Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to welcome back and produce the 2023 Jim Beam® National Talent Search  LIVE this year!  Online submissions are open to all Canadian residents until April 7, 2023. The finalist showdown is back LIVE this year!

How this works

Five (5) National Finalists will be pre-selected in April 2023 from their virtual submissions by a panel of handpicked Canadian industry professionals. These five (5) pre-selected National Finalists will each receive a paid trip to Toronto, ON during Canadian Music Week with access to both the Conference and Festival events PLUS the opportunity to perform in the CMW Festival  Jim Beam® Showcase on June 6, 2023 at the Drake Underground in Toronto. One (1) winner will be determined live at this showcase to play the 2023 Jim Beam® INDIES on June 8, 2023 at HISTORY, before a headlining concert by Charlotte Cardin.

CMW and the Jim Beam® National Talent Search will provide 5 of Canada’s best new bands with their chance to win 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.  Wait…there’s more!!!  Prize information below.

Entrants must be 19+ in age and perform original music. All genres accepted.

2023 National Finalist Prize Details

  • Paid trip to Toronto, Ontario during Canadian Music Week
    • CMW will cover the cost of a return travel airfare for each band member; up to five (5) people. NOTE: each person must be a current band member and identify their role in the band in the band/artist submission form/portal.
    • Hotel accommodations covered for all National Finalists for two (2) nights: June 5 and 6, 2023; anyone who chooses to stay beyond June 6, 2023 is responsible to cover their own expenses
    • Only the Grand Prize winner determined at the Jim Beam® Showcase on June 6, 2023 will have further hotel nights paid for by CMW
    • All travel will be arranged with, approved by and managed by CMW
  • 20-minute time slot to perform your original set at the Jim Beam® Showcase on June 6, 2023 at the Drake Underground in Toronto.
  • Complimentary CMW Music Summit Registrations (valid: June 8-10, 2023); each includes a CMW Festival wristband (valid June 5-10, 2023)


2023 GRAND WINNER Prize Details

One (1) grand prize winner determined at the live Jim Beam® Showcase on June 6, 2023 at the Drake Underground in Toronto will win:

  • Title of the 2023 Jim Beam® National Talent Search
  • Open the Jim Beam® INDIES Concert
  • Paid trip to Toronto, Ontario during Canadian Music Week in June 2023
    • Additional hotel nights in Toronto area as needed and agreed upon by CMW, based on prize item executions (TBC: between June 7-9, 2023)
  • Complimentary CMW Music Summit Registrations; each includes a CMW Festival wristband
  • One Live Performance Masterclass with Tom Jackson (Taylor Swift, Magic!, Shawn Mendes, LeCrae); June 9, 2023
  • One original song writing session with Shaun Frank (composer for hit song “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and Halsey) at Noble Street Studios ; June 7, 2023
  • One recording session of original song written at Noble Street Studios with studio engineer David Mohacsi who has worked with Alyssa Reid, Three Days Grace, Shaggy, Barenaked Ladies, Summer Walker and many more; June 9, 2023
  • One feature article in CMW’s ‘Making Noise’ series, interviewed and written by Karen Bliss (Billboard)
  • Prize package from Long & McQuade
  • Prize package from Canadian Musician
  • Professional  ‘journey’ highlight video to be produced by CMW; capturing all live event content while in Toronto.



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Previous National champions have included:

CZN (2020), Christee Palace (2019), Alfie (2018), The Nursery (2017)