The Road to Rockin’ River is back and bigger than ever for its 3rd year! 2018 comes with some exciting changed to the format, including the introduction of an online qualifier that is sure to showcase a wider demographic of undiscovered talent.
Road to Rockin’ River will kick off with Online Qualifiers – a Video Submission round open to all solo artists, duos and trios 16 years of age and up! ** A panel of BC music industry professionals will choose the Top 100 who will compete at 5 venues across the province.
Also new to 2018, a Fan’s Choice category will allow competitors the chance to qualify through online votes!
Live Competitions will narrow the Top 100 down to the Top 5 – one from each venue – to compete in the Championship Round live at the Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt, BC on August 2nd, 2018. The Top 5 will get to perform 2 songs with an all-star band in front of thousands of fans and vie for the title of Grand Champion!
Congratulations to the fan’s choice winners as well as the judges selects who will all be advancing in the Road to Rockin’ River competition! If you missed out on submitting a video audition, live auditions have just been added!
Fan’s Choice Winner: James Merkley
Judges Selects: Nikita Afonso, Hana Eastmond, Sabine Stanzer, Brooklyn Potter, Nikita Graham
Fan’s Choice Winner: Beamer Wigley
Judges Selects: Amelie Patterson, Melissa Livingstone, Mitch Gianz (Lost & Found Band), Tyler Wiebe, Ryan Pugsley
Fan’s Choice Winner: Charles Amos
Judges Selects: John Michael Lind, Natasha Taylor, Paal Garteig, Amber Desjarlais
Fan’s Choice Winner: Gloria Ellis & Myles Murphy (duo)
Judges Selects: MADRICH, Owen Auger, Kellen Saip, Antonio Larosa, Jada-McKenzie Moore
Fan’s Choice Winner: Chris Brien
Please Note: Chris Brien will compete in the Mission finals.
What can you win
The 5 Championship finalists receive 2 weekend passes to the 2018 festival, including camping! Grand Prize winner will receive:
- Perform a 30 minute set with the All Star Band in direct support of the 2019 Saturday Night Headliner
- Record a radio-ready single with Tom McKillip
- 2 premium passes to Rockin’ River 2019 including camping
- Opportunities to perform at sponsored events throughout the following year
- And much more!
Audition LIVE to compete in the Semi Finals against the Top 5 Video winners
Live Auditions will be narrowed down to the top 5 from each region who will compete against the Top 5 video qualifiers and Fan’s Choice winners. Ultimately only one winner from each venue and one Wild Card will get to compete in the Championship Round live at the Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt, BC on August 2nd, 2018. The Championship Round Top 5 will get to perform 2 songs with an all-star band in front of thousands of fans and vie for the title of Grand Champion!
Cascade Casino – Match (Kamloops)
LIVE AUDITIONS: May 10
Live round Eliminations: May 17
Semi Finals: May 24
Finals: May 31
1555 Versatile Dr
Kamloops, BC V1S 1W7
OK Corral (Kelowna)
LIVE AUDITIONS: April 28 & May 5
Live round Eliminations: May 12
Semi Finals: May 19
Finals: May 26
1978 Kirschner Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4N6
The Stage (Mission)
LIVE AUDITIONS: May 26 & June 1
Live round Eliminations: June 8
Semi Finals: June 15
Finals: June 22
32998 1st Ave
Mission, BC V2V 1G3
Nelly’s Pub (Prince George)
LIVE AUDITIONS: April 30 & May 4
Live round Eliminations: May 11
Semi Finals: May 18
Finals: May 25
2280 Hart Highway
Prince George, BC V2K 2X8
2017 Top Twelve Finalists
Branden Dame (WINNER!), Jada McKenzie-Moore, April Reidie, Samial Holden, Lost N’ Found, Britches & Boots, Shawna Palmer, Tanner Dawson, Daylen James, Kiana McChesney, Cassandra Pallot, & Madison Bell