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Road to Rockin’ River Talent Contest

The Fan’s Choice round of the Road to Rockin’ River Talent Search is now open! Vote for your favourite daily until the poll closes Sunday!

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!

View the full 2018 rules and regulations

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

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!


Cascade Casino – Match (Kamloops)

Competition Dates
Thursdays – May 10, 17, 24, 31

1555 Versatile Dr
Kamloops, BC V1S 1W7


OK Corral (Kelowna)

Competition Dates
Saturdays – May 5, 12, 19, 26

1978 Kirschner Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4N6


The Stage (Mission)

Competition Dates
Fridays – June 1, 8, 15, 22

32998 1st Ave
Mission, BC V2V 1G3


Nelly’s Pub (Prince George)

Competition Dates
Fridays – May 4, 11, 18, 25

2280 Hart Highway
Prince George, BC V2K 2X8


Hard Rock Casino (Vancouver)

Competition Dates
Sundays – May 6, 13, 20, 27

2080 United Blvd
Coquitlam, BC, V3K 6W3


Apply today and get in on the competition

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  • Show us your best! 4 minutes max and the video must be public. (Read the regulations for more info)
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