Alberta Electronic Music Conference’s Five Day Programming To Feature 150+ Artists and Speakers, 60+ Music Industry Workshops and 25+ Night Music Events

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
November 04, 2019

Alberta Electronic Music Conference’s Five Day Programming To Feature 150+ Artists and Speakers, 60+ Music Industry Workshops and 25+ Night Music Events

The 2019 edition of Alberta Electronic Music Conference (AEMCON) will make a statement, and it will be a bold one.

Taking place across 5 days, from November 13th until the 17th, AEMCON 2019 will be the biggest edition of the initiative yet. This year’s programming features a focus on mental health, production creativity, marginalized group’s impact on electronic music, live performance, visual creativity, and monetizing your music career.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, AMECON will showcase 125+ artists and speakers, expecting over 3,000 attendees for the 25+ the evening performances and 60+ conference events scheduled to take place. While the majority of AEMCON’s conference sessions will take place at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, over 12 other venues throughout Calgary will play host to night events and networking sessions. A stacked lineup of speakers has been curated, aimed at elevating Canada’s electronic music scene and the people that make it possible. The roster of artists and speaking guests includes Dutch producer/DJ and ‘Days like Nights’ founder Eelke Kleijn, Plus8 founder and legendary DJ John Acquaviva, Bass Coast Festival co-founder Liz Thomson, Nick Middleton of Canadian duo The Funk Hunters, YouTube production sensation Andrew Haung, Tool, Skinny Puppy & Nine Inch Nails producer Dave Olgive, UK Garage pioneer DJ Q, five-time Grammy award-nominated composer Suzanne Ciani [Finders Keepers, USA], all of which were announced on Phase One.

The second phase of announcements saw the addition of Australian producer extraordinaire Slynk, Symmetry Recordings founder and Drum & Bass innovator Break, German dance legend Paul Van Dyk, co-founder and music director of Bass Coast Festival Andrea Graham [The Librarian], Scottish producer and Anjunabeats favourite Grum, live experiential electronic music performer Korea Town Acid, Brainfeeder producer and innovative sound designer Daedelus and over 120 more speakers and artists.

“If you’re serious about taking your career to the next level, either as a producer, DJ, promoter, label, venue, visual artist, or other professional service, we’ve got workshops and panels for you.” – Andrew Williams, AEMCON Co-founder

2019 Conference Highlights Includes:

  • Mental Health and A Life in Electronic Music – a series of panel discussions on the on-going mental health crisis and how it intersects with the dance music community.
  • Visuals, Lighting, & And Creative Media in Dance Music – a series of panels & workshops that 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.
  • How LGBTQ+2 culture, Feminism, and Indigious 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 – a series of music production and business workshops that focus on upgrading your creative and music business skill set.
  • Program Partner NMC:ON – A special sub-conference programmed by the National Music Centre featuring music technology & production innovators Suzanne Ciani, Markus Reisch and Nick Middleton.
  • The Best and Worst of Being An Agent in 2019 – In this panel we’ve assembled some of Canada’s top electronic music agents to discuss all things good and bad in the industry.
  • Addiction and Recovery in the Music Industry Panel – Substance use and addiction tends to plague many artists, especially touring musicians. This panel discussion involving DJ’s and industry professionals, will examine the social and personal factors that perpetuate cycles of mental health distress and the self-medication that often results.
  • NMC: ON Buchla Masterclass With Suzanne Ciani – Dubbed the “Diva of the Diode,” Suzanne Ciani is an electronic sound designer and composer known for her decades-long relationship with, and mastery of, the Buchla 200e synthesizer and its predecessor, the Buchla 200. Ciani will be in attendance to deliver a demonstration and lecture on the history of the instrument.
  • Dance Music as an LGBT Art Form – an expression of intersectionality and the creation of queer safe spaces within the community spanning back to the 1980s until now across Canada.
  • The DIY Feminist Resistance – These organizers will discuss their activism and art, and how a Do-It-Yourself approach has allowed them to create both physical and metaphorical space for women and non-binary artists in a white-hetero-male dominated industry.
  • In Conversation with David Ogilvie – Universal Audio & HHB Canada is proud to present an exclusive session with one of Canada’s most talented music producers: Dave ‘The Rave’ Ogilvie. Having made his mark as a key member of the pioneering Canadian industrial group Skinny Puppy, Ogilvie will discuss his creative process, his studio set-up, and the habits he’s cultivated over his long and fascinating career.

For updated conference session listings, click here.

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