Artists Selected for the Fifth Annual Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class - The JUNO Awards

Artists Selected for the Fifth Annual Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class

Partnership with Slaight Music extended for an additional four years

TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Slaight Music today announced the artists selected for the 2019/2020 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class: AIZA, Fintan and Sam Lynch. These emerging musicians, selected by a Super Jury of music industry notables, will join Shopé the 2019 winner of CBC Music Searchlight competition, and receive crucial tools to help them become “JUNO ready”.

2019/2020 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class participants:


“We are very pleased with what the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class has accomplished to date and happy to announce this talented group of artists as the next wave of Canadian musical talent.” said Derrick Ross, President of Slaight Music.

“I would like to commend and thank the CARAS team for all their hard work and dedication in ensuring this program’s success. We are seeing the impact it is having on artists that have participated and in doing so, I am excited to announce that we have extended this program for another four years.” said Gary Slaight, President & CEO, Slaight Communications.

“It’s very rewarding to see how this mentorship program has helped shape and elevate Canadian talent. I’m looking forward to watching these artists create a lasting impact on the Canadian and global music scene.” said Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “We are also thrilled to be partnering with Slaight Music for another four years, helping support Canadian music through the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.”

The four participants will be part of an intensive week-long program hosted by Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music to hone their craft and develop their music careers through networking and mentorship from Canadian music industry leaders. The artists will then get to attend JUNO Week 2020 and Canada’s biggest night in music, The 2020 JUNO Awards in Saskatoon, SK.

They will have a performance opportunity at JUNOfest Presented by CBC Music, a two-day music festival leading up to The 2020 JUNO Awards Broadcast, and one artist will be invited to perform at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by Music Canada, to an audience of over 1,000 music industry elite. Finally, the group will be featured in exclusive content that will run on as well as receive studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios.

Underscoring their industry-leading commitment to emerging artists and building on the program’s successful first five years, Slaight Music has signed on as title partner for an additional four years, through to 2024. Graduate of the 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, Haviah Mighty, was recently named the winner of the 2019 Polaris Music Prize for her album, 13th Floor

Partners of the 2019/2020 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class are Slaight Music and Canada’s Music Incubator.

For photos of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class participants please click here.



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AIZA: @aizabby / @aizabby / @aizabby
Fintan: @fintanmusic / @Fintanmusic /  @fintanmusic
Sam Lynch: @samlynchmusic / @samlynchmusic / @samlynchmusic
Shopé: @allofshope / @allofshope / @allofshope
The JUNO Awards: @TheJUNOAwards / @TheJUNOAwards / @TheJUNOAwards
Slaight Music: @SlaightMusic / @SlaightMusic@SlaightMusic

Canada’s Music Incubator: @CMincubator / @CMIncubator/ @CMIncubator
Coalition Music: @CoalitionMUS / @CoalitionMUS/  @CoalitionMUS


About Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class

The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class is an initiative that provides the crucial tools to help the three 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.


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 49th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit

About Allan Slaight

A pioneer of rock and roll, Allan parlayed his entrepreneurial flair with his knowledge of radio to create Canada’s largest privately owned multimedia company, Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited.

Born in 1931, Allan hosted his own radio program, Spins and Needles, a late night jazz program, at age 16 at CHAB in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He moved to Edmonton in 1950, working his way up the ladder being appointed in 1956 as the National Sales Manager at CHED. There he came to the attention of Allan Waters, owner of CHUM Radio in Toronto, who hired Allan to turn around the fortunes of his struggling station. Allan’s programming, promotions, and business acumen propelled CHUM into a household name.

Allan left the station in 1966 to coordinate programming and sales of Radio Caroline, the infamous pirate radio station. He returned to Canada in 1967, to become the President and General Manager of Stephens and Towndrow.

In 1970, Allan established Slaight Communications and acquired radio stations CFGM in Toronto and CFOX in Montreal. In 1977, Allan launched a new rock and roll radio station, CILQ-FM, known as Q107, in Toronto. In 1985, Slaight Communications sold CFGM and Q107, and purchased Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited from Conrad Black. Under Allan’s leadership, Standard Broadcasting and Standard Radio grew from seven radio stations to a national network of over fifty. In 2007, the Slaight’s sold Standard Broadcasting to Astral Media.

Radio was not Allan’s only passion. He served as a trustee of Women’s College Hospital (1978- 1982), a director of the United Way of Greater Toronto (1979-1987), director of the Shaw Festival (1982-1988), a governor of York University (1986-1987), and a director of the Festival of Festival (1989-1993).

An inductee into the Broadcast Hall of Fame (1997), the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Ryerson Polytechnic University (2000), appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (2001), the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award (2005) for his contribution to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, Allan has also maintained a lifelong interest in conjuring.

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 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 7,000 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 $750,000 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.

For more information on the JUNO Awards or interview requests, please contact:

Sheri Clish, rock-it promotions, [email protected], 416 656 0707 ext. 122

Dillon Shaver, rock-it promotions, [email protected], 416 656 0707 ext. 117