Andreas is an entrepreneur, lawyer (Kalogiannides Law – Business, Entertainment) and artist manager (Magic Pie Entertainment). Andreas is a founding member of the Toronto Music Advisory Council (TMAC), a City of Toronto board advising City Council on policies to develop the music sector, and served as TMAC Co-Chair from 2014-2017; Andreas also serves as a member of the Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management.
Outside of work, Andreas enjoys running, following basketball and Formula 1 racing, travelling and live music. He is a classically-trained pianist, guitar player and hobbyist songwriter (though he doesn’t get to write as often as he would like).
Peter Venetas – VP, Culture and Development, STREETCAR Developments Member, Board of Directors
Peter Venetas brings over a decade of real estate development and project management, community engagement, and arts and cultural partnership experience to Toronto Music City.
Trained as an Urban Planner, Peter has had the fortune of managing some of Toronto’s most complex and architecturally forward thinking city building project including most recently the Mirvish Village/Honest Ed’s redevelopment and the Lawrence Height Revitalization for Toronto as well as overseeing the development and construction of over 600 units of new affordable housing in Toronto for Toronto Community Housing.
Peter’s approach and philosophy has been to ensure that community interests, and arts and cultural programming are included in the development process and woven into the final project. This results in complete communities that deliver social capital, economic development, and financial returns.
Peter established and was the Creative Director of Markham House City Building Lab – a gallery and community hub. The goal of Markham House was to showcase the creativity of the Annex neighbourhood and the city. Programming partners and collaborators included Wavelength, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, SoFarSounds, Comedy-X, the Centre for Social Innovation, Nuit Blanche, Bloor Ossington Folk Festival, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. Peter has also acted as a Public Art consultant, working with various artists including Paul Raff Studios at Market Wharf Condominiums, Margret Atwood and Charles Patcher on the 99th branch of the Toronto Public Library.
Prior to working in real estate development, Peter was part of the management team for The Beaconsfield, a local hot spot located directly across the street from the Drake Hotel. Beyond traditional food and beverage management, Peter was instrumental in the positioning of The Beaconsfield as ground zero for Toronto’ s indie rock scene developing long term relationship with local artists and labels, programming events, record release parties, and DJ bookings.
Jon Box – VP, Label Partnerships and Business Development, Universal Music Canada Member, Board of Directors
Jon Box is Vice President of Label Partnerships and Business Development at Universal Music Canada, working with a diverse roster of independent labels, both domestic and international, as well as digital business development. Over his decades-long tenure at UMC, Box has gained a breadth of experience through his various posts, a merger, an acquisition, and multiple format changes. Having been on the front lines of the digital shift from 2007 to 2012, he oversaw the digital revenue portfolio as it crossed the 50% mark and was involved in the launch of various innovative models.
Dating back to working at record stores while at Western University in his hometown of London, Ontario, Box has devoted his entire career to the music industry. He has also volunteered with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and is currently a board member of Toronto Music City, helping to find affordable housing for the Toronto music community. His most recent philanthropic initiatives include raising money and awareness for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research – Sunnybrook Foundation, MusiCounts, and Unison Benevolent Fund.
Michie Mee – Artist, Canadian Hip-Hop Legend Member, Board of Directors
Michie Mee is known within the music industry for her unique rap style of combining reggae and dancehall with hip-hop. Many successful artists have followed in Michie’s footsteps using this gifted technique. With over two decades in the entertainment industry, the Juno nominated rapper and actress is not only an inspiration for female musicians, but also all artists nationwide.
Aside from her life as an entertainer, Michie is also a mother who makes it one of her duties to keep involved with today’s youth. Knowing first hand the twists and turns artists often face in entertainment, Michie is an avid supporter of children striving to achieve a good education. Michie herself left university after her music career began to soar and has always spoken openly about the importance of education. Michie continues to enhance her abilities to attract diverse roles on television and film. She was featured in the 2011 CBC Hip-Hop documentary “Love, Props and the T. Dot,” this trailblazer’s saga still continues. Michie Mee’s reign as Queen is far from over.
Michie is the 1st Canadian Hip-Hop Recording Artist to sign an American Major Record deal and is the recipient of the 2012 DJ Stylus Hall of Fame Award, 2013 CUMC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Black Canadian Award for Best Female Rap Act, and most recently made History winning the Toronto Arts Council ‘Roy Thomson Hall Award’ of $10K. The Roy Thomson Hall Award recognizes creative, performing, administrative, volunteer, or philanthropic contributions to Toronto’s musical life by a person, ensemble or organization. Ms. Mee is the CEO of MBM Publishing, and MBM Inc. is looking forward to NEW music in 2017.
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