The Canadian Songwriter Challenge presented by Bell Media and the CCMIA
Wednesday May 27 - Friday, May 29 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Collège Boréal
Mentors: Kat Burns (KASHKA), Spencer Burton (Attack in BlackGrey Kingdom)
Panelists:  Benjamin Chan (Last Gang Entertainment), Julia Train (Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada)

This three-day intensive songwriting workshop presents Northern Ontario songwriters with the opportunity to receive valuable guidance by industry professionals on their own material, and as they collaborate with other songwriters to create, workshop and record a new song. Whether you are a developing songwriter or you have been writing for years, this workshop will give you the chance to network with, and learn from, industry leaders, and improve your skills. Learn how to craft your songs and get in-depth advice on song structure, lyrics, recording and more. The workshop is free but only ten spots are available, so apply soon to be considered! Participants will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals.

To apply, send a link to one of your tracks, and a short bio to Jen at The deadline to apply is May 21.


The Motion in the Music
Thursday May 28 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Anywhere Creator Space, 185 Lorne Street
FacilitatorsHeather K. Dahlstrom & Pierre Bonhomme (MFM) 
Mentors: Jason & Brett Butler (Filmmakers, Substance Productions), Mat Seguin (Cinematographer – MotionArc Studios); Dave Clement (Cinematographer & Canadore Digital Filmmaking coordinator); Piotr Skowronski (Cinematographer - Imaginarium Studio

Two creative disciplines come together in this hands-on seminar where Music and Film are truly in Motion.  Film directors and musicians will delve into the complex process of putting together a music video production over a few hours, and during the partnered cinematography workshop we will shoot a full music video for a NOMFA nominated musician. From budget, to locations, to art direction, to casting, all practical considerations must come into play and be checked against the script.  Musicians will get a taste of the complexities and challenges of the production side while directors will explore ways to best translate and interpret an artist's intention. To register for this workshop, or for further information, click here.


Bands & Brands: Building Smart Partnerships
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Days Inn, Lorne Street Room
Moderator: Yves Doyon (Doyon + Dupuis, En Bref)
Panelists: Rick Fenton (MusicOntario), Gregory Hegger (Virgin Mobile), Courtney Parkes (Audio Blood)

While getting brand sponsorships used to be considered “selling out”, they have now become a viable revenue stream for independent artists. They can give you extra exposure, but choosing a brand with the right fit is important in maintaining authenticity with your fan base. Learn how to form brand relationships that enhance your art, not just your bank balance.


Take Your Career Into Your Own Hands
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Days Inn, Elm Street Room
Moderator: Jude Klassen (Filmmaker/Journalist)
Panelists: Leah Jaunzems (Darius Films), Melissa A. Smith (MAS Casting), Mark Montefiore (New Metric Media), Michael Dagostino (Actor)

With Northern Ontario becoming a booming production hub, many local artists are trying to catch their big break on one of the many upcoming productions. Whether you are an aspiring actor, writer, director or crew member, this panel will show you ways to take control of your career and make new opportunities happen.   From creating your own projects, to finding collaborators and resources, the information presented here will give you the tools needed to jumpstart your career.

       Take Your Career Into Your Own Hands Panelists at NOMFA 2015  (Sudbury, 2015).  Photo courtesy of HKD.


The Kitchen Sync: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Your Music into Film/TV
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Days Inn, Lorne Street Room
Moderator: Julia Train (Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada)
Panelists: Benjamin Chan (Last Gang Entertainment), Rick Fenton (MusicOntario), Mikaila Simmons (Instinct Entertainment)

Independent film production is at an all-time high in Canada and, in case you haven’t noticed, we’re seeing a lot of it up here in Northern Ontario. With shrinking budgets for these projects, producers are now scouting for great affordable indie music to license. This session will reveal what producers and music supervisors are looking for when seeking music for their films, as well as some do’s and don’ts for getting their attention and increasing the likelihood of a placement.


The Northern Ontario Film Forum
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Days Inn, Elm Street Room
Moderators: Heather K. Dahlstrom & Pierre Bonhomme (MFM)
Guest Presenters: Economic development officers from various cities and towns in Northern Ontario and regional stakeholders from the area.

A roundtable discussion of Northern Ontario’s film industry: Its challenges, changes, and potential for growth. Starting with an update on the film related activities in the region, followed by stakeholder updates, and a round table discussion with Northern Ontario filmmakers and stakeholders.


The Northern Ontario Music Forum
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Days Inn, Lorne Street Room
Moderators: Erin Benjamin (Music Canada Live), Michelle Holtzkener (OMF – Live Music Stream)

Northern communities face unique challenges in developing the infrastructure necessary to support our growing music industry. It is by making connections, and sharing information and resources, that we can overcome these barriers and allow it to flourish. In this town hall-style meeting, we invite members of the Northern Ontario music community to come together and talk about ways we can stimulate progress and help create an environment we are proud to work in. Venue owners, promoters, music industry entrepreneurs, technicians and artists of all genres are encouraged to attend!


The Digital Self: Managing Your Online Presence
Saturday May 30, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Days Inn, Lorne Street Room
Moderator: Jen McKerral (MFM)
Panelists: Tej Sandhu (The Fanatic Inc.), Courtney Parkes (Audio Blood), Sarah Rix (Ontario Live Music Portal)

An engaging online presence has become an essential component of any independent artist’s marketing strategy but with so many different social media, streaming and retail sites, how do you choose which is right for you? Get tips from our expert panel on developing a useful website, establishing your online persona, growing your audience and turning your fans into paying customers.


If You’re the Medium, What’s Your Message?
Saturday May 30, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Days Inn, Worthington North
Moderator: Jude Klassen (Filmmaker/Journalist)
Panelists: Jason & Brett Butler (Filmmakers, Substance Productions), Mike Large (Copperworks Consulting), Naz Goshtasbpour (Production Designer)

A brand is anything – a symbol, design, name, sound, reputation, emotion, tone – that separates one thing, from another.  In the highly competitive entertainment world, how do you become the total package that stand above the rest.  This panel will show how to set up your business, create a wonderful pitch and guide you through the world of networking.

        'If You're the Medium, What's Your Message?' Panelists at NOMFA 2015  (Sudbury, 2015).  Photo courtesy of HKD. 


New Media Opportunities: Transmedia and Interactivity 
Saturday May 30, 2015 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Days Inn, Worthington North
Moderator: Erica Robinson (Writer/Director)
Panelists: Brendan Lehman (Anywhere Creator Space, Game/App developer), Michelle McIver (Independent Producer), Gerry Flahive (Modern Story)

More and more funding in Canada is being invested in transmedia and interactive projects. New forms of digital storytelling are rapidly emerging and are becoming increasingly used to support films and TV shows and as stand-alone storytelling mediums. Creatives are using additional platforms such as apps, video games, digital books, viral content and special events to spread their messages and attract audiences, and are developing new creative forms for new media. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges of working with transmedia and interactive forms. Erica Robison will moderate, and visually map the relationships between different forms of transmedia and interactive media.

       New Media Opportunities Panelists at NOMFA 2015  (Sudbury, 2015).  Photo courtesy of HKD. 


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