Calgary Stampede kicks off search for Nashville North Star

Dec 19 2017, 11:31 am

The Calgary Stampede has launched its annual Nashville North Star competition, searching for the hottest new talent in country music.

Contestants will not only get a chance to showcase their talent on the Nashville North stage during the Stampede, but also “record, perform and experience the life of a country star.”

To enter, go to and upload a video of yourself or your band performing your favourite country music cover song before June 20 at 5 p.m.

An online vote will then take place on Facebook on June 21 and 22; the competitor who earns the most online votes will be automatically entered into the top 10.

The remaining nine slots will be chosen by a panel of industry judges.

The top 10 will perform in the semi-finals on the Nashville North stage on July 9; the top six will advance to the finals on July 11, when the Nashville North Star will be chosen.

The Nashville North Star winner will get:

  • Trip to the 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards in London, Ont. including hotel, airfare and a Country Music Week delegate pass
  • Performance on Nashville North stage on July 16
  • Recording session at Music Centre Canada
  • Professional song writing session with country music artist, Jake Mathews
  • Professional photography session
  • Record release to country radio stations across Canada provided by Royalty Records
  • Showcase opportunity at 2016 Royalty Records party at Canadian Country Music Week
  • $2,500 cash

A cash prize of $1,000 will go to the runner-up and $500 to the third place winner.

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