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The industry panel for Searchlight 2017 is comprised of top artists, music producers and radio hosts, as well as other music industry professionals in A&R, artist management, music publishing, concert promotion, music journalism, publicity and music festival production. Our panelists will be grading the submissions that make it to the regional finals to help determine the 23 winners who will advance to the national round. Meet the judges who are on this year's panel, listed below in alphabetical order according to their first names.
Alan Cross is a 35-year veteran of the Canadian radio industry and the host of the long-running music documentary, The Ongoing History of New Music, which can be heard on radio stations across Canada.
Andrew King is the editor in chief of Canadian Musician, Canada’s premier publication for musicians and music industry professionals.
Barbara Sedun loves her job in the A&R department in SOCAN’s Vancouver office. Her past history includes many years as music publisher in Toronto and her favourite activity is cheerleading for songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Craig Laskey has been involved as one of the owners and programmer of the legendary Toronto venue, the Horseshoe Tavern, for almost 12 years. He is also one of the partners in Collective Concerts, a full service indie concert promotion agency in Toronto that has promoted shows by everyone from The Arkells, Death Cab for Cutie and Charles Bradley, to Neko Case, the National and many others.
Craig Mannix is a 25-year music industry and lifestyle marketing veteran who has worked with a multitude of record labels over that time. As well as working with a number of established artists in the area of marketing and artist development, Mannix is currently Manager of A&R for Sony Music Entertainment Canada.
Dave White is the host of Airplay, the afternoon show on CBC Radio One in Whitehorse. He is a passionate fan of music, a mediocre guitarist and he's always looking for his next favourite band.
David "Click" Cox is an artist manager with over 20 years of experience within the music industry, ranging from artist to label owner, retail to radio, marketing to management, and A&R executive with Universal Music. He is involved with numerous music organizations along with mentoring and teaching at Metal Works Institute.
As part of the Los Angeles-based management team, Deckstar, Dougie Bohay represents Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Steve Aoki, a DJ MAG Top 10 DJ who has appeared on multiple Forbes' highest-paid DJs lists.
Eon Sinclair is the bass player for Bedouin Soundclash and co-owner of the Pirate's Blend independent record label.
Eric Alper is one of the leading music publicists in Canada. He’s been named to Billboard, Paste and The National Post's "best on social media" where over a million people read or follow him. He also sits on the Toronto music advisory council, and has been a member of Canadian Music Week’s advisory board.
George Stromboulopoulos is the host of The Strombo Show and a six-time Gemini Award and Canadian Screen Award winner for best host in a talk series. He has interviewed a who’s who of entertainment icons, world leaders, and respected thinkers, including music stars Coldplay, Nickelback, Robert Plant, Snoop Dogg, Tony Bennett, Shania Twain, Michael Buble, Ice Cube and The Foo Fighters.
Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau is a social activist as well as a DJ and member of the acclaimed “powwow-step” group, A Tribe Called Red. To date, the group has released three albums and garnered multiple Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award wins, two Polaris Music Prize nominations and two Juno Award nominations, including winning the Breakthrough Group Award in 2014.
Jonathan Ramos is a veteran concert promoter with almost 25 years of experience in the field, including founding R.E.M.G., which he grew into Canada's largest urban music concert promotion company. He is now a director at INK Entertainment, a leading music and event production company in Toronto.
Ken is the founder and national publicity director for Killbeat Music. With offices in Toronto and Winnipeg, Killbeat has launched over 500 albums for artists from Canada and around the globe, including Andy Shauf, Austra, BADBADNOTGOOD, Braids, Charlotte Day Wilson, Darcys, Donovan Woods, Gord Downie, Joel Plaskett, PUP, Timber Timbre, Yukon Blonde and many more.
Louis Calabro is currently the director of awards and special events for the Canadian Screen Awards, and founder of the Prism Prize, a national arts award presented to the best Canadian music video of the year. He is also a DJ and event producer.
Maneesh Bidaye is a producer/DJ from Toronto who worked on several songs on Drake's Views album, including "Too Good" featuring Rihanna, as well as Travis Scott's "Maria I’m Drunk" featuring Justin Bieber. He has also been a guest DJ on Mark Ronson’s Authentic Sh-t East Village Radio show.
After stints in artist management and A&R roles with Bedlam Music Management/Dine Alone Records and at the Drake Hotel as head music programmer, Nathan Stein is now A&R Manager at Arts & Crafts Productions where he works closely with the label, management and publishing divisions to both scout new talent and work on the development of artist recording projects.
Olivia Diamond is director of brand partnerships at POP Montreal International Music Festival, where she works with a small team year-round to produce music, art, film and fashion events both in Montreal and internationally.
Peter Rowan has spent 25 years working as an artist manager and arts professional. He co-founded the Halifax Pop Explosion and Pop Montreal festivals and currently manages Saint John's Little You, Little Me, Fredericton's Motherhood, and the Greville Tapes Music Club and in the past has managed Sloan, Eric's Trip, The Sheepdogs and Julie Doiron.
After a career as a working musician, Rick Baker spent nine years working for Nettwerk Music Group before moving to Watchdog Management in Vancouver in 2016 as an artist manager and A&R rep. Baker is best known for his work with Canadian acts like Big Wreck, Little Destroyer, Jordan Hart, Bad Willow, Willa, Hey Ocean, k-os and many more. He also sits on the executive board of Music BC.
Rob Lanni is the co-founder & co-president of Coalition Music, the artist management organization, label, recording studio and home to Finger 11, Justin Nozuka, Our Lady Peace, Raine Maida, Simple Plan, Tom Cochrane and many others. He is also co-founder of Canada’s Music Incubator and a board member of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA).
Sarah Jay is HipHopCanada's associate editor in chief. She has also been an A&R talent scout for Universal Music’s scouting program and has been a member of the juries for the Juno Awards, the Polaris Music Prize, and the Prism Prize.
Vivian Barclay is the general manager of Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd., the publishing arm of Warner Music Group where she works directly with songwriters including Barenaked Ladies, Jully Black, Machel Montano, Producer Lantz, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, and Gordon Lightfoot. Barclay also sits on the boards of the CMRRA, Canadian Music Publishers Association, SOCAN and the Phemphat Entertainment Group.
Stay tuned for the first of our announcements about the celebrity judges who will select the national finalists to compete on the TV finale of Searchlight 2017, coming soon.
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