Announcing: Tier 1 Artists & Major Themes

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This November 13-17, 2019 Canada’s largest electronic music conference is back for its 4th year. Affectionately referred to as “Rave School” by attendees, the Alberta Electronic Music Conference (AEMCON) brings together industry leaders with the intention of inspiring and elevating Canada's electronic music scene. Spread across 5 days, AEMCON will host a diverse selection of more than 125+ artists & speakers, in conjunction with 60+ workshops, panel discussions, networking events, shows, and music showcases.

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, as well as 10 additional venues throughout Calgary will play host to 3000+ attendees who come to experience our various conference related events & nightlife events . This is a one-of-a-kind experience for music producers, DJs, and those that work and create in the world of electronic music. Purchase your conference pass here.


2019 Major Conference Themes

This years conference’s programming focuses on mental health, production creativity, marginalized group’s impact on electronic music, live performance, visual creativity, and monetizing your music career. Whether you are an aspiring or established industry professional, there is something here for everyone!

Click here for the schedule so far. Keep in mind, we’re adding more sessions every week, with over 60 planned plus close to 20 night events.

Inspiring Artist Talks

A stacked lineup of speakers has been curated, aimed at elevating Canada's electronic music scene and the people that make it possible. These inspiring industry leaders will be sharing their insights and knowledge in over 60 workshops, panel discussions, and 1-on-1's. 2019 speakers include, Dutch producer/DJ and 'Days like Nights' founder Eelke Kleijn, Plus8 founder and legendary DJ John Acquaviva, Liz Thomson from Bass Coast Festival, Dave “Rave” Oglivie of the industrial music group Skinny Puppy, Nick Middleton of Canadian duo The Funk Hunters, five time grammy award nominated composer Suzanne Ciani [Finders Keepers, USA], and many more notable speakers.

For a list of currently announced speakers, click here.

Mental Health and A Life in Electronic Music 

Musicians are three times more likely to experience anxiety and/or depression in their lifetimes (Gross and Musgrave, 2017). There are many unique intrinsic as well as extrinsic factors that contribute to the potential dissolution of a musicians' mental health. The route to artistic success and financial stability is not always a clear path, and the mental stress associated with frequent travel, social media, and unhealthy environments add an immense amount of pressure. Join us for discussions on the on-going mental health crisis and how it intersects with the dance music community. We will explore strategies for artists and electronic music professionals to maintain a healthy life in the scene and deal with substance abuse issues.

This permanent light installation at the Hifi Club was designed by Sergio SP. He will be in attendance to design a unique visual & lighting installation for Studio Bell After Hours. Photo: Neil McElmon (@ConcertSocks)

This permanent light installation at the Hifi Club was designed by Sergio SP. He will be in attendance to design a unique visual & lighting installation for Studio Bell After Hours. Photo: Neil McElmon (@ConcertSocks)

Visuals, Lighting, & Creative Media in Dance Music  

From projection mapping and light shows, to space design and stage building, visual creativity is a vital component of any electronic music experience. It is essential for creating dynamic and immersive environments. This series of panels & workshops will explore how Canadian artists, festivals, and creatives are redefining the role of lighting, projection mapping, media and space design in the world of electronic music.

A Tribe Called Red performing at Studio Bell After Hours, 2018. Photo: Kayla Graham (@kreatelove)

A Tribe Called Red performing at Studio Bell After Hours, 2018. Photo: Kayla Graham (@kreatelove)

How LGBTQ+2 culture, Feminism, & Indigenous Groups Have Shaped Electronic Music in Canada 

In a series of high-profile panels, we’ll explore how traditionally marginalized groups have shaped Canada’s electronic music scene and built the foundations for Canada’s electronic music future. 

Moving From Amateur To Professional 

If you’ve ever had the dream of quitting your day job and making music your full time career, then this programming is for you! This series of music production and business workshops will focus on upgrading your creative and music business skill set. These workshops will explore topics ranging from how to get paid for your plays, how to apply for funding, how to move from the studio to the stage, how to throw a show, and much more. We want to see you succeed, and take your career to the next level!

Inspiring, elevating, and educating the next generation of electronic music professionals. Photo: Leigh-Anne Hazard

Inspiring, elevating, and educating the next generation of electronic music professionals. Photo: Leigh-Anne Hazard

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Programming Partner- NMC:ON

This is a special sub-conference programmed by the National Music Centre featuring music technology & production innovators Suzanne Ciani, Markus Reisch, Nick Middleton, and more. This programming includes Studio Bell After Hours, which is NMC’s popular late-night series. It is returning to AEMCON, with a diverse array of Canadian and international talent. Visitors can expect an immersive experience including pop-up bars, interactive exhibits and music experiments, as well as the AEMCON Marketplace, electronic music culture and industry trade show with over a dozen vendors. This is not your typical night at the museum.


Tier 1 Artists & Speakers Lineup

Throughout September & October, we will be announcing more and more names for the 2019 conference. In total, over 125 artists and speakers will present their ideas and music. Below you’ll find a small highlighted selection of just some of the talent we’re bringing. For more artists and bios, click here.

  • Andrew Huang, CAD

  • Andrew Mosker, National Music Centre, CAD

  • Dave Ogilvie, Skinny Puppy, CAD

  • Eelke Kleijn, DAYS Like NIGHTS, NL

  • John Acquaviva, Plus8, CAD

  • LongWalkShortDock, CAD

  • Liz Thomson, Bass Coast, CAD

  • Markus Resch, Mellotron, SE - [NMC ON]

  • Maylee Todd, Do Right Music, CAD

  • Max Ulis, SLAB/Bass Coast, CAD

  • Mystic State, UK

  • Nancy Lee, Chapel Sound, CAD

  • Nick Middleton, The Funk Hunters, CAD [NMC ON]

  • DJ Q, Q Recordings, UK

  • RIM Visuals, CAD

  • Sergio SP, CAD

  • Slynk, AUS

  • Somna, Coldharbour Recordings, CAD 

  • Suzanne Cianni, Finders Keepers, USA [NMC ON]

  • Tao Ming, Blue Crane Agency CAD 

  • Westerley, CAD

+100 more speakers to be announced soon. For the current full list of speakers and performers, click here.

AEMCON hopes to inspire, elevate, and educate the next generation of electronic music professionals. That is why we are happy to offer student discounted pricing. This is available to all students of post-secondary schools, students of Beatdrop, or the Night Vision Music Academy. Contact info@albertaelectronicmusic.com with a photo of your student ID to get a coupon code.