From 2006 until 2012 we operated the Y108 Rock and Roll Challenge where we gave away more than $150,000 in Cash and Prizes, including one year when the cash prize was $5000 (plus prizes).

We also included up to 40 hours of recording time at studios such as Metalworks, Cherry Beach and Iguana Recording.

We pride ourselves on bringing in the best, most current industry figures, Power-fans and international musicians as our reviewers.


Graham Rockingham has served as music editor for the Hamilton Spectator since 2002. During that time, he has been honoured with the Ontario Newspaper Award for entertainment writing, as well as well as being named media person of the year five times at the Hamilton Music Awards. In 2015, the Hamilton Music Awards presented him with a special lifetime achievement award.

Rockingham has also sat on the grand jury of the Polaris Prize for music, and held various reporting and editing positions with the Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Province and United Press International. He began his career writing about music in 1978 as entertainment editor of the newspaper at the University of Toronto.


Jim McCourtie has been in radio since the early 90’s starting in Tillsonburg then moving to  the edge.  As Creative Director for the edge, Q107 and AM 640, Jim won several Crystal, New York Festival and Canadian Music Week Awards.

In the 2000s Jim began Programming FM 96 and 1031 Fresh Radio in London taking them to number one in Numeris Measurement surveys. Jim won Program Director of the Year from Canadian Music Week in 2010. Currently Programming Y108 and 953 Fresh Radio in Hamilton Jim is proud to be a part of the Hamilton Music Scene and he’s ecstatic for all the opportunities his career allows for him to see live music.


Lee Mizzi – Music enthusiast, grant writer and current Director of Operations for the True North Records/Linus Entertainment family of labels. Her professional activities also include being a juror for the FACTOR Juried Sound Recording Program and a mentor at the University of Guelph Humber.

Lee graduated from the University of Guelph Humber with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Communications and Humber College with a diploma in Public Relations. She started her career in the music industry as an Intern with True North.


Ashley Stennett has been with Corus Radio Hamilton for just under three years. She began her radio journey as part of the road crew with the promotions team and then trained as a technical producer. Ashley is a graduate of McMaster University with a B.A. in English and recipient of a Broadcast Journalism diploma from Sheridan College, graduating with honours. She is currently the Swing Announcer on 107.9 FM Y108 Rocks in Hamilton. Ashley also co hosts her own segment alongside Mike Mitchell on The New Noise, an all Canadian punk music lineup, as part of the Indie Show with Nick Cino. With a passion for local music and all its vibrant cultural offerings, it comes as no surprise that Ashley is a proud Hamiltonian.


Rob Rapiti has had a lengthy career in the music business. After being a DJ and in a band for nearly a decade, he launched his first a modern rock/punk  label in the 90’s and a second label for touring acts in 2001. In 2003 he launched the annual Spring Music Festival which witnessed performances from Three Days Grace, Danko Jones, the Trews, Snow, Ron Sexsmith, Protest the Hero, Big Wreck, My Darkest Days, rock and roll Hall of Famer, Gilby Clarke and so many more (at one time it was the 6th largest festival of its kind in Canada). Rob was also the Executive Producer and owner of Mastermind Studios, a group of two studios in Hamilton (featuring a Pilchner-Schoustal designed room) and Toronto that recorded more than 2500 individual masters during the course of the studio’s life. Rob watches and books hundreds of bands each year and is passionate about live indie music.


Jon Howard is a vocalist, guitarist, luthier, music producer, recording and mixing engineer from Hamilton Ontario Canada. Jon is widely known as the vocalist for the metal band Threat Signal who is signed to Nuclear Blast records, he also sings with the bands Arkaea, and Vise Versa.

Aside from his bands, Jon owns a Hamilton based recording studio named Woodward Studios, and also builds custom instruments for the company F Bass. For any inquiries feel free to shoot him an email


Brad Marshall is an awarded professional engineer who has over 30 years in the entertainment industry. Brad has managed crews for load in- build- sound check- stage- sound- and lights for over 3000 events including turnkey stadium installations in Pre Live and Post production.Brad also runs a broadcasting company for videography and internet broadcasting- Popular Minority Productions a piece that has been incorporated into over 500 of the above live event history.

Brad also owns a publishing company and has mentored many successful artists to date with his artist management and development team. Brad also co hosts The Popular Minority Report a weekly broadcast that consists of a variety of segments- What’s trending in the news locally globally, focus on learning, educational, fun, informing, creating friction, music milestones , live new musical guests, social justice issues, and conducting interviews with those that have influence without authority.

Brad and his team at Popular Minority is also in preparation for the first annual Popular Minority Tour- LIVE LIFE LIVE Locally- Globally……..
The True World (Global) Musical Festival hosted here in The Multicultural leading nation of Canada (Local) annually every July starting 2017.
( It is not a pop tour or a headliner tour)
Brad and Popular Minority Productions are also partnered with to incorporate the UrbanEx Workshop “Change The World by Changing You” Seminar prearranged in each city which would be facilitated to take place the night we arrive in each city on the PM tour.


Felicia Mancini is a published writer and multi media content producer from Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

Felicia’s work in multi media content curating and producing includes published works with Google, YouTube, High Times Magazine, Spin Media and MTV. As a publicist and media strategist her client roster has included Bruce Cockburn, Elizabeth Shepherd, The Tea Party, The Ascot Royals,Jully Black and many more. As a multi-faceted media and entertainment professional with a passion for music she has produced music videos in VH1 rotation as well as shot featured commercials and countless high profile celebrity interviews as a published journalist.

Most recently she used her experience in fashion and her love for film to design costumes and wardrobe for a number of full length films. She has designed costumes in upcoming feature films for actors ranging from Paul Sorvino, Daryl Hannah and James Caan to Academy Award winner Martin Landau.

Currently Felicia is a freelance media content provider and the co-founder of GIRLSWITHGUNZ, a style hub and online boutique that features originally designed Canadian made women streetwear. In her spare time she loves to watch films and is always on the look out for the next big band.

Follow Felicia on Twitter at @feliciamancini or head over to for more on her.


Award winning Producer Vic Branco is what you would call a music industry veteran, his work has charted as high as number one on Canadian radio. His dedication to excellence combined with over 30 years of experience in music production, live performance, artist development, management and studio ownership has given him a wide variety of influences, credibility and expertise in the recording industry.

In 1994 Iguana Studios was born, a small project studio, “built by musicians for musicians”. Today it is a multi-platinum state-of-the-art facility and has since been featured on the cover of Pro Sound twice and Mix Magazine making Iguana one of the front-runners of the diverse recording landscape in Toronto Canada.

Over the past 20 years the studio has seen its share of great artists. This includes some of Canada’s brightest international multi-platinum stars such as Nelly Furtado, Billy Talent, Amanda Marshall, Three Days Grace, Sum 41, James LaBrie of Dream Theater as well as internationally acclaimed artists like Gene Simmons of Kiss, James Morrison, Fabolous and Tyga. Today Iguana remains as one of Canada’s longest running premier recording facilities


Victor Martisius is an award winning guitarist, songwriter, producer, and music instructor from Brantford Ontario. His band ‘Ghost Town Orchestra’ in just 2 short years have been nominated and won several awards including Best Rock Cd at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards for their debut Album “Dead Wait”. They performed at the opening ‘Gala Party’ as well as the sold out ‘Awards After Party’ in Winnipeg Manitoba. In February 2014, his bands first single ‘Rich Man’, made it to number on the NCI Radio charts.

In 2014, the band showcased at Midem in Cannes France as part of the Canada Blast night, performed at the Mumford and Sons ‘Gentlemen Of The Road’ tour and opened up for members a of the Rolling Stones at their solo release party in Toronto. In 2015 GTO open the first ever WTFest in Brantford the also featured artists like Big Wreck, The Trews and Hedley.

Currently Victor is in the studio writing and recording GTO’s follow up to ‘Dead Wait’, and working on his solo debut titled ‘The Rapscallion’, a Mediterranean Jazz, salsa explosion that will have everyone moving in ways they didn’t know were possible.


Kristin Archer is a lifelong Hamiltonian and the creator of I Heart Hamilton – a blog based around the concept, “Be a tourist in your own city,” which features local music, food, shops, events, and more. She also hosts “I Heart Hamilton” Fridays at 2pm on 93.3 CFMU. Kristin is an avid supporter of the local music scene and is the recipient of the 2015 Hamilton Music Award for Media Person of the Year. 


Rich Shebib and Shelley Ernst are a couple that has been involved with music one way or another for all of their adult lives. From Concert Photography, to Music Promotion, to the Design and Maintenance of websites for several indie bands such as Chris Koster (now with Glorious Sons), Joel Haynes (now with Terra Lightfoot) Public, Dearly Beloved, and more. As well as more commercially successful acts such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Our Lady Peace, and Crash Karma (members of OLP, Tea Party, I Mother Earth). Call them what you will, bloggers, tastemakers, super-fans, industry; first and foremost is their passion for live music. They have witnessed over 1000 live bands as a couple to date and typically never sleep during Canadian Music Week where they see a whopping 50+ bands over a period of 7 days.