Women In The Studio Accelerator 2020: Meet The Producers

Breagh Isabel (Halifax, NS)

Breagh Isabel is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After 5 years touring across Canada and Europe as one-third of the award-winning East Coast Canadian trio, Port Cities, Breagh took on a mentorship in music production in Nashville, TN, with producer Paige Blue of Downtown Music Publishing. Breagh’s first co-production, “Missing Me” by Jocelyn Alice and Mathew V, was released in March 2020 on 604 Records. Breagh is a jazz-trained pianist and versatile writer, who has had guest appearances and cuts with artists including BANNERS, Donovan Woods, Ria Mae, and Classified.

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Camille Poliquin (Montreal, QC)

Under the alias KROY, Camille Poliquin has made a name for herself on the North American music scene, owing to her crystal-clear voice and her mysterious, electro-pop compositions. In 2016, she released SCAVENGER, a solo debut which has generated over 2 million streams. She’s also gained recognition for her work as a score composer, having worked on feature films, series and with Cirque du Soleil. Also part of electro-pop duo Milk & Bone.

Carmen Elle (Toronto, ON)

Carmen Elle is a musician/songwriter from Toronto. They began writing music, playing shows and recording albums in their teens and for the past decade has played in several bands, most notably: DIANA, Army Girls and Austra. Carmen has performed at SXSW, Iceland Airwaves and The Great Escape in the UK. Carmen now owns a studio in Toronto where they produce music for sync and provides affordable space for queer and non binary artists.

iaamSaam (Mississauga, ON)

iaamSaam is a multidisciplinary musician, singer-songwriter and producer. Her debut EP ‘PsychEval’(2017) landed her a spot on Red Bull Music Academy’s 2017 Bass Camp roster and led to the wave of collaborations and placements that followed. With her debut album scheduled to release in 2021, iaamSaam is looking to cement her place as a multifaceted creator and provide an oasis for people who walk through the world in shoes similar to her own.

Isabelle Banos (Montreal, QC)

Isabelle Banos is a Montreal-based musician, songwriter, producer and a founding member of Caveboy. She produces music in many genres, but most enjoys working on genre bending music that blends her influences from previous decades. Her music has appeared in tv shows and movies, most notably Caveboy’s “Color War” in “Orange is the New Black”. Most recently, she produced the theme and underscore for Season 2 of CBC Podcast “Mic Drop”. She is a regular volunteer for Rock Camp Montreal.

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Melody McKiver (Sioux Lookout, ON)

An Anishinaabe violist and composer, Melody McKiver is “changing the way we think about the viola” (CBC). Praised for their “unique and captivating world of sound” (Exclaim!), Melody is a compelling solo performer based in Sioux Lookout (Northwestern Ontario) within their homelands of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation. Their work integrates electronics with Western classical music to shape a new genre of Anishinaabe compositions. Their debut EP “Reckoning” was nominated for an Indigenous Music Award.

Reeny Smith (North Preston, NS)

Since releasing her first in EP in 2015, “I Am Reeny,” Reeny Smith’s powerful voice and vibrant, emotional rollercoaster of a stage show have solidified her as one of the most enthralling artists in Canada. Signing with Cymba Music Publishing in 2016, she released her breakout single, “Good Girl Swag”, a song with an unrelenting positivity in an increasingly harsh
world. Smith went on to win Music Nova Scotia’s African Canadian Artist of the Year award in 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as Best RnB Artist award in The Coast’s Best of Halifax awards in 2017 and 2018.

Teddi Jones (Vancouver, BC)

Born and raised in Vancouver B.C., Teddi Jones started taking interest in music at an early age. She is a songwriter and producer, writing some of her first songs as a young teenager. Some of her most notable work includes credits with artists including, Summer Walker (Over It), Buddy (She Think), $not (Fall In Love), and unreleased G-Eazy and Rick Ross. Teddi continues recording and writing in the music hubs of Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles.