It’s come to my attention that in all my excitement in writing about music… I haven’t really had the chance to let you get to know me. Why on earth you should listen to me and my opinions (especially on something as personal as music) when you don’t even know anything about me! So please, allow me take care of that for you… 😊
My passion for music has driven me to chase a career behind the scenes in the industry, but I didn’t always know this is what I’ve wanted to do, and this is my 2nd career.
I graduated from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB with a BA; major in Political Science, minors in History and Human Rights. I worked on a political campaign right after graduating and quickly realized politics was NOT my jam. Travel was way more my jam. So I got my act together and signed a contract to teach English in South Korea for a year.
One year quickly turned into 3! I had a tonne of fun living in Seoul, learning a lot about myself and the world outside the Canadian bubble. I was involved in the expat improv/theatre scene, and even directed a couple of plays. However, my feet were getting itchy after 3 years there, so I packed up to move to Vietnam to teach.
I had never been nor did I know anyone there, but I’d been wanting to go and read enough good things about teaching there on the internet – so I did it (these days my decision making process is slightly more thought out).
Hanoi was a magical place and I am eager to visit again. Teaching English was SUCH a fun job – playing games and chatting with cute, sweet and some majorly intelligent kiddos is pretty rewarding. There was also a great electronic music scene, and I hadn’t appreciated electronic music until this time of my life.
I was constantly meeting new people, some were great, some were not – but when you live abroad for 5 years you go through quite a few life cycles of friend groups – everything is so transitory and semi permanent. So naturally, I up and left to New Zealand for a little while.
My time in NZ lead me to the realization that I am in my element when I am surrounded by music. My all time favourite band, Fat Freddy’s Drop, were playing at a festival that I had no chance of being able to afford. So, I signed up to volunteer! I was lucky enough to be stationed in the fest HQ, filling in for different jobs as needed and I. LOVED. IT. It was definitely a game changer for me. I had no idea how to build my life around music, but I knew it was where I was meant to me.
I returned home to Hamilton, ON on my 29th birthday and I was determined to find my place in the realm of music and events. This was such a challenging period. I hadn’t really lived in Hamilton for 10 years so although I was grateful to have the support of family nearby and old friends, I didn’t really have any contacts or much of a place to start career wise. I had odd/awful jobs doing cleaning, customer service, beer store samples, casual serving and bartending, – it was ROUGH and I was getting very discouraged. Eventually, I got “lucky” and picked up a steady/secure, decent pay admin job at a l toxic AF office. This experience was
awful gave me the motivation I needed to make the damn thing happen.
In 2019 I enrolled at Humber for their Music Business Graduate certificate, a program that runs intensively during the summer months, and then has an internship portion during the winter months. I loved being in a class where we constantly talked about all things music related. We regularly had professionals from the industry come in and talk to us in depth about their roles and the way the work.
I had the pleasure of meeting publicist Jane Harbury, a fountain of wisdom and stories, who invited me to intern with her in the fall/winter, and I continued working with her once the internship period had ended.
I also found a really exciting job assisting renown musicians Larnell Lewis and Joy Lapps Lewis with behind the scenes things: booking and advancing shows, royalty admin, event planning/support, regular communication with industry professionals and fans around the world, and contributing to strategy sessions to develop and actualize goals.
And that leads me to a couple of weeks ago, when the world stopped and I had to figure out how to make the most of this time…. that is how this blog was born!
Thanks for reading, here’s the short version:
- Currently represent/assist musicians (Larnell Lewis & Joy Lapps-Lewis) with administration, strategizing, and bookings; pre-covid I was doing PR with Jane Harbury, and working FOH supervisor at The Westdale Theatre
- Graduate Certificate in Music Business – Humber College
- BA, Major Political Science; Minors History, Human Rights- St. Thomas University
- Musical favs: Fat Freddy’s Drop, Bonobo, Maribou State, Fiona Apple, Joel Plaskett, Jenn Grant, Four Tet, Yasin Bey/Mos Def, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, BADBADNOTGOOD, Against All Logic/Nicolas Jaar, Caribou, Gorillaz, Anderson .Paak, Elliott Brood, Khruangbin, Tirzah, Kaytranada, LCD Soundsystem, Quantic, Nightmares on Wax, White Stripes, Nelly Furtado
- I’ve lived in 4 countries (🇦🇺🇰🇷🇻🇳 🇳🇿) outside of Canada and have spent time in nearly 15, and have friends from every continent
- I have volunteered at fun festivals like Mariposa, Electric Eclectics, Rhythm & Alps (NZ), Tuki (NZ), and WOMAD (NZ)