Max Kerman is the frontman for the 4x JUNO Award-winning and critically acclaimed rock band, Arkells. Recognized as a passionate, high-energy, live-rock authority, Arkells have built their dedicated following through relentless touring and marquee festival plays; including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Shaky Knees in this past year alone. Recent touring in support of their latest album Morning Report saw the band headlining arenas for the first time and selling out the FirstOntario Centre in their hometown of Hamilton and Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. An avid listener of podcasts and fan of sports, Max is also the producer of BellMedia’s MikeOnMuch podcast and a summertime player on his local softball team, Pete Rose & The Gamblers.
Born and raised in Toronto, a city where cultures of the world come together, Kardinal Offishall’s moniker of “Mr. International” is as fitting as it is catchy. With his notable twist of hip-hop music, spirited stage performances and captivating persona he stands out on a world stage.
Incredibly original and widely received, Offishall has trekked across the globe performing in some of the most acclaimed stadiums, arenas and festivals where he, without fail, exhilarates fans with one-of-a-kind musically vivacious mash-up performances. From Prince’s Trust Fashion/Rock show that was broadcast to over 400 million viewers in over 70 countries worldwide, to performing multiple times at the MMVA’s, Offishall has become a notable figure amongst the top ranking in the music industry.
From his earlier onsets in Toronto’s underground hip-hop scene in the 1990’s, Offishall trademarked his signature tongue-in-cheek rhymes that garnered him a following in the already established hip-hop musical arena. Entwining patois and a dancehall style with singles like “Bakardi Slang”, “Ol Time Killin” and “Maxine”, Offishall had fans quickly clinging to the likes of his songwriting and distinctive hip-hop style that, today, has earned him musical success and rap respectability across the continents.
A significant moment in Offishall’s musical career was in 2008, when he joined forces with American singer and rapper Akon with his Kon Live Music/Interscope record label. With their musical union they gave birth to international chart topping singles, selling millions worldwide, including “Numba One”, the Lady Gaga “Just Dance Remix”, “Beautiful” and, undoubtedly, the smash hit “Dangerous”, which earned Offishall the title of the first ever Canadian rapper to chart a song on Billboard’s Hot 100.
As a four-time MMVA and Juno Award winner with multiple ASCAP and Socan awards, it’s no doubt that Offishall is one of the hardest working artists in the business who continues to deliver hits with endless collaborations on his discography.
For 2016 the musical virtuoso, performer, producer, entertainer and businessman is set to bring a new Kardinal Offishall experience as he transitions into hip-hop’s beloved pillar of DJ-ing. “Mr.International” himself will deliver his euphonic inceptions worldwide keeping fans electrified with his sublime musical sets that continue to crown him as one of Canada’s top musical tastemakers to trek the international market.
Ali Slaight is the Talent Development Coordinator at Slaight Music, working on the A&R side of the business. She's also a recording artist signed to Universal Music Canada and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music where she earned a degree in Professional Music in 2010. Slaight contributed two tracks to the 2006 album Pink Floyd Redux, "Learning To Fly" and "Hey You." Her rendition of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" was nominated for best AC single at the 2006 Canadian Radio Music Awards, while her version of Etta James' "At Last" was featured in the Real Divas -- Torch Light Volume 2 compilation. In October 2008 she released the EP "The Story of Your Life" on Universal Music Canada which reached top 10 status on the Canadian radio charts in early 2009. With collaborations from songwriter Simon Wilcox, the song also served as the soundtrack to CBC Television's Canadian Olympic highlight recap. In 2012, Ali released two charity singles alongside Canadian Idol season 6 winner Theo Tams.
Allan's career began at 18, when he became music director of his hometown radio station in Kelowna, BC. In 1999 he began working for Universal Music Canada as the head of A&R and was instrumental in the careers of such artists as Ashley MacIsaac, Hawksley Workman, Hedley, Jann Arden, Sam Roberts, The Tragically Hip, Sarah Harmer, and more. In the Fall of 2007, Allan joined MapleMusic Recordings as General Manager which is home to a diverse group of artists including Chantal Kreviazuk, Joel Plaskett, Kathleen Edwards, and Martha Wainwright.
After 25 years working at both major and independent labels in Canada Allan decided to chart his own course and move into artist management and consulting work. He previously managed recording artists Hawksley Workman and Royal Wood and producers Bill Bell and Dave Genn.
In the summer of 2011 Allan took on the role of Director at MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Under his direction, in 2012-2013 MusiCounts had their most impactful year to date contributing over One Million dollars to support music education in Canada that year alone. To date MusiCounts has awarded nearly Eight Million dollars impacting over 600 schools and communities from coast to coast to coast. After a career spent cultivating and supporting artists in Canada, Allan is honoured to be at the helm of Canada’s Music Awards as the President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts.