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How Some Women Are Working To Make Canada’s Music Industry More Inclusive

tanja.saric November 14, 2019 135

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Canada’s music industry has come a long way in regards to women’s equality. Nowadays, our Billboard Hot 100 is filled with female artists who are finding great success like Alessia Cara, Jessie Reyez, Avril Lavigne, and Ruth B. However, what we don’t often take in to consideration is the industry’s behind-the-scenes positions like sound technicians, producers, masters, or mixers. These roles continue to be dominated by men, leaving some women feeling as though they don’t belong.

In fact, according to a 2015 survey by Nordicity, only six per cent of women working in Ontario’s music industry are working in production. That is why Canadian electro-pop star Lights and technical director Allyssa Rawes are taking matters in to their own hands. They are working hard to not only make a place for themselves in the industry, but also to help the next generation of women feel welcome in what they would call a “boys club.”

This was the first time I met Lights. I consider her my role model in the music industry.
Sound technician and teacher Allyssa Rawes
Sound technician and teacher Allyssa Rawes Photo credit: John Lesavage/CBC https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/women-in-music-industry-change-1.4577559
Lights performing in London, ON on her “We Were Here” tour.

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