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The Allan Slaight Juno Master Class Is In Session

The four winners of the 2018/19 round of Canada's premier artist development program recently engaged in a week of intensive mentorship and industry insight in Toronto. One lucky winner will get to perform live at the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards in March. Pictured: the winning artists with reps from Slaight Music and CARAS/The Junos.

The Allan Slaight Juno Master Class Is In Session

By FYI Staff

The Juno Awards and Slaight Music launched Canada's premier artist development program, the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, four years ago. Master Class differs from other artist development programs in that winners are endorsed by members of the music industry and chosen by a super jury of industry leaders.


The 2018/19 winners are Aquakultre (selected by being the CBC Music Searchlight winner), Haviah Mighty, Port Cities, and smrtdeath. All four recently engaged in a week of mentorship and industry insight in Toronto, taking in lessons from the experts including: a visit to Facebook, Apple Music, and CBC Music; myriad sessions at Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music with industry mentors; photography sessions with Matt Barnes and Caitlin Cronenberg; a producer session with Jordan Evans (Daniel Caesar’s manager and producer); a media training session with Franca Miraglia and more, all culminating with a  live performance showcase by each act on Oct. 25 at Jasper Dandy.

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To top off the experience, all four artists will receive a performance slot at Junofest, presented by CBC Music, and one lucky winner will also get the chance to perform live at the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards in March in London, Ontario.  

Photo caption: Allan Slaight Juno Master Class winners with representatives of Slaight Music and CARAS/The Juno Awards: L-R: Nathan Doucet (aquakulture), Jeremy Costello (aquakulture), Nick Dourado (aquakulture), Lance Sampson (aquakulture), Gary Slaight, Dylan Guthro (Port Cities), Haviah Mighty, Derrick Ross, Breagh MacKinnon (Port Cities), smrtdeath, Allan Reid, Carleton Stone (Port Cities), and Ali Slaight — photo credit: Tania Heath Photography

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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