Copyright © 2019 Oshawa Music Week, Music Business Management

Durham College. All rights reserved.



This panel will discuss Alumni experiences after graduating from the Music Business Management program at Durham College. Panelists will analyze changes in the industry that they have seen over the past five years and predictions they may have on the future. The panel will dig deep into their trials, triumphs, and the biggest lessons of their experience thus far. The panelists will also pass on their best piece of advice to future music business employees.


Sean’s first music business opportunity was an internship at The Agency Group, where he was introduced to the touring side of the music industry. Sean later became the Festival Department Coordinator at United Talent Agency in 2015 and worked with Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. After United Talent Agency's Toronto office closed in 2017, a small group of agents, coordinators and assistants opened Paradigm Talent Agency’s first Toronto office where Sean now resides. Throughout his career, he has worked with artists including City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Vance Joy, Phantogram, Tash Sultana and is currently developing his own roster as a junior agent.


Vanessa Hoffer has built a career around her passion for live music.Her natural, keen understanding of the industry was born at Durham College, but took off when she entered the business at leading global concert promoter, Live Nation. Working within the Talent Buying team over the last 7 years, Vanessa has been mentored by the best promoters in the country. Working closely for Denise Ross, Vice President of Talent, she’s worked on hundreds of shows each year contributing to the day to day success in Live Nation Toronto’s growing booking business. Vanessa’s role at Live Nation has also led her to manage Artist Relations annually on many of Live Nation’s top Toronto festivals and special events such as Field Trip, Bud Light Dreams, CBC Music Festival and OVO.


Sandhya Khanna began her career in the music industry in 2001 as a marketing representative at Virgin Music Canada. After her stint at Virgin Music, Sandhya got back in the game by attending Durham College's Music Business Management program. While attending Durham, she interned at Universal Music in National Media and Artist Relations. After her graduation, she worked at XM Satellite Radio as a Sales Coordinator. She has assisted in the planning and execution of the Stylus DJ Awards and worked with Max Gousse (former Senior VP of A&R at Island/Def Jam) and Ivan Berry in an artist development capacity. She is currently working at ole Media Management.


Matt Nolson is a 2013 Music Business Management graduate who currently works as a Marketing Manager & Digital Marketing Specialist at Black Box Music. His role involves planning and executing marketing campaigns in the physical and digital music worlds for a variety of releases for Black Box; as well as their partner labels BMG, Rise Records, Broken Bow Music Group and Commission Music. He currently works with artists including The Glorious Sons, SonReal, Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte, Dance Gavin Dance, Dustin Lynch, and many more. Before moving to Black Box, Matt spent 6 years on staff at Dine Alone Records in a variety of rolls on their award-winning marketing team. At Dine Alone, he worked on campaigns for artists including City and Colour, The Lumineers, Jimmy Eat World and Tokyo Police Club.


With  nearly 30 years of music business experience, Greg Jarvis marketed acts such as David Bowie, Nirvana, KISS, and Dolly Parton in the '90s while working at major labels in London, Moscow, Toronto, and Prague. He was an executive producer at BBC’s Top Of The Pops where he interviewed Queen, The Spice Girls, Oasis, and Alice Cooper. As a self-managed artist, he’s received acclaim from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NME, alongside praise from members of The Velvet Underground, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Duran Duran, and The Wailers. He’s been a speaker at Harvard University, Juilliard School, and Jack Kerouac School. He holds an MBA in arts & media business plus a masters in teaching and is a full time professor with Durham College’s Music Business Management program.


In this music synchronization and publishing panel, the following topics will be discussed: publishing for emerging songwriters, aspects of a publishing deal, and how music synchronization impacts the lives of the songwriters and artists. Panelists will covey their knowledge and advice regarding how to have a successful song writing career in today’s market. 


David Quilico is Vice President at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada. He has been an instrumental part of the discovery and global development of the roster for the past 24 years, representing a diverse group of artists and songwriters such as: Lights, K’Naan, Chantal Kreviazuk, MacKenzie Porter, and Protest The Hero. David spent ten years in a dual role as Director of A&R and Music Publishing at Sony Music Canada, later moving fully into Music Publishing. David holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano performance and composition from York University and a Recording Arts Management diploma from The Harris Institute For The Arts. David is a SOCAN award winning songwriter, and has served as Vice President of The Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame.  


Amy Eligh began her career in Publishing at Casablanca Media/Red Brick Songs in the Copyright and Royalties department, before moving into Creative – where she successfully stationed herself for over a decade before moving to Arts & Crafts Music. Within her role as Director of Publishing & Licensing, Amy pitches large-scale catalogue of songs for film, trailers, advertising, video games, and TV (US & Canada). In addition to pitching, Amy organizes showcases for clients/songwriters with TV networks, music supervisors, and advertisers. On top of this, she develops new writers, arranges co-writing sessions, coordinates and hosts song-writing camps, and scouts for talent. At Arts & Crafts Music, Amy works with Broken Social Scene, Timber Timbre, Reuben and the Dark, Overcoats, Heartstreets, Ollie, Taylor Knox, and many more. Amy is also on the Board of Directors for FACTOR and the Canadian Music Publishers Association.


Janet has been with Sony/ATV for over 20 years, and has been involved in various facets of synchronization licensing, including the negotiation and licensing of numerous national TV advertising campaigns, including Kraft Heinz, Volvo, Hyundai, Toronto Tourism, Molson, Labatts, Coors and Telus and North American campaigns including Infiniti Automobiles and Proctor and Gamble. She was instrumental in licensing the music for the worldwide advertising campaign “Little Girls” for Dove, which received several advertising awards and aired globally. Janet has worked on many Canadian and US television shows, including Designated Survivor, Schitt’s Creek,  The Good Witch, Letterkenny, and multiple Movies of the Week for Hallmark. Janet has a background in Music Industry Management, Artist Management and Music Publishing. She is also responsible for the Administration of Sony/ATV’s worldwide catalogue in Canada and ensures that their Canadian roster is administered correctly throughout the World.


Ralph Singh is the Senior Director of Film & Television Music Placement for Universal Music Canada. Previously, he was the Manager of Film & Television Music Placement for EMI Music Canada for 10 years before the merger between the two record companies was completed in 2012. In this role, Ralph looks after all aspects of synchronization clearances, including pitching, obtaining approvals from artists and/or management and preparing contractual agreements. Ralph is no stranger to the music industry spending over 25 years working in the music industry both on the royalty side working closely with publishers and in the world of pitching and placing music. Ralph has worked with music supervisors from Hawaii 5-0, Entourage, Hockey Night In Canada, Mr. D, Grey’s Anatomy, Workin’ Moms, Dallas Buyers Club, as well as video games (Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, NHL 18), and numerous commercials.


Kathryn Waugh, owner of Music Matters, has provided consulting services to a wide variety of clients and productions since 2005. With more than 20 years of music industry experience, Kathryn has a proven history of supporting clients, from independent artists to major corporations, with in-depth advice on all matters of rights registration and royalty distribution. She also has a successful track record of researching and securing music licences to all media in a timely and cost-effective manner. Past clients include Entertainment Tonight, CBC, National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel, CTV,  and an array of independent and festival productions. In her work as a music publisher, Kathryn has worked with a diverse catalogue of artists including Tom Waits, David Foster, Aerosmith, The Tragically Hip, and Sesame Street. Kathryn's broad network of contacts enables her to secure various income and licences for clients with differing and complex needs.



This panel dives into the creative minds of artists and how they manage their mental health through a creative outlet. Panelists will analyze mental health stats, discuss writing processes and answer audience questions.


OTBChat is a series of live panel discussions that are filmed and distributed online for free. The topics are focused on mental health and addiction recovery in the music industry.


Mike Trebilcock is a Hamilton-born and raised composer, producer, singer/songwriter, guitarist, long-time music educator and filmmaker. His band, The Killjoys, recorded four albums throughout the 90s garnering nationwide acclaim with Top-40 singles and a JUNO award for Best New Group in 1996. Mike has since composed music for short films (Chewed, You Don't Belong Here), feature films (Exorcism of the Dead, Creature From Cannibal Creek, Harvest of Horrors) and web series (Hit The Hitman, Banner's Predicament). He has also played for the last five years with the legendary Hamilton proto-punk band Simply Saucer. In the theatre realm, he was the co-composer for Night of the Living Dead Live, which will be launched in London, UK in 2019. He was the arranger, producer and performer for the 2017 Toronto production of Cannibal the Musical, and the 2017 Chicago production of Disenchanted among others.


Abdominal (aka Andy Bernstein) is a hip-hop artist, who has been involved in Toronto’s music scene for twenty years. He has worked with many celebrated local musicians (DJ Fase, D-Sisive, Elizabeth Shepherd), as well as many internationally acclaimed artists (the UK’s DJ Format, Gift of Gab from Blackalicious). His song Pedal Pusher won the 2007 ECHO Songwriting Prize and he co-hosted the annual SOCAN Awards in 2008 and 2011.  In addition to performing regularly around Toronto and across Canada, Abdominal has toured extensively all over the world.


Sarah began singing and playing various instruments at the age of four. Her experience lead her to an honors degree in Music from York University and a lifetime worth of experience in writing, performing, and touring. Sarah lives with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Along with being trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, writing and creating music became one of Sarah's biggest and most important coping skills. She enjoys talking about her life experiences, in hopes that it can help others.


Jeff Dalziel is a Multi-Platinum and award-winning Canadian record producer, Sony/ATV songwriter, and musician. He has produced music for artists such as, The Washboard Union, Dan Davidson, River Town Saints, Brett Kissel, Jim Cuddy, Edwin, Prozzak, Canadian Idol, Thornley, Prty H3ro. He won the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Producer Of The Year, 2018 Ontario Country Music Association Producer Of The Year, and 2018 YYCMA Country Recording Of The Year (Nice Horse).


Hamiltonian Ace Piva is no stranger to the music industry. He has played in bands, been a tour manager for ten years, and is still working as a sound technician. A few years ago, Piva was managing a cross-Canada tour when he suffered a drug relapse. He realized the growing need for addiction and mental health support within the music industry. Upon returning from the tour, Piva enrolled in an Addiction Services program at McMaster University. While working in the field he started a Facebook page called Over the Bridge (a play on the song “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chilli Peppers) to help provide support for people in the music industry. After an overwhelming response, he went on to make Over the Bridge a non-profit organization. Since then, they have participated at Indie Week with speakers such as Martin Atkins (NIN/Ministry) and Chuck Randall (tour manager for Alice In Chains), as well as provided Naloxone training for those in the industry.