Toronto: Band Business Seminar

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JJR MacLeod Auditorium

1 King's College Circle

Toronto, ON M5S


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Live video Q&A sessions with Rob "Blasko" of Mercenary Mgmt and Kragen Lum of AIM HIGH Mgmt. Get advice from industry leaders!

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𝐆𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬!

Designed for bands, specifically those who play heavier styles of rock and metal, to get practical industry advice from international professionals. Although, ALL ARE WELCOME! Music journalists, event organizers, and label representatives could find this useful.

𝙇𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙤 𝙌&𝘼 𝙨𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 with: 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐨 (15 years as bassist for Ozzy Osbourne’s band, manager of Black Veil Brides/Black Label Society) and 𝐊𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧 𝐋𝐮𝐦 (Heathen guitarist, manager of Exodus).

You could be chosen to ask a question!

Plus, attendees will be emailed a certificate of attendance.


• Making a first impression

• Gaining a local fan base

• Effectively using social media

𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫

Kragen Lum – Founder of AIM HIGH MGMT (roster includes: Exodus, Death Angel, Gruesome)

Kragen has participated in several Exodus promotional tours as the guitarist whose job it is to "capture the feel of what Gary does so that when the audience is there… they hear EXODUS." In addition to being a full contributing member of Heathen since 2007, he has also been responsible for producing titles in some of the world's most recognizable video game franchises like Guitar Hero, James Bond, and Tony Hawk. If legacy bands trust him with their career, Kragen will probably have some information to help your band.

𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫

Rob “Blasko” Nicholson - Founder of Mercenary Management (roster includes: Black Veil Brides, Black Label Society, High On Fire).

Blasko worked his way through the ranks of professional musicianship; first by managing and playing in his own bands before being called to the big leagues as Rob Zombie’s bassist. He is the bassist on Rob Zombie’s first 3 solo albums, as well as Ozzy’s last two, but we have him because of his management skills. The man behind Mercenary Management is also the force that brought In this Moment and Black Veil Brides to mass success. Blasko knows what it takes to be on top, he is there and has been for 2 decades.


Each speaker will spend 30 minutes providing valuable insight on the seminar topic then another 30 minutes fielding questions from attendees. The Q&A periods will be led by two individuals that are predominant in the music scene before opening to questions from the floor.


As noted speakers will be streamed on a live video feed and not physically present at the seminar.

The Band Business Seminar Series presented by Still Heavy Productions will help you get ahead with tips from music industry leaders looking to help bands craft a career. This knowledge is useful for anyone in the music scene. It might also look good on a professional “One Page” or CV (hint, hint).

𝐍𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦.

𝐍𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐝, 𝐚𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨 𝐨𝐫 𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨. If you are caught recording, you will be escorted out and asked to delete the content.

However, this is a learning experience and note taking is encouraged!


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Doors open: Doors close at 1:00pm until intermission. If you are late you will miss the speaker.

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Seminar starts: Introduction

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

First speaker: Kragen Lum

2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Intermission: Doors close after intermission. If you are late you will miss the speaker.

2:50 PM - 3:00 PM

Introduction of Blasko

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Second speaker: Blasko

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

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JJR MacLeod Auditorium

1 King's College Circle

Toronto, ON M5S


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