BY JEAN-PAUL DE ROOVER
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE-JOURNAL
THE Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce recently hosted Becoming a Music City, the first step in starting a conversation to help grow and develop Thunder Bay’s music industry.
The event featured a keynote presentation by Graham Henderson of Music Canada followed by a panel discussion with Jen McKerral of Music and Film in Motion, Cory Crossman of the London Music Office, Jason Wellwood of CILU 102.7 FM, and musician Jean-Paul De Roover.
After the panel, group discussions were held followed by a brief presentation of their conversations to the group and panelists for further discussion.
Through these discussions several different areas of interest were identified, including music education (both business and performance), youth engagement in music, access to rehearsal and performance facilities and more.
Three main recommendations are being made:
First, the creation of a music officer position responsible for maintaining a resource database for the region, being available for consults with artists/organizations, hosting events/workshops, being a liaison between the music industry and various levels of government, and being an available resource and “connector” for both the local music industry and participants from other markets. This position could partner with existing organizations such as the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Thunder Bay Tourism, City of Thunder Bay or the Thunder Bay Musicians’ Association to host this new position, as well as potentially take on some of the responsibilities of the music officer themselves.
Secondly, there is a high…