Music Technology MeetUp – The Business of Podcasting-UPDATED

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My 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, I’ll 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 aka 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 aka 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. Casual 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
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 [email protected] if you have any questions about this event or if you’re interested in joining our line-up of presenters at our upcoming events.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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