The vibe

Imagine a songwriters’ circle, but for music producers, makers and creators. The Producers' Circle is not about expertise or competition, but about community and collaboration. Each session features guests, knowledge exchanges and critical listening sessions, as well as beat and track share, where attendees 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 our collaborative muscle, the easier it becomes.

You don't have to be a maker/producer to hang out. Listeners are more than welcome, too. No pressure 😊.

Overview

This initiative seeks to support Hart House’s Hip Hop Education by bringing together beatmakers, producers and music creators 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!

Disclaimer

Sample Challenge events are strictly for educational and community-building purposes. No copies of the sampled track will be created for the explicit purpose of distribution or monetization.

Event formats:

We have a range of different events. You’ll find the dates and times below, as well as which event format we’re hosting. 

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, and provide feedback on pieces. 

Live Creation Session: Bring anything you need to make a new composition (laptop, audio interface, midi, headphones, etc.). We'll provide everyone with a prompt and a sample pack. You have 60 minutes to create something new! We'll workshop everyone's pieces at the end. These session are intended to connect you to the process of creation, without any judgment or preconceived idea of the end product. We invite you to challenge yourself to just create!

Schedule

Wed Sep 6

Drop-In / Beat Share

with Marco Adamovic

Location: Burwash Room, Hart House, 2nd floor

Wed Sep 20

Workshop: My RBC Launchpad Experience

with special guest Nicholas Lloyd-Kuzik aka Superphenix

Location: South Sitting Room, Hart House, 3rd Floor

Wed Oct 4

Workshop: The Art of Collaboration

With Special Guest Psyche Davy.

Location: Burwash Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House

Wed Oct 18

We Do It For The Culture Workshop: My Philosophy

With Special Guest K-Cut.

Part of the We do it For the Culture: A Hip-Hop at 50 Event Series, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, curated by Hart House, York University, and the Roots Rhymes Collective.

Location: Music Den, The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University

Co-presented with: Loop Sessions Toronto, and the Music Den, The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University

Wed Nov 1

Workshop: Getting your Music on Campus and Community Radio

With Special Guest Luke Smith.

Location: South Sitting Room, 3rd Floor, Hart House

Wed Nov 15

Drop-in/Beat Share

With Marco Adamovic.

Location: Burwash Room, 2nd Floor; Hart House

Wed Nov 29

Live Creation Session

Location: Burwash Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House

Wed Jan 10

Back to Basics: Sounds and DAWs

From crafting your own sounds to understanding how to work (or work better) with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), we'll go over some fundamentals in music production. Join us and bring your questions! 

Location: Burwash Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House

Wed Jan 24

Finding Inspiration

Creative blocks and walls can make it challenging to get to work and feel inspired to create. Join us for a walkthrough of a track from start to finish to see a few tips and tricks to hack inspiration.  

Location: Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House

Wed Feb 7

People's Choice

Every month, the Producers' Circle community picks a topic to learn more about, and we'll always leave time to share music from around the group.  

Location: Burwash Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House

Wed Feb 21

Music Theory in Genre: Hip-Hop, Lofi and R & B

Welcome to the wide world of music theory. Whether you're new to it, or have a good sense of it already, this session will explore progressions, common structures, and other tips focused on understanding music theory in the context of more laid-back, slower tempo music. 

Location: Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House

Wed Mar 6

Music Theory in Genre: Rock, Indie and EDM

Welcome to the wide world of music theory. Whether you're new to it, or have a good sense of it already, this session will explore progressions, common structures, and other tips focused on understanding music theory in the context of more aggressive, fast-paced, and upbeat tempo music.

Location: Burwash Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House

Wed Mar 20

People's Choice

Every month, the Producers' Circle community picks a topic to learn more about, and we'll always leave time to share music from around the group.

Location: South Sitting Room, 3rd Floor, Hart House

Wed Apr 3

End of Term Drop-In Session

End of Term Drop-In Session.

Location: Burwash Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House

Guests

Facilitators

Other things to know

  • This is a Hybrid Event that will be both in-person and held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Download the Zoom desktop app here 
  • The session will not be active until shortly before 7:00 pm EST.
  • You'll want to have your DAW and track ready to go before we start.

Co-presented by

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Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Wed, Sep 6, 2023
  • Upcoming Recurrences

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  • Time & Duration: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Cost:
    • General

      FREE

  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Multiple rooms and Zoom option
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What's On

  1. Jun 15  – Jul 12
  2. Jun 15  – Jun 30
  3. Jun 15 – Jul 27
  4. Jun 17 – Jul 22
  5. Jun 18 – Jul 27
  6. Jun 19 – Jul 27
  7. Jun 19 – Aug 7
  8. Wed, Jun 19