November 14 - 17, 2019 in Toronto, Canada
Full music and tech lineup will be announced soon!
The first EMW in May 2018 was a huge success. As a result, the team has decided to continue with the theme of highlighting talented Estonians by integrating this year's festival with an IT conference – Latitude44. We are beginning the L44 Toronto event featuring Estonian tech, e-Governance and startups. We will be continuing the successful EMW in conjunction with L44 and with support from the very successful Estonian based conference Latitude59 in Tallinn.
2019 Latitude44 Hosts Announced
(Lavalife, Round 13 Capital, Dragon’s Den, The Disrupters)
(Business Journalist, BNN Bloomberg, The Disrupters)
& Canadian Tech
Canada and Estonia are two of the world’s most progressive societies. We share being open to people who are the best at innovation wherever they come from.
Estonia has a thriving world-class tech sector. Estonians brought the world Skype, TransferWise, Taxify, and Playtech. Estonia has the world’s first digital government called e-Estonia, which can be learned from, to promote transparency, empower citizens, and improve services in other countries. Estonia offers e-Residency for entrepreneurs from all over the world to start companies in Estonia. Estonia is a heavyweight in cyber security - the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is based in Tallinn.
Canada is famous for being a world leader in artificial intelligence. Companies, from Facebook, Microsoft, and Samsung to Uber and Adobe, have come to Canada to open centres for accessing Canadian ideas, education, and people. Google’s Sidewalk labs are going to create the world’s first connected neighbourhood in Canada. Canada has built world class companies like Shopify, Wattpad, Element AI, Lightspeed, and Ritual. Swiss-based StartupBlink lists Canada as the third best startup ecosystem with accelerators, incubators and venture capitals. Canada has 3 cities (Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa) in the top 20 worldwide for startups. Total Canadian investments in startups in 2017 were $3.3 Billion, in Toronto $779 million in 126 deals.
North America comes to Canada for tech talent and soon they can meet Estonia’s startups here as well.
Why EMW / L44?
Now EMW is expanding to bring you a whole new tech groove. Get in on it and discover something new! Meet some of e-Estonia’s new start-ups, e-Estonia representatives, and have a chance to hear some of the best progressive pop, jazz, and modern classical music at the same time.
L44 has partnered with them to collaborate on a tech conference in Toronto featuring guests from Estonia and Canada. Latitude59 is an Estonian tech conference founded in 2012 that brings together startups, investors, and leaders in governance. Their goal is to encourage learning, networking, and connection in a smaller, more intimate environment.
Who Should Attend?
The tech conference portion will be on November 14-15 at the WE Global Learning Centre with concerts in the evenings continuing into the weekend at various venues.
This is a by-invitation networking event that is intimate enough to allow 200 participants a day to interact with the right senior decision makers and potential strategic partners in the startup and e-Governance spaces.
If you are a Canadian tech leader, a Canadian VC’s who is looking for ideas and at the E.U. to invest, a leader of an incubator or accelerator, a federal or provincial information officer, or a digital and political leader or minister you should be here.
An intimate conference and networking event that allows Estonian companies and officials to meet the right strategic Canadian partners and officials to meet and discuss during the day (and hear world class Estonian artists at night.)
A two day, four night program: the tech conference during the day and modern contemporary Estonian music at night.
Come for the tech and stay for the music or come for the music and learn about cool new tech. It’s a weekend fusion of world class music and tech!
Day 1: Startups, Innovation and the e-Visa / e-Residency - Who to invest in and how to get into Europe
Day 2: e-Government - The world’s first e-society decoded for you
The main organizer in Toronto is Estonian Studies Centre/VEMU (www.vemu.ca). Canadian partners include: Betakit, BNN/Bloomberg, Startup Canada, and Toronto Global. Estonian partners include: the Estonian Foreign Ministry, the Estonian Embassy in Ottawa, Startup Estonia, Enterprise Estonia, the Estonian Foreign Ministry Business Diplomacy Division, and Latitude59.
The high tech totally wired Global Learning Centre of the International group WE Charity near Queen East and the Distillery District.
EMW will take place in some of Toronto's leading concert venues.
To help grow Estonian companies and network them with strategic Canadian partners.
To find investors in Estonia from North America. To find foreign markets for Estonian companies and services.
To create awareness and interest which leads to participation, partners in business and membership in the e-Residency program.
To create an influential global Estonian community by leveraging a vibrant branch in Canada and therefore promote overall Estonian interests.
Estonian Music Week (EMW) started in 2018 and was an immediate success with 5 days of unique concerts and wonderful artists from Estonia and North America, at some of the best venues in downtown Toronto. About 2000 visitors attended the 12 events during EMW which included concerts, a seminar, workshop, exhibits, and receptions.
To showcase some of the best Estonian contemporary musical culture.
To help Estonian musicians gain further worldwide appreciation and a North American following.
To create space for new artistic collaborations between Estonian and Canadian artists and composers.
To bring together Estonian and Canadian music professionals to encourage networking and create opportunities for building cultural bridges.