NXNE Talks

#NXNE, presented by Aurora Cannabis, is bringing back it's panel series with NXNE Talks at the House of Aurora, a one day summit discussing community, culture, safe event spaces and programming within the music industry. 

NXNE Talks is open to the public, RSVP now at the ticket link. 

Cannabis. Community. Culture.
How the Cannabis industry is engaging the community through cultural activities. Brand involvement in the arts can be delicate, however like-minded partnerships with events and artists create a number of opportunities including free events, education on the benefits of cannabis products and greater accessibility. Marketing experts will discuss how to align a cohesive voice when strategizing digital and on the ground audience engagement.
Moderator: Tyler Fyfe (Herb)
Panelists: Paula Whitmore, (Aurora Cannabis), Katherine McFarlane (Westward Music FestivalMRG Concerts Eastern Canada), Dreyuh Safo (Manifesto)

Safe Spaces and Event Practices
How a festival or event space ethos can dictate audience growth and development by creating new communities. Setting a protection precedence when it comes to harm reduction, sexual harassment, the role of venues, zero tolerance policies, internal education for staff and overall curation and messaging when it comes to programming and representation of the brand’s voice.
Moderator: Carly Lewis (Journalist)
Panelists: Viktoria (Dandelion Initiative), Aerin Fogel (Venus Fest), Cindy Li (Ciel, Work In Progress) Jamal Ryan Severin Watson (UnlovableThe Loveless Cafe)

Creative Collaborations: 
The importance and value of visual representation for musicians and artists. Creatives and their counterparts discuss their process and design aesthetic and how to translate it to their audiences. Panel will include projections and set visuals.
Moderator: Kaitlyn Davies (Work Late)
Panelists: Jasmyn Burke and Rosalie H. Maheux (Strands / Weaves), Josh McIntyre and Talvi Faustman (Prince Innocence).

Building New Infrastructure in the Canadian Music Industry
As Canadian entertainers and recording artists continue to dominate on the international scene - how has the Canadian music industry been responding? Historically there has been a massive lack of infrastructure and support for hip-hop and R&B music in Canada. How is that changing and what needs to happen still?
Moderator: Chris Penrose (WatrVision Creative)
Panelists: Rodney Murphy (Director of A&R, SOCAN Foundation - Fondation SOCAN), Ricochet (DJ & Personality, 93-5 The Move), Tia Gordon (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR)), Get At Kat (Box Power)

Art vs. Artist
How do we / should we separate the art from the artist. Is there a difference, what is a festival’s role in curation and programming?  
Moderator: Jordan Sowunmi (The FADERComplex Boosie Fade: The Group)
Panelists: Erin Lowers (Manifesto), Kevin Ritchie (NOW Magazine), Melissa Vincent (A.Side)


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