Your Guide to the AEMCON Workshop Schedule

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This year’s AEMCON has over 35 workshops and masterclasses to choose from. We’d like to help you decide what sessions are right for you! Bellow you’ll find a few “streams” for those who are at different points in their careers. If you’re new to music production, focus on sessions in the “Apprentice” category. If you’re an established producer or label looking to take the next step, the “Artist” stream is for you. If you are a promoter or event thrower, check out our “Promoter” stream. Advanced Audio is for those looking to master advanced production and live performance techniques, and Culture sessions dive into inspirings and essential topics for those who work in the electronic music industry.

Sections:

  • AEMCON Apprentice - For those new to the music industry
  • AEMCON Advanced Audio - For experience producers looking for advanced skills
  • AEMCON Promoter - For anyone who creates events or works them 
  • AEMCON Artist - Business and Industry advice for DJs, Producers, Labels and Promoters
  • AEMCON Culture - For those are interested in how electronic music is developing
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AEMCON Apprentice

 New to music production or still learning to master your sound? These sessions will help you develop your skills and learn techniques common throughout the industry. Topics include everything from Ableton basics, to recording live instruments, to remixing songs, and getting a clean, professional sound. 

Intro to Ableton - Saturday, Nov 18th, 10:30am - 11:30am, Ableton-Room

Instructor: Mitch Lee

Learn the fundamentals of Ableton Live and how you can use it to start producing music.

Nomine's Workflow - Saturday, Nov 18th, 1:15pm - 2:45pm, Ableton Room

Presenter: Nomine

A 90 minute electronic music workflow masterclass based on Nomine's 20 years of experience in writing, producing and engineering a wide range of genres

Recording Strategies For Electronic Producers - Saturday, Nov 18th, 11:45am - 12:45pm, Ableton Room

Nik Kozub is a producer and engineer whose work includes Juno-nominated releases by acts such as Humans and Shout Out Out Out Out. In this session, he'll introduce recording lessons from a career that spans both the band and electronic worlds. Nik will discuss incorporating live instrumentation into electronic productions (and vice versa), and embracing hybrid in-the-box / out-of-the-box workflows.

The Art of the Remix - a 1-on-1 with Nomine (Presented by Native Instruments and MetaPop) - Saturday, Nov 18th, 3:45pm - 4:45pm, Alberta Music Room

Presenter: NomineChris Galvin

One of our headliners, Nomine, joins Chris Galvin from Native Instruments and MetaPop to discuss the world of remixes. From creative execution, to how to choose remixes a release, this session will dive into the world of remixes and how they can benefit an artist.

Mixing Down Your Music - Sat Nov 18th 4:45pm - 6:00pm, Ableton Room

Instructor: Adam Johan
In this session, Adam Johan, head instructor of LA's IO Music Academy will take you through the ins and outs of mixing down your music. Concepts like gain staging, EQ, compression, and more will be introduced and explained.


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AEMCON Advanced Audio

 These sessions are for those are are looking for more advanced insight into specific topics relating to music production, live performance, and using analog gear to make music.  Some sessions include practical demos of how you can bring your studio set-up into a live environment.

Functional Modular Synthesizer Tips and Tricks via the Moog Mother-32, Sat Nov 18th 11:45am - 12:30pm, Alberta Music Room

Presenter: Nick Valente

Spend a half hour with Nick Valente of the legendary Moog Music Inc. exploring the sonic possibilities of modular synthesizers and the real-world scenarios in which you use them.

Synth Patching and Voltage Control, Presented by Kilpatrick Audio, Sat Nov 18th, 5:15pm - 6:15pm, Alberta Music Room

Presenter: Andrew Kilpatrick

Modular synths are here to stay, but understanding what's going on under the hood is the key to getting to most out of any musical instrument. In this presentation Andrew Kilpatrick will give you a sneak peak behind the scenes of voltage control. 

The Pedal Building Workshop (Add-on, Off-site), Sun Nov 19th 11:00am - 1:00pm, Beat Drop

Instructor: Chris Morris

his is a special add-on workshop that must be signed up for separately from the conference pass. This workshop is only available to conference pass holders.

 Lightspeed - Hacking Music Production Workflow in Ableton Live, Sun Nov 19th 12:45pm - 2:45pm, Ableton Room

Presenter: Vespers

In this extended session, Vespers will break down his methodology for creating an efficient, inspiring workflow in Ableton.

Intro to Mastering (and other tricks to making things sound sick), Sun Nov 19th 3:30pm - 4:30pm, AEMCON Room

Instructor: Timothy Allan (Beat Drop)

Demystify mastering. What you can expect when you get 3rd party mastering verses doing it yourself. Learn the basics of what you can do at home to make your mastering sound great with what you have.

Mastering and Mixing Bass Music: Form and Function, Sun Nov 19th, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Alberta Music Room

Instructor: Matthew Simmers (Woofax)

For 10 years, Matt Simmers better known now as "Woofax" was the major musical creative force and sole engineer behind the electronic music groups Terravita and Hot Pink Delorean and has engineered for Dillion Francis, Excsion,The Crystal Method, among others. He's a Beta tester and content developer for Izoptope and the Lead sound designer at PK sound!

In this session, he'll explore mix down techniques and mastering insight from a career of working with some of the biggest names in electronic bass music.

Pioneer DJ Toraiz: Studio to Stage, Sat Nov 18th 12:45pm - 1:30pm, Alberta Music Room

Learn how to create original music and performances with Pioneer DJ’s Toraiz Series and Nexus series of hardware. Learn how to sequence samples, loops and external MIDI instruments with the Toraiz SP-16 professional sampler. Add warm bass lines, organic arpeggios or rich leads with the Toraiz AS-1 analog synthesizer. Connect with the Nexus range of PioneerDJ players and mixers via Pro-DJ Link and incorporate your creations into your performances.

Skratcher Turntablism Jam Feat. DJ Brace! (At Beat Drop), Sat Nov 18th 2:00pm - 6:00pm, Beat Drop

AEMCON + Break Beat Dojo + Skratcher Calgary bring you a special Skratcher feat. DMC World Champion & Juno Award Winner DJ Brace.

Skratcher events are free-to-attend turntables jams.

Exploring Live with Hardware (Presented by Roland), Sat Nov 18th 2:45pm - 3:30pm, Alberta Music Room

Presenter: Dustin Good, Synthesizer and DJ Product Specialist - Roland Canada.

This presentation will focus on ideas regarding the planning and execution of live electronic sets using hardware synthesizers and drum machines. Roland’s Boutique line of synthesizers will be used as the core of the set up. 


Promoter Sessions

AEMCON Promoter

These sessions are aimed at helping anyone who throws parties, festivals or other events related to electronic music. From logistics and financing shows, to harm reduction and stage design, we’ve got sessions to cover many aspects of throwing and event.

Who you gonna call? Emergency Services and the Grassroots Music Community (Panel), Sat Nov 18th 10:15am - 11:30am, Alberta Music Room

Moderator: Chris Kerr

Panel: An AGLC representative, a Fire Marshal, Calgary Bylaw Enforcement.

A coffee chat with emergency services and government regulators about good decisions, and why they are an ally to grassroots event culture.

The Festival Panel - Organizing and Managing a Large Scale Event, Sat Nov 18th 1:00pm - 2:00pm, AEMCON RoomAEMCON-Room

Panelists: Andrea Graham (Bass Coast / The Librarian), Maud Salvi (Sled Island), Jordan Smoliak (Astral Harvest), Christine Hunter (Shambhala Music Festival), Baran Faber (Circle)

Moderator: Joel West

We've brought together organizers behind some of Western Canada's most innovative and well recognized festivals for a discussion into what goes into these events, how they can continue to innovate, and how artists can take part.

Alberta Music Information Sessions, Sun Nov 19th 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Alberta Music Room

Instructor: Jesse Northey

In this session Jesse Northey will showcase want Alberta Music has to offer artists and producers of all types. From grants and funding opportunities, to showcases and industry connections.

Harnessing Spatial Design, Sun Nov 19th 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Ableton Room

Instructor: Sergio SP

Physical space is often one of the most important aspects of a creative’s tool belt. This workshop gives a surface view at some of the various tools available to incorporate into your future projects as a creative individual or team. Whether we’re discussing a personal studio, co-working space or an event hosted for other’s to enjoy, my goal is to share my ten years of real world experience alongside some of my keys steps and thought process when encountering a space and it’s variables.

Alberta's Nightlife Harm Reduction Panel, Sun Dec 17th 4:45pm - 6:15pm, AEMCON Room

Alberta's Nightlife Harm Reduction - A panel on harm reduction services currently offered within Alberta's electronic music scene featuring a keynote address from Kristin Karas, the Director of Operations at the international nightlife harm reduction organization, DanceSafe.

Get Funded with Factor Canada, Sun Nov 19th 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Alberta Music Room

Learn more about Factor Canada, the national program that provides financial support to Canadian recording artists, labels, songwriters, publishers, event producers and distributors. Learn how your creative project could receive funding.

AEMCON Artist

AEMCON Artist


This stream is to help artists develop their knowledge of the industry, and how to suvive, thrive, and ultimately get paid for their creativity and work. We cover everything from label negotiations, government funding, and licensing income, to visas, touring, and working with managers. This stream of sessions is for those that want to take their career to the next level.

Record Labels in A Changing Industry (Panel), Sat Nov 18th 10:00am - 11:00am, AEMCON Room

Speakers: John Rolodex (Machinist Music), Adam Johan (Night Vision Music), Spectrasoul (Ish Chat Music), Luke Mckeehan (Nordic Trax)

Moderator: Joel West (Groundwerk)

What's it like to run a label in 2017? Learn from 4 diverse speakers who have seen the industry change first hand.

Content Marketing for Musicians and Promoters, Sat Nov 18th 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Alberta Music Room

Instructor: Paul Brooks

Join Paul Brooks as he breaks down time-tested strategies to successfully market your music and events. Drawing on his experence working with Bass Coast Music Festival, The HiFi Club, and much more, this session will teach you how to reach new audiences.

Finding and Creating Success In the Industry, Sat Nov 18th 11:30am - 12:30pm, AEMCON Room

Panelists: Lindsay CabreraKristin AgeeJ PhlipMolly Fi

Moderator: Isis Graham

What does success look like in the world of electronic music? This session will give you 5 perspectives on how you can find and manage success over the course of your career.

Performing Outside Canada (Panel), Sat Nov 18th 2:45pm - 3:45pm, AEMCON-Room

Panelists: Andrea Graham (The Librarian), Doug Kuss, Grant Paley, Pete Emes

Moderator: Joel West

Making the step to start performing outside of Canada is something that many producers and DJs dream of. In this panel we'll discuss the process, the pitfalls, and the strategies that artists can use to make the step successfully.

Artist Development: The relationship between artists & their team, Sun Nov 19th 11:00am - 11:45am, Alberta-Music-Room

Speaker: Grant Paley
In this session, Grant Paley will discuss his experience as an agent, what a successful artist-agent-manager relationship looks like, and how the relationship is changing in the current industry.

 A Song Writer's Look Inside the Music Publishing Business, Sun Nov 19th 11:15am - 12:15pm,  Ableton Room

Speaker: Kristin Agee (411 Music Group)

Music, tech and entertainment are evolving on a global scale. How do we keep up with the evolution of media and accelerate the growth of our earnings? In this panel, we will discuss the impact of media shifts on music in film, TV and interactive media. Get insight on strategies to overcome the biggest challenges we face in today's music market.

Exposed: Media and PR for Artists and Labels (Panel), Sun Nov 19th 12:30pm - 1:30pm, AEMCON Room

Panelists: Lindsay CabreraAndrew RyceKayla Graham

Moderator: Andrew Williams

In this panel, we look at the roll of PR and media in the development of an artist or a label. What is the current state of the music review and promotion industry? How can artists best utilize PR campaigns to amplify their sound and brand? What do media look for when they are being pitched new music? What are common mistakes?

 Alberta Music Information Sessions, Sun Nov 19th 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Alberta Music Room

Instructor: Jesse Northey

In this session Jesse Northey will showcase want Alberta Music has to offer artists and producers of all types. From grants and funding opportunities, to showcases and industry connections.

Get Funded with Factor Canada, Sun Nov 19th 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Alberta Music Room

Learn more about Factor Canada, the national program that provides financial support to Canadian recording artists, labels, songwriters, publishers, event producers and distributors. Learn how your creative project could receive funding.


AEMCON Culture

AEMCON Culture

These sessions will showcase issues relating to the past present and future of the industry, as seen from the prospective those who are close to the heart of things. Sessions include intimate, 1-on-1 interviews with leading figures like Joe Nice and John Leimseider, to issues of community importance like tinnitus and harm reduction.

Vapor-rave: Vaporwave Aesthetics and the Electronic Music Industry, Sat Nov 18th 3:15pm - 4:15pm, AEMCON Room

Moderator: Barnaby Bennett

Panel: TigerwingHomesickTrends/Tendencies

In this panel, we'll discuss the genre's new popularity, how it art and design influences the music, and how Alberta continues to produce some leading figures in this digital genre.

Andrew Ryce 1-on-1 With John Leimseider, Sat Nov 18th 4:30pm - 5:30pm, AEMCON-Room

In this very special 1-on-1 interview, Resident Advisor's Andrew Ryce will interview one of the world's leading synth experts, John Leimseider, on his wide-ranging career working with some of history's greatest synths and creators.

An Interview with Joe Nice, Sun Nov 19th 10:15am - 11:15am, AEMCON-Room

In this special 1-on-1 interview session, Sinistarr will interview bass music pioneer Joe Nice on his career as one of the most influential DJs, radio hosts, and label owners in underground bass music.

Alberta's Dance Music Legacy Panel, Sun Nov 19th 1:45pm - 2:45pm, AEMCON Room

Speakers: Rob Clarke / DJ Tryptomene, Lucy Sublink ( Double D), Jon Delerious, David Stone, John-Paul McVea

Moderator: Isis Graham ( Esette)

We explore the history of Alberta's rave community, it's pivotal moments, what new DJs and producers can learn from it, and where the scene is going.

Tinnitus in the Mix - Hearing Loss Prevention Panel, Sun Nov 19th 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Alberta-Music-Room

Moderator: Kelsy Wadjit

Panellists: Elle McAndrews, Suzanne MacLaren, DJ Fever, Michael Chu

Hearing bells in your ears? A ringing, if you will, after shows and concerts? What is tinnitus and what does it mean when you hear it all the time?
These are all questions to be answered during Tinnitus in the Mix. We've assembled a wide range of DJs and hearing-health practitioners to talk about the issue of hearing loss and how those in the music industry can prevent it. Learn about what treatment options exist for those who already suffer from partial hearing loss as well was what steps you can take next time you head to a rave!

Alberta's Nightlife Harm Reduction Panel, Sun Dec 17th 4:45pm - 6:15pm, AEMCON-Room

Alberta's Nightlife Harm Reduction - A panel on harm reduction services currently offered within Alberta's electronic music scene featuring a keynote address from Kristin Karas, the Director of Operations at the international nightlife harm reduction organization, DanceSafe.