Hamilton Music Awards

2016 HMA Speaker Series

HMA Speaker Series Schedule

HMA Speaker Series Schedule

Friday May 27, 2016 - 
This Ain't Hollywood


In The Hot Seat Live - Larry LeBlanc & Graham Rockingham
An Interview with Music Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Dallas Harms


In The Hot Seat Live – Larry LeBlanc & Graham Rockingham
An Interview with Industry Lifetime Achievement Award Recipent: Jim Skarratt


Opening Reception



Saturday May 28, 2016 This Ain't Hollywood


Nominees Reception


The Journalists: Your Most Important Fans Ever!!

Moderator: Stuart Berman
featuring, Ben Rayner (Toronto Star) Graham Rockingham (The Hamilton Spectator)
Lou Molinaro (CFMU), Ric Taylor (CFMU, View Magazine)
Kerry Doole (FYI Music News, Words and Music, Exclaim)
Kristin Archer (I Heart Hamilton, CFMU) Biljana Njegovan (Cut From Steel blog) and more.

Speaker Series - $20 (Fri & Sat).
Free to nominees and festival performers

Panelists'/Moderators' Bios

Panelists'/Moderators' Bios

Kristin Archer is a lifelong Hamiltonian and the creator of ihearthamilton.ca – a blog based around the concept, "Be a tourist in your own city," which features local music, food, shops, events, and more. She also hosts "I Heart Hamilton" Fridays at 2pm on 93.3 CFMU. Kristin is an avid supporter of the local music scene, interviewing musicians and booking shows, and is the recipient of the 2015 HMA Industry award for Media Person of the Year. Follow the blog on Twitter @ihearthamilton and Instagram @ihearthamont.

Stuart Berman is a producer for the CBC Radio One program "Q," and a regular contributor to Pitchfork.com. He is the author of This Book Is Broken: A Broken Social Scene Story (House of Anansi, 2009) and Too Much Trouble: A Very Oral History of Danko Jones (ECW Press, 2012). And he is one of those opportunistic expat Torontonians who's recently moved to Hamilton.

Kerry Doole has worked as a Toronto-based freelance music and arts journalist for the past three decades. He has written for major newspapers, trade and consumer publications and websites in Canada, the US, the UK, and his native New Zealand. His work has appeared in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Words & Music, Music Express, Impact, Performing Songwriter, Hit Parader, Time Out, Exclaim!, NewCanadianMusic, and FYIMusicNews. He is the author of Private Universe, a biography of Crowded House (Omnibus Press). Kerry has covered a jazz festival in Morocco, a rock fest in Tokyo, and a reggae fest in Jamaica. He has interviewed everyone from Elmo to Elmore Leonard and Leonard Cohen, from Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell and Joe Strummer to Feist and Neko Case.

LeBlanc has been an influential figure in Canadian music for four decades, and is recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. He is currently senior writer of the weekly US entertainment trade CelebrityAccess overseeing the influential profile series, "In The Hot Seat." Canadian bureau chief of Billboard magazine from 1991-2007, Larry was also the Canadian editor of its late competitor Record World, 1970-1980. He was co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record 1981-1991. He is a board member of the Mariposa Folk Festival and a consultant to the National Music Centre in Calgary. Larry has been a consultant for The Canadian Competition Bureau, The Canadian Private Copying Collective, The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, and the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada; a regular music commentator on CTV's "Canada A.M" for 35 years; and has been featured as a music industry expert on numerous CBC-TV, CTV YTV, MuchMusic, and Newsworld programs in Canada as well as VH-1, and EEntertainment in the US and BBC in the UK. Larry was the associate producer of the 1996 four-CD box set "Oh What A Feeling," and co-executive producer of its follow-up "Oh What A Feeling 2" in 2001. The two comprehensive retrospectives of Canadian music raised $5.2 million for Canadian charities.

Lou Molinaro is the co-owner and talent buyer of This Ain't Hollywood. As a talent buyer, Lou and his staff are dedicated to making Hamilton an A-Circuit market for live music. Lou also hosts the multi-award winning Hamilton radio show Lou's Control, Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm on CFMU. This magazine-styled radio show features local music and interviews plus a pleasurable radio experience for the true music geeks. Lou also fronts his rock 'n' roll band Tongue Fu which features Gordie Lewis of Teenage Head and Gene Champagne of The Killjoys.

Creator, writer, designer, writer and publisher of Hamilton music blog Cut From Steel, Biljana Njegovan brings a world-wide lens and local focus. Cut From Steel is one of the City's best sources for the newest music and music news.

Ben Rayner signed on as the Toronto Star's music critic in 1998, after a short stint doing the same gig for the Ottawa Sun. He has since never left. He does write occasionally for other people, though, and his byline has appeared in publications as diverse as Fashion, XLR8R, Spin.com and Gasoline over the years. He's also really into Joy Division, horror movies and UFOs.

Graham Rockingham, Music Editor for The Hamilton Spectator, has been covering the Hamilton music scene for the Hamilton Spectator for more than a decade. During that time, he's been named HMA Media Person of the Year five times as well as winning an Ontario Newspaper Award for entertainment writing. During his 30+ year career in newspapers, Rockingham has held a variety of reporting and editing positions for The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Province, the Metro group of daily newspapers and United Press International. In 2010 Rockingham was a member of the grand jury for the Polaris Prize for Canadian album of the year. Last year, Rockingham was honoured with an HMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

A lifelong Hamiltonian and music fan, Ric Taylor graduated from McMaster University with an Honours BA in Philosophy & English and from Humber College with a Radio Broadcasting diploma. He since has had 25 years' experience as a broadcaster in community and commercial radio and over 15 years' experience as a columnist for View Magazine. No one has photographed, talked about or written about music in Hamilton like Ric Taylor has done for over two decades.



Conference Testimonials

“I love it because it offers valuable insights into the trends in today’s music industry. It also provides access to industry personnel for artists who otherwise would never have had the opportunity; having one-on-one face time with industry experts that give solid advice on how to create more, play more, record more and above all expose it all in right way. I don't really know of a more valuable resource to our music community than this Conference offers. I highly recommend active participation in as many of these as sessions as you can get to. Simply put: you need to be there.”

George Panagopoulos, Radio Free Universe

The HMA 'Careers in Music Conference' is a great and much-needed career opportunity for our students, particularly at a time when the creative industries sector is growing and strengthening. Not only do they have the excitement of being present during the Conference, they get meaningful learning and mentorship from a variety of high caliber professionals in the music industry. Perhaps most valuable is the understanding and knowledge gained about all facets of the available careers that the music industry offers, which supports our students in their chosen pathways. We have many teachers that bring students every year!"

Karen Wilkins, Arts Consultant K -12, Leadership and Learning Department, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

The Producers Panel with Rich Beddoe, Amy King, Michael Chambers, Duke Foster, and D'Arcy McGilligan:

"I really enjoyed this workshop because we got to hear all about sound recording, which is pretty cool. And hearing it from the drummer from Finger 11 was AWESOME!!!! Also hearing it from people who work in that business and also having one of the people who actually came from Mohawk was pretty cool because she was in my position when she was my age and now she's doing this awesome job!...at the end we were able to ask them questions, anything we wanted to know about sound recording."

Jacklyn, Mohawk College Student, November 2010


"I must say being a radio student and a lover of music I really appreciated the panels and music that I witnessed on Thursday. The information and tidbits of advice from the panels, have just only made me want to pursue my dream even more. Thank you."


SV, 2011 Attendee and Mohawk College Radio Broadcasting Student 



"I thought the seminars were very well-organized and the answers the panelists gave were both fun (which made listening SO much easier) and they were full of great information. The panelists gave a part of themselves in every answer and didn't try to make it just another boring interview… I learned so much I previously had not known."

JO, 2011 Attendee


"Amazing kick start to @HamMusicAwards today w/ a knowledge overload at the industry conference. Thanks to all the speakers for your time!"

@DirtyDirtyJeans (via Twitter)



 buy tickets facebook icon_33 twitter icon_33

Volunteering Opportunities

Now accepting applications and resumes for a number of positions for this year's events.

Volunteer Application

spectator245 2105 chch news logo view
slaight music liuna logo
next steps Counsel-Portfolio-Services-Black
this aint hollywood hamilton magazine2
picks sticks   studio 410 catherine north nick blagona
canadian musician masion neuve stephanie montani harmony organic mishaphotos greater hamilton musician
site design/maintenance: Loveless Media