2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class winners revealed

Three of Canada’s up-and-coming artists are set to receive industry mentorship, performance opportunities, and more through the 2018 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.

Montreal’s Caveboy, London, ON’s Ivory Hours and Halifax’s Quake Matthews will receive studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios, a cash investment in their careers and participate in a week-long mentorship program in Toronto from October 23 – 27, 2017, hosted by Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music.  The week will conclude with a showcase performance at the Rivoli.

In addition, the three selected artists will be given the opportunity perform in Vancouver as part of JUNOFest, and the JUNO Gala and Awards on March 24.

The process to select the finalists for the Master Class started in June, when artists across the country submitted their entries.  The judges that selected the three winners were JUNO nominated artists, producers and music industry executives; and included Arkells’ Max Kerman, Kardinal Offishall and CARAS president and CEO, Allan Reid.

Let’s take another look at the winners:

Caveboy (Montreal, QC)

Defining themselves as “dream-pop,” the music of Caveboy is soothing, fearless and comforting.  The trio, consisting of Michelle Bensimon, Isabelle Banos and Lana Cooney, have become staples at festivals across the country.  From Osheaga, Pride Toronto and Hillside; and even to Los Angeles where they were spotlighted at SOCAN & CIMA’s Pre-Grammy celebration of Canadian Excellence alongside Kaytranada and Donovan Woods.

Ivory Hours (Toronto/London, ON)

Hailing from London, ON, and now based in Toronto, Ivory Hours presents a bright, alternative pop-rock atmosphere that is uplifting and joyful. Their latest release, Dreamworld, explores themes of modern love, feminism and spirituality in a post-religious age.

Quake Matthews (Halifax, NS)

From the fertile Halifax hip-hop scene, Quake Matthews offers thought-provoking lyrics over smooth beats.  His most recent record, Celebrate the Struggle, includes appearances by JRDN, Kayo and 2016 JUNO Masterclass winners, Neon Dreams.  “Celebrate the Struggle means keeping a positive attitude when things aren’t going according to plan, and realizing that it’s all part of the journey,” Matthews says of his latest release.

Congratulations to these three winners!

Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.

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