Submissions for It’s Your Shot 2017 are now being accepted, as Canadian music company Slaight Music has officially opened the national songwriting and artist development competition. Launched in 2010, the content is open to all musical genres, and encourages artists to submit a song and/or video for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at $100,000 in total.
This year, Slaight Music is partnering with Hidden Pony/Universal Music Canada, providing the winning artist with recording, distribution, radio promotion, publicity, and marketing support, along with a professionally produced photo shoot, artist biography and two music videos. The winner will also receive business mentoring, performance opportunities, and brand development across the artist’s website and social media platforms.
Past winners of the contest include Notifi (2016, Sony Music Canada), Kayla Diamond (2015, Cadence), Sam Drysdale (2014, Warner Music Canada), Jillea (2013, Universal Music Canada), Liteyears (2012, Maple Music), and Liz Coyles (2011, Maple Music).
Submissions will be open until March 15, 2018, with the winning submission announced in May 2018.
On July 19, imagineNATIVE announced that it had partnered with Slaight Music for Bull’s Eye, a new Indigenous music talent search. According to a release, Bull’s Eye “seeks to nurture Canada’s newest music talent with unprecedented opportunities, including a $10,000 cash award, to turn their talent into a career.”
Canada’s aspiring Indigenous musicians are encouraged to submit a track of their original work through the Bull’s Eye website. Applications are open until August 31. If selected, finalists will be promoted through imagineNATIVE’s social networks leading up to the 17th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, happening October 19-23, 2016. During the week of the festival, the final nominees will be announced, and the Bull’s Eye contest winner will be awarded at THE BEAT, imagineNATIVE’s annual music showcase.
In addition to promotional opportunities, the Bull’s Eye winner will receive $10,000 towards the production of the artist’s first official music video, and the chance to travel with imagineNATIVE’s annual Film + Video Tour in 2017, to promote the video to Indigenous communities across Canada. The winner will also receive professional recording sessions with an established Canadian producer for up to three original tracks.
“Slaight Music is proud to support and evolve its partnership with imagineNATIVE in 2016 with Bull’s Eye which will give new Indigenous music artists across Canada unprecedented access and resources to showcase their talent and turn their artistic passion into a career. We are very excited to partner with imagineNATIVE on this unique initiative,” said Derrick Ross, President of Slaight Music, in the Bull’s Eye release.
Following a successful inaugural year, the JUNO Awards and Slaight Music have announced the return of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class leading up to the 2017 JUNO Awards in Ottawa, ON. The unique artist development program aims to provide three Canadian artists or groups with essential tools, opportunities, and connections to amplify their careers.
The top three artists will be selected by the Super Jury consisting of JUNO Award winners Kardinal Offishall, Max Kerman of Arkells, Lights, and producer Gavin Brown, as well as A&R representative Ali Slaight of Slaight Music, and President/CEO of CARAS and MusiCounts, Allan Reid.
“Looking back on the early years of the band, I was pretty frazzled about 98% of the time. If I can offer some advice to a young artist to get that number down to 95%, then this is a job worth doing,” said 2016/17 Super Jury member Max Kerman. “The Master Class provides very practical utilities for artists hoping to get their foot in the door. I’m happy to be involved again this year.”
The three finalists will receive an all-inclusive trip to Toronto for an intensive mentorship week with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music, culminating with a music industry showcase night. The finalists will also receive an all-inclusive trip to the 2017 JUNOS in Ottawa, ON, showcase opportunities during JUNOfest, a mini-doc on JUNOTV.ca, studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios, and a $10,000 MuchFACT Online Music Video Award.
Submissions for 2017 are open and will close on June 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM ET. The top 10 finalists, selected by representatives from major and independent music labels, publishers, agents, managers and media partners, will be announced August 3 at www.junomasterclass.ca. The three winners will be revealed on September 13.
“We are excited to continue our support of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class program,” said Gary Slaight, CEO/President Slaight Communications, in a press release. “Slaight Music is dedicated to initiatives that provide unique opportunities for Canadian music artists to succeed. Last year’s winners were a great example of the rising talent we have in Canada and we look forward to carrying on my father Allan’s passion for Canadian talent.”
2016 winners Fortunate Ones, Derrival, and Slow Leaves discussed their experiences since completing the program and attending The 2016 JUNO Awards in Calgary, AB, in the following video:
Diamond-certified recording artist Michael Bublé was among the list of 2015 Canada’s Walk Of Fame inductees announced today at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON. Along with Bublé, the 2015 inductees include actors Wendy Crewson and Lorne Greene, author Lawrence Hill, athlete Silken Laumann and Hockey Night In Canada broadcasters Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.
Also honoured at this year’s ceremony will be 17-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-platinum recording artist Shawn Mendes, who will receive this year’s Allan Slaight Honour, which recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry.
“Our mission at Canada’s Walk of Fame is simple – to celebrate Canadian excellence, and to inspire the next generation,” said Melanie Hurley, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “This year’s inductees truly represent this mission, and the legacy they are creating for Canada is something we should all be proud of.”
Tickets for inductees ceremony on November 7, 2015 at Toronto’s Sony Centre are on-sale now. The televised special will air nationally on Global December 17 at 8pm ET/PT.
The Polaris Music Prize, an annual award which honours the year’s best Canadian album, has revealed the short list of nominees for the 2015 award at The Carlu in Toronto. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the prize gala, which will be hosted by beloved children’s entertainer Fred Penner on September 21, 2015 at The Carlu.
In June, Polaris revealed their long list of nominees in Halifax, NS. Both the long and short lists are determined by the Polaris Jury, which consists of 196 members from local and national media who have displayed a passion in their work for discovering and embracing new Canadian music. This year, the winner will be awarded $50,000 with the nine other shortlisted artists receiving a $3,000 prize courtesy of Slaight Music.
Toronto, July 14, 2011: Music Canada and Slaight Music are pleased to announce support for the Unison Benevolent Fund, a safety net designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis, and in the process, have issued a challenge to the music community to match their pledges.
Together they have pledged to help raise a $1,000,000.00 capital endowment fund, kick starting donations with commitments of $250,000 each from Music Canada and Slaight Music. The $250,000 pledges will be fulfilled when the million dollar goal is reached. Music Canada has also provided an $80,000.00 cash infusion for the immediate operations of the fund.
(Pictured are Catharine Saxberg and Jodie Ferneyhough, Founding Directors of Unison, Derrick Ross, President of Slaight Music and Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada)