ABOUT THE JUDGES
Judging your entries will be our 4 judges:
Daniel Dekay
Daniel Dekay is on a conquest of the musical world. His guitar wizardry earned him a Juno nomination with heavy metallers Diemonds and main shred duties for speed metal legends Exciter. Not just a force in the studio, his energetic live performances have dazzled audiences in over fifty countries. Take away his axe and he still can't be stopped, his YouTube work with BangerTV as a beloved host and skilled interviewer garners views in the millions. His latest takeover? Live streaming. He has quickly become one of the most popular metal personalities on Twitch, putting on a concert from his home studio nightly. This is why industry heavyweights like ESP, Ernie Ball, Pabst, Rode, & Dunlop have trusted him to represent their brands on a global scale. Not content to just represent others, he has created his own brand with his loyal followers, dubbed the Dekay Army, demonstrating his own marketing savvy.
 
Anika Wallia
Development & Partnerships Coordinator, CARAS/The JUNO Awards/MusiCounts

Anika Wallia has always been passionate about working for not-for-profit organizations. She has been with MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with the JUNO Awards, for the past two years. MusiCounts mission is to provide musical instruments & equipment for kids across Canada who need them the most. As the Development & Partnerships Coordinator, Anika helps execute fundraising strategies, engage with stakeholders & donors, implement donor communications and oversee third party event activations. She continues to volunteer for various charities in Toronto, raising funds and awareness for causes including homeless youth & mental health.

 
 
Jesse Letford
Sales Representative | Universal Music Canada

Jesse attended Durham College for Music Business Management, and has been working in the music industry for eight years. She currently works with all of the indie record stores in Canada at Universal Music Canada
 
Pierre Markotanyos
Avid record collector and Aux 33 tours record store owner Pierre Markotanyos founded the Montreal based label Return To Analog Records In 2014, The label’s two main goals were to make quality music affordable and to promote Canadian and Québec artists and records. Canada has a very rich musical culture and the label undertakes the task of promoting this culture worldwide .Our catalog puts forward local artists as well as international recordings of historical significance .This is particularly beneficial for a younger generation of listeners who can’t easily access expensive or hard to find original pressings.
 






 
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