MCDH 2018

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Hamilton: A City Forged in Music

Hamilton is known for fiery blast furnaces that make steel but the city has also been a melting pot of  incredible music as well.  Spectator journalist, singer-songwriter and local history buff Mark McNeil will take you on a journey through the city’s musical history arguing that growing up in the shadow of Canada's biggest city laid the groundwork for a restless and rebellious attitude that found expression in song. Add to that inspiration that wavers between breathtaking escarpment scenery to the grime and grit of the industrial bayfront, and you have the makings of a perfect musical incubator.

Show Me the Money
Grants, loans, and investors are out there, but where to look and how to apply can seem daunting at first. This panel will present some expert tips and tools.

The Keys to Being Your Own Boss
Today, entrepreneurship is vital to succeeding the music business. Find out what skills are required and recommended to get ahead from people in the know.  
Making the Brand – Marketing
Grow your fan base! Go viral! Our panelist will share some of their favourite marketing tactics and campaigns.

Music Journalism/Broadcasting
Why not celebrate your passion for music by writing and/or talking about it? Trained musicians and music fans alike make themselves heard on air, online, and in print. Learn how it comes together.

Musicians for Hire
When you aren't making your own music, you'll find yourself accompanying or playing for other artists as a session musician, in a recording studio or on stage. It can be very rewarding, but there's a lot of talent out there -- don't be the one who doesn't get called again.

Business Beats - Royalties and Licensing
Royalties are paid for several different forms of music licensing and usage, including mechanical (audio recording), print music, public performance, and synchronization (videotaping).

Women in The Industry
Women are making great strides in what has been a traditionally a male dominated industry. Our panelists tell it like it is.

Introducing the Hamilton Musicians' Guild
Learn the benefits of belonging to an organization that truly represents the interests of full-time and part-time musicians and performers.

Recording Studios
Hamilton is home to a variety of top-notch recording studios that offer a variety of excellent services for emerging and established artists. They speak for themselves!

Lifelong Learning: Career Paths in Music
At the crossroads, meet representatives from diverse music related careers.

Behind the Scenes: Sound Engineering & Production
Learn what it takes to put on a live performance in a professional concert venue.  Take a guided tour of the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre to discover the keys to staging a show.

Developing Into a Successful Songwriter
Bring your own lyrics in search of a melody or your tune without words to this workshop and take a bold step towards successful song writing.

Film Scoring
Is creating musical themes or storytelling in sound your thing? Take a hands-on approach to learning about the conceptual and artistic aspects of composing for film.  

Master Class
Our Mohawk College world class faculty lead master classes in a variety of subjects:

Music at Mohawk College 
Orchestrate your musical future with solid practical and theoretical training in classical, jazz, and contemporary genres in Mohawk College’s Applied Music Program.

Indigenous Music Waves with recording artist Lacey Hill
A discussion on latest news, dos and don’ts, and hot spots of the Indigenous music scene.

Roots of Rock in the Hammer
A presentation that highlights the innovators of rock/pop music in Hamilton from the 1940's to the 1970's. Includes a discussion of what makes Hamilton a special place to be a musician. Hosted by "The Vinyl Professor," Peter Maurin, host of Oldis Without Borders on 101.5M The Hawk.

Major Insights on Music Job Prospects
The music industry is quickly evolving so how should you set your compass so that you are well positioned to embark on an exciting career?  In this panel, professionals from some of the largest music companies in Canada will provide insights as to where the jobs are and what skills are now in demand. Based on the current trends in the industry, they’ll share some thoughts on future employment developments and provide advice about how to get a foot in the door. 



Tim Potocic- President, Sonic Unyon Records

Tim Potocic



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Closing Performance

"Vinyl Relief" DJ
 Donna Lovejoy

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Opening Performance: West Fifth Trio

Liam McGlashon
Cam Watson
Tommy-Lee Metcalfe

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