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IMSTA FESTA TO | Oct 15, 2016

RTA School of Media at Ryerson University  

On Saturday October 15th, the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and Ryerson University host IMSTA FESTA, a celebration of music technology packed withPanelsWorkshops & Master ClassesDemonstrations and so much more . Hosting industry experts in an environment where music-makers can network, interact and learn with them face-to-face, this annual one-day event is not to be missed.

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

Event Highlights:

  • Register for a FREE class in the IMSTA Master Class Series featuring the most coveted products from your favorite companies.
  • Visit all of the exhibits to get hands-on experience and even win software!
  • Attend the IMSTA Panel Series with industry experts to network and learn.
  • Bring your Song in to have it reviewed by an expert who will provide you with a professional critique. Song Reviews between 2-5pm.
  • Enter your original song submission into our 2016 Songwriting Competition to win the opportunity to attend Black Rock Studio's in Santorini, Greece! (Toronto submission deadline is September 30 , 2016)
  • Be sure to take advantage of the specials offered via Long & McQuade only for the weekend of IMSTA FESTA TO on October 15, 2016.

IMSTA FESTA TO | October 15, 2016

Hosted by Ryerson University



Sponsors & Partners:

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.

ACON Digital

Acon Digital is the digital media editing product line from the company Acon AS, a company specialized in audio editing software and digital signal processing products and services. Acon Digital products such as our award winning plug-ins or the renowned audio editor Acoustica help professionals as well as beginners in their productive work and are characterized by an excellent audio quality and a large set of features combined with ease-of-use.

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.
Aston Microphones
Aston Microphones Ltd. is a UK manufactured brand of boutique microphones and accessories. A perfect and unique mix of beauty & engineering excellence.
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. 

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.

CAD Audio

CAD Audio continues to build on over 85 years of innovation and success in the audio industry by delivering innovative and highly useful solutions for performers, engineers and a wide range of audio professionals. CAD Audio has emerged as a multifaceted company with a variety of the sub brands that extend to market segments such as Recording, Broadcast, Live Performance & Production, Commercial and Consumer Electronics.

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 X1, Dimension (Pro & LE), Rapture, and Music Creator 6. Millions of musicians worldwide—including Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers, and engineers—use Cakewalk products daily to produce audio for the 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.


CME is a digital musical instrument (DMI) brand originally owned by Central Music Co in Beijing, established by Mr Zhao Yitian and his partners in 1993. Since 2005, CME products have been distributed worldwide in 56 countries. Apart from CME products, Central Music Co also distributes professional audio systems and DMI from other countries in the Chinese market.

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.


DynaMount makes remote microphone positioners unlike anything else on the market. The ultimate mic placement tools are now available at select retailers!

Dynaudio Studio Monitors

Dynaudio is the leading producer of hand-crafted high-end loudspeakers created by impassioned music lovers for your living room, the professional studio and for your car.

Sound is our number one priority
We have no needs for superfluous design or trendy symbols to beautify our speakers. Our mission is to create the best sound possible. This means to reproduce music and sound as close as possible to the natural experience.

We always strive to be authentic
We want the sound of our loudspeakers to be as effortless and natural as the musical instrument would be playing in your room.


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.


For more than 28 years Focusrite have been designing premium quality mic pre amps, channel strips and audio interfaces. Focusrite offer USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, and Ethernet audio recording solutions. Drawing on its heritage, Focusrite's extensive ranges of audio interfaces share the same 'attention to sound', bringing professional recording within reach of today's aspiring music makers. Focusrite produces class-leading products and award winning designs for enthusiasts and professionals alike.


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. 

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.


KResearch comprises of a group of highly motivated professionals which except of their technical related expertise in effect design and software development, are all involved in musical related activities from composition, performance or production of music.

Our aim is to develop innovative products with rich unique feature sets based on our in house research and development.


SynthMaster is an award-winning software synthesizer by KV331 Audio, available in VST AU RTAS and AAX formats. It ranked number 2 in MusicRadar's Best VST/AU Synth in the World poll in 2014.

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.

Mojave Audio

What makes Mojave different? A Mojave microphone's journey begins and ends in Burbank, CA. US made Jensen transformers and NOS (new old stock) tubes are shipped offshore and mated to capsules and bodies, according to David Royer's design specifications, at a highly respected factory that David has worked with for over 15 years. All Mojave microphones are constructed with respect to David's unprecedented research and attention to electronic design and quality. After assembly, they are shipped back to Burbank for extensive QC inspections. Prior to packaging, every mic is burned in for 24 hours, tested and personally listened to by David.

Very few companies (and none in Mojave's price range) invest so much in the audio components. The high quality Jensen transformers alone, cost more than many import mics. The NOS tubes are military spec. The FET's are top quality and the resisters are custom made. At Mojave it's a given that no sacrifices are made in the critical signal path electronics.
This hybrid of domestic and overseas manufacturing allows us to make superb microphones that are affordable without compromise.

David Royer is one of an elite group of microphone designers who know that music and sound are inseparable from electronic design. Everything David designs comes from his deep, lifelong love of music. David is best known for his ribbon microphone designs with Royer Labs, which have won three TEC awards and a prestigious Technical Grammy Award.

Mozaic Beats

Autotheory Pro perfects your playing, and it makes it easier than ever to control multiple instruments from your qwerty keyboard. add in a midi controller and focus on the music, while autotheory keeps you in perfect key.

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.

Notetracks provides an intuitive and interactive way to take notes for audio on your iPad, iPhone & iPod touch exclusively for iOS. Presenting lyrics, mix notes or general review comments in a way that is easily accessible. Store projects or share with collaborators, all in a mobile and easy to use format for users on the go.



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).


Polyverse Music is a company dedicated to collaborations with the most innovative musicians of our age to create musical instruments and tools for fellow musicians.

This is why we have chosen Infected Mushroom as the first artists to work with – and the results are fantastic.

After developing Erez Eisen’s initial idea into a prototype plugin, Infected went to the studio to try the plugin, and discovered numerous other uses and features for it than originally anticipated. As we perfected the plugin Infected were using it all over their new album, finding exciting new ways of using it and ideas to improve the plugin.

We call this creation process “artistic feedback“, and it is the fuel for our creative engine!

Stay tuned for many more gems from our collaboration with Infected Mushroom and others.

Yours truly,
The Polyverse Music team

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.



RME is a young German team of developers with a robust vision of creating innovative, user friendly, and high-quality digital audio solutions for less money. Founded in 1996, RME quickly earned their stripes as a premiere industry provider, expanding rapidly into mainstream international markets.

Each developer on the RME team is either a musician or sound engineer - besides being a specialist in hardware and software development. Additionally, to give their designs a persistent competitive edge in today's market, RME developers regularly network with other industry specialists to exchange knowledge and information - truly designing a line of products with superior quality, and affordable, mass-market appeal.

RME has had a consistent string of successful product releases, earning awards and accolades from the press and the public alike. The enthusiastic response and worldwide support the RME product line has generated ranks them one of the top audio device companies in the industry.


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.
Ruper Neve Designs
Rupert Neve Designs, LLC was founded by Mr. Rupert Neve on passion, experience and a desire to craft timeless musical tools for the 21st century.
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
In 2012 a new sound processing technology was invented, which was able to improve the sound of speakers and headphones, without physically changing them. Sonarworks was created in 2013 with VC funding from Imprimatur Capital, which was immediately put into building the team and doing research. The key to Sonarworks success has always been a team of experts united by a shared passion towards music.
After releasing Reference 3 product suite in NAMM 2015, Sonarworks has become the leading developer of sound calibration software. Reference 3 products are currently being used in over 3000 studios across the globe.

Spitfire produces the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world. It is a beacon of quality not just for it's own productions but the endorsements it offers to third party sample developers and fellow sound smiths it goes into production partnerships with. At the heart of Spitfire's evolution is the greatest recorded selection of orchestral samples on the planet thus far, alongside a recent expansion in scope to cover all areas of the music spectrum.


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.
For more than 30 years, TASCAM has developed products for every segment of the sound and music industry. From the high-end audio professional in a major post-production studio to the novice or hobbyist at home, TASCAM is everywhere. We are a company committed to providing our customers audio/video solutions that enable breakthroughs by using sound in ways that are as exciting as they are accessible. In short, we provide tools that let people translate their creativity into reality.

u-he used to be a one-man show – just Urs! But now we are a team...

That's Urs Heckmann, Howard Scarr, Sascha Eversmeier, Jan Storm, William Rodewald, Sebastian Greger, Michael Pettit, Viktor Weimer, Rob Clifton-Harvey, Oddvar Manlig, Henna Gramentz and Thomas Binek.

We're also working closely together with composers such as Hans Zimmer, Hans Hafner, Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek but also with sound designers such as Alon Prat (Kyhon), Kevin Schröder, Tasmodia, Michael Kastrup and BigTone Studios.

And of course we have a beta team consisting of 100+ volunteers who help make sure that all our stuff actually works!

And last but not least—Brian Rzycki, who runs PatchLib!

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 Music. Your Next Song is a Sketch Away

Liquid Music for Live is a powerful plugin for Ableton Live 9 using Max for Live that instantly crafts original song ideas with advanced music tools. Liquid Music for Live lets you create inspiring music using a revolutionary visual workflow – the best way to get inspiration and conquer a creativity block.

  • Paint melodies, harmonies and chords using the revolutionary Sketch tool
  • Make unique beats instantly using a collection of rhythmic building blocks with the Rhythm tool
  • Tweak and evolve song ideas in real-time using Five Layers of Control: Sketch, Key, Chords, Voice and Rhythm
  • Fully integrates with Ableton Live Suite or Ableton Live with Max for Live
  • Choose a synth track, and Liquid Music automatically displays the harmony toolset. Select a Drum Rack track, and Liquid Music supplies a wealth of beat sequencing tools
  • Inspiring presets help create original ideas and rich harmonies in seconds, and you can swap their five “layers” for nearly limitless possibilities

Liquid Rhythm. Make Beats with the World's Most Powerful Drum Machine Plugin.

Liquid Rhythm is a wildly innovative beat generator, sequencer, and software MIDI controller that gives you instant access to quadrillions of rhythmic patterns. Liquid Rhythm lets you create intricate, interesting beats with unprecedented speed and precision.

  • Visualize your beats with our intuitive Music Molecule technology
  • Make complex, unique beats instantly using a collection of rhythmic building blocks
  • Tweak and customize beats in real-time with powerful editing tools
  • Use Liquid Rhythm standalone, with your DAW as VST, AU, RTAS, or fully integrated with Ableton Live 9 via Max for Live


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 Lead Inventor David Beckford, the company operates with a vision to create virtual instruments that dramatically streamline the composition process for song-writers and music producers.


Since 1959, Westone has specialized in custom earplugs and earpieces as well as other products to protect and enhance hearing, facilitate communication, and support hearing care professionals.

Our dedication to absolute quality, uncompromising service, and The Golden Rule have made us a world leader in our industry.

Wholegrain Digital

Wholegrain Digital Systems LLC makes new and unusual signal processors for digital audio.



ZOOM is staffed by Creators — skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate about music, sound engineering, and filmmaking. All of that love and know-how is then poured into the development of innovative products with never-before-seen features, providing best-in-class customer services, and always looking to educate and inspire today’s Creators.

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.

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.”

Indie Week
Indie Week is an annual music festival held over four days/nights, featuring local & international acts performing in the heart of Toronto, Canada. 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 IRELAND. Indie Week is an alternative, artist-friendly festival that supports emerging & upcoming artists.




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.


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.


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.


Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology

Since day one our objective at OIART has been to provide the audio industry with the steady stream of highly knowledgeable and passionate individuals it needs to evolve and thrive. We do this by providing our students with everything they'll need to know to fulfill that need. OIART alumni – many of whom are actively shaping the contemporary soundscape – are a glowing testament to our success in doing just that.

We carefully screen each and every candidate to ensure that all share the passion, ambition and educational foundation necessary to fully leverage the OIART experience, and then surround them with a seasoned faculty and leading edge facilities they need to flourish.

Our concise and ever-evolving curriculum will deliver everything you need to know to start your career in just 11 short months. You'll have tons of time to work on projects in any one of our 8 state-of-the-art environments, enjoy an unprecedented 5:1 student teacher ratio, and unrivaled career support and counseling for the rest of your life once you graduate.

The results of this multi-faceted approach speak for themselves. A full 90% of OIART students graduate, and over 80% of our graduates are gainfully employed within six months. 


Phase One Studios

Since 1974, Phase One has turned out international hits from Toronto. Recently renovated and thoroughly updated, our 7,500 sq. ft. four studio facility has played a significant role in Canada's Recording history with more than 100 gold & platinum albums to our credit.


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.

Sandbox Studios

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.


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.

Songwriters Association of Canada

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.

Steinberg has been providing award-winning music and media production tools to music, game, and film professionals since 1984. Today, Steinberg is one of the world's largest manufacturers of audio software and hardware, with more than 1.5 million users worldwide using Cubase, Nuendo, Wavelab, and Halion.

The Steinberg range of products is used in all aspects of modern digital audio processing. These products form the backbone of facilities specializing in music composition and production, mastering, restoration, broadcast, sound design, audio post for the film industry among many others.

Yamaha Canada

Since Yamaha Music Foundation was established in 1966, it has generated a wide range of music activities throughout global society, including Yamaha music schools, and the Junior Original Concert. Strong commitment to promote and support music education and popularization is one of the most significant elements to distinguish Yamaha from its competitors.

Yamaha has endeavored to produce products and services that satisfy the diverse needs and desires of people worldwide. Its products and services are recognized the world over for superior quality in acoustics, design, technology, craftsmanship, and customer oriented services. These products and services under the brand name of Yamaha are highly regarded by a large number of professionals, institutions, business people within the related industries, and consumers.

Our corporate philosophies are embedded in our customer oriented management and operations; providing excellence in our products and services; continuous efforts to expand our existing market and create new markets; enhancement of research and development on a long range perspective; commitment to care for end users through providing even better service after sale; pursuit of further globalization of Yamaha's business; fostering positive growth through diversification.

Yamaha's very basic corporate objective is reflected in everything that it does, which is to contribute to the enrichment of the quality of lives for people around the world.



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





Register below for a FREE class in the IMSTA Master Class Series featuring the most coveted products from your favorite companies.


GRAMMY-winning mixing engineer Ariel Borujow has worked with Notorious B.I.G, Madonna, Kanye West, and Andrea Bocelli. Ariel will discuss how Soundtoys plug-ins contribute to his special brand of “in-the-box” mixing, in which he will be showing off one of his real EDM mixes, divulging secrets and tips from his workflow, and answering questions about his creative mixing process.

GRAMMY-winning mixing engineer Ariel Borujow has worked with Notorious B.I.G, Madonna, Kanye West, and Andrea Bocelli. Ariel will discuss how Soundtoys plug-ins contribute to his special brand of “in-the-box” mixing, in which he will be showing off one of his real EDM mixes, divulging secrets and tips from his workflow, and answering questions about his creative mixing process.

MASTER CLASSES 2:00PM 3:00PM 4:00PM 5:00PM
1st Floor
RCC 183
Deep Learning
Beyond the Presets

1st Floor
RCC 185

Universal Audio
Mixing with Mike Wojewoda


Universal Audio
Mixing with Mike Wojewoda

2nd Floor
RCC 201

Melodyne 4 with Ray Williams

Pro-Q 2 with Rajiv Bethune

IMSTA 2016
Song Competition Finals
2nd Floor
RCC 224

Studio One Basics

IK Multimedia
Lurssen Mastering Console

Studio One Advanced

2nd Floor
RCC 229
Native Instruments
Traktor Stems & Step Sequencer
Native Instruments
KOMPLETE 11 Shape your sound
Native Instruments
2nd Floor
RCC 240B

Reason Tips with Matthew Jonston

Reason Tips with Matthew Jonston

3rd Floor
RCC 346A
AE400 Active EQ

3rd Floor
RCC 359A
Solid State Logic
Anatomy of a Mix

Solid State Logic
Anatomy of a Mix




IMSTA is proud to host another exciting panel series during IMSTA FESTA featuring 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.


12:00PM | Keynote: Boi-1da

Boi-1da is undoubtedly one of Canada’s most sought after producers for the 21st century. His sure-fire talent and proven ability to create hits has led him to the top of the ranks in an industry where nothing is guaranteed.



2:00PM  | Show Me The Money…

How to get funding for yourself, your band, your company or your organization.

The newly elected Liberal Government has pledged billions of dollars in financial support for the Canadian Arts and Entertainment industries. Make sure you get your share. Learn how to get money from Friends & Family, Private Investors, Financial Institutions, Government Programs, Crowdfunding and how to write a business plan and a funding proposal that get results.



3:00PM  | Songwriting & Composing For Film and Television

This seasoned group of producers, songwriters, composers and directors will open the floor to questions in this 'Townhall' style panel, focusing on the creative and technical aspects of songwriting and composing for film and television.



4:00PM  | Beyond the Presets: Making Synths Sounds Your Own

Learn strategies for making synths sounds your own. This panel is stakced with powerhouse synth mavens including synth guru and synth creator Don Garbutt,  Canadian Music legend Tim Tickner, KV331 Audio Synthmaster founder Bulent Biyikoglu and Assaf Dar Sagol creator of I Wish from Polyverse.




4:00PM  | Cooking Beats with Murda Beatz

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! Canada’s beat-making genius Murda Beatz 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!




5:00PM  | Songwriting Contest TO Finals

Regional winner chosen to challenge for FREE trip to Santorini.