Meet The First Wave of Artists and Speakers

This November 15-182018 the Alberta Electronic Music Conference (AEMCON) is back for its third year, bringing together industry leaders with the intention of inspiring and elevating Canada's electronic music scene. Spread across four days, AEMCON will host a diverse selection of more than 100+ guest speakers and performers, in conjunction with 50+ workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions, networking events  and evening performances where attendees will connect, learn, and most importantly, share ideas pertaining to the industry's landscape. 

This year's conference will emphasize the many ways that today's artists can turn their art into a full life, by exploring opportunities through publishing, grants, video gaming, streaming and more. An impressive range of speakers will include Canadian electronic music group, activists and multi Juno Award winners, A Tribe Called Red, PK Sound's Senior Vice President, Arlen CormackChris Goss; Co-founder of the world-renowned drum and bass label, Hospital Records, plus presentations from premiere tech companiesMOOG Audio, Roland, Pioneer, Abelton, Universal Audio, MeeBlipand many more! Each a leader in their various sectors, the knowledge and insight that these key-note speakers impart is truly invaluable!  These panels are always a highlight of AEMCON.

Workshops and masterclasses will provide attendees with additional learning opportunities, allowing them to participate in live demonstrations. This year's events will be divided into six main content streams:

  • AEMCON Apprentice - For those new to the music industry. Essential workshops on music production skills, marketing, and publishing

  • AEMCON Video Games -  For those who are looking to pursue the many music possibilities in the video game industry

  • AEMCON Advanced Audio - For experienced producers looking for advanced production skills

  • AEMCON Promoter - Masterclasses in creating creative and financially successful events

  • AEMCON Career Artist - Business and Industry advice for DJs, Producers, Labels and Promoters

  • AEMCON Culture - For those are interested in how electronic music is developing in our cities and across the world

Notable workshops to look out for this year include the 'TONTO Demonstration with Malcolm Cecil', where Cecil will unveil the newly refurbished TONTO, which has been under repairs by the late and greatly missed John Leimseider. In another workshop, 'NMC AiR Workshop: A Tribe Called Red x TONTO', witness A Tribe Called Red, as they become the first act to use TONTO in the creation of new music after years of restoration work on the instrument. See ATCR share their creative process and provide a taste of new music at this public workshop. Visit for information on additional workshops.

When day turns to night, the fun continues at the National Music Centre and various venues, where participants can catch more than 40 artists throughout the week. AEMCON's nightlife series is yet another opportunity to connect with industry peers; stay tuned for a full list of performers.

Join AEMCON this November 15-18, and support the Canadian electronic music landscape, while broadening your own knowledge of business, technology, and culture. 

2018 Key-Note Speakers

For a full list, click here. For media applications, please fill out our media form or contact LINDSAY@LC-PR.COM

AEMCON 2018 First Wave

A Tribe Called Red, Ottawa 
Arlen Cormack, Sr. Vice President, PK Sound, Calgary
Ben Liebrand, Leibrand Audio, Sony Music, NL
Chris Goss, Co-founder, Hospital Records, London, UK
CIEL, Discwoman, Toronto
DJ Heather, Blackcherry Recordings, USA
Jordan Bruce, Dispersion PR, UK
Malcolm Cecil, Co-creator of Tonto, London UK
Nancy Lee, Chapel Sound, Vancouver
Perry Gilman, Paradigm Agency, Toronto
Síofra McComb - !K7 Music, Berlin
Sleeper, Crucial Recordings, UK
Stacey Forrester (Good Night Out Vancouver)
TMSV, Perfect Recordings, Netherlands
Vespers, Warp Academy, Victoria
Which Nancy, Chapel Sound, Vancouver
Woofax, Terravita/Hot Pink Delorean, Calgary


TONTO Week At National Music Centre to Launch As Part Of AEMCON 2018

(Calgary, AB — September 13, 2018)  After years of careful restoration, the National Music Centre (NMC) will commission one of the crown jewels of its music and technology collection, The Original New Timbral Orchestra (aka TONTO), during TONTO Week from November 14-18.

To commemorate this milestone, NMC will host a week of music programming timed to coincide with Alberta Electronic Music Conference (AEMCON), running concurrently with TONTO Week at Studio Bell. All AEMCON Pass-holders receive free entry into all TONTO week content. NMC Members receive discounted or free admission to all TONTO Week events (not including AEMCON conference passes), so purchase your membership online today at tickets are available at AEMCON conference passes are available here.


Members of A Tribe Called Red will be the first musicians to create new music with the legendary synthesizer, and they’ll demo TONTO during a public workshop and incorporate the instrument into an evening Studio Bell After Hours set. “After seeing TONTO for the first time back in 2014, I knew that I had unfinished business at the National Music Centre,” said 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red. “I have been waiting patiently ever since to get my hands on that instrument.” 

Malcolm Cecil, one of the co-creators of TONTO, will be in attendance to deliver demonstrations and lectures on the history of the instrument. NMC will also host a screening of the cult classic filmPhantom of the Paradise, in which TONTO appeared, and other activities associated with the instrument. 

TONTO is one of the world’s largest modular synthesizers. Created by Malcom Cecil and Robert Margouleff in 1968, its creation marked the first attempt at making a universal language for different synthesizers to communicate with each other, which was a revolutionary achievement. Under the band name Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, Cecil and Margouleff released the highly influential album Zero Time. The album demonstrated the rich, layered sounds of the massive synthesizer and attracted significant attention.

Used on multiple Stevie Wonder and The Isley Brothers albums in the 1970s, TONTO helped shape albums by a long list of notable artists such as Minnie Riperton, Joan Baez, the Doobie Brothers, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, Bobby Womack and more, and was prominently featured in Phantom of the Paradise.

“I needed to find a home for TONTO that would survive me and where it could be used,” said Malcolm Cecil after NMC acquired the instrument in 2013.

“We made a promise to Malcom to ensure that TONTO would be used again in the creation of new music and that its legacy would live on,” said Adam Fox, NMC’s Director of Programs. “It took several years to properly restore the instrument, and now it’s finally ready to enter its next chapter. We couldn’t be more excited to hear where NMC’s Artists in Residence take TONTO next.”

Official Tonto Content

TONTO Week content is open to the public as well as AEMCON pass holders. If you wish to purchase a single ticket for a TONTO event, please consult the NMC website. For AEMCON Tickets, click here.

Volunteer Applications Are Open! Apply by September 10th

Whether you are coming to AEMCON as a veteran producer, DJ, enthusiast or general fan of the electronic music scene, volunteering can help you better connect with your community and get you involved in our conference at the ground level. Volunteers receive a full conference pass for their time commitment. Applications close September 10th or until all positions are filled.

We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Administration / Volunteer Coordination - checking guests in, assembling goodie bags, helping guests with directions, supporting the volunteer coordinator etc
  • Speaker/Artist Drivers - picking up and dropping off artists at the Calgary Airport / Hotel  / Venue, must have own car and clean driving record
  • Room Managers / Helpers - Reset each room after each presentation and support the next presenter’s set-up, work with audio techs to resolve any issues
  • Trade Show Load-In / Clean Up Crew - Assist vendors in loading in and taking out their gear and products to the National Music Centre, answer guest questions
  • Bartenders - Must have Pro-Serve for this position, 
  • Merchandise Booth - in charge of tracking, organizing and selling merchandise during the conference
  • Runners - handles odd-jobs as directed by the AEMCON staff, access to a car is an asset 
  • Venue Aids - handles door entry, setting up the venue, providing information to guests

Questions? Check out our volunteer info page first. If you still have questions, contact our amazing coordinator Vicki Perreault at