Youth Discoveries

The Road To Summerfolk

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

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! 
Our annual competition has evolved slightly for 2022.  We are moving to a hybrid format.  Formerly in person, preliminary rounds have been changed to online submissions instead and are open til May 12th! Our Finale will be held in-person at the Owen Sound Legion (1450 2nd Ave. W., Owen Sound) on Saturday May 28, 2022! Up to 5 finalists WILL play at the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival on August 19-21st, 2022 in Owen Sound, Ontario!
For 2022, we are accepting submissions from artists aged 14-22 online!  Here’s what you’ll need to participate:
  • Be between the ages of 14-22 (all group members)
  • Fill out the registration form (here)
  • Provide a stage plot
  • Provide a high-res photo for promotional purposes
  • Provide a bio or one-sheet
  • Provide all your socials / websites etc.
  • Tell us why you want to play at Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival in 100 words or less!
  • Provide 2 YouTube links to 2 good or high quality newly recorded videos (1 song per YouTube link) featuring original music or inspired covers
    • Make sure we can hear you well and see your awesome faces!
  • 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 (we know this is hard when you’re playing to a camera but talk to us like we were sitting in front of you!)
    • Songwriting / Composition originality
    • For inspired covers – tell us why this song resonates with you!
  • Be ready and able to perform in person at our Finale Competition in Owen Sound on May 28, 2022!
All submissions will be reviewed by our judges panel and our Finalists will be announced between May 13th-15th, 2022! 

Am I Eligible For Youth Discoveries?

Can you answer “YES!” to these questions??

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