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THE CONTEST: OVERVIEW

In honour of Lawson Vocal Studios' 5th anniversary, we decided the time was right for us to celebrate the immense talent we work with at LVS and the enormous amount of talent we have yet to work with across Canada through our inaugural BECOMING Emerging Artist Contest! The purpose of this contest is in line with the mission of LVS, which is to give emerging artists across Canada the tools and resources to become the performers and singers they desire to be.

 

The BECOMING contest is open to all genres of Canadian artists within two age categories: ages 10-17 and ages 18 and over (no age limite). ENTRY IS FREE.

Submissions open on Monday, July 13 and close on Friday, August 7 @ 11:59 PM ET.

All artists who submit will be evaluated by members of our Preliminary Music Industry Panel, where the top 12 in each age category will be chosen to move on to the finale.

 

The top 12 (in each age category) artists will then have the opportunity to perform live on our Artist Showcase FINALE, where they will be evaluated by our Finale Music Industry Panel. The finales for each age group will take place online on August 19 and August 20.

Four artists will then be chosen in each age group and each will receive a STANDOUT AWARD based upon their merit (Standout Artist, Standout Original Song, Standout Performance, Standout Video Package). The aim with each award is to contribute in a meaningful way to the continuing musical development of each standout emerging artist that is chosen by the industry panel.

HOW TO SUBMIT

 

To enter the “BECOMING” Contest, please read through "How to Submit" and the Contest "Terms & Conditions". Once you have read through and thoroughly understand all of the terms and requirements, you can then fill out the online SUBMISSION FORM

 

The submission form requires artists to create a 5-minute video, which is to be prepared specifically for this contest. We recommend that you have this video prepared and saved as an unlisted YouTube link ahead of time before beginning your submission, as submission forms cannot be saved to come back to later. You will also need to provide a headshot (you can upload your headshot directly to the submission form).

VIDEO STRUCTURE:

Part One: Introduce Yourself (1-2 minutes): 

  • your “artist pitch” + what makes you memorable?

  • tell us about yourself as an artist, any projects you’ve released, what your goals are, what is your ultimate dream as an artist?

  • what is your “story”?

  • what artists have influenced you and why? Both internationally and locally?

  • what first inspired you to get into music?

  • how has music changed your life?

 

Part Two: Perform (2-4 minutes): 

  • perform edited versions of 2 songs (maximum 1:30 per song)

  • you may perform a cover; however, please ensure that you only perform 1 cover

  • perform either accompanied or with a backtrack (no acapella)

VIDEO SUBMISSION TIPS:

  • be yourself! 

  • think about your setting - what’s in the background? How is the lighting?

  • be conscious of how you present yourself - are you representing your brand as an artist?

  • make sure your sound is clear and not distorted 

  • shoot landscape (horizontal) and not portrait (vertical) style

  • sing live - please do not submit a produced video or music video

  • it’s very effective to shorten your song for your submission so you have the opportunity to tell us a little bit about it and why you wrote it, and also to hold the attention of who you are presenting to

JUDGING PANEL

ALI SLAIGHT

Talent Development Coordinator, Slaight Music

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BALDEEP RANDHAWA

Agent,

APA Agency

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FRANCESCA NICASSIO

Owner / Sr. Agent,

Stars Academy Talent

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FRASER HILL

President + A&R,

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JORDAN FRANCIS

Artist / Actor / Choreographer / Producer

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KATE DAVIES

A&R / Artist Development /

Project Management

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KAYLA DIAMOND

Artist / Producer /

A&R for Higher Reign

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SEAN JONES

Artist + Songwriter /

CEO Sean Jones Music

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WILLIAM MITCHELL

A&R | Talent + Admin,

Sony Music Canada

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ZUBIN THAKKAR

Guitarist / Producer / Songwriter / Musical Director

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OUR SPONSORS

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MEDIA PARTNER

AWARD SPONSORS

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PRIZE SPONSORS

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LOGO SPONSORS

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