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Megaphono Conference & Showcase Festival to Bring Canadian & International Music Industry to Ottawa

From Feb. 7-9 in Ottawa, the Megaphono music industry conference and showcase festival is set to welcome music industry professionals from the U.S., Canada and abroad for a festival celebrating emerging artists, with a focus on artists from the National Capital Region.

Booking agents, record labels, music publishers, film/TV music supervisors, managers, publicists and other industry folks will descend on Ottawa and be treated to an insider's look at the city and its burgeoning music scene. Participating artists and delegates will have a chance to interact with our visitors, learning about the various facets of the music industry and equipping themselves with knowledge for those wishing to pursue music as a career, or further what they're already doing.

This year, panel topics will include a heavy focus on export development, including panels on Eastern Europe, the U.K., and the U.S. Other topics include music discovery, online playlists, community media, mental health, and more. The keynote event features audio engineer and Berklee College of Music Professor Dr. Susan Rogers in conversation with Kreative Kontrol's Vish Khanna.

Among the performers this year are Andy Shauf, The Sorority, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and more.

Other weekend features include the 3rd Annual Music Maker Fair Trade Show 2019, a screening of the Ottawa synth documentary Modulo, the Touring Musician Cooking Show, and the Women+ in Music Mentorship Program.

The main conference hub is located at SAW Video, inside Arts Court (2 Daly Avenue). Panels and other conference events will take place in Arts Court, the National Arts Centre, Dominion Chalmers Centre, Wabano Meetings and Events Centre, and Coworkly.

Mega Passes give access to all Megaphono conference events and showcases. There is also option to take in just the conference activities and skip the shows with the Conference Pass. Both passes available for purchase at www.megaphono.eventbrite.com.

The full conference program is available at www.megaphono.ca/conference.

For the showcase schedule, go to www.megaphono.ca/show-schedule.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.