Board of Directors
Born and raised in Victoria BC, and now dividing his time between New York City and Vancouver Island, Nick Blasko is the co-founder and current managing director of Amelia Artists Inc. In addition to sharing management duties on principle clients Tegan and Sara and Buck 65 (Richard Terfry), both signed to Warner Brothers Records, Nick has spent the last decade plus, promoting concerts with his Vancouver Island-based firm, Atomique Productions Ltd. Recent large scale festival projects include Rifflandia Festival and Rock The Shores. Additions to the management roster include Vancouver’s Gold & Youth, who are signed to Arts & Crafts records. Nick was nominated in the 55th GRAMMY Awards for Best Long Form Music Video (Get Along – Tegan and Sara).
Alexandre Bonenfant is a Toronto-based Juno Award winning/Polaris nominated music producer/recording engineer, entrepreneur, recording studio owner/operator, artist manager, and label owner. He graduated from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology in 2004 and began his professional career as an assistant engineer at Cherry Beach Sound and the Orange Lounge. Having spent five years apprenticing and honing his craft he decided to go out on his own and partner in opening the Dream House Studio: a cultural hotbed in Toronto for emerging and developed talent since opening its doors in 2010. Having seen first hand the immense amount of talent the Canadian music industry had to offer, Alexandre felt compelled to start his own record label ‘Sleepless Records’ in 2012 and quickly began developing and managing various acts. To date Alexandre directly manages 3 musical acts (July Talk, Kandle, Programm) and oversees several others through his company Nightmare Mgmt. The exceptional results of his efforts are clearly displayed through the international success of the Juno Award winning band July Talk.
Jason Burns began his career based in Halifax, NS, 10 years ago as a touring drummer, session player, graphic designer, and promoter. He has a diploma in Business (NBCC) and Media Communications (Lawrence College). In 2007, Jason expanded his career by signing Hey Rosetta! as his first management client. It was during this period that Jason connected with his mentor Louis Thomas at Sonic Entertainment Group and established his management company Burnt Tree Entertainment. Jason now manages the careers of Hey Rosetta!, Rich Aucoin and Belle Game. In 2015, Jason Burns was awarded with Manager of the Year from the ECMAs and in 2011 and 2012 Jason won the award for Manager of the Year from Music Nova Scotia. Jason is a proud board member of Music Managers Forum Canada.
Susan de Cartier has been in artist management for over 20 years beginning her career working with Blue Rodeo and Crash Vegas in the 1980’s. In the mid-90’s she formed Starfish Entertainment and has been managing artists and developing talent ever since. Our roster includes Blue Rodeo, The Sadies, Oh Susanna, The Jim Cuddy Band, Skydiggers, Greg Keelor and The Swallows. In addition to managing artists, Starfish also runs The Woodshed Recording Studio, which has recorded Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, Feist, Neko Case, Kris Kristofferson, The Sadies, Bruce Cockburn and The Constantines, among others. Throughout its history, Starfish has been directly involved in the creation and release of more than 40 albums. Now representing some of the best bands Canada has to offer, Susan has also guided Blue Rodeo on to become one of the most successful bands in Canadian history, selling over four million albums worldwide to date.
Gourmet Delice the co-owner and co-founder of Bonsound (since 2004), a Montreal-based, management, booking and record company which represents the following artists: Malajube, Champion, Radio Radio, Groenland, Lisa LeBlanc, Dead Obies, Philippe B, Monogrenade, Les Breastfeeders, Safia Nolin and Yann Perreau. Bonsound also runs Bonsound Promo (PR firm) and Bonsound Concerts (concert promotion in Montreal).
Dan Fraser began his music industry career on the road at 17 years of age, consistently traveling over 250 days per year and moving up through the ranks in the touring world to tour manager, before co-founding the Nettwerk Music Group and becoming President of Nettwerk Management. As president, Fraser oversees all clients, artist managers, employees, financials, and contract negotiations. Further, Fraser manages all aspects of the touring careers of Juno and Grammy award-winning clients. He also contributes to the overall strategic development of the Nettwerk Music Group, along with the other three co-founders. In 1996, Fraser, along with Sarah McLachlan, Terry McBride, and Marty Diamond, co-founded the famed Lilith Fair tours, which ran from 1996-1999, and 2010. Fraser has guided the live carriers of many Nettwerk clients such as Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Dido, Avril, Coldplay, Stereophonics and many others. He currently manages / co manages Joshua Hyslop. Wanting and Juno nominated children’s act Bobs and Lolo. Fraser has sat on several boards such as the 2007 Memorial Cup and 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships held in British Columbia. He was an Executive Producer for the 2002 BC Cancer Benefit and the 2005 Tsunami Relief Benefit. Fraser served on the Ceremonies Production team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Currently, he sits on the board for the Unison Benevolent Fund.
Jake Gold is one of Canada’s most successful artist managers. In 1986, Gold started his Artist Management company, The Management Trust, through which he is best known for his role in establishing and transforming The Tragically Hip into a national icon. Gold currently directs the careers of Adam Cohen, Crash Karma, Scarlett Jane and music producers Bill Bell, Rusty Matyas, Moe Berg, Russell Broom, Marvin Dolgay and Laurence Currie. Gold has been recognized by the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards as Manager of the Year in 1991, 1993 and 1994. In 2009, Gold was elected to the board of CIMA (CIRPA) and recently has been elected again to Vice-Chairman for CIMA. Jake is also a board member for the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and is the 2013 MMF Honour Roll Award recipient for his lifetime work in the field of Artist Management. He also sits on the music advisory board of the OMDC.
Michael Gorman’s influence on the music industry has been felt since his early days, with no sign of letting up. As an intern at Chris Smith Management he gained valuable experience working with artists like Nelly Furtado and Fefe Dobson, and soon moved on to become General Manager of Last Gang Entertainment. During his four years at Last Gang, Michael was involved with launching the budding careers of Metric, Crystal Castles, Death From Above 1979 and Mother Mother towards international and mainstream success. In 2008, Michael brought this wealth of experience with him to Pandyamonium Management, where he joined industry veteran Sandy Pandya in managing the multifaceted careers of Serena Ryder and Jully Black. Michael has since grown to become a full partner in Pandyamonium Management, and his work ethic and experience have been crucial in growing the company to a staff of four and a roster of five. As Pandyamonium continues to expand its operation, they are priming a new group of rising stars to step into the spotlight, including singer/songwriter Alejandra Ribera, indie-rock band Dear Rouge, pop duo Madison Violet, and artist/producer AA Wallace. These exciting ventures, combined with Serena Ryder’s ever-growing rise to stardom, illustrate Michael’s ability to both develop bourgeoning careers and manage high profile clients. Michael’s keen ear and sense of imagery and style is the perfect combination to help artists grow and develop their careers, making sure that when they start turning heads and all eyes are on them, all has been considered to put the best foot forward.
Rob Lanni (with Eric Lawrence) co-founded Coalition Music in the early 1990s. A full-service management company with true artist development as the lynchpin to its endeavors, Coalition Music helps artists to build globally successful careers. The current client roster includes artists Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, USS, Tom Cochrane, The Tea Party, Scott Helman, among others. In 2010, Coalition Music purchased and renovated a 12,000 square foot building in mid-Toronto (a former convent) that houses their management and record label offices, rehearsal and production suites, showcase room, recording studios, education spaces, their not-for-profit arm (Canada’s Music Incubator Limited) and their charity arm (TEMPO). Lanni is a former member of the Board of Directors at FACTOR and currently sits on the CIMA and MMF Boards.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Graham Stairs got his start in the business with Intrepid Records where, as their A&R rep, he was responsible for such seminal Canadian artists as National Velvet, Martha and the Muffins and the Rheostatics. In addition, Stairs was behind the soundtrack album for the film “Highway 61″ and the Bruce Cockburn tribute album that gave Barenaked Ladies their first national hit with “Lovers In A Dangerous Time”. While he was at the label, he also set up Intrepid Management to manage National Velvet and Chalk Circle
For the past eight years, Meg Symsyk has been an integral part of SRO/ANTHEM, a full service management, label & publishing company. Based in Toronto, she oversees the marketing and media activities for RUSH globally, as well as management responsibilities for Brody Dalle and Kennedy Cult, which sees her frequently in London, NYC and Los Angeles. With over a decade of music industry experience, initially in radio promotion and then in marketing at Universal Music Canada, Meg has played key roles in numerous successful major artist campaigns such as Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Nelly Furtado, Gwen Stefani and Rufus Wainwright. She is known for her creativity, tenacious spirit and artist development and branding skills. Meg is currently serving as President of the MMF of which she’s been an elected member for the past four years and continues to serve as an executive on the Factor Board.
A creative international artist manager and producer based in Montreal, Ryhna Thompson has been based working in the music industry for the last 15 years. After a number of years active as a singer-composer-instrumentalist, Ryhna founded Envision Management & Production in 2002 – a company that works with boundary–breaking musical artists. Envision’s mission is to make artists’ visions become realities.
Operations, Events, and Sponsorship Manager
Jordan has been responsible for the overall management and operation of MMF Canada since September 2013. Along with day-to-day financial, fundraising and resource management, Jordan oversees all MMF events, marketing, communications and membership activities. Jordan is also the Event Coordinator for the Toronto Blues Society, and is an active musician in The Distillery and various other projects.