3 Reasons To Get Involved


3 Reasons To Get Involved

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. Here are three reasons why volunteering is always a good choice: 

Make real connections 

There is a sense of ownership and belonging that comes with volunteering. Instead of simply being an observer at our event, you become an active participant - a part of our community. This sense of ownership & belonging can help you get out of your shell, and that’s where the magic happens. It gives you a chance to form genuine relationships, that can have a lasting impact on your life. You could meet your new best friend, future business partners, or artistic collaborators. It can spark real positive change in your life.

Photo: Max Foley (@maxhfoley)

Photo: Max Foley (@maxhfoley)

Learn new skills 

Volunteering is a serious career booster! It helps you create a positive impression, makes you more innovative & creative, and gives you a range of useful skills. If you're new to this industry, it is a fantastic way to break into the market. You will get to see how things work behind the scenes, and learn valuable skills in event production. 

Plus, volunteering looks really good on a resume!

Photo: Braiden Schmidt (@braidenks)

Photo: Braiden Schmidt (@braidenks)

Get inspired

AEMCON is an inspiring event, full stop. For five days, some of the most influential electronic music artists in Western Canada will gather to cover a wide variety of topics. It’s almost impossible not to leave feeling charged up. Volunteering can take that inspiration to an even higher level. Volunteering can shake up your routine. It can put you in job roles and social circles that you may not have previously experienced. You might come up with new ideas on how to improve your community, or you could discover a new skill set that sparks a new life calling. 

Photo: Leigh-Anne Hazard (@miss.hazard)

Photo: Leigh-Anne Hazard (@miss.hazard)

Ways to get involved:

Join Our Volunteer Team

Our volunteers are the true MVPs! It takes a village to make this event run smoothly, and we'd love your help. 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.

Volunteers receive a full conference pass for their time commitment.

Volunteers applications will be reviewed in September

Photo: Joffery Middleton-Hope (Jofferyphoto.com)

Photo: Joffery Middleton-Hope (Jofferyphoto.com)

Join Our Photo & Video Team

We're looking for photographers, videographers, and other forms of media to help capture the activities and excitement at AEMCON 2019. This is such an inspiring event to take part in. There are so many opportunities here for mentorship, and professional connections that will likely lead to paid work.

In exchange for helping us capture content, all media team members receive a free pass to AEMCON ($189.99 value).

Media Team applications will be reviewed in September & October

AEMCON at Bass Coast! Panel Discussion: Strategies for Balancing Your Creativity, Career, and Mental Health

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This year at Bass Coast Festival, AEMCON is happy to present a special panel discussion featuring artists from the Bass Coast line-up and community.

Join us Friday, July 12, 6:45pm-8:15pm, at The Brain for a panel discussion called “The Balancing Act: Strategies for Balancing Your Creativity, Career, and Mental Health.”

About The Panel

Being a professional artist is one of the most difficult career paths one can undertake, but it is also one of the most fulfilling. We live in an era where electronic music culture has exploded across the globe, but the route to artistic success and financial stability seems to change daily. Add to that the mental stress associated with frequent travel, social media, and unhealthy environments, being an artist in 2019 is not for the faint of heart.

Luckily, you're not alone! In this panel discussion notable artists from the Bass Coast line-up & community will share their thoughts, advice, and lessons learned about balancing a life in the creative space. With a focus on solutions and stories from artist's careers, this panel seeks to inspire all those that wish to make art or music their career.

Meet The Panelists



Dj and Producer William Sabatini, aka Sabo, is a staple in the global dance music community. Heavily influenced by a multitude of cultures from around the world, Sabo’s sound holds much of his intrigue. Sabo's productions take you along a journey into sound, a sonic landscape that crosses several musical borders with mixtures of tropical poly-rhythms, warm bass frequencies, rich percussion, lush tribal vocals, and smooth organic textures. When listening you will undoubtedly find yourself resonating with his intention, imagining yourself dancing in an Amazon rainforest or on a desert plane for a Saharan sunrise.

Behind the decks, his innovative approach to each DJ set makes him a consistent stand out at Festivals like Coachella, Lightening in a Bottle, Shambhala, Fusion, Symbiosis, Desert Hearts, Further Future, and Burning Man's Robot Heart bus. As a label boss, he is known for his dynamic vision - heading up his imprint label “Sol*Selectas” which is successfully re-defining a new vein of dance music. It was the Top 10 Best Selling Deep House label on Beatport for 2016, with almost every release breaking into the Top 10 charts of their respective genres. The label captures a wide array of sounds, enlisting up and coming underground producers from all over the globe, as well as prominent well known producers in the industry, focusing the sound on deep spiritual dance music, guiding its listeners into the future realm with positive intention.



Yip Wong aka Deft has become an immediately recognisable producer that skilfully hops from headphone to dance styles through cinematic sound design, driving intricate percussion and immersive atmospheres. Over the last 9 years of releasing music, Deft has built an established reputation of his own signature sonic personality, drawing influence from hip hop, sound design, house, 140, jungle and footwork; a combination which makes him impressively adept at shaking off the constraints of genre and tempo. This has, in turn, gained him the support of BBC Radio 1 & 6 DJ’s such as Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs, as well as veterans DJ Shadow, The Glitch Mob and Trevor Jackson amongst many others. Deft’s profile within the electronic music scene has seen him strive from peak to peak through a strong and consistent set of highly praised EP’s, collaborations and remixes through labels such as 20/20 LDN, Exit, 1985 Music, WotNot, Project Mooncircle, Rwina, Brownswood and Hypercolour offshoot Space Hardware to name a few. Along with having the opening track for Maya Jane Coles’ ‘DJ Kicks’ (!K7 Records), Deft has been on remix duties for the likes of Ivy Lab (Critical Music), Ital Tek (Civil Music), Gang Colours (Brownswood), Submerse (Project Mooncircle), Glenn Astro (WotNot), Tiga and Graham Coxon (EMI), and has received huge press support from XLR8R, Pitchfork and FACT Magazine (‘Against The Clock’ feature). As a member of the ever-expanding WotNot music collective and 20/20 LDN crew, Deft began his performances through live shows, bringing high levels of vigor and excitement to dancefloors in the UK, and has now transferred this energy into his eclectic and fruitful DJ sets around the world. Along with headline shows and tours in Japan, Russia, USA / Canada, China and all over Europe, he has supported the likes of Eprom, Skream, Machinedrum, Martyn, Alix Perez, Bullion, Tokimonsta, Daedelus and Paul White. Milestone events along his path have included performances on Boiler Room as well as closing Gilles Peterson’s 2016 Worldwide Awards. From hard-hitting, highly energised dance floor cuts, to lo-fi, powerful soundscapes, this is the ever-evolving world of Deft.

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Sara Spicer aka Lion-S, a name that is synonymous with West Coast bass and dance culture has been curating eclectic music for sets and stages, most notably The Livingroom Stage at the world-renowned Shambhala Music Festival. Her contributions date back to when the festival first started gaining steam in the late 90’s. Twenty plus years later and she is still championing trends while bringing some of the deepest and most nurturing soundscapes found in the scene today. Don’t get caught pigeon holing her sound because although her tempos are chill, her collection that has roots in early house and breaks is chalked full of multi-genres.


Jenny Lea of IMUR


"I M U R is one of the raddest acts you’ll find out of Vancouver” (Earmilk) and has fast become synonymous with bass-heavy beats and smooth, sultry vocals. The electronic-r&b trio's tasteful mix of "synthetic textures, real instruments...and heart melting vocals" (Redbull) transcends genre and "resonates on multiple levels" (Exclaim!). Since their inception in 2015, I M U R has performed on the Bumbershoot Festival main stage, playing alongside acts like Flume, Solange and Jorja Smith, was nominated for Electronic/Dance Artist of the year by the Western Canadian Music Awards and landed a #5 spot on Billboard’s Global Viral Spotify Chart.

Moderated by Andrew Williams / Dunmore Park

We hope to see you at Bass Coast! Contact Andrew at andrew@albertaelectronicmusic.com for more information about the panel or AEMCON.

Check out the Facebook event here.