MUSIC PUBLISHERS CANADA

Women in the Studio National Accelerator: Meet our Alumni!

2021

Ava Kay
Toronto, ON

Ava Kay is a Canadian, singer-songwriter and composer whose accomplishments as a writer include gold records and domestic and international radio success. Her pop songwriting career has produced songs that have accumulated over 30 million streams and counting across streaming platforms. She has collaborated with Grammy award-winning producer Afrojack, “Britain’s Got Talent/Eurovision” finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy and multi-platinum artists Raghav, ATB and Tyler Shaw.

DJ Killa-Jewel 
Montreal, QC

A 25-year veteran of the underground hip hop scene and turntablist community, DJ Killa-Jewel has rocked the decks across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia at some of the most prestigious clubs, concerts and festivals. She has also scored for television and video games, in her most recent collaboration with Bioware on their acclaimed title Dragon Age, where she produced and remixed Inon Zur’s theme “I Am The One”, and composed the music for CBC television’s hit show for kids, “Surprise! It’s Edible, Incredible”.

Elisa Pangsaeng
Vancouver, BC

Elisa Pangsaeng is a producer, writer, mixer, recording and mastering engineer. She cut her teeth as a runner at Van Howes and Hipposonic studios before moving on to spend the better part of a decade as a senior engineer at Monarch Studios in Vancouver, BC. Elisa joined CPS Mastering in 2018 and has quickly gained momentum in the mastering world, while continuing to produce records freelance. Select credits include Lights, Yukon Blonde, Kinnie Starr, Said the Whale, GRAE, STACEY, and LOLO.

Lana Winterhalt
Winnipeg, MB

Lana Winterhalt is a singer-songwriter, producer and artist based in Winnipeg. She has released five projects in the past five years and her catalogue covers a wide range of genres including: acoustic ballads, neoclassical instrumentals, indie rock, electro pop, and new age. From heartbreak to pure bliss, and hushed ambience to exploding soundscapes, Lana Winterhalt’s artistry and production sink deep into your soul and intend to stay there.

Mour
Toronto, ON

Mour is a Toronto-based dark pop/hip-hop producer. Delving into music production six years ago, Mour started finding her dark pop sound and making her name known in the last year, with the guidance of respected community members such as Dan “5piece” Lombardi and Anthony “Cajflow” Johnson. In the last year, she’s released two self-produced albums, one with a feature from EverythingOShauN, and a single with local artist and hometown friend J-Will. .

OBUXUM
Toronto, ON 

OBUXUM is a Toronto based Somali-Canadian producer and beat maker, whose lush and characteristic sound celebrates story telling. She has made her presence known with notable festival performances at Wavelength Festival, Kazoo! Fest, Electric Eclectics, and Venus Fest. NOW Magazine included OBUXUM in their list of Toronto electronic musicians to watch in 2018.

Sadé Awele
Vancouver, BC

Sadé Awele is a Nigerian-born singer who is inspired by her Yoruba and Ibo heritage, which you experience in her music, one that ranges from Afrosoul to conscious alternative R&B, neo-soul and contemporary R&B. Her music is certainly in a category of its own.  Her most recent work includes a series of singles with accompanying music videos available on all music platforms, Youtube & IGTV. Her most anticipated EP project Time Love Journey, was released in the fall of 2020 and has gained over 200,000 streams since its release. .

Sarah MacDougall 
London, ON

Sarah MacDougall is a multiple award-winning artist, songwriter, composer and producer. Sarah recently signed with Canadian publisher Arts&Crafts as a songwriter and producer. With a background in audio engineering from Banff and Berklee College of Music, and a degree in music composition from Simon Fraser University, Sarah is a versatile talent in the studio. Sarah often collaborates with storyteller and writer Ivan Coyote and has co-written songs with Bill Lefler, Nygel Asselin, Rich Jaques, Stacey, Old Man Saxon, Marcus Paquin, Ben Kunder, Hill Kourkoutis, Matt Epp, Begonia, Thom D’Darcy, and more.

Sierra Noble
Winnipeg, MB

Sierra Noble is a well-known singer, songwriter, fiddle player, and producer from Winnipeg, Canada. Throughout their music career, Noble’s had the honour to work with and learn from some of the best producers and engineers in the industry including Russ Titelman, Rusty Matyas, Chad Carlson, and Brent Maher. Their original music has been featured in TV shows such as “One Tree Hill”, “Switched at Birth”, and “Parenthood”, and in films such as CBC’s Humboldt: The New Season40 Weeks The Movie, and Fostering Hope.

Steph Copeland
Toronto, ON

With beginnings as a singer-songwriter and electronic music producer, Steph Copeland’s foray into screen composing began in 2012 with the indie horror film Antisocial. She has since scored over 40 features, series and commercials (“Vicious Fun”, “The Oakroom”, CityTV’s “The Wedding Planners”, NBA Canada.)   In 2018, Copeland produced and conducted all-female orchestral ensembles in performances opening the SOCAN Awards and TIFF Gala. Keeping true to her songwriting roots, Steph continues to produce and release albums and songs which have seen placements in series such as Netflix’s “Tiny Pretty Things”, “L.A.’s Finest”, “UnREAL”, animated series “Mysticons” and more.

2020

Breagh Isabel
Halifax, NS

Breagh Isabel is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 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.

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 and with Cirque du Soleil, both individually and as 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 her teens and for the past decade has played in several bands, most notably: DIANA, Army Girls and Austra. 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”.

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), Russ (STATUS), and G-Eazy and Rick Ross. Teddi continues recording and writing in the music hubs of Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles. Recently, she scored her first feature film (Subjects of Desire)


2019

Denise De’ion
Toronto, ON

Denise De’ion is a producer, artist, and songwriter from Toronto. Her music is a mix of R&B/Soul, Pop, Caribbean, and hip hop but in actuality it’s a vibe all on its own.

Some of her most recent accomplishments include song placements on Netflix’s Ginny and Georgia, winning the Canadian Beatmakers League in 2020, IStandard beat battle at the 2019 Ascap Music Expo in LA, and being in the top four, chosen out of thousands of producer entries, in the Remy Martin Producer challenge in New York.

FJØRA
Toronto, ON

Called “a haunting artist to watch” by Rolling Stone, Alexandra Petkovski is an accomplished composer, producer, artist, and songwriter from Toronto, ON, Canada. After graduating from Queen’s University with her Bachelor of Music degree, she obtained her Master of Music in Composition from Belmont University.

While beginning her post-graduate studies at New York University (emphasis film scoring), Alex entered the world of music sync and solo artistry, deciding to pursue this work full-time. She has had works heard across multiple platforms such as Billboard, Playstation, Disney, Blumhouse Productions, Amazon Prime, Netflix, CBS, Freeform, and HBO. Alex has had songs released on major labels such as Enhanced Music, Trap Nation, Universal Music, Thrive, and has collaborated with a wide array of established artists and producers, like Hidden Citizens, Zayde Wolf and Tommee Profitt.

She was recently awarded Best Musician at the New York Independent Cinema Awards for her work on “What’s Up?” Most recently, Alex was selected for the Canadian Film Centre’s 2021 Composer in Residency, “The Slaight Family Music Lab”, chaired by Juno award-
winning songwriter Marc Jordan and internationally acclaimed composer Lesley Barber.

Lisa Patterson
Toronto, ON

An endorsee of YSL Pro Lisa is a producer-engineer, songwriter-musician, inclusion advocate and industry speaker. Specializing in acoustic genres, she’s produced albums, EPs & singles for contemporary roots/pop and culturally diverse artists including Haitian-Canadian Melissa Laveaux’s breakthrough debut album for No Format / Universal ‘Camphor and Copper’ and Indigenous artist Brenda MacIntyre’s #1 charting Reverb Nation album ‘Medicine Song’. Collaboration highlights include with award-winning producers Adam Messinger (Magic!, Iggy Azalea); Michael Lantz (Jazz Cartier, Charmaine); and Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Buffy Sainte- Marie, Bare Naked Ladies). Her original songs have garnered AAA Top Ten charting, Rough Trade distribution, sync placement in short films & documentaries and been performed on stages in Canada, Europe, India and Mexico. Lisa’s trademark is creating a studio environment for gender diverse and IBPOC to create fearlessly (Alysha Brilla, Lido Pimienta, Calypso Rose) and unique youth artist development mentorships (Warner Records’ Alex Frew). Inclusion advocacy successes: first CMW gender parity producer panel 2018; S.A.C. inaugural gender inclusive National Pro Song Camp 2021; H.E.R. studio series for women & non-binary producers; producer panel for International Babes of Glory / Six Shooter Records 2017.

Myya Lal
Toronto, ON

MYYA is a DJ, producer, and singer-songwriter born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada). Growing up she showed a huge interest in music. She took up guitar at the age of 7 and started writing songs at a young age.

She is now known in Toronto for competing in “Battle of the Beat Makers” 2017 and 2018 which is a world beat battle held to showcase talent around the world. She was also enrolled in a program called “The Remix Project” as a round 14.0 participant in Toronto which has launched stars such as Drake, Jessie Reyez, Boi 1da, and Wondagurl among others. She has landed sync placements with brands such as “Samsung” and “Adidas”.

Sun Sun
Toronto/Caledon, ON

Francesca Nocera, aka Sun Sun, is a Toronto/Caledon based DJ, producer, member of rap-electro, dub hop group Above Top Secret and Witch Prophet, as well as the Co-Founder of Toronto based collective 88 Days Of Fortune/Heart Lake Records.   Her band has opened for and shared the stage with amazing acts like Shabazz Palaces, A Tribe Called Red, Lido Pimienta, JPEG MAFIA and many more. She has performed at festivals and events such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Soul Of Brooklyn, NXNE, Canadian Music Week (CMW), Manifesto, Wavelength, Music Gallery, Venus Fest, and Pride Toronto.