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Squamish Valley Music Festival launches national talent search

Rising Stars wants to put musicians on the stage at the August festival and offers $3,000 prize



Attention all Whistler and Sea to Sky music talents.

The Squamish Valley Music Festival wants to put you on the stage in front of 35,000 music fans.

Rising Stars is a new talent competition launched by the festival and Galaxie music channel, giving musicians from across Canada the chance to win $3,000 and a chance to perform at the festival, which takes place in Squamish from Aug. 8 to 10.

Headlining performers already confirmed for the festival include Eminem, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire.

“We are looking for the very best undiscovered talent in Canada,” said Paul Runnals, executive producer of the Festival, in a release. “This year’s Festival has an exceptional lineup of world-renowned performers and we are looking for more excellent talent to add to our event.”

To enter Rising Stars, performers must upload an MP3 or video to Once public voting begins, fans can then vote for their favourite artist (voting is limited to one vote per day). After the public provides their feedback, a panel of judges will decide the winner.

Rising Star will be accepting application now through June 30. Public voting will be open July 1 – July 15 and the winner will be announced July 21.

The judges are: Paul Runnals — executive producer of Squamish Valley Music Festival, Erik Hoffman — senior vice president of Talent for Live Nation Canada, Rob Calder — co-owner of Boompa Productions and founder of Secret Study, Mike Usinger — music editor for the Georgia Straight, Zachary Monson — programmer for Galaxie, and Jeffrey Remedios — founder of Arts & Crafts.

For more information on the festival, which is sponsored by Virgin Mobile, visit


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