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Music Tech MeetUp: Round 10

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  • DMZ's Sandbox - Ryerson University SLC

    341 Yonge Street 3rd floor - Suite 312, Toronto, ON (map)

    43.657757 -79.381165

  • Our next Music tech Event will be held at the beautiful Sandbox at Ryerson University on July 26. I hope you’ll join me and other Music Technology enthusiasts and experts.

    This time, Alan Cross will be moderating a panel on "The Business of Podcasting."

    As usual, attending the event is free. And even though we’re a total non-profit group, we will provide free pizza, snacks, and drinks---all free of charge (you can’t network on an empty stomach, right?). But we need you to RSVP ( And thanks to Steamwhistle AGAIN for their support and the free beer!

    I’ll see you there! Details below:

    Panel title: The Business of Podcasting

    Panel Moderator: Alan Cross is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 35 years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock and is a respected a musicologist and documentarian. He’s written four books, works as a public speaker, wrote a national newspaper column in Canada and co-hosted podcasts and served as head of Canadian Curation for Songza.

    Panelist: Thrust ( Chris France, is a Canadian rapper from Toronto, Ontario. He is most known for his appearance on the Rascalz' 1998 single "Northern Touch" which also features Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, and Checkmate. Beginning from the cardboard up in 1982 as a break-dancer, Thrust's career has touched on virtually all sides of hiphop culture. A former co-host of CKLN's Saturday-afternoon hiphop crucible The Power Move, Thrust's microphone mastery moved through several different tag-team incarnations - from Thrust and Supreme to KGB to a Child's Garden of Grass - before the rapper eventually grabbed the mike and went solo.

    Panelist: Big Tweeze ( Anthony Corsi. A lot of people think that Toronto's hip hop scene starts with Drake... boy are they wrong!! Take a Toronto hip hop enthusiast (Big Tweeze) and a Toronto hip hop legend (Thrust) that want to tell that history and You get Views Before The 6... a podcast about the early beginnings of Toronto's hip hop scene. We sit down with the pioneers of the city and talk everything for early radio, dj's, concerts and much more on VIEWS BEFORE THE 6

    Panelist: Lindsay Bess ( is an author and visual artist from Scarborough, Ontario, who devoted her time to Hip Hop and community radio between 1993-2005. She began as a volunteer at CKLN 88.1 FM, where she met Jemeni, then station Music Director and co-host of The Power Move Show. As Jemeni branched out in 1997 to create Droppin Dimez, alongside DJ Stache, she created the first of its’ kind in Canada: a woman-centered Hip Hop show with an all-female line up. Bess stepped up as host when Jem moved on to Flow 93.5, and shortly after joined forces with CHRY alumni DJ MelBoogie. Droppin Dimez became known as “Canada’s only all-female Hip Hop show” and continued to hold space for female DJ’s, co-hosts, creators and lovers of Hip Hop until CKLN 88.1FM finally shut it’s doors in 2011.

    Panelist: Gina Kennedy ( is a radio host, voiceover actor, and podcaster originally from rural Nova Scotia. She came to Toronto to host her own Canadian indie rock show on SiriusXM Canada and be on-air at Indie 88.1, interviewing big Canadian music stars like Steven Page, Brody Dalle, Matthew Good and more. Nowadays, she hosts her own podcast, Radio Somewhere, a female-focused Canadian music show featuring great musicians and industry professionals alike.

    StartUp Spotlight – The Music Expo. ( Music Fan? In a band? Want to learn a new instrument? Plan on coming to this awesome annual event!

    Event Agenda: Wednesday, July 26th.
    6:00 Doors open/Networking
    7:00 Alan Cross's Panel on "The Business of Podcasting," followed by Q&A and Prize Draw
    8:00 Open Floor/Networking
    9:00 Doors Close

    Location: Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC) Sandbox : 341 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1

    If you would like to attend the event, please RSVP at ( You can also email Nathalia Ribeiro at [masked] if you have any questions about this event or if you’re interested in joining our line-up of presenters at our upcoming events.

    Please follow us on Twitter at @MusicTechTO (, Instagram ( and like us on Facebook (


    The Music Den ( is an free incubation program that provides guidance and support to entrepreneurs and innovators focused on the music industry. We offer community, resources, business advice and mentorship to budding entrepreneurs, technologists and service providers who are passionate about creating innovative tools and services for the music industry. Our program helps you design a sustainable long term strategy while giving you access to resources to scale your business, including coworking space, equipment, studios, editing suites, and more.

    Northside Hip Hop Archive ( is a digital collection of Canadian hip hop history and culture. This site is home to a collection of artifacts and multimedia memorabilia that has yet to be digitized and/or catalogued. Northside hip hop showcases a diversity of items from Canadian hip hop history, such as the first vinyl recordings, art, performances and literature from across the country. We are a ‘living archive’, capturing and documenting Canadian hip hop culture, past and present. ( does not and cannot capture everything, rather what we try to do is to begin the process of documenting our histories.

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  • Brian H.

    Just noticed the description has a small typo "Tuesday, July 26th. " vs. Wednesday, might be good to fix to avoid confusion. Looking forward to it!

    2 days ago

    • Andrew D.

      Thanks for that!

      2 days ago

    • Brian H.

      No problem! Also just noticed the "rsvp at"­ links to meetup #8, thought I'd missed that step :)


  • Yousaf Z.

    Andrew dick, sir im added on watch list but i want to join as im new to Toronto and studying a module of research in UofT. love to attend Rhyson and ur show. Would u plz help me to accept than watch list


  • Adam M

    Can't wait to meet everyone on Weds! We're hiring engineers at Robin so please come say hello if you're looking to join a music/tech startup. @robinreserves

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Marc B.

    See you all there!

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Kevin L.

    Is it possible to have a 'Audio Technology Demonstration' at this event? We may be able to do a paper on AES67, interoperability, the future of audio distribution on a network, and control protocols.

    The cool stuff we are working on­

    Support Toronto based audio electronics developers!

    June 27

    • The Next Music G.

      I'm looking for someone to do a strategic partnership with to help complete my app that I've created and I'd be willing to give a 20% commission on backend sales

      June 28

    • Jose I.

      what are you looking for?

      July 16

  • Andrew J. F.

    Hi there. I can see the info for the July event. Thanks. Will there be a meet up in August?

    June 30

    • Andrew D.

      Unfortunately no, but we will have events on Sept 23rd and Oct 14th. Hope you can make it.

      1 · June 30

  • Adulis "Chedo" M.

    Really excited to attend this and learn. I host a weekly podcast called The Come Up Show which focuses on giving up and coming artists a platform to share their journey. Check it out and let me know what you guys think.

    1 · June 22

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