Gee Wunder is a music industry veteran and a motivational hip hop artist from Toronto. Gee grew up on Jane Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, an environment which sparked his interest in hip-hop music. Gee’s first inroads into the music industry, as an artist, was through local community radio station CKLN 88.1. Since debuting on commercial radio in 2005 on Flow 93.5 and releasing his first full-length LP Street Knowledge in 2008 via URBNET Records, Gee has released an astounding TWENTY-ONE full length projects and gone on to found his own independent label Motive Music distributed by Fontana North since 2011. Gee has also had an exemplary career in Music Television working with Bell Media for over a decade. Today Gee runs his Motive Music label independently with a roster of talented artists and producers with a catalogue of quality releases.
Mark “DJ Grumps” Campbell
Mark is the Director of The FCAD Forum for Cultural Strategies at Ryerson University, the Founder of Northside Hip Hop Archive and a current a Board Member with the Ontario Arts Council. As the founding member of the Bigger than Hip Hop Show in 1997, Mark spent 18 years on radio as DJ and host. Mark’s curatorial, popular and academic writing has appeared in several publications such as Fuse Magazine, Urbanology Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and The Jamaican Gleaner. Mark has either appeared on or been quoted by several national and local media outlets such as CTV Morning, CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning, Muchmusic, The Toronto Star, CBC’s the Current, The National Post and TVO’s The Agenda. Mark’s academic publications and various curatorial and mixtape projects can be found at markvcampbell.ca
Trisha Carter – CIMA Music Export Manager.
Trisha Carter runs CIMA’s global export service “Canadian Blast” which delivers the international business and networking events, as well as showcases at various festivals around the world, including SXSW, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Australian Music Week, New Skool Rules, WOMEX, and more. Beyond major conferences, Trisha develops and coordinates private, customized and targeted business and showcasing trade missions to support CIMA members’ business and professional development interests. Trisha is also the main contact on CIMA’s newly established export collective, “Music Export Canada” – a partnership and portal serving the many export associations in Canada and partners around the world.
Mr. Robert A. Celestin, Esq. has practiced entertainment law in New York City for over 25 years. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Mr. Celestin started his legal career as an Associate at the corporate law firm, Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. He then went on to work in the legal department of Clive Davis’ Arista Records before becoming the VP/GM of Uptown Records, Inc., (“Uptown”) the label responsible for merging hip-hop and R&B and launching the careers of “Mary J. Blige”, “Jodeci”, “Guy” and others. At Uptown, Mr. Celestin worked alongside Andre Harrell and Sean “P-Diddy” Combs. He later went on to work for Untouchables Entertainment, Inc., as VP/GM and was instrumental in the success of rappers “Pete Rock and CL Smooth”; R&B trio “Intro”; and R&B vocalist “Donnell Jones”. Mr. Celestin then went on to work with his mentor, entertainment attorney Louise West, Esq., in representing “Timbaland”, “Missy Elliot” and “Ginuwine”. He also managed the Grammy nominated and platinum selling Pop/R&B group “City High”.
Presently, Mr. Celestin’s law firm, the “Law Offices of Robert A. Celestin”, represents and provides strategic advice and counsel to independent record label start-ups and production companies, recording artists, book publishers and authors, producers, songwriters, reality TV stars, DJ’s and others. Past and present clients include “Desiigner”, “Billion Dollar Baby”, “Murda Mook”, “Crystal Caines”, “BMB Records”, “Secondhand Serenade”, “The Clipse”, “Pusha T”, “Mickey Factz”, “Petey Pablo”, celebreality stars “Toccara”, “DJ Self”, “Momma Dee” and “Arzo Anwar”, super managers “Blue Williams”, “Steven Victor” and old school legends like “Foxy Brown”, “Big Daddy Kane”, “Marley Marl”, radio DJ’s “Funkmaster Flex”, “Bobby Trends”, “DJ Lobo”, “Monie Love”, and others. For more info: call: 212-262-1103 or visit www.raclawfirm.com
Debbie Egel has run an independent label for the last six years @ Bronx Most Wanted Entertainment along with Managing several Independent artists including the legendary 90’s group Hi-Five. She has seen this business from all angles. She can provide the participants of the conference with real knowledge of the music industry and the do it yourself process. On the management side she has experience in all aspects of management. She has worked with multiple artists; finding music, negotiating contracts, registering music with the performing rights organizations, helping produce the accompanying music videos, and soliciting radio to play the music. She has also assisted in the promotion of the group, including social media, merchandising, and interviews on both radio and press. In addition, Debbie has been on the road and in the recording studio with the group and can speak to the many challenges of both those settings.
Adulis “Chedo” Mokanan is the founder of The Come Up Show an award winning radio show and multimedia website. Through his radio show, youtube channel and podcast he’s interviewed over 500 artists from Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Skepta and countless more. He’s worked as a radio host, Program Director, and Music Programmer for one of Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary festival.
Beverly Moore is Managing Director of More Music Management Ltd. providing services in artist management, career development, artist promotions\performances, with business advisory and consulting services in marketing, tax planning, grant and loan proposals, tour and publishing administration. Bev’s current mission is to continue to develop domestic and international outlets for products and represent and develop established and aspiring recording artists and producers. Music genres include: Urban, Pop, EDM and Country/Pop.
Phat Phillie is a festival organizer, resident DJ and promoter of some of Zagreb’s coolest weekly & monthly events. He runs Fresh Island Fest in Croatia which has had acts ranging from Nas to Snoop Dogg.
A pioneer and architect in the Croatian scene, he has put on sold-out shows by artists such as Redman & Method Man, GZA, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Jazzy Jeff, De La Soul, Masta Ace, Raekwon, OC and Big L (R.I.P.), Tha Alkaholiks, Dilated Peoples, Naughty By Nature, The Brand New Heavies, Big Daddy Kane to name a few.
Instagram and Twitter: @phatphillie
Samantha Pickard is president of the Toronto-based PR firm Strut Entertainment, which represents clients from the music, entertainment, and lifestyle markets. In the past, Strut has worked with megastars like Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, and Bif Naked, among others.
Toronto-based rapper Rochester (aka Juice) is no stranger to big stages and shining lights, having supported a slew of A-list urban music talents on tour – including Chris Brown, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Nas – based on the strength of his live concert set. Others in the street fashion scene might recall him being featured in successful national ad campaigns for Nike and Athletes World which further solidified how he earned his nickname. This fall 2016, Rochester gets set to release his forthcoming EP Cowabunga, by far his most anticipated and ambitious release to date.
While urban music from the 6 (aka Toronto) has been busy capturing headlines on the global music stage, a select few skilled emcee’s like Rochester have been taking note, strategically building up their musical ammo, sitting by and waiting patiently for their time to shine and further boost their city.
Gregory Struiken abilities to understand the needs of urban youth in the Netherlands has helped him to create relevant concepts in the music industry to discover, develop and launch many careers of urban artists across the globe. One of his best-known projects is New Skool Rules, the biggest international urban music conference in the world. This three-day international music conference/festival, held in the Netherlands takes place annually.
As the creator of this and many other projects, Gregory and his business partner have been heading their foundation Epitome Entertainment for the last 18 years. The main focus of this foundation is to create platforms for urban artists, producers, songwriters, instrumentalists, managers and other people behind the scenes, so they can develop their craft. Currently, Gregory manages 2 creatives.
Charlie’s areas of expertise include corporate philanthropy, brand marketing, and strategy. Charlie is a creator herself, and has developed an impressive portfolio of visual art, musical compositions and arrangements. Charlie holds a Degree in Music from Laurentian University, and Masters Degree in music from York University, as well as an Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Ivey Business School.