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My latest on itbusiness.ca – 9 Canadians to watch in 2014

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Happy New Year everyone! May 2014 be everything you want it to be and more in 2014.

Earlier on Thursday, itbusiness.ca published my latest article. In it I highlight who I think will be the top Canadians to watch in 2014. And not just any Canadians. but those who, I believe, will be making a big impact in 2014 and beyond in digital technology.

I hope you enjoy the article which you can read HERE.

Top Ten Reasons To Attend #PCTO13 This Weekend in Toronto

PodCamp Toronto 2013 is almost upon us. For myself, PodCamp, or PCTO has a special place in my heart. This will be my fifth year attending. The first year I went to learn how I could help a non-profit use social media to increase their reach and fundraising. The second year I presented on Community Management from my learnings leading a national tech-news website’s successful foray in to Toronto.

This year I’m attending because of 10 simple reasons.

1.) Learning. There is always something new to learn even if you think you know everything. And if were like me 5 years ago, there will also be something for you too.

2.) Friends. Over the past five years I have met many people who are now partners, associates and friends. PCTO is a great place to meet everyone in one place.

3.) Networking. Many of Toronto’s (as well as visitors from miles away) top digital influencers and marketing professionals will be in attendance. What beter way to grow my knowledge than by hanging around with these people.

4.) New talent. As a partner with thirdocean I am always looking for young, bright and enthusiastic people who are looking to make their mark in this world. If you’re one of these, make sure to seek me out and say hello.

5.) Speaking. Although I’m not scheduled to speak at PCTO this year, I am keeping my options open. If someone wants me on their panel or needs someone to interview, I am available. Hit me up on Twitter.

6.) Clients. Whether I can learn something that can help out a current client or meet someone who ends up being a client, PCTO is a great place to be. People will be attending to learn. And if I can help someone out, then all the better.

7.) Podcasting. Although I have hosted podcasts and shows on YouTube for more than 2 years, I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. One of my manin goals is to meet someone who can help me go from “zero to hero” in the world of podcasting.

8.) Carolyn Van. She’s my business partner and on a panel. So I have to go and support her. Or heckle her. Depends on how I feel. 🙂

9.) The Sessions. How could I not put the sessions here. I’m sure there will be sessions during this weekend that sound so outrageous that they deserve to be attended. Like this one. What does “GTFO” mean, anyways?

10.) I’m kinda helping out. I wasn’t with the organizing committee from day one. But I recently hopped on board to lend a hand. Why? I really enjoy PCTO and it has a special place in my heart.

These are my Top Ten Reasons To Attend #PCTO13. What is your reason that you’re attending?

mesh coming back bigger and better than ever!

mesh – Canada’s premier digital conference is a chance to connect with people who are excited about the potential of digital — people who want to know more about how it is changing the way we live, work and interact with the world. And you won’t just connect with them in the hallways — at mesh, every session is interactive.

mesh takes place every year in Toronto. This year the conference takes place from May 23-24 at the Allstream Centre.

To register for this event please visit http://meshconference.com/registrationmesh12/. And if you want to save $100 off the price of admission enter the discount code: 100meshoff

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Toronto Digital Music Company Mediazoic Announces Licensing Deal with Major Music Labels

PRESS RELEASE (1/24/2012):

Comprehensive deal covers internet streaming of music from Universal,WarnerSonyEMI, and more than 1000 independent labels

Toronto-based digital music company Mediazoic today announced a deal with the AVLA (Audio-Video Licensing Agency), which will allow Mediazoicʼs internet radio network to carry the music catalogues of more than 1000 record companies representing the majority of all sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada.

Based out of a radio and record production studio in downtown Toronto, Mediazoic makes software that allows both individuals and commercial organizations to create, customize and curate their own internet radio stations. The system keeps track of all “listens” throughout the network, allowing royalties to be paid not only to the creators and rights holders of the music, but also to other stakeholders in the music ecosystem.

Current station hosts on the Canadian-owned-and-operated internet radio network include renowned deejay Alan Cross, iconic Toronto live music venue Hugh’s Room, annual music festival Indie Week, and local hip hop MC and artist MC FÜBB.

Cross, whose Weekly Top 11 show is unveiled every Friday on the network, has high praise for what Mediazoic’s unique take on internet radio has done for him. “Mediazoic’s resources have been a big help to my website, driving both traffic and time spent.” he enthuses, “Everyone should give the company a look.”

The network also has several radio shows in development, which will benefit from the wide range of music that this deal opens for Mediazoic and its listeners. One such show is hosted by established music journalist Karen Bliss, who will be resurrecting her popular interview show Lowdown, a one-hour comprehensive “this is your life” type show. Lowdown, Bliss’s music industry brand, has appeared in all kind of incarnations: a Canadian music industry column, an online radio show, a TV segment on Inside Jam, a TV show on Bite TV, and a music seminar. Through these formats, she has covered hundreds of artists, including Avril Lavigne, Billy Talent, Nelly Furtado and Sum 41.

“Our listeners know that every one of our stations has been playing great music since our launch last year.” says Mediazoic founder Greg Nisbet, “but let’s face it, now that our station hosts can throw a bit of Joni Mitchell, K’naan or Leonard Cohen into the mix, the listener experience is going to get a whole lot better. Our aim has always been to capture some of the magic that happens between people when great music is created and heard, and spread that magic across the digital realm, so we’re really excited about all of the wonderful collaborations that this deal will allow us to explore.”

“Weʼre pleased to work with Mediazoic, which will ensure that all of our members, whether they represent emerging or established artists, benefit equally from “plays” on this innovative new network,” says Graham Henderson, President of AVLA and Music Canada.

The deal between Mediazoic and AVLA covers reproduction rights. Mediazoic is also working with Re:Sound, the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company that licenses recorded music for public performance, broadcast and new media to cover performance rights. “Weʼre always happy to work with innovative companies like Mediazoic to ensure that music creators are fairly compensated within emerging business models.” said Ian MacKay, Re:Soundʼs President.