BPM | Black Professionals in Music

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Updated September 9, 2021

Next BPM Session

Thursday, September 16 at 5:30PM via Zoom


Guest mentor Kesi Smyth is joining us this month’s edition of BPM to share insight on being a Black woman in the music industry. From her perspective as a once 18-year-old upstart at 604 Records to being a music business executive while juggling homelife and being a mom, this conversation will be both insightful and impactful. If you're interested in being in on the convo, please reach out to Andrew Sannie via bpm@manitobamusic.com for the Zoom link.

Guest Mentor

Kesi Smyth is the General Manager / HR at 604 Records where her career spans over 17 years in the Canadian music industry. Most notably; Kesi was day to day manager for Carly Rae Jepsen during the peak of global hit “Call Me Maybe” organizing performances for the MuchMusic Video Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, and much more.

She has since ascended roles to oversee the label operations of the 604 Label Group and the many clients it serves. She also sits on the CIMA (Canada Independent Music Association) Board of Directors, and participates in the ADVANCE membership committee (Black Music Industry Collective) among other committee positions.

How To Get Involved

To get involved, please email bpm@manitobamusic.com. Participation is free and open to residents of Manitoba who identify as a Black musicians or music industry professional. 

Upcoming  BPM Session

Thursday, September 22 at 5:30PM via Zoom


Join us as we sit down with artist, CBC radio host and the creative jack of all trades that is Odario Williams. This conversation will speak specifically to the art of forging a career from Canada's centre most province, Manitoba. Odario will touch on his journey as an artist, his path to CBC and how to balance creative pursuits while working in the music industry. This will be a must join conversation for those interested in learning how to turn their creativity into a day job. If you're interested in being in on the convo, please reach out to Andrew Sannie via bpm@manitobamusic.com for the Zoom link.

Guest Mentor

Odario Williams is a Guyanese-born entertainer, raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Today Odario resides in Toronto and is the lead vocalist for the award-winning hip-hop collective Grand Analog. His rap career began while studying creative writing, theatre and film at the University of Winnipeg. He always considered Winnipeg, where he honed his craft, to be a hotbed for creativity & self-expression. As an entertainer, Odario wears many hats, describing himself mainly as a storyteller (he's also been titled a “modern day renaissance man”). Aside from being an actor, songwriter, producer, teacher, journalist and poet, Odario is no stranger to the CBC airwaves as a broadcaster. Over the last decade he has been a regular host on Radio 3. He's also guest-hosted The Signal, CBC Music Top 20 and the Weekend Morning show. Odario is currently the host of Afterdark on CBC Music.     

How To Get Involved

To get involved, please email bpm@manitobamusic.com. Participation is free and open to residents of Manitoba who identify as a Black musicians or music industry professional. 

About BPM

BPM is a new program via Manitoba Music focused on supporting Black music professionals in Manitoba, supported by ADVANCE, Canada's Black Music Business Collective. Each month  BPM offers participants a chance to meet and network, join discussion groups, and learn from other Black industry pros from across the globe. Bring your ideas to the table, share about your professional needs and any barriers you’re facing to advancing your career, and influence the direction of this program as it develops. BPM is facilitated by creative and business owner Andrew Sannie. Read more about the launch of BPM

About Andrew Sannie

Andrew Sannie is a Canadian creative and business owner, as well as a member of acclaimed Canadian hip hop group, The Lytics. Andrew is also a co-founder of Canadian based experiential marketing and consultation company, Grape Experiential. In his personal time, Andrew works with several community groups and non-profits contributing to executive boards of several organizations across the country.


Driven by the heart, soul and sounds of Black voices across Canada’s music entertainment industry, ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective, is leading the change in developing an infrastructure for the betterment, upliftment and retention of Black people in the music business.

Serving as a unified front for Black people working within all sectors of the Canadian music industry, Advance creates conditions for long-term success by addressing racial equality and inclusivity through four areas: Advocacy, Mentorship, Community Outreach and Business Development and Entrepreneurship. 

By holding the corporate, private and government sectors accountable, Advance is committed to building a more equitable Canadian music industry that grants Canada’s Black music communities a fair and valued voice in a consistently growing music nation.

BPM Playlist

Coinciding with the BPM program, Manitoba Music launch a Spotify playlist to recognize Black artists from Manitoba, celebrating their contributions and amplifying their voices. Each month, a guest curator will share music by Manitoba-based artists.

Guest curator spots are open to all BPM participants and offer a small honorarium. Email info@manitobamusic.com if you're interested in signing up for a spot. 

Guest curators will asked to provide:

  • A Spotify playlist link (songs will be copied to Manitoba Music's Spotify) of up to one hour featuring Black artists from Manitoba. Playlist may include up to three songs by the guest curator, if applicable.
  • A current high resolution promotional image
  • A short bio

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