Canada’s Walk of Fame Opens Submissions for its RBC Emerging Musician Program

Canada’s Walk of Fame has announced the launch of its seventh annual RBC Emerging Musician Program, which supports aspiring Canadian musical artists, aged 15 to 35. Valued at more than $100,000, the program provides up-and-coming musicians with opportunities to take their careers to the next level, including private studio time at the renowned Metalworks Studios, introductions to established and well-known artists, access to music industry influencers, exposure to audiences and media, as well as artist development and funding. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

New to the competition prize this year, select winners and finalists will receive the opportunity to perform a showcase in February 2020 at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, with flights and accommodations covered by Canada’s Walk of Fame. This is in addition to a scheduled winners’ showcase at the Great Hall in Toronto on Nov. 7, 2019.

Since its inception in 2013, the RBC Emerging Musician Program has boosted the careers of its grand prize winners, including last year’s recipient, LU KALA, who spoke of the impact the program has had on her budding career in the last six months. “Being selected as the first prize winner for the 2018 RBC Emerging Musician Program was the best thing that could have happened to me. Being a full-time independent artist isn’t easy and this prize provided me with the freedom to focus solely on my music for a year. I was able to travel internationally, write, record and perform my music. It has opened many doors for me. My single was heard by some of the most influential people in the Canadian music industry and soon after that, it was played on the radio Canada wide. I am so grateful to this program for the opportunities it provided.”

Other past winners include 2015 winners Ivory Hours who have embarked on three national tours since their win. NEFE, the 2014 Grand Prize Winner, opened for Canadian icon Burton Cummings during his Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival performance at Massey Hall and went on to sign a recording contract with Universal Music Canada; and the inaugural grand prize winner, Taylor Kurta, performed for Canadian musical heavyweights including Bob Ezrin, David Foster, and Carly Rae Jepsen as part of her competition prize.

“The RBC Emerging Musician Program has had a remarkable impact on songwriters and musicians across Canada over the last six years,” says Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “The contest opened to residents of Quebec last year and because of this, we saw our submissions skyrocket by 50 per cent. We are hoping to see that number increase even further in 2019 with the addition of more performance and mentorship opportunities. By taking our 2019 winners to showcase at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, we are allowing Canadians across the country to experience performance opportunities on diverse stages – not just in Toronto. We’re looking forward to working with the winners.”

“At RBC, our commitment to the arts includes helping artists bridge the gap from “emerging” to “established”, said Valerie Chort, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “We are thrilled to continue our support of RBC’s Emerging Musician Program, and to help even more emerging Canadian musicians pursue their bold ambitions.”

Prize details

The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000, private studio recording time at Metalworks Studios, an introduction to at least one established music artist, introductions to music industry executives, a public performance opportunity at a Canada’s Walk of Fame event, a public performance opportunity at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Manitoba, album cover artwork design and an invitation to attend the 2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards & Gala.

“The amazing growth of the Emerging Musician Program illustrates the tremendous vitality and depth of talent in Canada’s music community. Metalworks Studios is proud to support and celebrate new Canadian artists on the world stage with RBC and Canada’s Walk of Fame,” says Gil Moore, owner and founder of Metalworks Studios.

Four winners will be chosen in addition to the grand prize winner. These winners will receive a cash prize ($6,000 for the second prize winner, $4,000 for the other three winners); a public performance opportunity at a Canada’s Walk of Fame event later this year; participation in private music industry career development mentorship sessions with A&R professionals, a music agent and an established artist.

Visit for details on eligibility and submission requirements.

The winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of music industry experts and will be announced in late summer.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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