Rachel Weldon is a music curator, event producer, and project manager living on Algonquin territory (so-called Hull). She is the founder and creative director for Debaser, music programmer at SAW, and a freelance project producer. 
Rachel is a trusted voice in the music industry, and is passionately dedicated to supporting independent artists. Community engagement, storytelling, and DIY culture are undercurrents throughout all of her work.

Prior to her current work, Rachel was the general manager at Kelp Management, where she worked with artists Lido Pimienta, U.S. Girls, and Andy Shauf. During her time at Kelp, she also helped produce MEGAPHONO for three years as festival manager.

She has been an active member of the community radio community since 2012, and is currently part of the collective that produces Heavy Friends Saturday nights on CKCU. She DJs and song selects under the moniker Pink Veil on air and at events.

She has been an invited speaker by events and organizations such as POP Montreal, Music New Brunswick, Music Calgary, Carleton University, Algonquin College, and Girls+ Rock Ottawa, and has served on juries for the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Ottawa, the National Campus and Community Radio Association, and Arts Network Ottawa. She currently sits on the board of directors for Debaser and Everyseeker.

Speaking, Mentorship & Workshop Facilitation

“Envisioning Music Industry Futures” POP Montréal, September 2020

“Inspiration Talk Series”
Music Calgary, September 2020

Ottawa Arts Mentorship Program Arts Network Ottawa, March-November 2020

“Events and Community Partnerships” Graduate Course, Carleton University Communications Department, November 2019

“Get. Together: Community Engaged Programming”
Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa, August 2019

“Day-To-Day Life of a Manager" SoundOff Summit (Calgary, AB), February 2019

“Whose lineup is it anyway?: Festival lineup curation"
Conference 506 (Caraquet, NB), October 2018

“Women & the Music Industry: The token women" Conference 506 (Caraquet, NB), October 2018

“Artist Manager Round-Table" Pop Montreal, September 2018

“DIY et la marché de la musique francophone” Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique, September 2018

Catapult Mentorship Program
ArtsLink NB, July 2018

“Gig-Planning 101" Girls+ Rock Ottawa, May 2018

“Music Business Management” Algonquin College, February 2018

“Accountability, Industry and Community: Improving music scenes from the inside out" Pop Montreal, September 2017

“Women Mentor Panel" Ottawa Rock Camp for Women+, June 2017

“Building Your Music Industry Team" Music and Film in Motion, March 2017

“Music Business Management” Algonquin College, February 2017

“How to book a show"CKCU FM, December 2016

“Music as a Business Strategy" Ottawa Small Conference, October 2015

Boards and Committee

Riverbed Reading Series

Comité consultatif Culture Outaouais, January 2020-Present

EverySeeker Festival Programming Committee
January 2020-Present

Knot Working Group SAW Video’s Knot Project Space, October-December 2019

Every Seeker Festival
July 2019 – Present

2019 – Present 

Girls+ Rock Ottawa
2017 – 2020

2016 – 2018
Juries and Assessment

SAW Prize for New Works
SAW Gallery, September 2020

Canada Council for the Arts – Explore and Create
July-August 2020

Canada Council for the Arts – Explore and Create
February 2020

Arts Network Ottawa, July 2019

Showcase jury Association des professionenls de la chanson et de la musique (APCM), 2018

City of Ottawa, 2015

National Campus and Community Radio AwardsNational Campus and Community Radio Association, 2014

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