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IMSTA FESTA | September 6, 2014

RTA School of Media at Ryerson University 

On Saturday September 6th, 2014 the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA); the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University; and the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) will partner to host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of
music technology.

IMSTA FESTA is known for bringing heavyweight music industry professionals under one roof for this limited engagement. Our panels bring together an array of industry experts to discuss the state of the music business, technology and much more.

IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.

Event Highlights:

  • Network with Toronto’s “heavy hitters” in the music community.
  • Obtain hands-on experience with the latest music production tools in the market.
  • Learn tips & tricks from knowledgeable product specialists.
  • Gain unique insight into the music industry by attending highly educational panels.
  • Win prizes from top audio technology companies.
  • Receive a gift just for visiting our exhibiting companies.





Applied Acoustics Systems

Applied Acoustics Systems was founded in 1998 and is based in Montreal, Canada. It is a privately-held company, specializing in innovative audio products for Mac and PC computers. Applied Acoustics Systems flagship product, the Tassman, a software-synthesizer program for amateur and professional musicians, as well as audio post-producers, is distributed worldwide through retail, direct and Internet sales.


Ableton is a Berlin-based music software company founded in 1999 that produces and distributes software for creating, producing, and performing music. The company principals started Ableton in order to realize their personal quest for a computer-based music-making solution. Some Ableton products include Ableton Live, The Bridge, Electric, Tension, Collision, and Session Drums.

Its revolutionary product, Live, has introduced a new approach to making music with computers both on the stage and in the studio. Live has received outstanding feedback from the international press and artists. There are now several hundred thousand Live users worldwide, and the number is growing fast.

ADAM Audio

ADAM Audio was founded in March 1999 in Berlin by the physicist Klaus Heinz along with electrical engineer Roland Stenz. Since then the company has been developing, manufacturing and distributing loudspeakers in the field of Professional Audio.


Founded in Grenoble (France) in 1999, ARTURIA specializes in the development of music software and hardware for both the professional and amateur musician. Focusing on innovation, the company strives to integrate the latest advances in computer music research and technology into their products. This involves working closely with partner research institutions, such as IRCAM France, in the development of leading edge musical instruments and software, the results of which have gone on to been used in the making of numerous hit records and Hollywood sound tracks.

Audio Technica

Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for live sound tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, house-of-worship venues, and more. A-T microphones are chosen for critical government installations such as the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Audio-Technica microphones and wireless systems are also selected for major broadcast music events, including the GRAMMY® Awards and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. 


Avid will be showcasing Pro Tools® 11 software at IMSTA FESTA. Compose, record, edit, and mix high-quality music or sound for picture—on a Mac or PC—using Pro Tools. Design the perfect setup for your needs with a wide array of Pro Tools solutions—from hardware interfaces and consoles to software, plug-ins, and more. Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers one of the industry's most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.


Behringer is an audio equipment company founded by Uli Behringer in 1989, in Willich, Germany. Behringer was listed as the 14th largest manufacturer of music products in 2007. Behringer is a multi-national group of companies, with direct marketing presence in 10 countries or territories and a sales network in over 130 countries around the world. Though originally a German manufacturer, the company now makes its products in China. 

Bitwig Studio

Bitwig Studio is a dynamic software solution for music creation and performance to realize all of your musical ideas in every stage of production.

From sound design to music creation, discover the new standard in customized workflow. Bitwig Studio inspires you to take greater control of your productions, giving you access to every aspect of your workflow as needed. Streamline your creative process and quickly take your music from ideas to complete songs, tracks and compositions. With Bitwig Studio, you’re in command of a workflow that works best for you.

Black Lion Audio

Chicago has a rich cultural heritage based on a strong work ethic and a no-nonsense approach towards life. We at Black Lion Audio feel that this is reflected in our dedication and approach to sound quality. We work extremely hard on every aspect of our designs, modifications, and customer service, and make every effort to be efficient and timely in doing so.

We started Black Lion Audio to help people involved in audio reproduction and reinforcement upgrade the sound quality of their equipment without spending a lot of money. Our focus began primarily with modifications, then broadened to include our own boutique equipment designed and built right here in Chicago. It is our vision to create an excellent product (both in design and performance) and deliver it to you at an exceptional price.

Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat Audio develops audio software for musicians and audio professionals. We create real time audio processing plugins for the PC and Mac platforms, in VST, Audio Unit, RTAS, AAX and DirectX formats: you can find on this websiteprofessional audio effects and innovative audio analysis tools to transform your Digital Audio Workstation into a professional audio processing environment.

Blue Microphones

Blue Microphones was founded in 1995 with the belief that technical innovation and cutting-edge design can combine to create a family of audio tools that not only look inspiring, but sound like nothing else on the planet. Building on years of repairing and improving classic Golden Age microphones, and recognizing advances in digital processing (extended frequency response, dynamic range, and project recording capability,) Blue fundamentally changed the way microphones are imagined, creating a line of mics with custom-designed sonic signatures that make each Blue microphone truly unique and perfectly situated to take advantage of today's increased digital bandwidths.

Cakewalk is the leading developer of powerful and thoughtfully designed products for the modern musician. These products include award-winning digital audio workstations and innovative virtual instruments.

Cakewalk product lines include Sonar X2, Dimension (Pro & LE), Rapture, and Music Creator 6 Touch. Millions of musicians worldwide—including Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers, and engineers—use Cakewalk products daily to produce audio for professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries.


Celemony Software GmbH is a German music software company that specializes in digital audio pitch correction software. It produces Melodyne, a unique audio editor with advanced pitch and time editing tools that has become the industry standard.

Melodyne has been adopted by a large number of music, game, and film professionals worldwide to create, edit and manipulate vocals and instruments in audio files signals, or generate MIDI data from audio files. Melodyne DNA, or Direct Note Access, allows for independent manipulation of individual notes within chords and polyphonic recordings.

D16 Group

D16 Group Audio Software officially launched in 2006 with the aim of producing virtual instruments and effects for producers and musicians who required top quality and inspiration in their music. Today, D16 Group Audio Software have become a premium audio plug-ins vendor. Continuously high level of quality and will of improvement allow us to deliver virtual instruments that sets the new standard of sound perfection and effects that brings creativity for the next level. Solid trust from audio community and respect for products fruitful in many rewards make the D16 Group Audio Software company of choice for many musicians around the globe.


At FabFilter, we make the best possible tools for music production and audio processing. To achieve this, we continually rethink and challenge industry standards: we've never been afraid of reinventing the wheel. Considering every little detail, we tune our algorithms and interfaces until they sound perfect, look amazing and feel great to work with.


Focusrite continues to innovate and build on its world-class reputation in both analogue and digital environments, combining the company’s enviable heritage with the latest technology to create music recording tools of the highest quality, from the ISA Series to the very latest DSP-powered computer audio interfaces, award-winning preamps and digital conversion systems that are second to none.

Focusrite. Sound is everything.


Hammond Organ Company has always built their organs to last, and very many of the original models are still in service. Time marches on, however, and the old soldiers are now starting to show their age. The vintage Hammonds were intricate mechanical wonders, full of thousands of moving pieces; which have become more and more expensive and difficult to maintain, repair, or replace.

The Modern Hammond Organ Company is privy to the secrets that made those classic organs play and sound that way. Our engineers have captured modern technology to express a 77 year old tone, allowing the organist to have the same experience that vintage Hammonds offer. 

 Heil Sound

Heil Sound Ltd., is a modern microphone company founded by Bob Heil, and is comprised of people passionate about producing superior microphones and related products. All Heil microphones are assembled and quality tested at the company’s USA headquarters in Fairview Heights, IL. The mission carried out by the people working at Heil Sound is, “We respect all artists and sound professionals, listen to them, and make products that let them do their best”. At Heil Sound, it all starts at the mic…but respect is earned through every microphone coming off the Heil Sound production line.

IK Multimedia
IK Multimedia Production is an international music software company which develops music software designed to take advantage of personal computer performance and revolutionize the way people compose and play music. IK’s product line includes the AmpliTube family, the ARC System, Miroslav Philharmonik, SampleTank, Sonik Synth, and T-RackS.

Its unique approach to innovative music software has allowed the development of one of the widest and fastest growing range on the market: from DJ and re-mixing to loop and sound collections & high-quality effects processors for the studio to cutting-edge software musical instruments for keyboard players and guitarists.

Image Line

Image-Line is a Belgium based company that produces innovative and leading music applications for computer-based music producers, musicians and sound-designers. Their flagship product, FL Studio (formerly FruityLoops), is downloaded over 30,000 times every day making it one of the world's most popular Digital Audio Workstation applications. Image Line products include: FL Studio, FL Studio Mobile (Android & iOS), FL Studio Groove (Windows 8), Deckadance, and EZGenerator. Their VST Plugins include: Autogun, Deckadance, DirectWave, Drumaxx, Edison, Groove Machine, Gross Beat, Hardcore, Harmless, Maximus, Harmor, Morphine, Newtone, Ogun, Pitcher, Poizone, Sakura, Sawer, Toxic Biohazard, Vocodex, and Wasp.

KRK Speakers

 At KRK we take design and performance very seriously. If it's not right...it won't go to market...period! That is the kind dedication we pour into every product. And we do that because we know our customers have come to trust us for that. We know they are dedicated to their music and the products they use deserve the same design dedication. This "design first" mentality is what the company was founded on and has helped KRK become an industry leader in this highly specialized market.

Manley Labs

The MANLEY brand has been around since the late 1980's. Manley's first commercially available products were upper echelon high-fidelity vacuum tube amplifiers and preamplifiers constructed at the old Vacuum Tube Logic of America factory.

McDSP is an innovative Silicon Valley audio software company founded in 1998 by Colin McDowell. Beginning with the release of pioneering equalizer plug-in FilterBank for the Pro Tools digital audio workstation, McDSP has continued producing industry acclaimed and award-winning software titles for the pro audio market.

Such products include the 6030 Ultimate Compressor, Analog Channel, DE555 De-esser, and Synthesizer One. McDSP also licenses audio algorithm IP for use in many other fields including gaming audio and iPhone application development.


At MeldaProduction, we make the most advanced tools for music production and audio processing. We get inspired by the whole range of tools from the ancient analog gear to the newest digital creations, but we always push forward. 
We've always felt the audio industry is extremely conservative, still relying on the prehistoric equipment making the job unnecessarily slow and complicated. That's why we invent new technologies, which make audio processing easier, faster, better sounding and more creative.

Anyone can build a computer, but not everyone can build a computer with the needs Musicians' in mind. The reason MusicXPC was developed was because we understand musicians, engineers and producers. The MusicXPC brand has made a name for itself in the industry for having products that are dependable yet cost effective. To sum it up, MusicXPC builds high performance systems' for professional music production. We do constant research and development to ensure that every MusicXPC built not only meets industry standard, but in most cases exceeds it. Our staff is dedicated to providing the upmost in customer service and providing quick turnaround if any issue should arise with the use of your computer also every purchase is backed by a 1yr warranty.


Native Instruments
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and performance. Native Instruments products combine outstanding sound quality with far-reaching sonic possibilities, aesthetic interface design with high usability, and comprehensive functionality with an uncompromising attention to detail.

Today, Native Instruments offers an extensive hardware and software product line that covers the whole field of digital music creation, including REAKTOR, MASSIVE, KONTAKT, BATTERY, and MASCHINE. Native Instruments is also spearheading the digital DJ revolution with its TRAKTOR product range. Native Instruments sees itself as a part of a vibrant international music scene, and is in constant communication with artists whose feedback is integrated into the conception and continuous improvement of the products.


With the increasing importance of software in the synthesiser field, Novation expanded its range of keyboard controllers and other innovative control surfaces for musicians and producer/performers, fully integrated with powerful software to form the perfect range of gear to play, create and perform music.

Novation gear is designed by musicians and producers who use the gear they design every day. That’s why bedroom producers and A-list artists alike use our kit: it’s been designed by and for musicians. And we’re always looking for fresh ideas – so if you have something in mind, get in touch.

From studio to stage, Novation frees you to make your music, your way – like never before.



NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music and audio production.


Pianoteq is a software keyboard instrument family from Modartt that uses virtual modeling techniques to emulate the piano, harpsichord, electric piano and vibraphone. It runs in either stand alone mode or as a VSTi musical instrument, is MIDI controlled, and runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms.

Modartt describes Pianoteq as being a "fourth-generation" piano (first generation being acoustic pianos, second generation electric pianos, and third generation being sample-based software pianos) In this fourth-generation piano instrument, the sound is created from scratch using mathematical algorithms to generate electric piano and acoustic piano sounds. To allow complete artistic control, there are several optional sampled acoustic noises added (such as pedal thump, key release, and hammer thumps).

Throughout the years, PreSonus has developed innovative professional and affordable tools to the music creation industry with the purpose of enhancing the music creation and production process. The signature product developed by Presonus is Studio One, which is an integrated approach to recording music, from tracking to mixing to mastering and distribution. It’s a creative environment built for intuitive use, speed, and efficiency–and yet it’s robust enough for the most complex productions.

The following are other award-winning product innovations by Presonus: DigiMax (2000) – The first 8-channel microphone preamplifier with ADAT output.; FireStation (2002) – One of the first FireWire multi-channel computer recording systems; Central Station (2004) – First monitor controller with talkback; FirePod (2004) – First FireWire recording system with 8 microphone preamplifiers; INSPIRE 1394 (2005) – First daisy-chainable, compact FireWire recording system; FireStudio (2006) – First FireWire recording system with integrated remote control for surround and stereo capable speaker switching and communications.


Formed in 1994, Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Renowned for its musician-centric approach, Propellerhead has created some of the world's most innovative music software applications, interfaces and technology standards.

Musicians, producers and the media have praised Reason, ReCycle and ReBirth applications for being inspiring, great sounding and of superior quality. Technologies such as ReWire and the REX file format are de-facto industry standards, implemented in all major music software.

Today, Propellerhead’s products are used all over the world by hundreds of thousands of professionals and enthusiasts for all kinds of music making.


Rob Papen

Rob Papen virtual synthesizers define the cutting edge of contemporary music production: powerful instruments and plug-ins that bring together innovative design, uncompromising sound quality, and musical, production-grade presets to make your tracks shine.

Try out one of our demos today and discover why owners call their Rob Papen
synthesizers and plug-ins "Inspiration Soundware".


Royer Labs was formed in 1998 to bring David Royer's unique, modern ribbon microphone designs to the world. When we first opened our doors, ribbon mics had been largely forgotten, but the R-121 and SF-12 quickly captured the imagination of recording enthusiasts around the world. This new generation of ribbon microphones proved to be a perfect match to the rise in popularity of digital recording, as engineers rediscovered the warmth, analog feel and smooth sound of ribbons. Today, Royers are found in studios and on live stages around the world.
Serato creates world leading audio software for professional DJs and musicians. Serato is based in New Zealand and has partnerships with many highly regarded hardware, software, and record industry companies worldwide.
For over 30 years Solid State Logic has been at the leading edge of pro audio technology development. Devotion to excellence, technological innovation and a deep understanding of the needs of users has enabled SSL to design and manufacture a wealth of ground breaking products that enable engineers and producers to work faster and sound better. The legacy continues with a current product portfolio that offers benchmark audio quality and streamlined workflow solutions for everyone from the project studio producer to large scale commercial recording facilities. www.solidstatelogic.com
Smithson Martin

SmithsonMartin is the world’s leader in multi-touch control applications for music, recording, professional lighting and performance art.

As a software and hardware development company, we focus on creating products for the future of DJing. Our flagship software Emulator PRO is the futuristic way of DJing. Emulator software provides the platform for most popular DJ software programs (Traktor, Ableton, Virtual DJ, and more) to be used on multi-touch devices.

Even cooler than that is DJing on a transparent multi-touch surface, which allows the crowd to see exactly what the DJ is doing.


Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, music, DVD, and audio production.

Sound Forge, ACID, and Vegas software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts.

© 2003-2014 Sony Creative Software Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Sugar Bytes
Sugar Bytes was founded to produce and provide better tools for everyone in music. As a result they develop audio software that is easier to use and cheaper to get than everything that's out there. Their products can perform more with fewer buttons and have more features with fewer instructions.
Sugar Bytes Tools save you time and money while they provide you with more creative freedom. Their products both sound good and look good. They are also more fun and less expensive.
Two Notes

The emergence of computer recording solutions those last few years has largely encouraged musicians to explore the sound recording process, which was till then a sound-engineer-only thing.
The Orosys company and its brand, Two Notes Audio Engineering were born from the idea that one could propose to guitarists and bassists products that were originally reserved for studio and live sound professionals.

Guillaume Pille, OROSYS President, is both an electronics researcher and a music lover. Guitarist, composer, signal processing expert, he first works in the field of telecommunications to finally combine his passion for electronics and music.
After 4 years research, Guillaume PILLE and his team, including Ivan Cohen and Bruno Ferren, both engineers and musicians, release the Torpedo VB-101, early 2009. This first product, unique in the world, is made to record guitar/bass amps silently with studio quality.

Universal Audio

Founded in 1958 by M.T. "Bill" Putnam Sr., the Universal Audio name and company have been synonymous with innovative recording products for more than 50 years. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today. 

Wave Arts

Wave Arts focuses on professional grade audio processing software for embedded systems and professional audio applications. Millions of consumers and audio professionals worldwide benefit every day from the research and technology produced by Dr. Gardner and the Wave Arts team in Arlington, Massachusetts.


Liquid Rhythm. Make Beats. Have Fun.

Liquid Rhythm is a wildly innovative beat generator, sequencer, and software MIDI controller that gives you instant access to quadrillions of rhythmic patterns. Produce and experiment with beats using a comprehensive suite of MIDI effects. Paint complex drum patterns with note clusters and see relationships between notes with a new representation of music.

Use Liquid Rhythm as a genetically modified Ableton Live 9 Clip Editor through the Max For Live bridge, run in StandAlone mode, or as a VST/AU/RTAS plug-in.

About WaveDNA

WaveDNA is a Toronto-based music software development company designing and building the next generation of innovative virtual instruments. Founded in 2010 by CEO Douglas Mummenhoff and Vice President / Lead Inventor David Beckford, the company operates with a vision to create virtual instruments that dramatically streamline the composition process for beat-makers, producers, composers, DJ's and song-writers.

Zip DJ

zipDJ is the world's leading legal digital DJ pool catering to elite club, mobile, commercial radio, online radio, mix-show, and campus/college radio DJs. The zipDJ website is State-Of-The-Art and specifically designed for industry needs - there is no other online music service like it. A brilliantly designed interface allows for easy navigation - browse, listen, and download all on one page. Over 1500 major and independent record labels bring you their priority music releases, including all mixes, on a daily basis.


SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. Through licences, SOCAN gives businesses that use music the freedom to use any music they want, legally and ethically. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies. In addition, SOCAN plays a leadership role in mentoring emerging creators on various aspects of the craft and business of music. We also advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that copyright is respected and that creators are appropriately remunerated for the use of their work.

Ryerson University

Ryerson is Canada's leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Ryerson has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.

Guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood, Ryerson is the most applied-to university in Ontario relative to available spaces, and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise.

Long & McQuade

Long & McQuade is the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in Canada, with 63 locations from British Columbia to Newfoundland. This means that if you're a touring musician, you'll have the benefit of dealing with a familiar store with consistent sales, supplies and service, no matter where your homebase is.


Canadian Musician

Canadian Musician magazine is Canada's magazine for professional and amateur musicians. Published since 1979, the magazine covers prominent Canadian artists, the latest gear, technique and the business of music. Published bi-monthly, Canadian Musician features regular columns on Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Brass, Woodwinds, Vocal, MIDI, Business, Songwriting, Live Sound, Recording and On-Line Music. Also included are classified ads, opportunities for musicians, new releases and new products.

Beat Academy

The Beat Academy is a not for profit educational resource for hitmakers in the making.


The CPDJA is a not-for-profit Corporation registered in the Province of Ontario with a Head Office in Toronto representing Membership across Canada.

Our mission is to promote professionalism in the disc jockey service industry through information, education, networking and support of our membership, and to maintain the highest standards of service to consumers in planning, organizing and coordinating the use of the services of our professional membership.

We support our Membership by providing affordable AVLA Music Licensing, comprehensive Commercial Liability Insurance, a HSA Health Benefits Program plus a range of other benefits.

The CPDJA reaches out to Consumers by providing an online registry of DJ Entertainers across Canada. Consumers can have peace of mind knowing that CPDJA Members must follow a Code of Ethics and Mandatory Standards and Practices.

Durham College

Durham College offers Post-secondary training in business, IT, media, arts, science, culinary, agriculture, tourism, skilled trades, justice, health, and engineering.


Music Business Management

Drake, The Tragically Hip, Feist, City and Colour, Metric, and Johnny Reid. The artists may be front and centre, but it’s the behind the scenes work that gets and keeps them there. Without the hard work of managers, agents, publicists, label reps, publishers, and the rest of the team, none of these Canadian artists would be at the top of our favourite playlists. Arranging recording and writing sessions, promoting demos, arranging interviews, networking, booking tours, and negotiating contracts are just some of the responsibilities of the music business reps who are key to creating to the success of the artists and ensuring they remain on top.


Grammy Producers & Engineers Wing
The Producers & Engineers Wing is comprised of more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals; when you join The Recording Academy in the category of producer or engineer, you also become a member of the P&E Wing. As a national membership initiative of The Recording Academy, the Wing provides a vehicle to reach a specific constituency, to craft advocacy positions, and to better address the daily concerns of these individuals.

This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community uses its nationwide network of experts to address critical issues affecting the art and craft of recorded music. Among these issues are: the development and adoption of new technologies; recommendations for best practices in recording, master delivery, archiving and preservation; and support for both music education and education in the recording arts.

Harris Institute

Located in Toronto, Canada, Harris Institute has been a leader in audio and music industry education since 1989. The college’s 120 students are taught by a 68 member award winning faculty, and its graduates are in leading positions throughout the music industry. Harris Institute was selected in the US as one of Mix Magazine’s “Finest Media Arts Institutions.”



Humber College School of Creative & Performing Arts

Humber's Bachelor of Music program is unlike any other four-year bachelor degree in music in North America. By combining the latest recording technologies and entrepreneurial business strategies with performance, production, songwriting, and composition in jazz, pop, R&B, Latin and world music, graduates will be well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for success in today's music world.

After two years of core music courses, students will choose electives in arranging, composition, advanced improvisation, film scoring, recording/production techniques and songwriting along with mandatory courses in music business, creative development, and music production. These all lead to a third-year final recital and a fourth-year recording project.

Students in the Music degree program develop musicianship and artistry by presenting their own recitals, arranging and composing original material, and recording and marketing their own music. In addition, students take courses in music history, pedagogy, theory, aural training, improvisation, ensembles, private lessons, music production and music business. Every student must complete a work placement component in the music industry to establish contacts and relationships with key companies and industry personnel. All students will complete a major recording project/portfolio in their fourth year. The assembled portfolio, which includes a complete press kit and professional-quality recording, as well as other promotional materials, functions as a student's calling card for entrance into the music industry upon graduation.


Indie Week
Indie Week is an annual music festival Oct 15- 19, 2014, featuring 250 local & international acts performing in the heart of Toronto, Canada. Artist showcases are judged by members of the music industry, and the top scoring act receives a paid trip (flights and accommodations for up to five band members) to headline INDIE WEEK EUROPE 2015. Indie Week is an alternative, artist-friendly festival that supports emerging & upcoming artists. Past performers include: Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Rural Alberta Advantage, Walk Off the Earth, DJ LD (from Sublime with Rome), Ill Scarlett, The Mahones, New City Kings, The Stanfields, Gloryhound.




Lacquer Channel

Lacquer Channel Mastering has two world-class studios designed by Group One Acoustics. Each studio contains a compliment of highest-end customized analog and digital equipment specifically designed for mastering audio. We operate Canada’s only vinyl lacquer cutting lathe. We’ve been in business for almost 40 years and nothing is more important to us than the art of mastering.



Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit organization working to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts & culture. We aim to provide a platform and the resources needed to advance the growth of the arts as a tool for positive change on the individual, community and city level.

Through art exhibitions, dance competitions, workshops, free outdoor concerts, film screenings, networking opportunities,

seminars, festivals, a pop-up arts market, and much more, Manifesto creates powerful and engaging experiences, and provides opportunities for young artists to grow.

Manifesto’s point of origin lies in hip hop culture - in its spirit of ingenuity, raw creativity, and people power, but we strive to stay out of boxes and create a platform with the potential to act as a catalyst for cross-pollination, collaboration, and the growth of new forms in this city of wildly talented people.


Metalworks Institute

Metalworks Institute, situated just outside of Toronto, is the educational creation and natural extension of renowned Metalworks Studios; home to some of the world's most successful artists and music producers. Our diploma programs are designed for those who wish to understand the complexities of the entertainment industry and build a successful career on a solid base of knowledge. We are providing an opportunity for students to explore their art through the understanding of its science.

Metalworks Institute students benefit from real world integration. They are surrounded by only the most advanced technologies, the most skilled instructors and state of the art facilities. If you are passionate about audio engineering, music performance, studio production, live production, digital music, or entertainment business management, our 1 and 2 year programs will enable you to launch the career of your dreams.


Music Books Plus

Music Books Plus is a leader in Music Technology Education with thousands of books, DVDs and software on music, recording, broadcast, keyboards and multimedia.

Music Books Plus is operated by Norris-Whitney Communications who has been providing information services to the music, pro audio, lighting, multimedia and broadcast industries for the past 35 years.



NuMuBu is THE social media platform for the music industry combining networking and live streaming where you can connect, promote, monetize, and perform live online to a global audience.

Norris Whitney Communications

Norris-Whitney Communications Inc. has been providing information services for the past 35 years. Norris-Whitney Communications Inc. is an international communications company specializing in the music, audio and lighting fields. NWC is involved in magazine publishing, book publishing and distribution, graphic design, corporate branding, website development and promotion, direct marketing, promotion & publicity, multimedia, and photographic services.

Regardless of the scale of your company's business, we will work with you every step of the way to ensure your corporate message is getting across. We are here to help you establish not only an online presence but also to promote your business offline - through business cards, flyers, catalogues, ads, banners, and other promotional material.



The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA), a non-profit organization that represents music educators in Ontario. One of our objectives is to ‘provide leadership in establishing and maintaining high standards of school music throughout Ontario & Canada’. We participate in meetings with the
Ministry of Education, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation Curriculum Forum, and the Ontario College of Teachers.

The history of the OMEA dates back to 1919 with the creation of the Music Section of the Ontario Education Association. In 1949, it was reorganized as the OMEA and continues as a volunteer organization, comprised of teachers who are dedicated to working on its members’ behalf by offering ongoing professional development, networking, resources, and advocacy to improve teaching practise and quality music education in Ontario.




SCHOOL ALLIANCE of STUDENT SONGWRITERS is a thriving, Canadian young people's songwriting community, where teachers and peers encourage you to voice your thoughts and feelings, and to use your music to make a positive difference in your world.



Trebas Institute

If your life revolves around music or you've often imagined what a career in sound design would be like, Trebas has got just the program for you. Our practical, hands-on training gives you everything you need to know about professional studio recording and mixing, live sound production, and the many other applications of audio recording technology. Learn the fundamentals and real-world applications of sound production with our state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and top notch instructors.



Ryerson University
Rogers Communications Centre
80 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2M7

Saturday Sept 6, 2014.
11AM - 6PM


IMSTA FESTA is proud to host another exciting panel series presented by professional industry leaders and their fresh perspectives on music production. We are bringing together the best minds, innovators and companies in the business of music and audio for this 1-day networking event.

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12:00PM | Keynote Address

Keynote speech by The Legendary Young Guru.


1:00PM | SOCAN 101

SOCAN represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. In Canada SOCAN has more than 100,000 members and licenses more than 125,000 businesses coast to coast. When your music is ready to be heard by the public you need SOCAN. This panel explores everything you need to know about what SOCAN can do for you.


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2:00PM | Publishing, Licensing & Legal Matters

If you are serious about your music you need to know the in’s and out’s of how music licensing and the laws of Canada apply to your creative works. On this panel, music industry lawyers and publishing &licensing professionals will explain this most important yet rarely understood area of creative businesses. 



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3:00PM | EDM Biz Dev

Electronic dance music is exploding around the world. At a time when the music industry seems to be in retreat this genre continues to shine.  This panel is all about developing your EDM business whether you are an artist, producer, label, publisher or musician.  Don’t miss this one!



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4:00PM | Self Marketing 101

This seminar will show you how to promote your band, your business or your career. Learn insider, no B.S., tips that you can put into practice the next day. 

You will learn:

  • How to develop a product, service or act that everybody wants
  • How to price yourself and be competitive
  • Where to locate your business, your band or yourself and how to discover new markets
  • How to use all the best tools available to get the word out
  • How to prevail and outlast all your competition


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5:00PM | Cooking Beats

This interactive producer master class will be modelled after a live reality TV cooking show! But instead of cooking food, we will be Cooking Beats! Our panelists, some of Canada’s most talented up-and-coming beatmakers will be using special ingredients and tools to show the IMSTA audience how to make a killer beat. Whether you are an aspiring beatmaker or an industry professional who has always wondered how beats are made, this Master Class will pull back the curtain and show you why Toronto beatmakers are among the best in the World. Ever wonder where ideas for beats come from? How do you create a beat and what software can you use? What are the stages and growth of the beat? How do you use and recreate samples? Once you have a finished beta, how do you shop it? How do top-liners write over the beat? All of these questions will be answered!



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