People matter here.
Music matters here.
The Kinaxis culture is anchored by the simple words “people matter here”, which extends to the communities where we live, work and play, including the world of music. Its unique ability to bring people together makes music an important part of our workplace culture.
At Kinaxis, we want employees to create shared experiences that bring smiles to faces, no matter where they’re located in the world or how they experience music. We enjoy live shows together, perform for one another and find opportunities to collaborate thanks to this collective passion.
Speaking of performing for one another, we're proud to have a wealth of in-house talent! On a regular basis, Kinaxis employees share their musical skills in lunch break concerts in The Hive. The concerts are also broadcast virtually to Kinaxis team members around the world. These live performances include original tunes, covers of popular songs and lots of Kinaxis spirit!
In 2020, Kinaxis partnered with the Canadian Live Music Association to support performers and venues hit hard by COVID-19 with a live streaming concert series – Kinaxis InConcert. The series was a reason to come together, celebrate artists, support venues across Canada and connect to fans during a time where live music needed our support.
InConcert rocks on!
Listening to music at the office doesn’t need to be done exclusively through headphones. We’ve recently partnered with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) to showcase emerging local and touring artists each month in our very own concert space – the Hive! Concerts are complete with food and drinks and feature a range of genres, so everyone gets a chance to hear their favorite tunes.
Our employees share a common passion for music. That’s why we created a community space with the instruments and audio equipment to host concerts and stream them for employees who are located in other areas of the world. When we don’t have touring artists performing, our talented group of employees take over the space to share their enthusiasm for music and unwind together after the work week.
Igniting the future of music
The next generation of musicians is on the come up, and we want to be there to support them on their journey to stardom. We’ve partnered with The Catapult Collaboration, a new music initiative managed by ArtHaus and designed to support emerging artists, to make that happen.
A collective of business leaders and creative changemakers, including multi-platinum singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, The Catapult Collaboration supports emerging musicians by pairing them with established artists for unique live, paid performance opportunities.
The Catapult Collaboration was launched in June 2022 with a private concert aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, CA. The concert kicked off with the R&B stylings of emerging Toronto artist, Adria Kain followed by a trip to Mars with local rocker, TALK. The night ended with performances from our headliners, the iconic Grammy Award rocker Melissa Ethridge and JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder.
But the party didn’t stop there. We opened two new offices throughout 2022, meaning there was a lot of celebrating to do. At the grand opening event for our global headquarters in Ottawa, ON, we hosted 1,000 Kinaxis employees and their guests for an amazing evening full of music and smiles. The event featured artists Clerel and TALK and was headlined by Blue Rodeo and Serena Ryder.
Across the globe, the opening of our office in Chennai, India was an occasion to be remembered. Our commitment to appreciation of music could be heard in the performances from Indigenous percussionists specializing in Chendamelam, Thappattam and Dhol.
Through our work with ArtHaus, we’ve furthered our support for these community initiatives by sponsoring a series of events hosted by Dancer, Musician and Educator River Christie-White whose talents have helped spread awareness about the lack of support for Indigenous children and families with special needs.