PAQUIN ARTISTS AGENCY WELCOMES TAO-MING LAU AND BLUE CRANE AGENCY IN NEW PARTNERSHIP
TORONTO, ON – October 19, 2022 – Today, Paquin Artists Agency (PAA) announce a new alliance with Blue Crane Agency Founder/Agent, Tao-Ming Lau. Emerging from a longstanding relationship and shared passions, the integration of Blue Crane and PAA will expand their industry impact by strengthening artist relations, sharing resources, and cultivating community on an international scale.
"I'm excited to join a larger team and network for this next chapter of Blue Crane Agency’s future – where I will continue its home with the allyship and support of Paquin Artists Agency,” Tao says.
“Tao’s long-standing commitment to building a community around her artists, and developing their careers is inspiring,” adds PAA President, Julien Paquin. “We look forward to Tao bringing her ‘Blue Crane’ spirit to our incredible team.”
As a music booking agency seeking to prioritize women, artists of colour, and LGBTQ2S+ musicians in North America and abroad, Blue Crane will integrate all bookings and operations into PAA. Blue Crane Artists, who’ll be joining Tao at PAA, include Priyanka, Clerel, Zaki Ibrahim, Vivek Shraya, Le Ren, and Myst Milano.
Tao will continue to pursue her ancillary activities, including panels, workshops, advocacy work, curatorial and programming initiatives, such as special events, festivals and showcases under the Blue Crane wing.
Since 2020, PAA has seen exponential growth among its team of agents with the addition of Vinny Cinquemani, Vesna Pejkovic, Andre Guerette and Jason Furman. PAA, Canada’s largest booking agency’s latest signings include The Offspring, Jann Arden, Johnny Reid, Simple Plan and Big Wreck.
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About Paquin Artists Agency and Paquin Entertainment Group:
Established in 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group is a leading, full-service North American arts and entertainment company with ofﬁces operating in Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, and Nashville. Paquin Entertainment Group is home to a diverse portfolio including, artist representation, brand partnership, ﬁlm and television, and touring theatrical & exhibitions. Since its inception, Paquin Entertainment Group's core vision remains unchanged: to foster a creative culture that seeks and develops the world’s premier artists and productions.
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About Tao-Ming Lau and Blue Crane Agency:
Tao-Ming Lau is the Founder/Agent at Blue Crane Agency (@bluecraneagency), a music booking agency seeking to prioritize women, artists of colour, and LGBTQ2S+ musicians in North America and abroad. The roster was founded with and includes artists like Priyanka, Zaki Ibrahim, Shay Lia, Clerel, DJ NDN (Co-Founder of A Tribe Called Red), Vivek Shraya, BAMBII, and more. The agency has programmed festivals such as Pride Toronto and curated events for Nuit Blanche, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and more. Tao is a board director at Polaris Music Prize and Canadian Live Music Association and was chosen as a Rising Star in Toronto Life Magazine's 50 Most Influential Torontonians of 2018. Previously, she was at Chicago-based touring agency Billions, Universal Music Canada, and got her start with Carly Rae Jepsen's management and label in Vancouver, on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, where she was born and raised. Tao is a queer woman of colour seeking to open more doors and establish better infrastructure for underrepresented talent.
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