About Us

Casablanca is the largest independent music publisher in Canada. We provide both domestic and foreign music publishing administration services to copyright owners around the globe.

In addition to our hands-on knowledge of the music publishing industry, our relationships with film/television producers, record companies and advertising agencies gives us an added advantage in soliciting licenses for your catalogue.

Casablanca has a complete team of personnel to support, administer and exploit all of your music publishing copyrights.

Jennifer Mitchell, President, BComm., LL.B., was an associate at the law firm Gardiner, Roberts LLP and prior to that, Farano Green, where she specialized in entertainment, media and communications law. During her time in private practice, Jennifer represented numerous music publishers, songwriters, recording artists, record companies, distributors, and film and television production companies. Jennifer also assisted clients with respect to the acquisition, sale, financing and distribution of catalogues and intellectual property assets owned or controlled by them. In 2001, Jennifer co-founded Casablanca Media Publishing together with Edmund Glinert, and she has served as its Vice President since its inception. Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of Casablanca and also acts as the company’s in-house general legal counsel.

Jana Cleland, Vice President, has over 12 years of music publishing experience. Jana came from BMG Music Publishing where she worked in the copyright and royalty department before she became their Creative Manager. She promoted songs to Film, TV and media as well as pitched material to artists. For the past several years, Jana has been actively involved with the songwriter committee for the Juno Awards.

Steve Payne, Director, Copyright & Licensing, is a two time graduate of Fanshawe College, majoring in both Radio Broadcasting and Music Industry Arts. He may be a relatively new face in the music industry, but he is not without experience. Since moving to Toronto in 2005, Steve has built a strong background in the music business, focusing his time on licensing, publishing, editing, engineering and production. On the technical side of things, Steve also enjoys recording and producing fledgling bands as a freelance recording engineer.

Jeniel Arrubio, Office Manager, joined Casablanca after several years at a fast-paced promotional company. She’s maintained the momentum she was famous for and provides exceptional support to Ed, Jennifer and Controller while keeping the Casablanca group of companies running smoothly. Jeniel (that’s pronounced: Jenelle) is a very cheery presence on the frontline at Casablanca.

Hanna Crook, Publishing Assistant Manager, Hannah joined the Casablanca / Red Brick team in 2017. She grew up with a family in music, everything from festivals, productions to musicians themselves. Eager to carry on with music she graduated from Metalworks Institute in 2012 with a degree in Music Business Management. Right out of school getting she cut her teeth working at an artist agency and management company. Moving closer to Toronto, Hannah changed direction and began working at CMRRA, furthering her knowledge of copyright and licensing.
Hanna is currently on maternity leave.

Emily Haffenden, Synchronization Manager, Emily graduated with a BA in Communications and Sound from Concordia University. Following her move from Montreal to Toronto, she began her entertainment industry journey at a music house, which composed original jingles for advertisements. Her amiability, adoration for music, and knowledge of placing sound to picture naturally transitioned her to the world of film post-production .She spent just over a year as a Coordinator in that field before being recruited by Aporia Records, where she manned the Synchronization department for almost 5 years.