As first of its kind, The London Venue Summit brings together venues from across the city in an effort to understand the concerns, issues, aspirations and potential for live music here in London, ON. A first of its kind, the venue summit will offer venue owners and management an opportunity to engage with City staff to address barriers or challenges of working in London’s music sector. Attendees will participate in a variety of activities, learn best practices and explore opportunities as presenters of live music.
PART 1: Venue Case Study
Kicking things off with an engaging conversation will be visionary & proud Hamiltonian, Tim Potocic! Tim's incredible work included co-ownership & president of Sonic Unyon Records, lead organizer of Supercrawl (150,000+ attendees) and most recently a foray into the live music venue business with Mills Hardware.
In 2015-16 Sonic Unyon will be focusing on the events side of the business with Supercrawl expansions, Because Beer, Hamilton Blues & Roots Festival, Seven Sundays in Gage Park concert series and some new event properties being developed to launch in 2016.
Among running successful music operations Tim has also been involved in property redevelopment and management in downtown Hamilton with the purchase of the first property in 1996. The partners in Sonic Unyon have acquired and currently operate and manage 10 additional properties in the James St N area with over
100,000 sq ft under their care.
Potocic has sat on the boards of CIRPA and CARAS and has enjoyed a Canadian Music Industry Award for label of the year, a Hamilton Entrepreneur of the Year award, and having several of his artists acquire Juno nominations. Potocic currently sits on the boards of the CIMA “ Canadian Independent Music assoc”, Downtown Hamilton BIA, Hamilton Arts Council and the Cobalt Arts Service organization. Sonic Unyon has grown into one of Canada’s leading independent record companies!
PART 2: Moving the Mark: building capacity in London’s live music venues:
Serving on the front lines of the music industry, live music presenters and promoters are the ever-critical real time link between artists and fans. Yet during times of economic and regulatory flux, venues and clubs seem to constantly need to adapt, reinvent and rethink their business models. As the live music paradigm continues to shift and grow, competition and other forces can put additional pressure on our local rooms and stages.
The London venue community offers vibrant, rich live music experiences for fans. But there are challenges that impact our ability to thrive. How have other venues managed to prosper in their markets? What are our common challenges, goals?
Join three of our venue colleagues from Hamilton, Waterloo and Windsor as they explore mutual barriers and unique opportunities in their home markets, and help us to move our local discussions forward. With time for Q+A, and moderated by the national live music industry association, Music Canada Live, we will also ask the burning question: what role does/can/should the City play in the development of a city’s live music sector?
This is a not-to-be-missed session, curated and customized for the local venue community exclusively!
PART 3: Solution Sessions
Attendees will break into groups to discuss hot topics live music venues are faced with. Moving from table to table a wide variety of topics will be covered and discussed. Note takers will capture the discussions and solutions to these barriers will be presented.
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Date and Time
London Public Library, Central
251 Dundas Street
Stevenson & Hunt Room (Across from Wolf Hall)
London, ON N6A 6H9