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CMW Presents Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search

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Canadian Music Week's search will take place October 13 - 20.

CMW Presents Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to announce the Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search will now take place virtually October 13 - 20, 2020 (originally scheduled September 26 - October 3), with 30-minute episodes spotlighting five bands from eight Canadian cities. Hosted by Josie Dye of Indie88 Radio, each of the resulting regional webisodes will be streamed at

CMW and the Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search has provided 40 of Canada's best new bands with their own virtual stage, ownership of their own recordings, and starring roles in this musical event that could rewrite the way homegrown independent talent is discovered. Each episode will focus on one city and feature interviews and performances from five local bands. Fans are invited to vote for their favourite band to play live at the Jim Beam INDIES in 2021 at

The 40 bands have recorded the Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search episodes during socially-distanced studio sessions this past summer, which will be edited so each indie artist or group will sound their best and shine online. All 40 artists will also receive a master tape of the multi-track sound recording and the accompanying multi-camera video to be used in any way they wish to promote themselves.

Unfortunately, on the eve of the first showcase, live gatherings were banned across Canada and CMW itself was eventually cancelled for the duration of 2020 for public safety due to COVID-19. Canadian Music Week has used this challenging landscape as an opportunity to find new ways of supporting independent artists and industry by providing a safe, online platform for artists to showcase, and for career development with the Virtual Voices Online Webinar Series.

For the last 38 years, Canadian Music Week is Canada's leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country's music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation's largest new music festival which spans five nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto.

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