The Slaight Music Social at Canadian Music Week (CMW) is now very well-established as a highlight of the annual conference.
Those assembled in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton included a Who’s Who of Canada's music power elite, plus some.
At the event, Slaight Music’s Gary Slaight, Derrick Ross, Jim Campbell and Ali Slaight all touched upon the company’s multi-faceted and growing contributions to the Canadian music industry, with Gary Slaight urging all those present to follow his example in giving back to the community.
The audience was treated to stellar performances from artists on the Slaight Music and Slaight Publishing rosters. Kicking things off in a mini-version of a songwriters in the round format were Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell and Liam Titcomb, with each taking a lead on a strong original composition.
Also excelling in performance were Sam Drysdale, Kayla Diamond (her new single “Carnival Hearts” was a standout), and The Ascot Royals.
Spied enjoying the music was Canadian music icon Gordon Lightfoot, recipient of a standing ovation from those in attendance.
Among those on hand for the grand soiree were Toronto Mayor John Tory, the label heads of all three major labels, CARAS head Allan Reid, CIMA president Stuart Johnston, retired impresario Donald Tarlton, Rush manager Ray Danniels, Bell Media president/CEO Randy Lennox, artists Scott Helman, Kim Stockwood and Andy Kim, Polaris Prize head honcho Steve Jordan, Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, plus key broadcasters and talent agency executives.
Below, some snaps from the event, in order: Patricia Conroy, Jessica Mitchell and Liam Titcomb performing "Blame It On The News" with Kayla Diamond below having a blast singing her new hit-in-the-making, "Carnival Hearts." Above, the full complement from Slaight Music including Gary, Ali, Derrick, Jim Campbell and all the artists. Photos: Barry Roden Photography.