Executive Committee

Jesse Kumagai, Chair

"Music Canada Live is the key to unlocking the potential of Canada’s live music scene. Concerts are among the most powerful economic drivers, agents for social change, and platforms for cultural expression. We’re here to share that story and help create an environment where all the people and businesses behind those concerts can enjoy great success however they define it."

Director of Programming, Marketing & Business Development, The Corporation of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall

Nick Farkas, Vice Chair

"Live Music is backbone of the music industry. One of the greatest parts of doing what we do is watching the interaction between the fans and the artists… Music Canada Live will allow us to help this vibrant part of the business continue to grow."

Vice-President, Concerts and Events, Evenko

Patti-Anne Tarlton, Vice Chair

"Independently individuals and corporations active in the Canadian live music industry have pioneered touring globally and brought pride to Canada from coast to coast and at all levels. At home we have ongoing work to be done to reduce friction in the delivery of live music on behalf of Artists, Fans and Business alike. For the first time we now have a unified voice with Music Canada Live to advocate towards a common goal across the country."

COO, Ticketmaster Canada Ltd.

Jean Wilkinson, Secretary

"APA is proud to be a founding member of Music Canada Live – representing the live music industry and the need to support and strengthen the promotion of its many economic, social and cultural benefits. As a profound and impactful part of Canada’s music story and vitality, it’s important that we unite as a community to shine a spotlight on the live music sector – promoting positive change and growth."

Director of Operations, APA Agency

Wayne Zronik, Treasurer

"Live music is a vital part of the cultural fabric, and brings vibrancy and excitement to all our communities. It is also a driver of significant economic activity for Canada. Music Canada Live allows the industry to bring a unified voice to the issues and challenges that face the live music industry and highlight the important contribution the industry makes, both economically and culturally, to our country."

Senior Vice President of Music & Live Entertainment, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment


Vanessa Arscott

"Music Canada Live provides a platform and a unified agenda to preserve, cultivate and appreciate music culture. I am grateful to have an opportunity to discuss common goals and help create the structure & support that is required to keep the music live!"

Director of Production, Plan V Productions

Tracy Jenkins

“Music Canada Live is working to foster an environment in which all elements of the Canadian live music industry can thrive. Acknowledging the diversity of needs within the industry, Music Canada Live has a perspective that is both broad and deep, making it an effective advocate for this very complex ecosystem.”

Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre

Louis Bellavance

" Live music is the main power of the music industry right now. With songwriting, it’s the essence of our business. Always been there, always will be. Therefore, we need to take very good care of it. Music Canada Live is a major step toward bringing Canadians together to achieve that goal. "

Programming Director, Festival d’Ete de Quebec

Erik Hoffman

“Canada's live music industry works together to create incredible experiences for fans and artists alike, from coast to coast to coast. It is an honour to support Music Canada Live’s work - harnessing the economic, social and cultural power of the industry to help create conditions that continue the legacy of live in Canada.”

President, Live Nation Toronto

Louis Thomas

"Live Music is extremely important to the social and cultural fabric of any community. Music Canada Live and its membership have a duty to grow this experience positively and safely through their advocacy work. Everybody deserves to witness that unforgettable moment when an artist “leaves it all on the stage."

President, Sonic Entertainment Group

Kevin Donnelly

"Working with creative and passionate people from all facets of the music business, there is no doubt that Music Canada Live represents the needs and concerns of the live music industry. Furthermore, Music Canada Live fosters a proactive community of music industry professionals to enhance and promote the enormous impact of live music in Canada."

Senior Vice President, Venues & Entertainment, True North Sports & Entertainment Limited

Nick Blasko

"In the midst of an era of reinvention for the recorded music business, the live music sector continues to grow and thrive. Across our country, it's social and economic benefits are undeniable yet often overlooked and under estimated, hence the need for continued action and advocacy. Music Canada Live leads this effort and continues to write and tell the story of our amazing industry.”

Director, Amelia Artists Inc. & Atomique Productions Ltd

Michael Hollett

"Live music helps give voice to Canada's soul — and it is also a powerful economic engine. Music Canada Live helps make sure this important Canadian cultural industry is in essential conversations with all levels of government. It can also be a powerful force for communication within the industry as well as a resource for those hoping to become part of Canada’s live music scene."

Editor/Publisher, NOW Magazine & President/Managing Director, NXNE

Tom Kemp

"Music Canada Live represents a great opportunity for our industry to have an effective and widely encompassing voice for all those who make a living in the live music sector. A voice that reflects one of the most vibrant, profitable, and culturally relevant industries in Canada. The Feldman Agency is proud to support and take an active role in this new enterprise, with the goal of creating a stronger industry for all of us to take part in."

Vice President, The Feldman Agency

Tarun Nayar

"Live music has been the soundtrack for my life - from punk shows in the suburbs of Montreal in the 80s, to playing shows across the globe with my band Delhi 2 Dublin, to programming South Asian talent at 5X Fest in Vancouver. I am honoured and proud to be a part of the team at Music Canada Live to ensure all Canadians can access the transformative and unifying power of live music."

Artistic Director, Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration

Kim Rayworth

"There is nothing more transformative than a live music event. It has the ability to transcend cultural and racial divides and can unite diverse audiences. Live music in Canada is raising awareness, bringing regions closer together and helping to unite our country while entertaining us from coast to coast to coast. We’re thrilled to be part of Music Canada Live and its commitment to keeping the business of live music alive for all Canadians."

Managing Director, Capitol Theatre

Lynne Skromeda

"Live music is crucial to the Canadian cultural landscape – it builds community and creates meaningful and memorable events in places all across our country. Music Canada Live’s role in the industry brings the people and all elements of live music together to work on the common goals that give audiences the greatest musical experiences they can have."

Executive Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival

Amy Terrill

"I consider it an honour to be on the ground floor of the creation of Music Canada Live which provides an exciting new opportunity to tell the story of live music in Canada and to work together to overcome common challenges."

Executive Vice President, Music Canada

Lisa Zechmeister

"Music Canada Live is the only body of its kind that unites stakeholders from all avenues of the industry in a social economy of shared goals and objectives to support and propel forward the live music scene in Canada. Our members are dedicated professionals who understand that our voice is stronger together than apart with the focus on giving Canadians the opportunity to feel the magic that only a live show can create while creating economic impact in our communities."

Director of Booking & Development, Republic Live

Executive Director

Erin Benjamin, Executive Director

In November of 2014, Ms Benjamin assumed the position of first-ever Executive Director of Music Canada Live, the voice of Canada’s Live Music Industry, after serving as the Canadian Arts Presenting Associations’ (CAPACOA) Executive Director for six and a half years. She had formerly joined CAPACOA after eight years as the first Executive Director at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF, now known as Folk Music Ontario) which followed a decade-long career as a touring and recording singer/songwriter.

She brings a strong vision for the live music sector that focuses on relationship building, networking, out-reach and strategic advocacy. Throughout her career she has helped to lead a variety of major sector initiatives including the inaugural Canadian Live Music Industry Awards (CMW, 2015), Live Music Measures Up (Music Canada, 2015), and CAPACOA’s “The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada” (2013).

Erin grew up in Toronto, attended Concordia University in Montreal where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree (theatre), and has made Ottawa her home since 2003. She has served on a variety of non-profit Boards including the East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International, the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) and MFM (Music and Film In Motion, in Sudbury).

Currently Erin serves as the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports’ Co-Chair of the Ontario Live Music Working Group (drafting a live music strategy for the Province), is a member of the Ontario Media Development Corporations Music Industry Advisory Committee and is a board member of the Unison Benevolent Fund. Recently she enjoyed roles as both the Vice-Chair of the 2017 Ottawa Juno Host Committee and Co-Chair of Canadian Music Week 2017.

She lives in a vibrant downtown Ottawa neighbourhood with her awesome kids, son Oliver and daughter Toby.