After a semester of teaching “Contemporary Composition” at the Beijing Midi School of Music in China (in Chinese!) as well as having served on the Humber College faculty in Toronto for the Song Writing workshop series in the summer of 2008, 2009 and 2011, Ember Swift’s “Song Writing” workshop  discusses the various components of a song by analyzing famous songs,…   …read more.


Similar to the general workshop about independent music, Ember Swift’s “Women in Independent Music” workshop adopts a feminist perspective  in this male-dominated industry. This workshop is meant to empower female artists to seek excellence in their craft, to counteract the pressures from our still imbalanced Western society, and to approach their art as an entrepreneurial endeavour.Similar to the general workshop…   …read more.


With most of her music experience focused on travelling outside of her native Canada, Ember Swift speaks about the trials and challenges, as well as the triumphs, of travelling to international destinations with one’s music. This is a lecture/Q&A-style workshop designed to assist the working musicians interested in cross-cultural communication and the export of their music to other national markets….   …read more.


Ember Swift’s “Sustainability in the Music Industry” workshop has a variety of lengths that range from a two-hour lecture/Q&A-style workshop to a 5-day workshop that includes additional guests. It is a discussion about the how-to’s of survival in the music industry as an independent artist “by identity and not default.” Topics are subdivided into smaller categories that include musical development,…   …read more.


Ember Swift’s “Art & Activism” workshop is a forum in which to examine how art has a role in activism and activism has a role in art. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the full process of making art from the original intention, to the method of conveying one’s message, to the impact that this message has on one’s audience.Ember…   …read more.

Press Bio

Canadian independent artist Ember Swift is an internationally touring musician and songwriter, and founder of the independent label Few’ll Ignite Sound. She and her band have toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States and have also toured (on multiple occasions) in Australia, New Caledonia (French island in the Pacific) and China. With a degree in East Asian Studies from…   …read more.

Press Bio

Canadian artist Ember Swift is an internationally touring musician and songwriter, and founder of the independent label Few¹ll Ignite Sound. Originally from Toronto, she has spent the past few years making her home base in the magnetic city of Beijing, China. She has released 10 albums and 1 DVD project since 1996 and continues to have a loyal fan base…   …read more.

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