Conferences and Guest Speaking

“Sound Clashing in ‘The 6’: Placing Toronto Within The Black Atlantic.” 6th Global Reggae Conference – Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica, February 13-16, 2019.

Panelist. “Doing the Knowledge: Regional Histories and Contexts in Canada.” One Hundred and Fifty Futures of Hip Hop in Canada, Ryerson University/The Drake Hotel, November 2-4, 2017.

“She a Yardie: Translocalism and Jamaican/Canadian Identity in the Music of Michie Mee.” IASPM-Canada Annual Conference, University of Toronto, May 25-27, 2017.

Guest Speaker. “Check the Technique: Hip Hop Lecture/Interview Series.” Western University. March 15, 2017. Hosted by Roozbeh Showleh.

“Innis on Ice: Examining NHL Hockey as a Space-Binding Medium.” The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next  International Conference, University of Toronto, October 13-16, 2016.

“Translocality and the Articulation of a Jamaican/Canadian Identity in Toronto Hip-Hop.” “It Ain’t Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At”: International Hip Hop Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, June 23-25, 2016.

Moderator. (Re-)Covering Musics Graduate Conference. Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. March, 21, 2015.

“To the Beat of Its Own Drum: Issues of Authorship Within the Aural Aesthetic  of Hip-Hop Sampling.” Authorship in Music – An RMA Study Day. March 6-7, 2015, University of Oxford.

“The Number One Set and Sound: Exploring Reggae’s Performative Techniques in the Music of KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions.” Oregon State University Hip-Hop Festival and Symposium. October 17, 2014, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

“BaKardi Slang: Negotiating a ‘Janadian’ Identity in the Music of Kardinal Offishall.” Race & Place in Hip-Hop Beyond the US – African Studies Association UK’s Biennial Conference. September 9-11, 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

“Digital Diaspora: The DJ’s Role in Disbanding Data and Genre Hybridity.” PopLife: The Value of Popular Music in the Twenty-First Century. June 6-7, 2014, University of Northampton, UK.

“An Orchid Grows in Motown: Capturing Aura in J Dilla’s Donuts, a Response to Walter Benjamin.” Joint Meeting of the NYSSL Chapter of AMS and the Niagara Chapter of SEM. April 26-27, 2014, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

“On the Fly: How DJs Spun Technology and the Digital Revolution Took Flight.” African American Music in World Culture – Art as Refuge and Strength in the Struggle For Freedom. March 17-22, 2014, Boston University, Boston, MA.

“It’s Not in the Manual: Digital Technology and the Future of the DJ.” Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference (QUEUC). March 15-16, 2013, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC.


Guest Lectures

(With Dr. Alyssa Woods – University of Guelph) “Finding the Groove: A Workshop on Hip-hop Turntablism and Improvisation.” Sept. 20, 2019. Art Gallery of Guelph as part of the Guelph Jazz Fest Colloquium and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. (Lecture, performance, and workshop)

“Beats, Buttons, and Bass: Hip-hop’s Legacy of Re-invention.” Mar. 28, 2019. University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music. (Lecture and performance)

“Brand and Promotional Culture.” Dec. 4, 2018. Western University. Undergraduate class instructed by Ryan Mack.

“Toronto Says ‘Yuh Dun Know’: Examining Jamaican-Canadian Translocality in the Works of Michie Mee and Kardinal Offishall.” November 15, 2018. University of Houston. Undergraduate class instructed by Dr. Katherine L. Turner.

“The Canadian Recording Industry.” Nov. 30, 2016. Western University. Undergraduate class instructed by Dr. Daniel Robinson.

“Canadian Hip-Hop Pioneers.” Dec. 1, 2014. Carleton University. Undergraduate class instructed by Dr. Anna Hoefnagels.

“From the Street to the Studio: Hip-Hop’s Technological Innovation.” April 3, 2014. University of Houston. Undergraduate class instructed by Dr. Katherine L. Turner.



Lo-fi and Wi-fi: Conjuring Creativity & Performance. Oct. 19, 2012 at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre. Darrell Bell, Robin Davies, Denisa Krausova, Zoe Lauckner, Brent Pretty, Niel Scobie, Marshall Soules, and Marian van der Zon.

“Repetitive. Startling. Sequence. Machine.” DATASTREAM 4: Proliferating Signs & Cultural Layers – Jan. 12th, 2012 at the Nanaimo Art Gallery. Listen here.

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