WHO WE ARE

Billie Jo Aasen

President, Talent Buyer

Billie Jo Aasen, 542 Entertainment President

With over a decade of experience in producing live music events, Billie Jo Aasen is the Founder and Creative Director of 542 Entertainment (Inc.). Established in 2013, 542 Entertainment is a boutique Talent Buying and Turnkey Festival Events Company that offers a unique hands-on approach to creating and managing festivals. For the same fee a typical agency charges for booking talent, 542 Entertainment will assign a representative to consult on all aspects of an event, including booking talent, doing site visits and even managing backstage.

Starting her career in festivals at the age of 18, and eventually building her own festival from the ground up at 23, Aasen knows what it’s like to take a risk. Her unconventional ‘get it done’ attitude has provided her with an organic education and extensive knowledge of the festival industry. With a core belief in building strong relationships alongside successful events, Aasen has quickly become known as a mover and shaker within the music industry.

“I created 542 because I saw a gap in the market; I knew it was something the festival industry needed. Having experienced taking big risks before, I understand first-hand the kind of pressure it creates, and know that the key to success lies in having the right team. Our slogan, ‘We are not an agent on the line, we are your partner in the trenches’ pretty much sums us up. You succeed, we succeed.”

Aasen currently splits her time between Vancouver BC and Nashville TN, but with her thumb always on the pulse of every up and coming artist and team, you can find her searching for the next “big one”.

Cory Popiuk

Chief Operations Officer

As a VP in 1998 at the NAIT Students Association in Edmonton, Cory co-produced his first festival.  After 8 years of being a District Manager with Husky Energy and stage manager for the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose AB, he took on the festival business full time in 2009.  Serving 14 Big Valley Jamboree’s, he has served in all areas of the festival; from emergency Plans to toilets, showers and box office, Cory has seen it and knows how to make it better. What an asset to the 542 Team!

Casadie Pederson

Manager of Corporate Strategy

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In 2010, Casadie moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she attended Middle Tennessee State University. There, she generated many relationships on Music Row and within the music community, and especially with fellow Canadians who make Nashville their home. In 2012, she returned to Canada where she completed her Master Certificate in Music Business from the renowned Berklee College of Music. She is an entrepreneur with her companies, MainStage Management & MainStage Multimedia which provide artist management and 360 branding solutions to artists. Casadie’s expertise in strategic planning, marketing and music have allowed her to be very diverse and knowledgeable in many areas of the music industry. Casadie has dived into the 542 team with passion, focus, and excitement for the future.