Returning for a second year to Ottawa’s Capital Hoedown is a competition that any independent artist and their band will be looking forward to. Festival organizers and ourstage.com are teaming up for the second consecutive year to give an undiscovered country artist the chance to open up for some of the biggest names in country music when they come to Canada in August. Capital Hoedown is a three-day country music festival taking place in Ottawa, Canada through August 10th to the 13th, and features headliners Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift.
The 2011 edition of Capital Hoedown Showdown gathered over 192,000 judging battles for 101 Canadian artists. Thanks to last year’s popularity, for the first time the competition will be opened to artists both in Canada and the United States. The winning act will open up for Taylor Swift on August 11th – which is her only North American date this year! Anyone interested in competing, or judging, can visit ourstage’s competition website for this festival.
“Capital Hoedown Showdown is a fun, friendly competition giving aspiring country artists the chance to play at Canada’s biggest country music festival,” said Denis Benoit, President and CEO of Concert International Inc. “Last year’s winner, WYATT, received international exposure for their participation and they had the privilege to perform on the same stage as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood.”
Artists and bands can submit their original country music from now on through June 25th, 2012 through Ourstage.com. Judging will begin on the website starting on May 17th. At the end of the first round on July 2nd, the top 100 entries will move on to the semi-finals in round 2. The top 40 entries will then move on to round 3 after July 16th with continued voting from fans on the competition website. The grand prize winner will be selected from the top 40 entries by a judging panel. The winning band or artist will receive a set during the festival before Taylor Swift’s show. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, presentation, melody, vocal ability, lyrics, and music, and, entertainment value.