Since 2014, The Shot has brought together some of the most talented undiscovered musical talent from across Canada and abroad to be mentored by some of the best in the business and to be introduced to the music industry.
Creator and Executive Producer C.J. Allen is joined by judge-mentors Jennifer Beavis, Shane Christopher Neal, Blair Packham and Jessie T for the show’s seventh season this summer. The judge-mentors each take on the task of providing hands-on mentorship to a group of up-and-coming music creators hungry for their opportunity to break into the music industry. Past judge-mentors have included Rick Barker (former manager to Taylor Swift), Micah Barnes (vocal coach and former member of The Nylons), Stacey Zegers (Runaway Angel) and acclaimed flamenco guitarist Juneyt Yetkiner.
The Shot has discovered and supported artists that have gone on to gain more than 800,000 streams on Spotify, performances at Boots and Hearts, NXNE, Ottawa Bluesfest, opening act slots for Jim Cuddy, Tyler Shaw, Buffy Saint-Marie, and Our Lady Peace, and radio and television appearances including season 2 of CTV’s The Launch.