We all know that the MAIN event goes down on Sunday March 15th in Hamilton, but they can’t possibly have EVERY single nominee on stage, so the 2015 JUNOfest Nominee Showcase is an opportunity for fans to get a glimpse of their fav nominees before the winners walk away with the hardware.  Steel Town will be going in hard for JUNO Week!

Presented by CBCmusic.ca and sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewing, nominees from the Contemporary Christian/Gospel, Rap, and R&B/Soul Categories will be doing a pre-JUNO special performance at Sarcoa (57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON), on Friday March 13th. Hamilton’s DJ Verse One and myself will be providing the vibe for the night, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one!


Featured performers will include Contemporary Christian/Gospel Nominee Manafest, R&B/Soul Recording Nominees Ben Stevenson, JRDN and Melanie Durrant, and from the Rap Category, Adam Bomb and Tona of Naturally Born Strangers, Saukrates, and Tre Mission. This event takes place at the luxurious waterfront venue, SARCOA (57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton), and is the perfect event leading up to the stellar JUNO Awards show on Sunday March 15th, 2015.

JUNOfest Nominee Showcase
SARCOA
57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON
Friday March 13th
Doors Open at 10pm, Show Time at 10:30pm

With Performances by 2015 JUNO Nominees:

Adam Bomb and Tona (of Naturally Born Strangers)
Ben Stevenson
JRDN
Manafest
Melanie Durrant
Tre Mission
Saukrates

Music Provided by DJs MelBoogie & Verse One

$15 at the Door OR $30 wristband – on sale now through Ticketmaster or in-person at Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St, Hamilton)

Online Ticket Purchasing:
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/798655-junofest-2015-hamilton/

JUNOfest wristbands: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004E51B5EA52D7

JUNOfest wristbands offer priority access to all JUNOfest venues over two nights (subject to capacity). Wristbands are available at Ticketmaster and Dr. Disc (20 Wilson St., Hamilton). Wristbands are $30 each (+ taxes & service charges). All “sold-out” JUNOfest shows still give priority access to wristband holders, as venue capacity allows.

More JUNOfest details: http://junoawards.ca/events/juno-week-events/junofest

2015 JUNO AWARDS CALLING FOR
SUBMISSIONS IN THE CATEGORY OF RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR

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.

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Contact:
Melissa Langley
MelBoogie Media
416-436-6352
melboogiemedia@sympatico.ca

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

New music by a Toronto classic:  Solitair has been one of the dope MCs on my list for well over a decade, but he’s completely evolved as an artist and taken some music risks that others may shy away from.  I got to see him perform some of his new material at last year’s Juno/UMAC Urban event and he completely blew me away – along with the rest of the audience.  It was refreshing to see him break the mould of and become a well-rounded performer, embodying more genres than solely hip hop.

His new track SOLI, has rock star status written all over it. Take it in…..

 

 

We had some phenomenal music come from Canada this year, and if you’re an artist, it’s already time to put in your submissions to be considered for a possible JUNO nomination. Early bird submissions end October 21st, but you still have a few weeks to get your musical goodies in before the final cut-off date of November 10th. See the details below!!

Earlier this year, Shad took home the 2011 JUNO Award for Best Rap Recording

Toronto, ON (October 20, 2011) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that the 2012 JUNO Awards is now accepting submissions in the category of Rap Recording of the Year. JUNO Week unfolds in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, ON March 26 – April 1, 2012. The celebration includes a series of exciting events leading up to the JUNO Awards presentation on Sunday April 1, 2012, which will be televised nationwide on CTV.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes seasoned label representative Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), David “Click” Cox (Stylus DJ Awards), Greg Baptiste (MuchMusic/CTV), Jody Laraya (Universal Music Canada), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley(DJ/Publicist), Jay Swing (Donnelly Group/NationOfMillions.ca), Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe/ Krafty Entertainment), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth(K103FM), Rez (CityOnMyBack.com), Darryl Rodway (Urbnet), and Marlon Wilson, (Music for Mavericks/Politic Live).

Collectively, the committee continues to make strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions. 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. “We’ve assembled a great team of people from around the country who are actively working in various aspects of the urban music scene,” says Jay Devonish, Chairman / JUNO Awards Rap Advisory Committee.  We’ve also worked closely with CARAS to ensure the jurors voting in this category are qualified and active within the urban community. We’re excited to work together with CARAS to ensure the rap community is properly represented at the JUNO Awards.”

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.

Shad, winner of the 2011 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year (pictured above) had this to say about his win: “The JUNO Awards have helped raise my profile both within and outside the music industry.  My first nomination for “The Old Prince” and my second nomination and subsequent win for “TSOL” were both helpful in raising awareness for my music across the country.” The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking venue, even for the nominated artists who don’t go home with the Award. Artist Prevail, from the four-time JUNO Award-winning rap group Swollen Members stated, “Before our win, there’s no questioning the positive impact that the JUNO Awards have had on our career. The momentum opened doors to more Canadian shows and the coverage elevated us to a new level and cemented our legitimacy.” Other previous nominees include Drake, K’Naan, Sans Pression, DL Incognito, Belly, Checkmate, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Classified, Dubmatique, Concise, D-Sisive, Eternia, k-os, Famous and Sweatshop Union.

Submission forms are available at http://junosubmissions.ca

All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2011.
Submission Fees and Deadlines:
CARAS offers an early bird submission fee to those who submit between October 1, 2011 and October 21, 2011.  CARAS members receive a reduced submission fee applicable to both the early bird deadline as well as the final deadline.  If you are eligible to submit, you are eligible for membership.  Please visit www.carasonline.ca for more membership information.
The submission fee can be paid online with a credit card or by cheque.

October 1 – 21, 2011 (Early Bird Deadline)
$35 for CARAS Members
$60 for non-members

October 22 – November 10, 2011 (Final Deadline for craft or juried categories)
$70 for CARAS Members
$90 for non-members

January 10, 2012 (Deadline for all sales-based categories)
$70 for CARAS Members
$90 for non-members

How it works:
· 350 Judges – Each year, judges are recruited for each of the 34 judged categories to adjudicate 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.
· 180+ Music Advisory Committee Members- Each category has an associated advisory committee who is responsible for ensuring that each of the submissions in their specific genre meets the required qualifications for the JUNO Awards.

About CARAS:

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on The JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website please visit http://www.junoawards.ca or http://www.carasonline.ca.
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Contact:
Melissa Langley
MelBoogie Media
416-436-6352
melboogiemedia@sympatico.ca
 

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

 2011 JUNO AWARDS CALLING FOR ALL CANADIAN RAP ARTISTS
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR

40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS UNDERWAY

Toronto, ON (November 5, 2010) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that submissions for the 2011 JUNO Awards are now open. This is a landmark year for the JUNO Awards, as they prepare for stellar celebrations commemorating four decades of recognizing excellence in Canadian music.  JUNO Week unfolds in Toronto, ON March 21 – 27, 2011, with events celebrating its 40th Anniversary happening year-round.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes seasoned label representative Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), David “Click Cox” (Stylus DJ Awards), Greg Baptiste (MuchMusic/CTV), Jody Laraya (Universal Music Canada), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley (CKLN 88.1FM), Jay Swing (Beat 94.5FM), Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth (K103FM), Rez Digital (Flow 93.5FM) and Darryl Rodway (Urbnet). New to the Rap Advisory Board this year, and representing Central Canada is Marlon Wilson, co-Founder of Music for Mavericks, an independent urban music label in Edmonton that is home to 3-time WCMA Nominees, Politic Live. Marlon is also the host of Edmonton’s Urban Hang Suite on CJSR 88.5FM.

Collectively, the committee is making strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions. As a result of these concentrated effots, last year CARAS received the most-ever rap submissions 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. “We’ve assembled a great team of people from around the country who are actively working in various aspects of the urban music scene,” says Jay Devonish, Chairman / JUNO Awards Rap Advisory Committee.  We’ve also worked closely with CARAS on the jury list to revise it and ensure the people voting on the Awards are qualified and active within the urban community.  We’re excited to work together with CARAS to ensure the rap community is properly represented at the JUNO Awards.”

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but to be a nominee and/or participant in various JUNO Awards events can lead to further opportunities. Legendary Canadian Rap Artist and previous JUNO Award Winner, Wes “Maestro” Williams, stated, “The Juno Awards mean a great deal to me. Receiving two in 1991 was a catalyst for my career as well as for other MC’s coming out after me. It was the first ever Juno Award for a hip hop artist and it was an amazing  landmark for the Canadian music industry to acknowledge my genre of music on a national level. I’m very proud to be a part of that history.” Other previous nominees include Arabesque, Drake,  Sans Pression, BrassMunk, Checkmate, Choclair, Classified, Dubmatique, Concise, DL Incognito, Eternia, IRS, K’Naan, Kardinal Offishall, k-os, Mr. Roam, Famous and Sweatshop Union. Submission forms are available at https://junosubmissions.ca <http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=16161223&msgid=267942&act=49ME&c=191017&admin=0&destination=https://junosubmissions.ca>
 
All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2010.                                                                                                                  

DEADLINES AND SUBMISSION FEES:
October 23 – November 12, 2010 (Final Deadline for craft or juried categories)
$60 for CARAS Members
$80 for non-members

January 7, 2011 (Deadline for all sales-based categories)
$60 for CARAS Members
$80 for non-members

WHO CAN SUBMIT?
€ Artists, songwriters and producers are invited to submit their own names for consideration for awards.
€ The eligibility period for the 2011 JUNO Awards is between September 1, 2009 and November 12, 2010.  This means that your product must have been released to the general public within this time frame
€ As long as the artist is born a Canadian or is a landed immigrant who has resided in Canada for the past 6 months, during the eligibility period, the product qualifies.

HOW ARE THE JUDGES CHOSEN?
•  The Music Advisory Committee – a panel of your peers from the urban music community – submits a list of potential judges. All judges are professional, accomplished individuals.
•   The judges are representative of all facets of the urban music industry, such as: Print Media, Radio, TV, DJ, Publicity, Producer, Promoters, etc.
•   In order to ensure a credible selection process, judges will not be selected for the same category for two consecutive years.  
For more info: http://junosubmissions.ca/DMDS.WebApp.Public/JunoSubmit/Splash.aspx

About CARAS:
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through television vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 40th Anniversary of the JUNO Awards, visit The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website at www.junoawards.ca or www.carasonline.ca