Virtual Electronic Music Summit Announces Full Schedule & New Features

The organizers of the new free Virtual Electronic Music Summit (VEMS), who also organize the annual Alberta Electronic Music Conference (AEMCON), have now announced the full schedule of programming, its nightlife live stream schedule, a virtual goodie bag provided by its partners, and a chance to win some major prizes.

"Organizing this event has brought so much joy to our team. It has been a passion project, and seeing the community rally together to provide support and solutions for one another has been extremely heartwarming," the VEMS organizers say. "We wanted to build a platform for music industry folks to discuss the current state of the scene, and band together to look toward to the future with optimism. We are all craving connection right now, and we think it is so important for us to have conversations, to collaborate, and continue to build our networks."

The first VEMS event is entirely free and will take place June 4-7, 2020.


In this roundtable discussion, the CEO of Westwood Recordings, Nick Middleton, will be joined by industry leaders from across EDM. Industry heavyweights from Beatport, Madison House Inc, 11E1even Group, and Paquin Artists Agency will weigh in on their advice for artists looking to navigate the electronic music industry in a post-COVID-19 world.

Watch this round table Saturday, June 6, 2020 3:00pm MDT


Skatch Bastid is probably your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ. He is a three-time winner of the coveted Scribble Jam DJ Battle and is currently a global ambassador and judge for Red Bull's Thre3style DJ competition. The creativity in his live remixing is unparalleled.

In this workshop, Skratch Bastid will take attendees through his process of creating a live remix for performance. Starting with a simple musical pairing, he applies skills of scratching, mixing, and additional production to make a new creation of his own, ready for rocking live in sets. This workshop is guaranteed to inspire you to play around and get creative on your decks.

Watch this workshop Saturday, June 6 1:00pm MDT


The Pacific North West is known for its tight-knit, eclectic festival and events community. Most people who work these events work multiple, and there is a sense of family & deep-rooted community. In this panel join West Coast fan favourites from Smalltown DJs & the Hifi Club, Bass Coast Music Festival, PK Sound, and the newly formed British Columbia Music Festival Collective to discuss how the current health crisis is forcing us to change the way we connect to music, art and each other. With live music events on hold, find out how festivals, nightclubs and production providers are coping with change and uncertainty.

Watch this panel Thursday, June 4 2:00pm MDT

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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