Imagine a songwriters’ circle, but for music producers, online. The Producers' Circle is not about expertise, but about community. Each session, participants share various pieces that they have worked on, explore how they made it, and receive a wide range of feedback from peers. It's all love.
Sometimes the hardest part is sharing something that isn't "finished." The more opportunities we have to develop that muscle, the easier it becomes.
You don't have to be a producer to hang out. Listeners are more than welcome, too. No pressure 😊.
This drop-in, co-curricular initiative seeks to support Hart House’s Hip Hop Education by bringing together beatmakers, producers, and music creators, primarily from the U of T community, in an informal and open space to share beats, tracks, techniques, questions and ideas.
The aim of these sessions is to create a supportive music production community of practice, dedicated to creative expression and artistic development. Whether you're just getting started or have been a producer for many years, this session is meant to be an inclusive environment for music producers of all levels and anyone interested in music production.
All genres of music are welcome!
Sample Challenge: We provide a track and you chop it, sample it, flip it and create something new. We all share in a non-judgmental space.
Drop-in beat / track share: Bring any music you’re working on, or something you made ages ago! The point is to share music, learn from each other, and maybe get a few collaborations off the ground. All genres are welcome!
Workshops: We’ll bring in a guest to share their knowledge, wisdom, and approaches to various elements of music production and the industry. These are informal discussions, and not so much "presentations." Guests will also hang out and listen to tracks from the group.
Hart House Producers' Circle Mixtape Volume 1: Lofi
Tony Cruise is a global sound artist who cultivates ideas for musicians, institutions, and brands - including scoring film, sound design, installations and consulting. In 2020, Cruise was selected to attend the Factory Berlin/Beats by Dre/Sonar +D Artist Residency. He has since been shortlisted for the 2021 Soho House Design Award, commissioned to compose for London Fashion Week, and chosen to be Pioneer Works’ (NY) 2022 Music Resident.
OBUXUM is a Toronto based Somali-Canadian producer and beat maker, whose lush and characteristic sound celebrates story telling. OBUXUM believes creativity is an essential part of life — a quality that all human beings possess but don’t always get a chance to access. “I feel like every single person is born creative, but not many people have the opportunity to explore their different creative niches and then turn that into art,” she says. “For me, art means everything.”
“Each Song means something different, whether it is a life-lesson or a note to upcoming black womxn artists. I have a willingness to always experiment, and create small worlds of their own, that have their own meanings. I am not a fixed artist; you can never expect one kind of sound from me.”Website
New experiences bring forth a new kind of sound. With Re-Birth, OBUXUM plays with elements of house and techno, while still carrying through an alternative blend of hip hop.
She has made her presence known with notable festival performances at MUTEK Montreal, Wavelength Festival, Kazoo! Fest, Toronto PRIDE, Electric Eclectics, and Venus Fest. NOW Magazine also included her in their list of Toronto electronic musicians to watch.
Marco Adamovic a.k.a. Vic Adamo
Marco is an educator and cultural producer. As an educator, Marco strives to facilitate positive and healthy environments for creativity, connection, and collaboration to thrive. As a cultural producer, he is a multi-instrumentalist, beatmaker, songwriter, and organizer of the things. He works with people, machines, and (mostly) good ideas. His family emigrated to Turtle Island in the 1970s from the former Yugoslavia. Marco is a graduate of the Mille Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program, an alumnus of Katimavik, and holds an M.Ed in Leadership, Adult, and Higher Education from the University of Toronto. In closing, Ball is Life.
Artist, Program Coordinator, AAACC
Jamil Nasim is a post-disciplinary artist reflecting on Blackness, being, familial/cultural histories, popular imagination & technology at the intersections of image, sound, design, & literature. In their professional work, they aim to create spaces for marginalized people to exist, create and have meaningful discussions around issues facing marginalized communities.
UTSC Student, Online Community Lead
Bill Xu (He/Him) is a seasoned musician with years of experience working with a diverse pool of genres. He is in his third year, studying neurosciences. He helped to shape the music production community, leading and culturing a comfortable space at the Hart House Producers’ Circle. He also teaches and fosters a passion for musical development. With his experience and dedication to the community, Bill is committed to pushing new ideas in the creative industry.
What does Hart House mean to you? Or alternatively, what is your favourite thing about Hart House?
The Hart House community is unique and acts like a hub for creativity. I felt comfortable sharing and learning from others, I remember when I first got involved, I was very surprised by how welcoming the atmosphere was, that has to be my favourite part of Hart House. I had heard how monotonous university life could be but Hart House wasn’t like that at all, after leading some events myself I’ve heard the same comments from newcomers. There were plenty of opportunities and events you could get involved in and I’m really grateful to the people that maintain the space.
Other things to know
- This is an Online Event that will be held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Download the Zoom desktop app here
- The session will not be active until shortly before 6 pm EST.
- You'll want to have your DAW and track ready to go before we start.
About AAACC, San Francisco, U.S.A.
The African American Art & Culture Complex is a space for Black creatives to present, gather, and learn while being a space for all to experience Black art and culture. We are dedicated to providing a wide variety of art and cultural programming for youth, adults and families, including visual, digital, and performance. In addition to programming, AAACC rents affordable events space in our more than 32,000 square foot facility. AAACC provides resident art companies with subsidized offices, administrative services, and access to rehearsal, performance, and exhibition space.
The Center is also home to the 206-seat Buriel Clay Theater which serves as a site for annual theatre productions, dance performances, musical concerts, film and video screenings, seminars, and workshops. We also host the Sargent Johnson and Hall of Culture galleries which are dedicated to exhibiting artwork from and about the African Diaspora.