The Best New Song Competition

"Music makes us move, makes us feel, brings us back and takes us forward! This Wed. Apr. 6th we are taking you forward with the launch of our Best New Song 2011 Contest!"

Featuring Celebrity Judges: World Famous DJ Starting From Scratch, President of the Toronto Independent Music Awards Daniela Oliva, Eye Weekly/METRO's Mike Benhaim, Surprize Sony BMG Veteran and many more that we will be having on board throughout the year!

Tune into Hollywood's Watching each Wed 4pm EST and 1pm PST, we will play the Top 3 songs selected by our NYC Producers to be aired live on the show. Our Celebrity Judges and YOU the public will then cast your vote for your favorite song.

The winner of each Round will then move forward to the monthly Round and then of course to the final Round where we will then determine our WINNER!

The doors of opportunity are now open! Not only does your music have the chance to be heard by some of the best ears in the industry, you can now increase your fan base on an international level and have the chance to be the Winner of The Best New Song 2011 Contest! The Winner will be flown to NYC to record their song professionally in a legendary studio.

We will be announcing further additions to the prize package throughout the duration of the contest!

Submissions still being accepted, please email your Best New Song to:

(3 songs per Artist/Band. 3 members to a Band maximum.)

Thank you and BEST of luck!!!!

Celebrity Judges

Daniela Oliva

Daniela has been heavily involved with Toronto's independent music scene since her early teens. In 2005, she invested in and co-founded Drugs Sex Rock 'n' Roll (DSRNR) booking Tokyo Police Club for one of their first gigs, planning parties with MSTRKRFT, and promoting for The Marble Index during Canadian Music Week. Inspired at age 17 by attending the American Music Awards, Daniela thought it would be cool to adapt the award show model to an independent music audience - and the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMAs) was born. Now in its sixth season, the TIMAs is a highly anticipated event awarding 20+ music genre categories with over $60,000 in industry-sponsored prizes. Many notable acts have been involved with the TIMAs, including: The Cliks (Warner Music /Tommy Boy Records), The Joys (E1 Entertainment), JD ERA (Black Market Music Group / Universal), Darrell London, up-and-coming artists The Ruby Spirit, Juno award winners The Good Lovelies, and Juno nominees God Made Me Funky, JAFFA ROAD and DALA. In 2008 Daniela graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and then moved to Southern California to attend law school. Now in her second year, Daniela has already worked as a legal intern for Live Nation at the Live Nation headquarters in Beverly Hills, California, and she is pursuing a career in entertainment, copyright law, and intellectual property. Daniela continues to produce and manage the TIMAs.

Mike Benhaim

Mike Benhaim (a.k.a. Mikey B.) began his career in Montreal, but came to Toronto in the early 90s (at the age of 2 ) and has been entertaining the country ever since. As a DJ, he made you dance at some of the hottest clubs. As an MC, he has hosted some of the biggest and most prestigious events in the country. He may have made you laugh as a member of the Second City's National Touring Company, or amused you in any number of silly commercials. A self-proclaimed Pop Music Trivia Expert, Mike has spent the last few years writing articles and a very popular, very charming nation-wide blog for Metro Newspaper.

DJ Starting from Scratch

Canada's foremost urban club and radio DJ. He can be heard daily (Monday to Friday) on Toronto's FLOW 93.5 FM ( during the evening at 5pm throughout the country at club & concert engagements weekly. DJ Starting from Scratch, FLOW 93.5 FM's mix show magician, has been pleasing club crowds across the country for about 15 years and overseas from Greece, Antigua, Grenada, Barbados, Cancun, Acapulco, Germany, Cuba, St.Kitts & much, much more...He has also worked in studio with John Legend, Amerie, Faith Evans, Ginuwine, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Omarion, Doug E. Fresh, Brand Nubian, Kardinal Offishall, Fat Joe, the Fugees and many more. DJ Starting from Scratch has DJ'd and toured for Usher and is the official tour DJ for World Famous Comedian Russell Peters. "Doin it like no other...Starting From Scratch"

Larry Parra

Larry Parra is a senior financial executive with 25 years in entertainment and media companies. He is currently the VP and CFO for the Miss Universe Organization overseeing Finance, Human Resources, I/S and Administration. Prior to the Miss Universe Organization Larry spent 3 years at Digiview, a CD/DVD company, and 18 years at Bertlesmann, with stints at Doubleday Book and Music Clubs, BMG Music Club and BMG Special Products/Strategic Marketing. During his time at BMG, Larry was responsible for the financial operations involving music compilations and licensing, and was part of the team that worked with iTunes and other digital distributors to create the digital download business. Larry grew up in the New York City area and lives in Westchester county. He received his B.S. from Hunter-City College of New York and an MBA in Finance/International Business from the Fordham Graduate School of Business.

Agency Judges

In addition to our celebrity judges, the Best New Song competition will also be judged by agency representatives spanning the continent from MMG Canada, MMG New York, and ITA in Los Angeles. By including the agency vote to the competition the Best New Song 2011 will employ a variety of industry knowledge as well as a culmination of industry experience.