It’s hard for a band to get an Artistic Director out to a gig so we’re planning the second annual curated showcase to give acts a chance to play for Summerfolk’s Artistic Director.
The show will take place at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound on January 20th from 1-4pm.
We’ll choose 10 acts from the applications and you’ll each get 12 minutes on stage to wow the audience and the AD. There’s no guarantee that performing acts will be chosen to play the festival but we can guarantee that the AD will see your set. Last year’s event was free and was over capacity. This year, entrance will be by donation and profits will be split equally between performers.
You’ll be free to sell merch on site too.
Apply here before December 26th.
All applicants will be notified.
Apply before Dec 26
Performance showcases are one of the key ways that performers get exposure. Traditionally they’re done at large conferences and professional networking events so that booking agents, venue owners, and artistic directors can see what performers are like live. Years ago, the Georgian Bay Folk Society hosted the ‘Last Chance Saloon’ to give artists an opportunity to earn a spot at Summerfolk. This September we’re modifying the tradition and hosting an open showcase at Heartwood Concert Hall in the afternoon of Sunday September 24th.
Performers will have 12 minutes on stage to impress the crowd, knowing that Summerfolk’s artistic director is in the audience. We do not not guarantee that someone will be hired for the festival. We do, however, guarantee the opportunity to impress the person who does the hiring.
In order to ensure that acts who are ready for a festival stage get a chance to play on the 24th, we’re screening applicants. Please apply here. There are 12 performance spaces available and they will be filled on a first come basis. Audience are welcome on the day of the show so bring your friends along too.
If it all goes well, you could see the Summerfolk stage from this side next August.
For more information, e-mail Jon at jon.a.farmer(at)gmail.com
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