The 2nd Annual Canadian Reggae Music Conference takes place on Friday, April 27, 2018 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Metro Hall in Toronto. The keynote speaker of the conference is entertainment attorney and music business consultant, Lloyd Stanbury, author of the book, REGGAE ROADBLOCKS: A Music Business Development Perspective. He will be joined by a host of other speakers who will be sharing their insights on the Reggae music industry. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn and network!
Lloyd Stanbury is a Jamaican music industry professional with a wide range of international experience. His expertise includes the practice of entertainment law, artist management, music production, event promotion, creative industries policy development and research. He started his journey in the business of music in 1983 as a concert promoter in Jamaica, and was instrumental in the establishment of the world’s first all Reggae radio station IRIE FM in 1990. He is the author of the book “REGGAE ROADBLOCKS, A Music Business Development Perspective”. In August 2017 he was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica for service to the music entertainment and media industries.
In today’s overtly sexual and over-produced music market, Nadine Sutherland makes a deliberate effort to portray a sense of style and sophistication. She is a multi -talented female performer, who has been described as “capable, sexy and hauntingly beautiful, with uncompromising flair and intelligence”. Nadine Sutherland is an artist, whose talents are respected and admired in all age groups. Her voice heralded as one of the best in reggae music, her stage performances and hits captivating and breaking boundaries. This ‘child-star’ made her stage debut at the age of nine as winner of Jamaica’s popular “Tastee Talent Contest” in 1979. International Reggae superstar Bob Marley signed her to his Tuff Gong label while she was a pre- adolescent. Nadine went from being known as Reggae’s “Teen Queen”, with hits including “Starvation” and “Until“; to garnering international acclaim as the co-lead on dancehall anthems “Action” and “Anything For You“.
In 2016 Nadine was awarded a Masters in Arts in Cultural Studies. At the beginning of 2017, the video for Remedy was shot and made available to several media stations. Consequently, this has increased the radio play and lifted her general profile and presence the local r reggae/Dancehall market. On the international scene, her versatility and proficiency as a vocalist mastering different genres will be on display. After she made her first European performance at arguably the biggest Reggae festival in the world, Rototom in Spain this August, she was appointed The Director of The performing Arts for the Challenge Charter Organization in Far Rockaway New York. In a relatively short time, she is credited for implementing the Alvin Ailey Arts in Education program in the schools curricula.
Kwasi Osei Bonsu, Esq.
Mr. Bonsu attended Howard University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000. Mr. Bonsu graduated from Howard University School of Law in 2003. His course concentration in law school included copyright law and legal issues related to music publishing. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Bonsu worked with Rose Law Firm, LLC on employment discrimination matters. Since 2004, Mr. Bonsu practiced and continues to practice in civil litigation and entertainment law. Additionally, Mr. Bonsu worked with Managing Attorney George Rose, and the Ras Tafari Elders in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas to establish the 501(c)(3) charitable organization known as I-niversal Development of Ras Tafari Inc. (IDOR). In entertainment law matters, Mr. Bonsu has represented and currently represents prolific artists including: the award-winning Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima, the award-winning Pan-African publisher Third World Press, and the award-winning Canadian actor Mark Taylor. Kwasi is also one of the founders of the Jamaica Music Conference, an annual 4 event where attendees experience multiple facets of Jamaica’s dynamic music industry. Kwasi is also a recording and performing artist and host of the music industry podcast, Mix N Master Radio.
Jamaican, song writer, producer, artist and business manager, Caswell has over 30 years of musical experience and has managed a number of artist including the MountainEdge band, Dahlia Anderson, Jodi-Anne, and most recently JahnnyScorchy. His slogan “Zero to Hero” is the guiding principle for putting together the artist career plans in order to achieve maximum success. In addition to his management roles and responsibilities, he is also working on completing his catalogue and is currently in the studios working on four songs.
DJ Cool was born in Jamaica and grew up in Montreal where he attended and Graduated from MCGillUniversity. He worked with CFCF Radio Montreal (CTV) CFRU in Guelph Ontario and currently works at 102. 7FM where s he’s been for the past 15 years. Cool has worked as MC for such events as AJAX Caribbean Festival, Jamaica Day and Jambana just to mention a few. He currently works Full time at Leons-Brick as an A&E Specialist he’s been there for the past 12 years.
Reggae artist and magazine owner, Donna Makeda is currently in the studio working on new material for 2018 with Reggae heavyweights Ajang Music from Jamaica. Donna recently returned from Jamaica where she did a stellar performance at the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration held in Negril Jamaica on February 6th, 2018. She also attended and performed at the Jamaica Music Conference/Rastafest Showcase held in November 2017 in Kingston Jamaica. This is as a result of being one of the winners to receive the highest fan votes to perform at Rastafest 2017. At Rastafest 2017, three of the performing artistes were awarded the Judges Choice votes to perform in Jamaica, Donna being one of those artistes. To date, Donna has racked up 28 reggae music awards.
Whilst in Jamaica early 2016, she recorded a hot new dancehall single entitled “NO SAH” featuring the artiste Shadrock, which was released worldwide on iTunes, CD Baby and all online music stores in June 2016. NO SAH has already reached the #1 spot in Connecticut, USA on One Love Radio and is currently on the Reggae Music Charts in London, England. Donna released the hot single “Shake Dem Off” on the Happy Hour Riddim courtesy of Chimney Records, which went #1 on the Real Muzic’s “Empress Tashai’s New Music Top 10 chart in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA on One Love Radio 106.5fm. The song also entered the Rebel Vibez Top 10 chart on VIBE105FM in Toronto, Canada. Also released in 2016 is “No Sell Out” which was recorded for Indie Rootz Records out of Montreal, Quebec.
Jay Douglas first took to the stage in Montego Bay, Jamaica many years ago as youth. With over 40 years of showmanship, he has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of American blues, West Indian rhythms, jazz standards, fancy footwork, and plenty of stage charisma. Back in the early ’60s, Jay fronted tough R&B band “The Cougars,” who, with their skill and verve, lit up Toronto & Montreal bars in the late 70’s with Soul Funk & Reggae music. Jay has since shared his talent with several cities all the way from Hong Kong to the Mediterranean.
A Seattle, Washington based promoting company, “Light in the Attic” sequestered Jay as catalyst and band leader for their “The Jamaica to Toronto” concert launch on July, 2006, at Harbour Front Centre, Toronto. This successful show has since been to Vancouver and Montreal.
Over the past 10 years, Jay has also graced the stage of well-known annual events like the Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, JerkFest, A Taste of Lawrence, Jamaica day, Global Grooves Yonge/Dundas Square, Luminato, The CNE and several R&B Festivals across Ontario. Jay was proclaimed winner of NOW Magazine’s Toronto’s “Best R&B Act” (2006), and The Annual Toronto Reggae Award’s “Male Reggae Vocalist of the Year 2007.” He is also a 2 time Juno nominee. As well, in March 2012, The Toronto Harry Jerome Awards granted him the male Entertainer of the Year Award. Jay was nationally featured on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos’s Christmas Show a couple years ago. Jay currently performs in-and-around the Toronto area.
In 2000, Karlene was appointed Diversity Producer, tasked with increasing coverage of diverse communities — ethnocultural groups, people with disabilities and the LGBTQ communities. She held this position for 12-years at CTV.Her specialty is generating story ideas for CTV’s local and national news programs CTV Toronto, CTV National, News Channel and Canada AM. As Diversity Producer, Karlene organized editorial board meetings with community groups, hosted major community events, and educated community groups about how to get media coverage for their events.Prior to joining CTV, Karlene worked as a summer business reporter with The Globe and Mail Report on Business and summer business reporter with The Toronto Star. She also worked with CBC, Canada AM, CTV National and spent six years as a corporate communications specialist with the Toronto Stock Exchange. Karlene is a motivational speaker who has spoken at over 60 major events. She ran as a candidate in two provincial elections and she is a political commentator on Global Radio AM640, Global TV’s Morning Show, CP24, SiriusXM Radio National Post Morning Show and NewsTalk 1010.
Masani Montague is a playwright, novelist, journalist, and youth worker active in the Rastafari and Black communities in Toronto for the past 40 years. She has written, directed, and produced several plays, radio plays, documentaries, and the author of the novel, Dread Culture. She co-coordinated the First International Rastafari Conference held in Toronto in 1982 and co-coordinated the Second International Rastafari Conference held in Jamaica in 1983. She has a diploma in Journalism from Humber College, BA(Hons) in Creative Writing and MES in Environmental Studies from York University. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Education at York University. Owner of Masani Productions for the past 37 years Masani is the coordinator of the annual reggae music festival, Rastafest for the past 17 years; coordinator of the annual multidiscipline women’s festival, SistahFest and the artistic director of Upfront Theatre Foundation for the past 17 years. Masani has received many awards for her work in the Rastafari community in Toronto including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and the Order of York, Centre Award in 2015.
With over two decades in the entertainment industry, the Juno nominated mother, rapper and actress is not only an inspiration for female musicians, but also all artists nationwide. She is known within the music industry for her unique rap style of combining reggae and dancehall with hip¬ hop. Many successful artists have followed in Michie’s footsteps using this gifted technique.
Michie is the 1st Canadian Hip Hop Recording Artist to sign an American Major Record deal and is the recipient of the 2012 DJ Stylus Hall of Fame Award, 2013 CUMC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Black Canadian Award for Best Female Rap Act, and most recently made History winning the Toronto Arts Council ‘Roy Thomson Hall Award’ of $10K. The Roy Thomson Hall Award recognizes creative, performing, administrative, volunteer, or philanthropic contributions to Toronto’s musical life by a person, ensemble or organization. Ms. Mee is the CEO of MBM Publishing, MBM Inc. looking forward to NEW music in 2018.
Natasha Von Castle
Natasha Von Castle is the Editor-in-Chief for L3 Magazine. In her role, Natasha oversees a team of writers and music enthusiasts who interview and showcase the talents of the best musicians in the Caribbean, and around the world. Natasha is also the Communications Director for the Montreal International Reggae Festival, managing the festivals Social Media, and shaping the experience fans of the festival have throughout the year. In addition to L3 Magazine and the Montreal International Reggae Festival, Natasha promotes new music releases from artists such as Gyptian, Busy Signal, Cham, Duane Stephenson, and more to her network of just over 5,000 radio and live event DJs.Natasha is your go to source for information about the industry, and will take your music from local to international!
With over 20 years of experience in journalism, Neil Armstrong has worked as a reporter at Radio Jamaica Ltd. (RJR), a reporter, news director and program director at CHRY Radio at York University, an editor at the Jamaican Weekly Gleaner (North American edition), and currently freelances as a writer with the Weekly Gleaner and Pride News Magazine, an African Canadian online publication. He was a regular interviewer/reporter on the now defunct Caribbean Headline News, Rogers TV.
Born and raised in Linden, Guyana, Penny migrated to Canada 38 years ago. She has been working in the field of Criminal Justice for the past 27 years as a counsellor and facilitator. In as much as she appreciates her career in the Justice system, her real passion is with music and entertainment.
Penny is an accomplished Musician, she is the past owner and bass player for Canada’s first ever All Female Reggae Band , Event Planner, Producer & Entertainment Manager who has built a name for herself in the Caribbean Canadian Music Industry. She is the President & CEO of PenPro Entertainment, a full service management and production company striving to make a difference in the entertainment industry. Penny has over twenty years of experience working in all aspects of the entertainment industry, which includes being the Entertainment Director for Toronto’s Annual Jerk Festival for the past 16 years, and planning and producing the Annual Caribbean Music & Entertainment Awards now in its 6th year. Prior to devoting herself to her own business, she worked, planned, and consulted for over 10 major events & festivals in Ontario.
Ron Nelson is a Toronto-based DJ, broadcaster, music promoter, producer and educator best known for his role in popularizing both hip hop music and later dancehall and reggae music in Canada. He helped promote and develop early Canadian hip hop acts such as Maestro Fresh Wes, Michee Mee, Rumble & Strong and the Dream Warriors. Known as the “godfather of Toronto hip hop”, Nelson created Canada’s first hip hop radio shows, Fantastic Voyage, on CKLN-FM in 1983. The Saturday afternoon show, which ran until 1991, became popular among Toronto youth and was the first exposure many had to the genre and the one of the few broadcast outlets for hip hop in Canada during the 1980s. He moved to dancehall and reggae, deejaying around the city and promoting shows before returning to CKLN in 1993 to launch what became ReggaeMania, a Friday night radio show that continued on CKLN until the radio station went off the air in 2011, and was then revived on CHIN-FM where it aired on Saturday nights from 2012 until 2014. Nelson owns and operates Reggaemania.com, an online hub which offers 24 hour internet radio station called ReggaeMania Radio, podcasts, downloads as well as news and concert listings as well as a ReggaeMania app. Nelson attended what is now Ryerson University from 1983 to 1985 earning a degree in Radio and Television Arts. He has taught the course “Contemporary Black Urban Music” at York University since 2005.
Shana McCalla, is a Canadian multi-media, director, writer and producer. She is currently in development for multiple films, and digital properties. Her films are documentary driven, with social and humanitarian issues at the fore front. Shana has extensive experience in social media marketing, film financing and broadcast deliverables, working for multiple Toronto-based independent production companies and festivals. Shana’s production company Salemscript Productions Inc., writes, directs and produces long-form documentaries focusing on communities, social justice, human rights, trauma and healing. As well as, long-form fictional narratives and short films. Shana is a digital media producer, owning and operating an internet radio station Roots Reggae Hub. She is a marketing maven with over 100,000+ followers across social networks. Salemscript Productions Inc. areas of specialties are Television, Film and Digital New Media Production Services, with a focus on top quality International Treaty-Co Productions.
Teresa “Sweet T” Castellucci has over a decade of experience in terrestrial and onlineradio. She is the founder, producer and co-host of ItaLrOOtsRaDio which airs Tuesdays from 3-6pm EDT on Radio Regent. Her previous radio experience includes stints on CHIN International’s 100.7FM, CIUT 89.5 FM, CKLN 88.1FM and CHRY/VIBE105.5 FM where she interviewed new/upcoming and established artists. She co-hosted one of Europe’s largest Reggae festivals, RototomSunsplash and contributed to hosting duties at Montreal’s International Reggae Festival. In addition to broadcasting, her expertise in communications was built from the grass roots as a publicist and writer. Her commissioned and contributed articles have been published locally and internationally, including the Toronto Star. As a publicist, she has worked with GRAMMY Award winning band, Morgan Heritage; JUNO Award winner, Lenn Hammond; and JUNO Award nominee, Odel Johnson. Teresa has spearheaded numerous campaigns including the official Tribute to Lucky Dube with the South African Broadcasting Corporation; launching the solo career of GRAMMY Award winner and Soul Train Music Award Nominee, Gramps Morgan. She is a FACTOR approved juror; has served the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) as a JUNO Award Judge; and was also a Music Advisory Committee Member for the Reggae category for eight years. Sweet T remains committed to the promotion of Reggae music and its culture with a focus on Jamaica and its impact on the world.
Tasha T was the first reggae artiste to receive an invitation to perform at the “Union Summer Series.” She was also the very first woman to perform at the “Roy Thompson and Massey Hall” Summer Music Patio Series in Toronto, Canada. Not to mention her first time being asked to headline the “Jamaican Cultural Festival” in Vancouver. International Canadian music conductor, Boris Brott, invited Tasha T to be the first reggae artiste to narrate and perform alongside his orchestra at the “Brott Music Education Concert” (for children in Hamilton). Thanks to her sincerity, thought-provoking lyrics and a strong stage presence, no matter where she performs, she engages her audience with ease leaving one wanting more although she has been a Philanthropist for the past six years.
In 2015 and 2016, Tasha T spread her wings further afield, embarking on her own UK promo tour, with live performances and radio promotions in over 20 cities. This gained her a dramatic influx of new fans. Her ‘Hot Single’ “Spread Some Love,” produced on her own RasVibe Records Inc label in 2017, has been creating waves on popular mainstream radio stations in Canada, USA, Africa, England, and in the Caribbean. As a result, Tasha was invited to perform in the Spiritual Homeland of Ethiopia during October and November 2017, for her Spread Some Love Ethiopian Tour and The World Citizen Artists (WCA) and the Bob Marley Foundation, Ghandi Foundation, and Belgravia Gallery, selected Tasha T as the Award Recipient, for ‘Compete for Peace and Not War’ in February 2018, for her inspirational composition “Spread Some Love.”
Manager, promoter, producer and radio co-host, Wolde E Wedderburn, also known as uprising, migrated to Canada at age thirteen from Hanover, Jamaica. When he first came to Canada he attended York Humber High School then went on to study business at York University. Having over thirty seven years in the music entertainment and production management business, he desires to encourage young upcoming talents in the music industry and presents an annual talent award reggae showcase, giving unrecognized talent an opportunity to share their musical talents.