Rules and Regulations

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  1. Artists Online Submissions Entry: Application Deadline varies per city.
  2. Judging Panel: Top 5 regional winners are selected for each city of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.
  3. Regional Finalists are contacted as to their availability and eligibility to perform at the regional showcase event and grand prize event.
  4. Artists perform live before a panel of local judges. One (1) Regional Winner is announced at each regional showcase event.
  5. Each regional winner will receive an invitation to perform at 2020 Canadian Music Week Festival.
  6. Each regional winner (8 in total) will be automatically entered into the 2020 national Jim Beam Talent Search competition.
  7. Grand Prize winner to be selected by a panel of music industry judges and online public vote. The winning artist will be chosen to perform live at Indies Awards at Canadian Music Week September 2020 in Toronto.
  8. Jim Beam Talent Search grand prize includes return travel (if applicable), accommodation based on double occupancy, complimentary passes to Canadian Music Week Festival, and per diems, a $2,000.00 (CAD) shopping spree at Long & McQuade, and one (1) single professionally produced, recorded, mixed and mastered courtesy of Metalworks Studios


2020 Submission Deadline is per city:   

  • Vancouver – February 14
  • Toronto – February 21
  • Halifax – February 14
  • Ottawa – February 19
  • Montreal – February 21
  • Edmonton – February 27
  • Calgary – March 1
  • Saskatoon – March 6


  1. The Jim Beam Talent Search competition is open to emerging artists and bands who compose and perform original material. Entrants may be either individuals or a group comprised of 2 or more individual members. The entrants must not be signed to a major record label. The competition is not open to directors or employees of the sponsoring stations or competition judges. Entrants must be of legal drinking/purchase age in the province of entry to be eligible to participate.
  2. All entrants must submit up to three songs (including a minimum of two original songs) in an mp3 format AND submit a live performance video link (i.e. via YouTube) to local station website or The song entry may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Finalists should be prepared to perform their songs in a live environment for the selected music industry panel at the regional and national live performance events.
  3. The lyrics entered must not include or contain any material that is obscene, offensive, defamatory, pornographic, threatening or abusive, content that is otherwise objectionable or would be deemed inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, all as determined by the radio station in its sole discretion. The station reserved the right to disqualify any entries that contain the elements previously described. The same applies if video is requested.
  4. Entrants can submit one entry to the participating station in their closest market only. Entrants cannot submit to any radio station outside of their closest market. Subsequent or multiple entries will be disqualified.
  5. Entrants and their collaborators will retain full rights to all work submitted for the contest. The entrant warrants and represents that the songs(s) submitted are sole, exclusive and original works of the entrants.
  6. Jim Beam Talent Search judging will be comprised of industry professionals, Canadian Music Week staff, radio stations, print publications and other celebrity judges. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Originality / Creativity
    • Artist / Band Performance (Overall musicianship of artist or band)
    • Stage Presence
    • Audience Impact
    • Songs / Material Selection
  7. Five (5) indie or emerging artists will be selected from regional entries to perform live at a showcase event at a local live music venue in each participating market: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax (dates and venues subject to change). Fourty (40) finalists in total competition.
  8. Regional winners will receive an invitation to play at the Canadian Music Week Festival (one date between September 8 – 12, 2020), including complimentary conference registration.
  9. Only one national winning performer of the Jim Beam Talent Search, artist/band, are invited perform live at the Jim Beam Indies Awards ceremony and provided return travel to Toronto (if applicable) and accommodations.
  10. Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s names, likeness and voices for future publicity and advertising purposes without additional compensation. If there is more than one writer per submission, all co-writers must sign letter of agreement for the songs to be submitted, and must abide by all criteria to enter.
  11. Canadian Music Week, the station and sponsor (Jim Beam) shall have the right to use the song/video at their sole discretion, which comprises the lyrics and music of the entrant. The station and sponsor are not obligated to pay any royalties or fees of any kind to the author/entrant, except for the prize, should the entrant’s song be selected as one of the prize winning entrants. Artist retains all songwriters/publisher rights.
  12. Entrants represent and warrant that their entry, including any material comprising their entry (e.g. name, user name, profile picture, etc., as applicable) and any material submitted with their entry (e.g. photograph, written submission, audio/MP3 files, or other form of submission, as applicable) (all such material, collectively, the “Entry Material”) is original to the entrant, have all necessary rights in and to the Entry Material to enter the Contest, including the consent of any third parties whose personal information is included in the Entry Material, and the Entry Material does not contain, depict, include or involve content that is, or could reasonably be considered to be, inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors
  13. Entrants can only win the Grand Prize as awarded.
  14. The competition is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations that may be applicable. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
  15. All decisions made by Canadian Music Week, the station and music industry panel with respect to the acceptance of any entry and eligibility of entries shall be final and binding. Jim Beam Talent Search reserves the right to extend the deadline of the competition and/or announcement of winners if needed.
  16. Entrants hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless the competition entities (including Canadian Music Week, all participating radio stations and all sponsors) from and against any and all third party claims arising out of or resulting from (1) the entrant’s participation in the talent search; or (b) any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations, or agreements granted, made by or entered into by a entrant. The winners release sponsors from all liability regarding prizes won. All federal, provincial and local taxes, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner.