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Music Canada: Tao-Ming Lau and Booking Agent

music canada: Despite steadily climbing the music industry ranks, working for heavy hitters like Universal Music Canada and the U.S.-based Billions agency, Tao-Ming Lau decided to take a leap of faith, according to NOW Magazine. The local booking agent and artist manager wanted to see the mainstream better reflect the burgeoning diversity of talent across Canada, and took matters into her own hands. BLUE CRANE AGENCY X PIRATES BLEND X BANDBOX featuring LIZA, HALEEK MAUL, JUNIA-T AS STUDIO MONK, TERRELL MORRIS as part of MANIFESTO at Nightowl Toronto 647 College Thursday August 9 . Doors 9 pm. 15, adv 10. mnfsto. She's launched her own agency, Blue Crane a nod to her Chinese heritage blue cranes are often depicted in Asian artwork which focuses on promoting women and artists of colour and handling their tour bookings across North America and beyond. Blue Crane's mandate goes far beyond simply booking shows Lau's dedicated to building safer spaces for her artists and their fans, as well as advocating for inclusivity in all aspects of the live experience, from venue accessibility to gender-neutral bathrooms. Blue Crane's starting roster of nine artists boasts wide-ranging talents from space-soul singer Zaki Ibrahim to former A Tribe Called Red member Deejay NDN, and promising newcomers such as soul singer LIZA and trans Iranian-Canadian rapper S ye Skye. ( As reported in the news.