizers behind some of Western Canada’s most innovative and well recognized festivals, and we thank them all for their discussion into what goes into these events, how they can continue to innovate, and how artists can take part.

    Make sure to subscribe to our channel on Youtube or like our Facebook page to get all the sessions as they come out. 

     Harm Reduction Panel - Photo by Taylor Kanary

    Harm Reduction Panel - Photo by Taylor Kanary

     Nik Kozub of Shout Out Out Out in the Alberta Music Room - Photo by Jeff Cruz

    Nik Kozub of Shout Out Out Out in the Alberta Music Room - Photo by Jeff Cruz

     Performing Live with Dustin from Roland, Photo by Leigh-Anne Hazard

    Performing Live with Dustin from Roland, Photo by Leigh-Anne Hazard

    Photos courtesy of Blaire Russell, Concert Socks, Michael Benz, Max Foley, Static Photos, Jeff Cruz, Leigh-Anne Hazard, Mike Olsen, Bryan Dellosa, and Taylor Kanary

    The Night Events

    With over 16 night events to choose from over the course of the week, attendees had a wide range of music and artists to take in. From the Live Electronic Showcase at Habitat to headliner shows at Hi-Fi, Nite Owl, and Broken City featuring the likes of Joe Nice, Foreign Beggers, J.Philip, the Librarian and many others. For a full list of performers, check out this page.

    What was most exciting for us was to see the "local artists" perform with just as much skill and creativity as the headliners. Everyone really brought their best and we couldn't have been more proud of the artists that were featured this year. 

    In 2018 we'll continue to pair the best of Western Canada's emerging talent with inspiring names from around the world. Look out for performance info in the new year.

    Photos courtesy of Blaire Russell, Concert Socks, Michael Benz, Max Foley, Static Photos, Jeff Cruz, Leigh-Anne Hazard, Mike Olsen, Bryan Dellosa, and Taylor Kanary

    Thank You to our Partners

    Huge thanks to our partners at The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR), National Music Centre, PK Sound, Alberta Music, Roland, Moog, Pioneer DJ, NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, Ableton, Beat Drop, BeatRoute (AB), Ticketfly, Kilpatrick Audio, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, FREQ. Magazine, CJSW 90.9 FM, MeeBlip, iConnectivity, Dead Vinyl Society, The Hifi Club, Habitat Living Sound, Broken City, Nite Owl and BassBus. Without these organizations, our conference could not happen. Show them some love!

    If you are interested in getting involved next year, we're looking to work with all kinds of organizations. There will be multiple ways to get involved so please contact us with your ideas and we can start the conversation!

     The AEMCON Marketplace, Photo by Taylor Kanary

    The AEMCON Marketplace, Photo by Taylor Kanary

    Next Year

    We’re happy to confirm that we will be returning next year, sometime in November. Please sign-up for our newsletter or Facebook page to be notified when we launch dates and ticket sales in January.

    This event wouldn't be possible without the efforts of so many individuals, companies, and participants. Shout out to our core team: Vicki Perreault (+ Hanna Waller), Michael Benz, Shauna Applebaum, Max Martel, Jessy Gust and of course, all our amazing volunteers. You were all incredible.

    There are so many people to thank and we could go on all day. But for now, we'll just say we can't wait to see you all again in 2018!

    - The AEMCON Co-founders
    Isis, Andrew, & Matt

    Our Partners

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    What's going on at AEMCON? Friday Edition

    Your AEMCON Update for Friday

    Friday's here and before we dive into the main chunk of programming and workshops at the National Music Centre, we've got a great line-up of shows for you. All shows are subject to capacity limits so if you don't want to miss an act, make sure you head to the show early!

    Pass Pick-up at Beat Drop.

    Swing by Beat Drop any time from 3pm to 11pm to pick up your wristband! We're having an official mixer at Beat Drop at 7pm so swing by then and meet the other conference goers. 

    Remember, you need your wrist-band to get into any of the night shows.

    Join us for a private mixer for pass-holders, performers, speakers, and sponsors! Meet your fellow conference-goers and have a few drinks at Beat Drop before checking out our entertainment for the evening.

    If you're just coming into town, you'll be able to pick up your conference pass and badge right from Beat Drop.

    FRIDAY: Our Shuttle from Hotel Arts to Beat Drop

    Need a way to get to the mixer on Friday? Sign-up for our free shuttle: the incredible Bass Bus!

    Sign-up for 6:30 - From Hotel Arts to Beat Drop
    Sign-up for 7:30 - From Hotel Arts to Beat Drop
    Sign-up for 9:30 - From Beat Drop to Hotel Arts
    Sign-up for 10:30 - From Beat Drop to Hotel Arts

    Featured Artists

    Foreign Beggars, Young Nino & C-Sik - The Hifi Club

    Shael, Mollyfi, Miss Hazard, & Dr. Dance - Broken City

    Luke McKeehan, Jon Delerious, Matt Caine, Dunmore Park, & JHNN - Habitat

    Spectrasoul Nomine

    SpectraSoul, Obscene, Strange Manner, Kimet, Swayze - Nite Owl Upstairs

    Nomine, Melo.Nade, Wolf Camo, Sanctuary, Moonchild, MC Loki -Nite Owl Downstairs

    Parking & LRT

    For those of you wondering about the parking situation at Studio Bell / National Music Centre, parking is $2.50 in the city parking lot near the NMC on the weekend, It's $5-8 per day in the Indigo/Impark lots on Saturday/Sunday. There are no free parking lots on Saturday but street parking is free in the surrounding area on Sundays.

    If you are taking public transit (LRT), the City Hall LRT Station is the closest station and is only two blocks away from the National Music Centre.