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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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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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