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Northern Ontario musicians will compete for a paid spot in the 2018 festival

Northern Lights Festival Boréal’s annual Meltdown Competition is back! The event, scheduled for March 31st, gives emerging musicians the chance to compete for a paid spot at Northern Lights Festival 2018 (July 6-8th). This is an excellent opportunity for emerging Northern Ontario artists to gain valuable exposure, and perform their best music in a fun environment! Past winners have included Hello Holiday, Spencer Jose, and Jennifer Holub.

Emmanuel Gasser, NLFB 2017 Meltdown Winner. Photo by Sarah Greene, Exclaim! Magazine.

The open auditions will be divided into two portions: between 3PM and 5PM, solo acts will perform, between 6PM and 10PM bands and larger groups will perform. These open audition will take place March 31, at the Townehouse Tavern (206 Elgin St). Performers are each assigned a 15 minute time slot and will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Two winners will be selected; one solo act and one band. Each will earn a slot at NLFB 2018 this summer and will be eligible for musical mentorship programs held at the festival.


Registration for performers is $25 per act and includes a one-year membership to NLFB*. Participants must submit their application by March 23rd at the latest. All genres of music are accepted, as well as storytelling, spoken word and other types of performances but artists are asked to keep the character of NLFB’s past lineups in mind (visit www.nlfb.ca). NLFB also encourages original music.

Spectators and supportive friends are encouraged to come cheer on their favourite band. Admission to the event is $10.00.

*Musicians travelling from outside of Sudbury will be eligible for a refund of the registration fee.


ARTISTS CAN SUBMIT HERE: http://bit.ly/2EZ3orG

For more information or media inquiries, please contact our Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Izzy at marketing@nlfb.ca or 705-674-5512.