August 16th – 18th, 2024

Youth Discoveries

The Road To Summerfolk

An amazing opportunity for youth to be heard and seen by an international crowd.

See you again in 2025!

What is Youth Discoveries ~ The Road to Summerfolk?

Youth Discoveries was created to give young performers an opportunity to experience performing at a major folk festival.  The program offers mentorship, workshops, performance opportunities, networking and more, and fosters a sense of community amongst the up-and-coming! 
Preliminary rounds will take place in 4 cities (Collingwood Simcoe Street Theatre – April 4, Toboggan Brewing, London – April 6, Hugh’s Room, Toronto – April 7, Silence Sounds, Guelph-April 7 )! Our Finale will be held at the Owen Sound and North Grey Public Library in Owen Sound on Sunday April 28, 2024! Up to 5 finalists will play at the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival on August 16-18th, 2024 in Owen Sound, Ontario!
For 2024, we are accepting applications from artists aged 14-22!  Here’s what you’ll need to participate:
  • Be between the ages of 14-22 (all group members)
  • Fill out the registration form (here)
  • After filling out registration, a follow-up email will ask you to:
    • Provide a stage plot/input list
    • Provide a high-res photo for promotional purposes
    • Provide a bio or one-sheet
    • Provide all your socials / websites etc.
  • Demonstrate the following (this is what our judges will be looking for!! Hint Hint!):
    • Musical Ability – including lyrical content
    • On-Stage Presence / Interaction with Audience
    • Songwriting / Composition originality
    • For inspired covers – tell us why this song resonates with you!
  • Be ready and able to perform in person at your selected Preliminary Round, Finale Competition in Owen Sound on April 28th, 2024, and Summerfolk 49 in Owen Sound on August 16th-18th. 
2 performers from each Preliminary will be selected by our judges panel to move forward to the Finale, along with 4 wild cards chosen once all Preliminary Rounds are completed. Up to 5 Finale performers will be selected to perform at Summerfolk 49. 

Am I Eligible For Youth Discoveries?

The Youth Discoveries program is proudly supported by: