CMW Announces Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search Tour

Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced that the Jim Beam National Talent Search Tour, sponsored in part by Canadian Musician, will take place virtually from September 26-October 3, 2020, with 30-minute episodes spotlighting five local bands from eight Canadian cities. Hosted by Josie Dye of Indie88 Radio, each of the resulting regional webisodes will be streamed via

CMW and the Jim Beam Virtual Talent Search Tour have provided 40 of Canada’s best new bands with their own virtual stage, ownership of their own recordings, and starring roles in this musical event that could rewrite the way homegrown independent talent is discovered. Each episode will focus on one city and feature interviews and performances from five local bands. Fans are invited to vote for their favourite band to play live at the Jim Beam Indies in 2021 at

The 40 bands have already begun recording the Jim Beam Virtual Talent Search episodes during socially-distanced studio sessions. All 40 artists will also receive a master tape of the multi-track sound recording and the accompanying multi-camera video to be used in any way they wish to promote themselves.
“What, in previous years, would have been a chance for one band to play live at the Jim Beam Indies in Toronto for a crowd of about 1,000 will now be a career calling-card for 40 bands representing priceless international exposure that will serve these artists for years to come,” says Canadian Music Week president Neill Dixon. “CMW’s national talent search webcast presents a way to preserve an invaluable talent initiative that was already underway when the pandemic shut us all down.”

Unfortunately, on the eve of the first showcase, live gatherings were banned across Canada and CMW itself was eventually cancelled for the duration of 2020 for public safety due to COVID-19. CMW has used this challenging landscape as an opportunity to find new ways of supporting independent artists and industry by providing a safe, online platform for artists to showcase, and for career development with the Virtual Voices (Online Webinar Series).

Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search Tour
September 26-October 3, 2020
Streaming nightly at 7 pm ET for free at

September 26 – Vancouver
featuring Redwoods / Small Town Artillery / Raincity / Gnarfunkel / Maddie King

September 27 – Calgary
featuring Jon Martin and Lovers / Justine Giles / ROOKS / Youngbloods / Krissy Feniak

September 28 – Edmonton
featuring Rebecca Lappa / Kane Ingocnito / Jacquie Daniels and the Jokers / RIELL / Shawnee

September 29 – Saskatoon
featuring Afterglow / Aurora Bella / Alexandra Beck /

Phoenix and the Silvervoodoos Tumbleweeds / Kaye & Co.

September 30 – Toronto
featuring Dustin Bird / VILIVANT / Goodnight, Sunrise / Parasona / Autumn Kings

October 1 – Ottawa
featuring CZN / Paragon Cause / The Tackies / The Wilderness / The Lionlyls

October 2 – Montreal
featuring December Rose / The Day Dreamers / Brittany Kennell / Patrick Rock / Cowboy Meets Pirate

October 3 – Halifax
featuring The Blue Lane / Elyse Aeryn / Wheeler / The Collective / Carry The Lost

For more information, visit

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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of Canadian Musician Radio and NWC Webinars’ series of free music and entertainment industry webinars.
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