Search begins for top emerging jazz artists in Ontario

April 11, 2018
SUDBURY, ONT – Jazz Sudbury is beginning its annual search for talented up-and-coming Ontario jazz musicians ready to play the main stage of the Jazz Sudbury Festival this September!
Jazz Sudbury’s Emerging Artist Showcase opened for submissions, Friday, April 6th 2018 and will remain so until Friday, May 4th, 2018.
“The goal of the emerging artist showcase is to give emerging artists the opportunity to break into the festival circuit and work alongside established musicians,” said Ashlyne Botelho, Festival Director. “Our focus this year is to provide artists with additional mentorship opportunities through partnerships with other local arts organisations!”
All performers who play around the jazz genre (soul, funk, blues, swing, etc.) whether they are a band, a duo, or a solo act are invited to showcase their talent and submit a three to five minute video performance to the Jazz Sudbury Facebook page for the chance to earn a spot in the festival lineup and a $1000 grand prize. Jazz Sudbury hopes to once again find exciting emerging acts from the region and throughout the province.
The three finalists will be determined by a panel of industry experts. These finalists will be invited to perform at the Emerging Artist Showcase in front of the judges on June 9th, 2018. Following a final decision based on a combination of video submissions and live performance, the Emerging Artist Showcase winner will be announced.
They will share the stage with festival headliners at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in September.
Last year’s winners were Jamie Dupuis and Zak Martel, a local Sudbury duo who won the judges over with their unique guitar stylings incorporating Jazz and World-Fusion.
The deadline to enter is May 4th at midnight. Get that camera rolling for your chance to share the stage with some of the best jazz artists in Canada!
For full guidelines regarding the 2018 Emerging Artist Showcase and the Jazz Sudbury Festival visit or
Jazz Sudbury is a charitable organization dedicated to producing performances and activities in the area of music for the purpose of advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts through festivals, performances, and related workshops. Previously named “Best New Festival” and one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario, Jazz Sudbury has grown to become one of the premier events in the North.