Aimeé Hill - Chair
Hill spent three years on the road as a member of Captain Tractor before creating the publicity and artist management firm, All Access Entertainment. Honoured with the 2004 & 2005 Prairie Music Award award for publicist of the year, Aimée has worked with independent artists and labels, including Rachelle Van Zanten, Mike Plume, Stony Plain Records, JUNOFest (2004) and 13 years with the Canadian Country Music Awards.
During her time in the music industry, Aimée has been a band manager, grant writer, merch seller, jury member, talent judge, consultant and publicist. Weekdays she can be found working as the director of marketing at MacEwan University in Edmonton.
Aimée can be heard every week as one half of CBC (Edmonton) Radio Active’s The In Crowd, where she spreads her picks of where-to-be and who-to-see in the arts and culture scene in Edmonton.
Brent Oliver - Vice-Chair
Brent Oliver is one of the most earnestly dedicated champions and patrons of the Arts in Alberta and Canada. For over 25 years Brent has devoted himself to developing and promoting Alberta arts initiatives, events and artists.
This life-long calling grew from Brent’s passion for culture. As a young musician looking for opportunities to perform in Edmonton, he took the initiative to organize and promote local concerts and encouraged other provincial and national acts to play Edmonton. In 1990, he founded Green Pepper Records, an independent label which produced local compilation albums, giving dozens of artists a platform for their original music to be promoted and broadcast on campus radio.
After earning a Music Degree from the University of Alberta, Brent worked as a talent buyer, booking local and touring acts at the Rev Cabaret, New City Likwid Lounge and the Sidetrack Café – some of Edmonton’s most iconic live music venues.
Guided by his confidence in the strength of Alberta’s music community, and his desire to help it grow, Brent established (and became Director of) Foundation Concerts, an Edmonton based concert and arts event promotion company which brought some of the most prominent touring acts to Western Canada. Through these experiences Brent established a vast network of industry contacts across North America. This led to a unique opportunity for Brent where in 2010 he accepted a position as an Agent with Winnipeg based Paquin Entertainment, one of Canada’s largest international talent agencies.
In 2012 Brent’s heart brought him back to Alberta. He began a role with the Province as the Alberta Legislature’s Events Coordinator for two years. In his first role in public service, he helped break the Canada Day attendance records in 2013 with 52,000 visitors, then again in 2014 with over 75,000 enjoying the national event.
In 2014, Brent brought his wealth of arts and event expertise to the City of Spruce Grove as Director of Cultural Services. The burgeoning community outside of Edmonton is home to nearly 35,000 residents, and is the cultural hub for the Tri-Municipal region that includes the Town of Stony Plain, and County of Parkland. His responsibilities include management and operation of the Horizon Stage Performing Arts centre, city liaison to the Allied Arts Council and Spruce Grove Library, Public Art, City Cultural Events, as well as development and execution of the City’s Cultural Master Plan, delivered to council in June 2016.
In addition to his full time work, Brent continues to consult and volunteer on countless cultural initiatives. In September 2013, Brent was elected Director of the Alberta Music Industry Association and currently sits as Vice-Chair of the board. He is Artistic Director of the UP+DT Music and Arts Festival in Edmonton and was committee member and ambassador for the 25th-anniversary music showcases for Edmonton and Nashville's Sister Cities Celebration in August of 2015. Brent’s management company, BOP, had a very successful management relationship with Edmonton act Wool on Wolves, and currently is representing local pop-rock outfit The Hearts and Winnipeg two-piece Duotang. Brent is a founding committee member of the Edmonton Live Music Initiative, and project geared on saving local venues in Edmonton from extinction. . Recently, Brent assisted in raising over $15,000 for the Red Cross to benefit the displaced residents of Fort McMurray following the wildfires of May 2016. Brent has been nominated for a Community Excellence Award by the Western Canadian Music Alliance at Breakout West in October 2016.
Finally, Brent continues to give his knowledge on music juries, and cultural industries consultations with the Alberta Government and Western Industry Associations as well as career consultation to a number of Western Canadian artists. Brent has spoken at a number of industry events and panels regarding community engagement through arts & culture, best practice for Canadian touring and career development for musicians, along with cultural strategic planning, policy and placemaking.
Adam Oppenheim - Treasurer
Calgarian Adam Oppenheim is the Managing Director of concert promotion company Stampede Entertainment Inc. (“SEI”), as well as its subsidiary Stampede Concerts Inc. (“SCI”).
In 2003 Adam started his first music venture, Funk Lotion Promotion (“FLP”), in his dorm room at the University of Alberta. Throughout its three-year history FLP toured Alberta artists across Canada, promoting over 100 concerts and events. In 2007 Adam began his work with SEI and SCI, overseeing the Calgary Stampede’s Saddledome Concert Series. He has proudly promoted concerts including, but not limited to, Garth Brooks, Katy Perry, KISS, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, George Strait and James Taylor. Adam initiated SEI’s artist development program, ensuring Alberta musicians the opportunity to open for music’s very biggest stars. To date this program has resulted in the showcase of Alberta talent to over 72,000 concert attendees.
Adam holds both a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business. Adam’s legal practice included entertainment law, providing counsel to bands, managers, promoters and festivals. Although he left the practice of law to focus on the music industry full-time, Adam remains an active member of the Law Society of Alberta.
Candace Elder - Director
Candace Elder has an extensive background in arts planning, programming and management through her work with a variety of artists and arts organizations. She has facilitated artist-in-residence programs for a wide range of international artists at the world-renowned Banff Centre, worked several years in artist management, and has organized a number of events, festivals and performances. She has also served on various selection and adjudication committees including Calgary 2012, and is a current Board member of Alberta Music. Now in her sixth year at the National Music Centre, Candace feeds her passion for music and the arts community through her role as Senior Manager, Programs. The National Music Centre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give Canada a place that amplifies the love, sharing and understanding of music. The National Music Centre is a catalyst for discovery, innovation, and renewal through music and currently reaches more than 75,000 people every year through our collections, programs and partnerships across the country. We are excited to be building a new 160,000 square foot facility that will be a home for music in Canada and include a 300 seat performance hall, five floors of exhibition space, a unique and unparalleled collection of musical instruments and sound equipment, two recording studios and a home for live music and diverse programming for all ages.
Nik Kozub - Director
Nik Kozub graduated from Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan College music program in 1998 with a major in recording arts, and was recognized for his work there with an award from CARAS (Canadian Academy Of Recording Arts and Sciences). Grant MacEwan hired Nik back as an instructor for their continuing education ‘Studio Recording Techniques’ program, which he has been teaching from 2001-present. In 2006, Nik was awarded the Enbridge Award for Emerging Artist by the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts in Edmonton.
Nik has worn many hats within the music industry over the years: he has been gigging in various bands since 1989, he has done close to a thousand shows across 3 continents not only as a musician, but also as a sound technician and a tour manager, he has produced and recorded well over 100 records (many of which were Edmonton locals) over the past 12 years, both working freelance in other studios, as well as at Zonik studios (originally founded by Nik’s father, Wilf) at his own home studio, and most recently, as an engineer at The Audio Department studio in Edmonton. Nik is also heavily involved in electronic music, as a DJ (Nik’s Nrmls Wlcm weekly club night held a residency at Edmonton’s Starlite Room for close to 5 years), a promoter (bringing artists like Chromeo and Matthew Dear to Edmonton for the first time), and with his Juno nominated band Shout Out Out Out Out (with whom he has also toured excessively across North America and Europe, playing at major festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, MoogFest, Virgin Festival, etc), as well as doing an increasing amount of remixes for international clients under The Paronomasiac moniker. Nik co-runs (with his band-mate Jason Troock) Normals Welcome Records, an internationally distributed record label working primarily with electronic music artists, including his own Shout Out Out Out Out releases. Nik’s music has received critical acclaim across the board from a wide variety of national and international press and influential music websites.
Nik’s recording work has been featured in EQ and Keyboard Magazine. As a member of Shout Out Out Out Out, Nik has graced the covers of CMJ, Vue Weekly, SEE Magazine, Eye Weekly, Ottawa Xpress, BeatRoute, and the Globe and Mail Arts Section, and has been featured in highly regarded US glossy magazines SPIN, Billboard, URB, BPM, and XLR8R, as well as British magazine Q, who named Shout Out Out Out Out as one of “the 10 best new bands on Earth”. In 2007 the band’s work was recognized with a nomination for a Juno Award in the Best Alternative Album category, an Indie Award, and a CBC 3 Bucky Award.
Selected projects include:
- Wool On Wolves, ‘Grey Matter’ (Independent, 2010)
- Whitsundays, ‘Saul’ (Friendly Fire, 2010)
- Outdoor Miners, ‘Disgust’ (Pop Echo, 2010)
- Shout out out out out, ‘Reintegration Time’ (Normals Welcome, 2009)
- Cadence Weapon, ‘Afterparty Babies’ (Epitaph Records, 2008)
- The Famines, ‘2×7’ (Independent, 2008)
- Our Mercury ‘From Below’ (Smallman Records, 2006)
- Luke Doucet ‘Broken (and other rogue states)’ (Six Shooter Records, 2005)
- Cadence Weapon ‘Breaking Kayfabe’ (Upper Class Recordings, 2005)
- Vertical Struts ‘s/t’ (Pop Echo, 2005)
- Twin Fangs ‘Street Sweeper’ (Rectangle Records, 2005)
- Whitey Houston ‘s/t’ (Rectangle Records, 2005)
- Remix clients have included Moby, Headman, San Serac, Dale Earnardt Jr. Jr., Bang Gang, Solid Gold, Hawksley Workman, Mason Proper, Wet Secrets, Novie, and more!
Caitlin North - Director
Caitlin North brings an excellent skill set to the Alberta Music Board given her experience in several capacities in the Canadian music industry.
Caitlin began her career over a decade ago, spending the first five years in Toronto working with the full-service label and management company, Bumstead Productions (The Trews, Two Hours Traffic, Big Sugar). After a fulfilling run working alongside these established artists, Caitlin made the move back to her hometown of Edmonton where she tackled a variety of roles including Label Manager for SoccerMom Records, Event Manager at Foundation Concerts, Grant Program Administrator at Alberta Music and Co-Artistic Director of SOS Fest. Within her first year back in Edmonton Caitlin was sitting on the Board of Directors for Alberta Music and served one term as the Vice President on the Executive Committee.
In 2012 Caitlin accepted the position of Professional Programming Presenter at the City of St. Albert. In this role, she is responsible for programming a number of events and venues, including a multi-genre arts season at the Arden Theatre, the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival, Servus Place, and the Amplify Youth Festival.
Graham Lessard - Director
Graham Lessard is a Canadian music industry professional, balancing time in the recording studio and the classroom. As a producer and engineer, he has collaborated with both established and up and coming artists, making recordings that have earned multiple Juno nominations and been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize. As an educator, he has mentored emerging production talent at Banff Centre and at the University of Lethbridge. In addition to serving on the Alberta Music board, Graham is also a trustee with the Scotlyn Foundation, one of the founding partners of the Alberta Music Cities initiative.
Allison Pfeifer - Director
Born and raised in Edmonton, Allison Pfeifer has worked in various genres of music as a grantsconsultant, arts administrator, and programming and production manager. After earning both aBachelor of Music in classical piano and Bachelor of Commerce degree in business law and economics from the University of Alberta, Allison obtained a Master of Arts in Music Business fromNew York University. During this time, she worked as Licensing and Royalties Analyst at TVTRecords/TVT Music Publishing.
Wadih Kanaan - Director
One of my objectives is to improve market conditions for musicians through enhanced urbaninfrastructure and innovative public policies. And I envision Alberta Music playing a key role in thisprocess. Your rapport with municipal and provincial agencies can help with attracting large scaleinvestments into building worldclass venues and districts.