Like a Boss: Women in the Industry
- March 15, 2022 - Showtime: 7:00pm
Online via Zoom
Presented in celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, SaskMusic / Women in Music Saskatchewan present:
LIKE A BOSS: WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY
This discussion will explore our panelists' roles in the music industry, how they got started, and some of their challenges and successes along the way. This will be an interactive, ask-me-anything-style panel. Bring your questions!
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This panel seeks to support underrepresented genders in the music industry. The intention of this offering is to support women (cis, trans, transfeminine), two-spirit, non-binary and gender-expansive attendees in personal/professional growth and community support. Allies are welcome to attend for the purposes of listening and learning.
We are thrilled to welcome:
Alexandra Kane is a performing artist, music director, producer, equity transformation coach and activist. Alex holds a B.Mus A (Piano) from Western University, a graduate certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Fanshawe and a graduate certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Credits include music director for Hunchback of Norte Dame (AK Arts Academy), One Song Glory (Musical Stage Company), Comfort and Joy, Finding Black Joy and Home for the Holidays (Grand Theatre). Upcoming, Jesus Christ Superstar at Sheridan. Event production works include Forrest City London Music Awards. Television production and composition include Fracture, Nova: Prime and Shelter and B.L.A.C.K (upcoming Black London Network).
Alex Patton has recently joined the TD Toronto Jazz Festival team as the Director of Operations, Marketing & Strategy. She previously held the role of Director, Music & Booking for IMG's Global Music & Festivals Division and prior to that was a Talent Buyer for both Live Nation Canada and Fource Entertainment. Over the past decade, she has promoted hundreds of concerts and has been a key player for several major festivals including Boots and Hearts, WayHome Music & Arts, OVO, NXNE Portlands, Wake Up Call and more. A career highlight of Alex's includes booking Red Hot Chili Peppers in Abu Dhabi and travelling there while five months pregnant to produce an unforgettable show in the desert.
Caity Babs is an on-air talent for SiriusXM hosting ten shows or more a week across the Octane and Turbo channels. Discussing tattoos with Chino Moreno from the Deftones or being serenaded by Machine Gun Kelly, this Canadian has her eyes set on being more than a tastemaker in the rock genre. Past interviews also include superstars such as Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran.
When Caity is not hosting on air or on stage at the largest rock festivals in the world produced by Danny Wimmer, she is curating playlists for Tidal, Pandora and of course the XM App. During Covid, she was quick to react and stayed in the spotlight by hosting an official Twitch series called "The Lab" also produced by Space Zebra which was an eight-week series.
Now a Los Angeles resident, Caity has even made some notable TV appearances. In 2021 she appeared on AXS TV for their "top ten revealed" with future segments on the way. Also filmed last year, Caity co-hosted the first-ever reality tv show to pit the world's top unsigned artists that actually write, record and perform their own original music called "No Cover". The show features superstar judges Alice Cooper, Gavin Rossdale, Tosin Abasi, Bishop Briggs and Lizzy Hale with an air date TBD in 2022.
Caity has partnered with brands in beauty, fashion, wellness and spirits. Past partnerships include IPSY, Fenty, Loungewear, Johnny Walker and more.
A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: her family’s deep ties to folk music and the years she spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression
Kaia started her career early, crafting her first EP Old Soul (2013) when she was just out of high school. Since then, she’s gone on to release two more albums, Sorrow Bound (2015) and Nine Pin (2016). Her second album wove between hard-hitting songs touching on social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (“Rising Down”) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (“Saint Elizabeth”). Nine Pin won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Stingray Rising Star Award and sent Kaia on an 18-month touring journey from Ireland to Iowa, including stops at The Kennedy Center, Hillside Festival and London's O2 Shepherd's Bush. For her third album, Grenades (October 2018, Folkways/acronym Records), she took a decidedly different direction, choosing to lean into a wider array of sounds and styles, in order to convey a wider array of emotions and topics, most notably her paternal ancestry. Grenades was nominated for a 2019 JUNO award and long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. Most recently, Kaia collaborated with jazz innovator Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah to record her new single "Parallels" (October 2021).
Jackie has been immersed in the Canadian Music Industry for over a decade. Her vast array of skills and positions that contribute to an artist's project are irreplaceable. Her roles include: A&R, Marketer, Artist Manager, Tour Manager, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Stylist, and Promoter. She was the first Western Canadian Digital Marketing Representative for Universal Music Canada. Other positions include; Content creator for 604 Records and Gibson Guitar Canada, VP of A&R for XOXO Ent Corp. / EOneMusic. Co-manager of MapleMusic Recordings/Universal Music Canada recording artists, “The Latency”, and brand strategist/designer for multi-platinum R&B star Karl Wolf and Lone Wolf Entertainment. She is currently artist manager to Ryan Stead and Shugarboy, entertainment consultant, creative director and marketer.
Lorena Kelly (moderator), SaskMusic
Lorena has worked in various roles at SaskMusic, helping to promote the awesome music of our province and helping members to navigate this often-confusing industry. She's had experience from programming lineups and coordinating large-scale conferences and events, to running juries, licensing initiatives, advertising campaigns, economic studies, our Women in Music Saskatchewan subgroup, and has participated on numerous boards and committees. She currently oversees our association communications, marketing initiatives and office operations. Originally studying classical piano, she switched to pop/country/folk to tour across Canada, the U.S. and internationally, backing up numerous artists as a freelance keyboard player/vocalist in addition to releasing her own albums. Lorena is the recently new President of the Regina Musicians' Association Local 446.