“Wow! I am so honoured. But wait, does this mean people in the industry will find out what I look like?” – Chris Smith
Chris Smith is the visionary behind some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names of the past decade. Chris has successfully shaped the career of eight platinum musical artists including Alessia Cara, Nelly Furtado, JoJo, Fefe Dobson, The Philosopher Kings and Tamia. In 1994, while touring the United Kingdom with music legend Beres Hammond, Chris caught the bug to pursue a career in the music business. He subsequently launched his own management company with the award-winning pop group, The Philosopher Kings, and Canadian soul and R&B legend, Jacksoul. The Philosopher Kings are recognized as predecessors to modern day pop groups like Maroon 5 and One Republic. Chris pioneered the idea of the world’s first animated musical act with the super group Prozzäk, comprised of two animated characters, Simon and Milo. Prozzäk was the first
animated group to reach quadruple Platinum status and launch a successful arena tour. Prozzäk’ s live show utilized projections with live instrumentation along with cutting edge lighting effects and sequences. Its success culminated in a partnership with Disney.
Not limiting his craft to music, Chris signed award winning celebrity chef, Roger Mooking. Roger had several successful television shows on both the Food Network and The Cooking Channel leading to issue an award winning cookbook and branded restaurants.
Chris also became an Executive Producer, creating and producing IN THE DANCE, which became a top-rated television show. Chris was among the first to develop and deliver an online fitness platform for the world’s trainers to connect with consumers via online and mobile platforms. As a means of connecting his client roster with fans and further understand consumers globally, Chris launched BestFan.com, a platform which showcases the latest trends in music, fashion, film and television. Chris’ acumen is exemplified by having both Gold and Platinum in most record selling countries in the world. He is most recognized for his role as managing the careers of global superstar Alessia Cara and multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist Nelly Furtado. He is also currently managing managing the careers of seven-time Grammy-nominated producer Julio Reyes (Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez) and Salaam Remi (Alicia Keys, Miguel,
Amy Winehouse). He is responsible for launching and developing the careers of artists and producers like Noah “40” Shebib (Drake, Nas, Beyonce), sound engineer Noel “Gadget” Campbell (Drake, Jay -Z, Sade, Lil Wayne) and producer DJ Cirkut (Katy Perry, Flo-Rida, Miley Cyrus). As a manager and creator of brands, Chris has signed a number of songwriters, publishers, producers, mixers, engineers, musicians, actors and actresses, world-class athletes, celebrity chefs, fitness trainers and models. Under his leadership, his clients have
accumulated over 7 billion streams worldwide. Chris Smith Management as a company has garnered a number of prestigious awards and critical press acclaim including Management Company of the Year (Canadian Music Week), and Artist Management Company of the Year (Urban Music Awards).
Duff Roman is a native Western Canadian who hails from Swift Current, Saskatchewan. During his early radio career, Duff worked at CKSW Swift Current, CHAT Radio & TV Medicine Hat, CKRC Winnipeg, CFRW Winnipeg and CHED Edmonton before moving to Toronto in 1959. As an on-air personality in Toronto in the 1960s, Duff Roman has been associated with 590 CKEY (now The Fan) prior to moving to1050 CHUM where he met The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, Neil Young and other great stars that defined the era. While still performing as an announcer in the 1960s, Duff was a pioneer record-label owner and artist manager. His Roman Records, co-founded with his late brother Dan, launched the careers of The Paupers and Grammy-award winner David Clayton-Thomas, since associated with Blood Sweat and Tears. He produced Little Caesar and The Consuls and the first recordings of Levon and the Hawks, forerunners of The Band (featuring Robbie Robertson), who backed Bob Dylan. During more recent years, Roman has worked in several key roles with CHUM Limited. In 1974, he was appointed Program Director of CHUM-FM in Toronto. In 1984, he was promoted to Station Manager and directed the repositioning of CHUM-FM as Canada’s foremost Adult Rock radio station. In 1988, Duff was appointed Vice President Industry Affairs, CHUM Limited. He assumed the added responsibilities of Vice President, Digital Radio Operations, in 1999.
In addition to leaving his mark on Canada’s music history as a record producer and label owner, Roman is also the founding president of the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records (FACTOR), which is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry.
More recently, in December 2007, Duff was appointed Head of the CHUM Radio Division, CTV Ltd. Since forming Duff Roman Media Inc. in 2009, Duff has been involved in SmartGrid demand-response technology development, radio consulting services with the Evanov Radio Group and TV documentary production, including the award-winning mini-series, Yonge Street: Toronto Rock and Roll Stories for CTV’s BRAVO channel.