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Talent Development Coordinator, Slaight Music

ALI SLAIGHT

Graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music, Slaight started off as an Artist in the industry with several compilation features, including two tracks on the 2006 album Pink Floyd Redux and a version of Etta James' "At Last" on Real Divas -- Torch Light Volume 2. In October 2008, working with Simon Wilcox and Justin Gray, she released the EP "The Story of Your Life" on Universal Music Canada. The title song ended up serving as the soundtrack to CBC Television's Canadian Olympic highlight recap. In 2009, Ali and Theo Tams recorded a version of the holiday classic "Do You Hear What I Hear?" in support of War Child Canada. It has turned into a yearly tradition for Ali & Theo - their album 'Holiday Collection' was released this past December containing all of their favourite duets recorded over the last 9 years.  Although Slaight enjoys her time in the studio, she feels most comfortable on the business side of the industry. Developing the careers of Canadian musicians and bands to help put their music in front of as many people as possible is what she, and her colleagues, are most passionate about.

www.slaightmusic.com

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Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Musician

ANDREW KING

Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Musician, as well as Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also co-hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast and the magazine's ongoing series of music business webinars. He is a juror for the Polaris Music Prize and regularly featured as a speaker and panelist at major industry events like Canadian Music Week, BreakOut West, East Coast Music Week, and more.

www.canadianmusician.com 

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Agent, APA Agency

BALDEEP RANDHAWA

With over a decade worth of experience in multiple aspects of the music industry, Baldeep brings a unique perspective to the agency world. Before joining APA he was the programmer for one of Canada’s largest festivals, the event producer at multiple campuses/ theatres, and created his own successful boutique agency that catered toward international and diverse clients.

Baldeep has developed a roster of emerging and established artists including Bryce Vine, Young Dolph, Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine, Jus Reign, Shawn Hook, Maestro Fresh Wes, Just John X Dom Dias, Craig Cardiff, Nuela Charles, and more.

www.apa-agency.com

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Artist Manager, Inside Pocket Music

DAN HAND

Dan Hand has been an active participant of the music business for over 12 years. Having managed artists since 2009, he has also had experience in marketing, tour managing and A&R at both independent and major record labels. Artists who've partnered with Dan have gone on to see world wide album touring and album releases, gold records, music video awards, Juno award nominations, among many other professional and personal accomplishments. After leaving the major to build 2 successful music companies, his most recent industry move was joining the staff at Gavin Brown founded music company Inside Pocket in 2018, and now managing such artists as CARYS (Atlantic/Warner), Havelin, and recording producer Dajaun Martineau. 

https://www.instagram.com/insidepocketmusic/?hl=en

Owner / Sr. Agent, Stars Academy Talent

FRANCESCA NICASSIO

Francesca “Franci” Nicassio, is founder of Stars Academy Talent which has become a full service entertainment and media company with divisions including A&R,Talent Agency, Artist Management and Indie Record Label. The company manages and produces diversified projects in music, film, television, theatre, and philanthropy. With her background and passion in talent scouting and the artistic and commercial development of the artist, Franci has lead her company from an award-winning academy to a 360-management service. SAT's roster includes rising stars of all ages including Juno and Emmy award-winning artists, writers, producers and directors.Through her whole-artist and long term approach, Franci thrives on nurturing talent,teaching sustainability in entertainment and forging lasting relationships. Her flair and appetite for “show biz” is reflected in her round the clock work-ethic and the success of her cross-platform roster world-wide.

http://www.starsacademytalent.com/

President / A&R Consultant, frazietrain productions

FRASER HILL

After 21 years at Universal Music Canada and EMI Music Canada as Senior Director of A&R, where he signed Serena Ryder, Shawn Hook, Wes Mack, Dear Rouge, The James Barker Band and more. Fraser Hill now leads frazietrainproductions, Inc., an independent music consulting company specializing in A&R Consulting and Artist Development. Fraser’s current client roster includes Canadian Country artist Karli June, Canadian Pop artist Max Parker, and A&R consulting for Montreal based label Secret City Records. Most recently, Fraser was the A&R, Senior Director of Casting for CTV’s The Launch music series.

http://jdmanagement.com/fraserhill/

Artist / Actor / Choreographer / Producer

JORDAN FRANCIS

Jordan Francis is a singer, dancer, actor and host who is best known for his role as Barron in Disney’s “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”. After playing Barron, Jordan was invited to be the opening act on Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brother’s world tour! 

 

After discovering his artistic passion at the age of 7,  Jordan landed his first big break playing Young Simba in the original Canadian Mirvish Production of Disney’s “The Lion King”.  Jordan continued to train in all genres and at the age of 12 he released his first music video for his song “I Wish I” which premiered on Much Music. Jordan went on to voice several animated characters for TeleToon Network’s “Carl Squared”, Warner Brother’s “Da Boom Crew”, Family Channel’s “Franny’s Feet” and TLC’s “The Save Ums”. 

 

Into his teen years, Jordan made the switch to film and television landing him roles on “Honey”, “Connor Undercover”, was the YTV Host of “The Next Super Group” and CBC’s “Cross Country Fun Hunt. Jordan continues to work as a multi-talented performer, song writer and producer most notably collaborating with Drake, composing and vocal arranging his hit song, “The Sweeterman”.

Artist Development / A&R / Project Management

KATE DAVIES

Kate is currently the VP Business Development + A&R at LVS & Company. Her most recent achievements include Director of A&R, Casting + Artist Relations for CTV's "The Launch", which has seen over 40 million streams of the show's numerous hit singles (including double-platinum single "Ain't Easy" by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, and six #1 singles). Davies previously worked as A&R at Universal Music Canada, where she created, developed, and managed the ’A+R Me’ street team and mentorship program which recruited over 80 A&R scouts nation-wide, and resulted in multiple signings at both Universal and it's distributed labels. She was also responsible for all A&R and new talent at The Feldman Agency where she created and managed an online interactive Canadian Music Scouting Program. Davies has also acted as an Artist Manager, managing and developing emerging Canadian talent. She worked as a Music Journalist and Editor in both Canada and in the UK and has a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Sussex (UK) in International Law, with an area of specialty in Canadian Music Copyright Law.

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Artist / Producer / A&R for Higher Reign

KAYLA DIAMOND

Kayla Diamond was supposed to be a lawyer but fate had a different plan. In 2016 while Kayla was attending law school, she got the call from Slaight Music and Cadence Music Group that changed her life - a recording deal which she left law school for. Thankfully she made that move, because it landed her a top 30 on the Canadian Billboard radio charts with her first single, Carnival Hearts. In addition, she’s been nominated for the single at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. After “Carnival Hearts”, she released “What You’re Made Of”, which earned her first Canadian Billboard Top 10. Known for her bluesy tones and bold lyrics, Kayla’s proved herself to be a prominent song-writer among the pop, indie and dance world. Her catchy collaborations with Alex Schulz, Kiso Armic, Vanillaz and Anevo have solidified her place in the dance top-lining world, earning her steady radio play and recognition from the likes of Gareth Emery, Tiesto, Hardwell and many more. In addition to her writing, Kayla’s equal passion is developing, executive producing, networking and strategizing other emerging artists- many of which are set to release in 2020.

https://kayladiamond.com/

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Artist + Songwriter

OLIVIA LUNNY

Canadian artist and songwriter Olivia Lunny is one of the most promising rising stars in music today, delivering her own distinct flavor of pop through candid and thoughtful lyrics, accompanied flawlessly by dance infused synths and bright, stunning vocals.


After taking up guitar and writing her first song at the age of 12, the Winnipeg native soon ascended to national fame, earning a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Pop Artist of the Year when she was 17 and scoring a Top 40 hit in 2019 with her magnetic single “I Got You.” More recently, Olivia has had the honor performing with some of Canada’s top musical talent including Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, and Michael Buble, on a charity cover of "Lean On Me" to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross towards COVID19 relief efforts and initiatives, and with early features from outlets including Billboard, American Songwriter, and Parade, Olivia’s refreshing new pop sound is already making major waves.

http://www.olivialunny.com/

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TV Musical Director + Composer

ORIN ISAACS

Orin Isaacs is a 27 year veteran to the Canadian music scene. He’s a Juno award wining, Gold & Platinum selling TV record producer, and over the last 20 years has been an in demand TV/Film composer.

Currently he's the music producer/composerand/or musical director for The Juno Awards, The Canadian Screen Awards, The Launch, Battle of the Blades, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Invention Canada, Stronger Together, I Do Redo, Under Cover Boss Canada, Chopped Canada, Top ChefCanada, Wall of Chefs, Ice Road Truckers, Storage Wars, 2002/2006 Olympic Winter Games, 2015 Pan Am Games, 2018 Warrior Games and the two biggest shows on Canadian TV The Amazing Race Canada and Big Brother Canada.

His film work includes, Breaking Brooklyn (Lionsgate), Mr. Jane & Finch (CBC), Cool Black North (Rogers), Shinny (NFB), Flemingdon Park (NFB).

https://www.swinglow.ca/

President, QW Productions + Artist

QUISHA WINT

Quisha grew up in a Jamaican/Canadian home listening to Reggae, Motown, Gospel, R&B, then entered the jazz program at Humber College in the mid ’90s. From there she embarked upon her dream of performing with well-known musicians, which took her to exciting overseas hotel engagements. Since then,Quisha has sung in many parts of Asia, Europe, North America, and Caribbean. With a bright personality and strong emotive vocal abilities, Quisha is one of Toronto’s most sought-after session vocalists. She also performs regularly at corporate gigs. Currently living in the GTA, Quisha is well established in the tight-knit music industry. She is a phenomenal and expressive vocalist who also inspires others to live out their dreams.

 

QW Productions was birthed out of a dream Quisha had. Her company launched in 2014 and continues to grow, providing outstanding and professional entertainment in a classy and nostalgic atmosphere; while providing a platform for artists and musicians to showcase their awesome gifts. Quisha is an inspiration to many and her hope is to live out her life knowing that many lives have been transformed positively through her works.

https://www.qwproductions.com/

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VP A&R, Warner Music Canada

RON LOPATA

Ron is in charge of overseeing the A&R department at Warner, finding and developing new artists, as well as maintaining and evolving the existing roster. This includes being a direct point of contact with artists and ensuring proper creative direction of the music/vision including music production, visuals, branding, business, live shows, etc. Ron is responsible for signing several artists with domestic and global success including Platinum & Gold record certified sales, Juno & CCMA awards, and large fan-bases across the touring market. Artists he’s signed to Warner include Scott Helman, Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick, Washboard Union, Carys, 6ixbuzz, LB SPIFFY, and many more. Ron has also produced and/or co-written several hits for radio with a number of different artists as well as composed music for TV in Canada, the US, and worldwide. At Warner, Ron collaborated on the writing side in several Gold & Platinum singles. As a member of 3-time-Juno winning RNB/soul band JACKSOUL (BMG) for 12 years, he toured several times across North America, highlighted by nationwide tours with greats such as James Brown and Al Green. Prior to working at Warner, Ron was an artist developer and had a hand in signing artists to Canadian and American record deals. Some of these artists include Tomi Swick, Lindi Ortega, Alysha Brillinger, and Simon Wilcox.

https://www.warnermusic.ca/

Artist + Songwriter, CEO of Sean Jones Music

SEAN JONES

With a music career that spans almost 3 decades, singer/songwriter Sean Jones shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. A Juno Award winner with the R&B group In Essence, Sean has released multiple albums over the years and played countless shows across the globe from the shores of Monaco to bright lights of L.A. Most recently Sean has become the Music Ambassador for Canadas own WestJet Airline. Recording an entirely new playlist called "The Boarding Sessions" for all their passengers worldwide. Sean is also the creator/performer, and host of his summer residency at Casa Loma in Toronto called "Soul In The City", where 1000+ people show up to hear him and his amazing 9 piece band "The Righteous Echo" unleash their unique takes on R&B/ soul classics as well as Sean Jones originals. The hottest ticket in town during the summer for the last 5 years the crowds are on their feet from the beginning of this magical night underneath the stars right to the end. Watch for Sean's new album due out Spring 2021. 

http://www.seanjonesmusic.com/

A&R | Talent & Admin, Sony Music Canada

WILLIAM MITCHELL

Nearing almost 10 years in the music industry William began his career by participating in multiple music & entertainment based internship programs before joining Sony Music Canada in 2012. While at Sony, Will has worked in a variety of departments including Distributed Labels, National Radio Promotion and currently, A&R. Since joining the A&R team will has worked on records from an exciting, diverse roster artist roster consisting of Tyler Shaw, Famba, 404vincent, laye & Tedy.

https://www.sonymusic.ca/en/

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Guitarist / Producer / Songwriter / Musical Director

ZUBIN THAKKAR

Zubin is a platinum-selling producer, engineer, songwriter, musical director, and guitarist from Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. His list of credits include Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Boys II Men, Tyler Shaw, Kira Isabella and many more. Since 2015 Zubin has been the Musical Director and lead guitarist for Grammy nominated artist, Shawn Mendes. In this role he has put together performances for Saturday Night Live, The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show - Starring Jimmy Fallon, The American Music Awards, The Ellen Show, X- Factor, The Much Music Video Awards, The MTV Video Awards, The Billboard Awards as well as sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, the Rogers Centre, the O2 and Wembley Stadium in London, and the Staples Center. Heʼs also toured the world with Shawn, playing and musically directing his three sold-out, headlining tours, the most recent being “Shawn Mendes: The Tour”. On top of playing with the likes of John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Khalid, The Roots and Zedd while working with Shawn Mendes, Zubin has extensive credits as a producer and engineer. He produced Shawnʼs 2017 MTV Unplugged album and was a vocal engineer on the Grammy nominated song “Señorita” by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes. He also produced several acoustic tracks on the 2018 eponymous Shawn Mendes album including the acoustic version of the chart topping, Grammy nominated single “In My Blood". Zubin also produced Shawn's vocal for his collaboration with Taylor Swift on her song "Lover". Zubin also composes for film and TV and his music has been featured on many television shows and networks such as Netflixʼs “Black Mirror”, CMT, MTV, Nickelodeon, Family Channel, CBC, YTV, Much Music and by the NFL, NBA, Nascar and Tim Hortons.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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