Toronto, ON (October 10, 2014) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that the JUNO Awards is now accepting submissions in the category of Rap Recording of the Year. The 2015 festivities will be hosted in Hamilton, Ontario, with JUNO Week running from March 9th to March 15th.  The 44th Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre, on Sunday March 15th, 2015.

In an effort to streamline the screening process, and make it even easier for artists across Canada to submit for consideration, CARAS will only be accepting online submissions.  For the first time, artists will be able to upload their music via the online submission process.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes Co-Chairs, Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), and Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe/ Krafty Entertainment).  Rounding out the rest of the Committee is David “Click” Cox (CLK Creative Works), Alan Greyeyes (Manitoba Music), Darryl Rodway (Urbnet), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth (K103FM), Greg Baptiste (Bell Media), Jay Swing (Donnelly Group/NationOfMillions.ca), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Jody Laraya (Independent Promotions), Marlon Wilson, (Music for Mavericks/Politic Live), Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley (DJ/Publicist), and RS Smooth (DJ/Radio Host).

Collectively, the Rap Advisory Committee continues to make strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions in this category. As a result of these concentrated efforts, the number of submissions received by CARAS in the category of Rap Recording of the Year has been steadily rising since the category was established in 1990.  By partnering with radio shows, online magazines and DJs across the country, the committee hopes to continue to raise awareness throughout the community about the submissions and judging process, specifically for rap artists.

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but also for nominees and/or participants in various JUNO Awards events.

2014 Rap nominee, SonReal, had this to say about his JUNO nomination: “Being nominated for a JUNO Award has had a great impact on my career. People value and appreciate the credential of being nominated for an award of that level. It is an amazing award show to experience and I think anyone who is serious about their craft should give it a shot and apply.”  2013 nominee, JD Era, echoes that sentiment by stating: “Being JUNO nominated was amazing. It allowed me to be recognized nationally for my work and has opened doors for me in places I couldn’t imagine.”

Other previous nominees include Classified, Choclair, Concise, D-Sisive, DL Incognito, Drake, Dubmatique, Eternia, k-os, Kardinal Offishall, Rich Kidd, Sans Pression, Shad, and Swollen Members.

Submissions can be made online at http://junosubmissions.ca .  Nominees will be announced on January 27th, 2015 at the JUNO Nominee press conference.

Early Bird Submission Deadline Date is 5:00 p.m. EST on October 24th, 2014.

The Final Submission Deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on November 13th, 2014.

Submission Fees and Deadlines:

CARAS offers an early bird submission fee to those who submit between October 1, 2014 and October 24, 2014.  CARAS Academy Delegates can save up to 40% of submission fees. If you are eligible to submit, you are eligible for an account.  Please visit https://carasonline.ca/academy-delegate/  for more information.

The submission fee can be paid online with a credit card or by sending a cheque.

October 1 to 24, 2014 (Early Bird Deadline)

$40 for CARAS Academy Delegates
$65 for non-Academy Delegates

October 25 to November 13, 2014 (Final Deadline)

$75 for CARAS Academy Delegates
$95 for non-Academy Delegates

How it works:

330 Judges – Each year, judges are recruited for each of the 33 adjudicated categories to judge the material that is submitted. These individuals are responsible for listening to each of the submissions and voting for the best product in the genre. The judges change each year and are spread out in different facets of the music industry and different regions throughout Canada.
50 Nominating & Voting Committee Members – The Nominating & Voting Committee is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the JUNO Awards. It is their responsibility to monitor any changes within the industry as it relates to the awards. The committee brings any necessary changes to the attention of the Board of Directors.
190+ Music Advisory Committee Members – Each category has an associated advisory committee that is responsible for ensuring that each of the submissions in their specific genre meets the required qualifications for the JUNO Awards.


Melissa Langley
MelBoogie Media

For more information on CARAS and the JUNO Awards, contact:
Adrienne Kakoullis
Holmes Creative Communications
(416) 628-5610



Peace y’all!

I don’t post all the events that I do, but this one is pretty special.  I interviewed Boi-1da years ago (pre-Drake madness) on DD Radio, as a returning judge of Urbanology Mag‘s monster Beat Battle competition. He was pretty quiet, but with a great personality and mad humble.  When I bumped into him a few years later (post-Grammy wins under his belt plus all the attention that comes with it), I was REALLY happy to see that he was pretty much the same guy – still humble and sweet!

That’s why I’m pretty amped to be dropping a guest DJ set at this event this coming weekend.  Come party with me and DJ Romeo (Don’t Forget The Name!), as we celebrate the birthday of Boi-1da and ALL Libras! The birthday boy will not only be hosting the party, but the word is that he’ll also be dropping a guest set on the decks – now, THIS I gotta see!!

And so should you! Join us on Saturday October 18th, as we celebrate the birthday of Boi-1da and all Libras at SARCOA (57 Discovery Road, Hamilton).  Bottle service is recommended.


This one is going to be quick but a must post – salute and much appreciation goes to Ms. Emily Mills, founder of the annual How She Hustles Brunch. Celebrating an amazing five years this past weekend, the brunch is an annual networking event for female entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Not only do you see familiar faces from radio and television, but fashion designers, hairstylists, caterers, brand specialists and more – most of whom have a side ‘hustle’ in addition to whatever full time work, school and family commitments they have. And quite honestly, sometimes the hustle is just life itself! I made it to the first one 5 years ago, when there were only about 50 women in attendance. This past weekend, I was shocked and amazed to see a room with over 230 women: all ages, all backgrounds, all awesome. There were so many people there, I sadly didn’t get to say hello to everyone as much as I would have liked. The online community has grown to about 2,000 dedicated members.

Although it was announced that this would be the fifth and final edition, I’m hoping we can somehow nudge Ms. Mills into continuing to produce this much-needed event. I don’t usually do special mixes, but for Emily, I just had to do a little something for the ladies to vibe to during brunch. No bells and whistles, just a mix done the true mix tape way – all in one take.  Peep the link below for the special all-ladies ‘How She Hustles’ Mix, created by yours truly:



For More Info on How She Hustles, check out the group page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/howshehustles — And check out their YOUTUBE channel for more details, interviews and highlights from the 2014 brunch: http://www.youtube.com/user/howshehustles

TEAMThanks to all the listeners who made #24Hours24DJs a HUGE success this year! The level of engagement with the listeners, students at York University and the city itself was monstrous – so much so that #24Hours24DJs was trending on Twitter! Needless to say, when you have 24 DJs repping for 4 different teams, there’s going to be a HIGH level of trash talk, but it was all in good fun. The winning team was Team Soca Prince, so congrats are definitely in order, but the 2014 Coaches Award goes to DOC — ok, that’s not a REAL award, but he deserves it anyway!

Seriously, not only did this showcase the level of skill and talent the DJs have, but this was a phenomenal way for CHRY 105.5FM to kick off it’s annual fundraising drive! Thanks to everyone who listened and tweeted the votes for their favourite DJs and Teams. Due to the success of the kick off, even more people know what an awesome station CHRY is, and how important it is to the city. Want to donate? Keep listening to CHRY 105.5FM in Toronto, and lock them in online at www.CHRY.fm for more details on how you can contribute. For more info on #24Hours24DJs and the DJs who participated this year check out the dedicated site at www.24DJs.ca

CHRY kicks off its’ annual 24 Hours 24 DJs campaign today at NOON with a long list of all-star DJs including 4Korners, DJ Mensa, Power, DJ Grouch, Tasha Rozez, Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, DJ DOC and many more  –> Including yours truly at MIDNIGHT, kicking off the 2nd half of the competition, and repping for Team DOC.

This kicks off CHRY’s annual fundraising drive and if you like what you hear, vote for your favourite team and more importantly, DONATE to the station, so they can continue to bring more and more exciting events to the city and beyond.

You can tune in live at CHRY 105.5FM, check it out on www.CHRY.fm or see the official website for the DJ Lineup, DJ bios, pics and more at www.24DJs.ca

Tune in at midnight and vote for your girl DJ MelBoogie (Lucky #13) and #TeamDOC on Twitter! Follow all the action with CHRY on Twitter @CHRYradio