As the saying goes, “It’s not just what you know but, who you know that makes the difference…” Nothing could be closer to the truth when it comes to a career in the music business. Here in the GTA (Canada) we are fortunate to have so many heavy-hitters in the industry, continually searching for, listening to, nurturing and developing the next phenom in the business… Managers, Producers, Recording Engineers, Publishers, Agents, Entertainment Lawyers and more who come to the aid, support and rescue of talent in need…

Mike Roth is producing and managing the career of Dala (www.dalagirls.com). Both Amanda and Sheila showcase a pure sound and approach as this refreshing duo tours these summer months throughout North America. Mike’s team includes Jack Lenz, Gary Furniss, David Quillico, Allan Reid, Vinny Cinquemani at S.L. Feldman & Associates, The Vinyl Cafe, and a host of helpers working collectively in support of the girls.

L. Stu Young is yet another influential figure and highly sought after recording engineer and sound designer (Metalworks Studios Canada) who has worked with Prince, Bachman & Cummings, Tom Cochrane, Feist and others. He continues to encourage and develop his growing roster of Indie bands and solo artists. Stu has an uncanny knack for discovering the unique and is truly devoted to helping creators; no matter their status or level of success.

Michael McCarty, president of OLE Publishing Canada, is renowned the world over for his willingness to develop talent while going-to-bat for and guiding his growing coterie of writers and publishers. Michael possesses a highly-tuned ear and pop sensibility allowing him to discover songs that click and stick.

Chris Smith (Management), the champion of the Indie scene here in the GTA, has put his stamp on the careers of Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, Jarvis Church, Rebel Emergency; to name a few…

Ivan Berry (IB Entertainment) continues to open doors for and guide the careers of R&B artists, Keshia Chante and Alonzo.

Chris Taylor, entertainment lawyer extraordinaire, and co-founder of Last Gang Entertainment, has inked deals for Nelly Furtado, Alexisonfire and most recently Metric, Drake, and Billy Talent. The Last Gang roster includes musical acts MSTRKRFT, Crystal Castles, and Silver Starling. As a former touring musician himself, Chris is no stranger to life-on-the-road and the daily demands on artists. He brings this knowledge and perspective to the table each and every time he brokers a deal for his clients.

I’ve come to know a few of these people over the years who embrace the credo and philosophy of honesty and integrity first; rare in this industry and in these times… As business associates I’m privileged to be able to pass on their advice, expertise and their help to my clients here at the Collective Music Group…

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