March 26, 2023

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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.

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 be 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 NLFB also encourages original music.

Those who are interested are asked to contact Izzy at Registration forms are available on the NLFB website, and in the NLFB office at 3-19 Grey St.

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.

The ‘Northern Lights Folk Festivalwas first held in Bell Park in 1972. It was a free one-day music festival on one stage; needless to say it has grown exponentially since. NLFB is already hard at work planning the

2018 edition of Northern Lights Festival Boréal, scheduled for July 6-8. The 2017 event was extremely well received, presenting such artists as Buffy Sainte-Marie, A Tribe Called Red, and Whitehorse, and enjoyed an attendance high of 11,250 attendees.


Link to artist submission form:

Facebook event:

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Izzy at marketing [at] nlfb [dot] ca or 705-674-5512.

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