Music BC's SOUNDOFF

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Presented by Music BC, SOUNDOFF is a platform for our most promising local musicians with a focus on song placement and sync licensing in film and TV. Local artists perform songs and connect with music supervisors at this expansive yet intimate live gathering.

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Participating Musicians

Recently hailed by Exclaim! as one of their favourite emerging artists in 2021, Bukola is a 19 year-old musician who blends the sounds of contemporary R&b and jazz to create her own soulful sound. She’s influenced by artists such as India Arie, Daniel Caesar, and H.E.R., and has been pursuing her dreams of becoming a professional musician since she was nine years old.
Bukola worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Chin Injeti, and Juno Award-winning producer Ben Kaplan on her debut EP, The Chronicles of a Teenage Mind, which is out now on all streaming platforms.

Rebecca Sichon is a singer/songwriter based out of Vancouver, BC. At the age of 19, Rebecca has already released 11 singles, an EP, and performed dozens of shows across the Lower Mainland, including Mission’s Folk Festival in 2017 and 2019, and won Pop Artist of the Year at the 2020 Fraser Valley Music Awards.
She fell in love with singing and performing at a young age, having a musical family to support the growth of her talent. Versatile, with the ability to play three instruments, Rebecca is always stepping outside the box and breaking genres with her music.

Vox Rea’s special brand of noir pop blends strings arrangements and harmonies into the dreamy collection of songs on their self-titled debut. Vox Rea features Kate Kurdyak (lead vocals/piano/guitar/bass), her sister Lauren Kurdyak (vocals/piano), Kaitlyn Hansen-Boucher (vocals/percussion). and Mitchell Schaumberg (vocals/piano/guitar/bass).

Through a hybridization of digital and analog, their music seamlessly infuses electronic elements into live-off-the-floor performances that feel real, raw and all-too-human. Citing influences that range from Arcade Fire to Friedrich Nietzsche, the band draws inspiration from a mix of nostalgia for times past and life in a modern-day world in turmoil.

Teon Gibbs is a rapper/producer originally from Botswana. As a child, he moved between South Africa, Angola, and the U.K. with his family before eventually setting roots in Vancouver, where he now calls home. A Western Canadian Music Award nominee, he founded 100 Collective, a multi-faceted platform showcasing Western Canadian artists, creating industry connections, and further facilitating the advancement of underrepresented groups through the development of a BIPOC micro-grant program. Teon is currently serving on Music BC’s Board of Directors and brings an on-the-ground perspective of what it means to be a Black artist and individual in BC.

After 15 years of maneuvering the obstacle course of the modern-day music industry, JP Maurice has finally arrived at a place of complete control and confidence in his craft. Earnest, indie-pop beginnings have evolved into a more mature, polished sound. Sweeping melodies are punctuated by JP’s powerful vocal range expressing evocative lyrics of love, loss and overcoming hardship.

Following the release of his 2018 album Girls, JP immersed himself in working on his forthcoming album Pressure Makes Diamonds. The album sees JP taking on co-production duties alongside music industry veteran Ted Gowans (The Rentals, Tegan and Sara, Kehsa). Although plans for the album’s 2020 release were halted by the pandemic, the fall of 2021 will see the release of JP’s most personal endeavour to date.
Session Participants

Aamina Gant is a music supervisor at Evolution Music Partners. In the past few years, she has music supervised projects for film and television including Salt-N-Pepa, Love Island, Genius: Aretha, Queen Sugar, and Sprinter.

Janine Scalise is an independent music supervisor for her company, Moxie Music, a one-stop shop for music supervision, music licensing, and procuring original songs from artists. Currently working on The L Word: Generation Q and Better Things, Janine also has 14 years of experience as a music executive at Starz Networks. She has commissioned original songs from the likes of 50 Cent, Nick Cave, and Karen O, and has worked with composers including Bear McCreary, Kris Bowers, and Ludwig Görannson.

Currently the music director at award-winning agency Wild Card Creative Group, Evelin Garcia got her start in the music industry writing album reviews for The LA Weekly while also working at the Sunset Strip’s world-famous Viper Room. She has music supervised theatrical advertising campaigns including Reminiscence, Godzilla vs. Kong, Peter Rabbit 2, and Soul. Previously Director of Music at Ignition Creative, Evelin has also worked with Warner Brothers, Pixar, Paramount, Netflix, and Hulu.

Everton Lewis, Jr. is the founder and Chief Music Supervisor at Wracket Music Supervision whose recent projects include CBC’s Anyone’s Game, Yo! MTV Raps, and Amazon Prime’s All or Nothing. In 2010, this industry veteran founded EH! Side Music Supervision, a company solely dedicated to Canadian music syncs. Following the success EH! Side, Everton, Jr. became the Head Music Supervisor for VICE Canada and worked on projects including Dark Side of the Ring, Rat Park, and Tattoo Age.

Rob Calder is a VIFF AMP program curator and has been an active part of Canada’s creative industries for over 20 years. A co-founder of Boompa Records, Rob formed Secret Study after many years to connect musicians and artists with opportunities. As co-owner of the Canadian wing of internationally recognized Vaudeville Sound, Rob works in the world of audio post-production for film, television, video games, VR/AR, and animation. Vaudeville Canada has contributed to projects like Lovecraft Country, The Old Guard, Snowpiercer, A Long Way Up, and Thunderforce.

Tony Scudellari oversees all aspects of music for Sony Pictures Television’s programming. Current shows include Better Call Saul, The Crown, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy, Shark Tank, and The Young and the Restless. During his tenure, Sony Pictures Television’s programming has been awarded for its music by the Guild of Music Supervisors, the Emmys and numerous ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC Film & TV Awards. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie. He is co-curating VIFF AMP with Rob Calder for a third year.