Heather Kirby Ohbijou

New workshop aims to help women, trans folk break into the music industry

Heather Kirby of Toronto-based band Ohbijou notices a serious gap when it comes to the music being produced around her. There is a shortage of women and trans-folk making music, and so she decided to put on a workshop to get people from those groups out and learning about the industry. "Resampled" is the name of the workshop, which will be held this weekend at the Tranzac. The gathering will help participants to explore the technical as well as the creative aspects of music production in an open, friendly atmosphere, and facilitators will include Maylee Todd, Tara Rogers and DJ Cozmic Cat, among others.

The workshop will explore challenges unique to women and trans folk looking to break into the industry, including "invisibility, lack of mentors and role models, and negative representations in the media." The event's website says the goal is to "'resample' ideas about who can and should be involved in producing the music we hear and to widen creative possiblity(ies) in the process."

Resampled is a free, hands-on event, and it will take place one day only, this Sunday, July 14 at Tranzac, beginning at 10 a.m. It's open to the public, but registration is required.


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