Ayaz Virani wins $25,000 Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize

August 16, 2016

Canada’s Walk of Fame has announced Ayaz Virani as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize, supported by RBC, after submissions were received from more than 350 hopefuls from across Canada. Virani will receive a cash prize of $25,000, private studio recording time, introduction to at least one established music artist, introductions to music industry executives, a public performance opportunity at an upcoming Canada’s Walk of Fame event, and album cover artwork design.

Virani is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Toronto. Putting his own unique spin on hits like Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars’s “Billionaire” and Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” Virani began to develop a dedicated fan base. Inspired by his favourite artists, Virani put pen to paper and began crafting his own brand of guitar driven pop-rock/R&B. As Virani puts it, “I’m just a chill guy from Toronto, writing songs in my mom's basement, and trying to let the world hear my voice. Hope you’ll listen.”

The Second Prize Winner is Faouzia Ouihya, and the five other finalists in the contest are:

  • Dave Sampson
  • The Kents
  • Jake Vance
  • Nuela Charles
  • Ben Klick

SOCAN is pleased to congratulate Virani, Ouihya and the finalists!