Jim Beam Talent Search

Enter the Jim Beam Talent Search and win your chance to perform at Canadian Music Week in front of thousands of industry insiders from Canada and around the world. Talent buyers, booking agents, festival programmers, music publishers, A&R reps, managers, music supervisors, and more are all at your fingertips, looking for the next big thing. You can be one of them, but only if you submit.

One grand prize winner will win the opportunity to perform live on stage at the 2020 JIM BEAM INDIE AWARDS  in Toronto, May 20 2020, in addition to: 

  • Complementary pass(es) for band members to attend CMW’s Music Summit 2020 (valued at $599 CDN each) which gives you access to panels and discussions as well as the mentor’s café, where you can connect with industry experts from around the globe
  • Flight and accommodations paid for band members only (Exact dates to be confirmed with Canadian Music Week office directly)
  • One (1) single professionally produced, recorded, mixed and mastered courtesy of Metalworks Studios

APPLYING IS FREE
Register Now or login below if you already have an account

Once you have registered or logged in you can Make your submission online.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  • Competition is open to Indie and emerging artists not signed to a major record label (some restrictions apply)
  • All entrants must submit  at least one original song in an mp3 format and submit a live performance video via YouTube to local station website or indies.ca.
  • Five (5) indie or emerging artists will be selected from regional entries to perform live at a showcase event at a local live music venue in each participating market (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.) Forty (40) finalists in total competition.
  • Confirmed Contest Event Dates/Venues: (subject to change):
    • Vancouver:  March 12 (Venue: The Roxy Cabaret)
    • Toronto:  March 18 (Venue: Drake Underground)
    • Halifax:  March 20 (Venue: Sniggily Wiggily’s)
    • Ottawa: March 27 (Venue: The Whiskey Bar)
    • Montreal: March 28 (Venue: l’Hémisphère Gauche)
    • Edmonton: April 2 (Venue: Starlite)
    • Calgary: April 4 (Venue: Blind Beggar Pub)
    • Saskatoon: April 11 (Venue: Capitol)
  • The winning regional artists will be entered into the national competition, where judges will select one band to perform live at the Indies Awards.

**By submitting yourself/your band, you agree that you are available to play the event date in your City of submission and the Jim Beam Indie Awards in Toronto on May 20, 2020.

(See full list of rules & regs)

Perks of applying

  • Winning performers will receive a complementary pass to attend CMW’s Music Summit 2020 (valued at $599 CDN) which gives you access to panels and discussions as well as the mentor’s café, where you can connect with industry experts from around the globe
  • Chance to win the Grand Prize Package: Jim Beam Talent Search grand prize includes return travel (if applicable), accommodation based on double occupancy, complimentary passes to Canadian Music Week Festival, per diems, and One (1) single professionally produced, recorded, mixed and mastered courtesy of Metalworks Studios

Please fill out the following information. This account will be the main contact for this band. You do not have to complete the application all at once. You can log in any time before the application deadline. Application Deadline is per city – subject to change: 

Vancouver – February 14

Toronto – February 21

Halifax – February 21

Ottawa – February 19

Montreal – February 21

Edmonton – February 27

Calgary – March 1

Saskatoon – March 6