Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search Now Taking Place Oct. 13-20

Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced a date change to the previously-announced Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search. It will now take place virtually from Oct. 13—20, 2020 (originally scheduled Sept. 26–Oct. 3), with 30-minute episodes spotlighting five bands from eight Canadian cities. Hosted by Josie Dye of Indie88 Radio, each of the resulting regional webisodes will be streamed at

CMW and the Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search has provided 40 of Canada’s top 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 recorded the Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search episodes during socially-distanced studio sessions this past summer, which will be edited so each indie artist or group will sound their best and shine online. 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.

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. Canadian Music Week 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
October 13 - 20, 2020
Streaming Nightly at 7pm Local Time

October 13, 7pm PDT – Vancouver
featuring Redwoods / Small Town Artillery / Raincity / Gnarfunkel / Maddie King

October 14, 7pm MDT – Calgary
featuring Jon Martin and Lovers / Justine Giles / ROOKS /
Youngbloods / Krissy Feniak

October 15, 7pm MDT – Edmonton
featuring Rebecca Lappa / Kane Ingocnito /
Jacquie Daniels and the Jokers / RIELL / Shawnee

October 16, 7pm CST  – Saskatoon
featuring Aurora Bella / Alexandra Beck /
Phoenix and the Silvervoodoos / Tumbleweeds / Kaye & Co.

October 17, 7pm EDT – Toronto
featuring Dustin Bird / VILIVANT /
Goodnight, Sunrise / Parasona / Autumn Kings

October 18, 7pm EDT – Ottawa
featuring CZN / Paragon Cause / The Tackies / The Wilderness / The Lionlyls

October 19, 7pm EDT – Montreal
featuring December Rose / The Day Dreamers / Brittany Kennell /
Patrick Rock / Cowboy Meets Pirate

October 20, 7pm ADT – Halifax
featuring The Blue Lane / Elyse Aeryn / Wheeler /
The Collective / Carry The Lost

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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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