CARAS x CIMA - Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Webinar

Tue 16th June 2020

CARAS x CIMA - Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Webinar

Where: Zoom

When: Tuesday June 16th, 2020 1:00 - 2:00pm ET

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The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is Canada’s premier artist development program offering emerging artists the opportunity to hone their craft and further develop their music careers through an intensive week of mentorship with Canadian music industry professionals and the chance to be part of the 2021 JUNO Awards weekend. The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class presented by CARAS and Slaight Music was co-developed in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music.

Applications are now open and we want to provide an inside look at what the program is all about and how it has positively impacted past participants. What really goes on during the curated mentorship week? What doors can the program open for artists? How has it changed the career trajectory of those who have participated in the past?

Join us for a Zoom webinar on June 16th to find out!


Ryan Warner - Director of Programs, Canada’s Music Incubator

Katy Venneri - Director, Events - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)

Caveboy (2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Participant)

Neon Dreams (2017 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Participant)


Speakers Bios:

Katy Venneri: Director, Events, The JUNO Awards/CARAS

Travelling Canada for the past decade with the JUNO Awards, Katy leads the event programming and logistics for CARAS and the JUNO Awards, working alongside the country's top producers and venues. Previously, she spearheaded the Academy's nomination process, with the creation of new award categories and continued development of eligibility, to match the direction of the industry. Katy's been a part of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class since its inception back in 2016, and currently oversees the program for CARAS.

Ryan Warner: Director of Programs, Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI)

Ryan Warner has been a member of the CMI team for the past six years. He is currently the Director of Programs and acts as the lead artistic mentor for CMI’s core programs (Artist Entrepreneur, AE West), various custom programs (including the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class), as well as Online Mentorship. Joining the company with a background in artistry, audio engineering, education and academia, Ryan has consistently worked to expand and refine all CMI programming to reflect the real-world needs and challenges of artists and artist managers.

Ryan holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Popular Music Studies from Carleton University and an audio engineering certificate from Recording Arts Canada. He is a JUNO Awards Academy Delegate; MusicOntario Talent Committee member; Adjudicator for Canadian Country Music Association; former content contributor to Weird Canada.

One summer he worked in a vinyl LP shop for store credit.

Caveboy: (2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Participant)

With a fresh yet nostalgic perspective on alternative pop, Montreal’s Caveboy root themselves in the timeless music of their parent’s generation and build to unforgettable chaos during their live performances.The all-womxn trio’s first few years were driven by electrifying performances at SXSW, Osheaga, Pride Toronto, the Pre-Grammy Celebration of Canadian Excellence, 2018 Juno Gala Awards, Halifax Pop Explosion, M for Montreal, and support performances for Japanese Breakfast, Tash Sultana, Tom Walker, Ria Mae, Cub Sport, and Wintersleep. Their songs have been heard in Orange Is The New Black, The New Romantic, and Killjoys. The band released their highly anticipated debut album, Night in the Park, Kiss in the Dark, independently on January 31, 2020. The album features the heavily playlisted single “Landslide”, and has received lots of media buzz from the likes of Billboard, Exclaim, Marilyn Denis Show, and NewNowNext. Their single “Hide Your Love” hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 and garnered their producer Derek Hoffman a 2020 JUNO nomination. With a powerful live set not to be missed - Caveboy is a band to keep an eye on.

Neon Dreams: (2017 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Participant)

Frank Kadillac doesn’t think he should have turned out to be a good person. His mother had him when she was 17; he endured hardships growing up; he never stayed in one place long enough to make friends, and went to 10 different schools. This made him an easy target for bullies but he persevered, and now is dedicating his life to make sure others can overcome hardships too. “I have stories to tell from a place of love to other people who are like me,” he explains. “My main goal has been to reach as many people as I can and spread positive energy. I feel like I need to get out the message to people who are like me, because I don’t know anybody else who’s doing it.”

Neon Dreams is the vessel for that message. Kadillac and drummer Adrian Morris have been making music together under that moniker since 2015, but it wasn’t until last year that Kadillac realized his true purpose. After pushing himself too far and experiencing insomnia for the first time in his life, the singer wanted to get help—but not from a doctor. He had dabbled in meditation in the past and decided to attend the Sedona Meditation Center Mother Earth Retreat. There, he detoxed from life and recalled horrifying memories he had previously blocked out.

In 2019, the duo released Sweet Dream till Sunbeams—an album comprising nine uplifting songs about not fitting in and overcoming adversity—and have continued to drop new material this year, covering subjects from Kadillac’s painful youth to his mother beating cancer. Though they consider themselves to be “alt-pop,” Neon Dreams’ music can’t be pigeonholed. Kadillac likes to describe their sound as “if Adam Levigne and Gym Class Heroes made a band that was influenced by early 2000s, late ‘90s inspirational coming of age movie soundtracks.”

They mix rock with pop sensibilities, and at times Kadillac rap sings. He also gives a nod to the hip-hop community by referencing other artists’ lyrics in his own. “I like triggering people’s memory when they hear something that’s familiar to them,” he says. But really, he and Morris write music from their hearts without being concerned with genre, and incorporate everything from EDM to reggae in their sound. “I want to be the soundtrack to the next generation,” Kadillac proclaims. “I’m not writing for a bunch of cool kids. I’m writing for the kid sitting in the hallway eating lunch; the kid that has the perfect family but just doesn’t fit into it; the people who feel out of place.”


Our Partners:

About CARAS: 

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year-round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on The 50th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please .

About CIMA:

CIMA is a not-for-profit national trade association representing English-language, Canadian-owned and controlled businesses of the domestic, commercial music industry. CIMA represents a diverse membership of small businesses including: record producers, record labels, recording studios, managers, agents, licensors, music video producers and directors, creative content owners, artist-entrepreneurs and other professionals from across the sound recording industry. CIMA represents over 320 Canadian companies and professionals and 6,200 Canadian artists including: A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Serena Ryder, The Trews, Terra Lightfoot, Tegan and Sara, Whitehorse, The Sheepdogs and METRIC.

About Canada’s Music Incubator:

Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) is a national not-for-profit organization based in Toronto specializing in professional development and ongoing mentorship for artists and artist managers of all musical genres. CMI’s mission is to empower creative entrepreneurs in the development of long-term careers and sustainable businesses meeting their definitions of success. Since 2012, CMI has provided over 9,000 hours of customized in-house and third-party professional development programs and actively mentors hundreds of artists and managers across Canada. CMI also collaborates with organizations to curate live events, which have collectively paid over$830,000 directly to artists since 2015. In addition, CMI works with industry partners, community organizations and all levels of government to support music sector infrastructure development.

About Slaight Music:

Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers.

About The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Program:

The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is an initiative that provides the crucial tools to help artists develop their careers, build their own sustainable business and become ‘JUNO ready’. The ‘Master Class’ includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. This development program provides hands-on mentoring, networking and collaboration opportunities.

Applications open June 1, 2020 to June 29, 2020.

Interested artists can apply now at . There are no fees associated with submissions and all eligibility requirements can be found here. To watch this year’s submissions video click here: .

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