Ottawa Bluesfest


She’s The One


Submissions for 2020 are now closed. Thank you!


Supported byRBCFND_LogoDes_H_rgbPE Cadence Music Group


RBC Bluesfest is zeroing in on the best young (13-21 years of age*), emerging female singers in Canada. We are looking for one special artist with an incredible voice backed up by a moving live performance.

Past Judges Have Included:

  • Andy Hawke: A&R / Label Manager – Cadence Music and Fontana North
  • Barrett Yeretsian: Songwriter and Producer – Multi-platinum in 8 countries
  • Cole Stephenson: General Manager & Co-Founder of Physical Presents – Cadence Music Group
  • Don Kitchen: A&R/Artist Rights Manager – Universal Music Group
  • Josh Sarubin: A&R – Warner Music Group
  • Matt Vlahovich – A&R Manager – Cadence Music Group
  • Rich Castillo: A&R Director – Universal Music Canada

2020 Submissions

RBC Bluesfest and Cadence Music Group will be working with the winner of SHE’S THE ONE to produce a single for a worldwide release. The SHE’S THE ONE winner’s expenses including any recording, production and travel costs, related to the prize package will be covered by RBC Bluesfest. The prize package will focus on artist development and industry networking. The 2020 winner of SHE’S THE ONE will collaborate with industry songwriters and producers to write her potential hit song! The winner will be coached and guided through an all-expenses paid recording and production of this single. The winner will have the opportunity to perform on a stage at the 2021 edition of RBC Bluesfest. The artist will be given all access rock star treatment at the festival and introduced to some of the most influential movers and shakers in the music industry.

Eligibility criteria and competition details*

The following terms and conditions are the official competition rules and eligibility criteria for SHE’S THE ONE Emerging Female Artist Competition.

RBC Bluesfest’s, SHE’S THE ONE Emerging Female Artist Competition is open to female singers between 13 and 21 years of age who reside in Canada.

*The artist MUST be between 13 and 21 years of age on July 31, 2020.

*The artist MUST be available to participate in the finals on Saturday July 18, 2020 at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario. Travel assistance will be provided.

  • All styles and genres of music are accepted.
  • Song choice: both covers and originals are accepted.
  • Video submission: the contestant may sing to a background track or to an instrument that they play or with accompaniment/band. The artist MUST be singing live, not lip-syncing. The contestant may only submit one video, and it should not exceed five minutes in length.
    There will only be one contest winner, if the artist/singer performs with a band, the prize package will only be awarded to the singer.
  • Once submissions close, the top artists will be chosen and contacted to perform for the “Finals” which will occur at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa July 18, 2020.
  • If you are selected as a finalist, you must declare any pre-existing contractual obligations that may prevent you from participating and/or meeting all of the required legal obligations associated with the contest. Applicants must declare the following: if they have a partial or exclusive agreement with a record label, publishing company, any representation (manager or agent), recording contracts, merchandising contracts, and any other contractual agreements that may prevent you from meeting the competition’s requirements, or impeding the contestant from signing the finalist’s Option Agreement with Festival House Incorporated and its industry partners.
  • If chosen as the winner of SHE’S THE ONE, you MUST be available for a two to three week period in 2020 and 2021 to travel and work with RBC Bluesfest and its industry partners; dates and schedules will be chosen at the discretion of the SHE’S THE ONE’s management team.
  • Finalists may be required to sign and agree to an Option Agreement with Festival House Incorporated and its industry partners, in order to facilitate the production and recording of the single and video. If you are a minor (under 18), your parent or legal guardian would need to sign the Option Agreement on your behalf.
  • Finalists may be required to sign additional contracts with Festival House Incorporated, and/or its industry partners.
  • If you are a minor (under 18), your parent or legal guardian must accompany you during all activities related to the contest.
  • The prize package is not-redeemable as cash, and is non-transferrable.
  • Individuals may not participate in SHE’S THE ONE if their participation would create impropriety or the appearance of impropriety. The organizer will consider whether you or any of your immediate family members or anyone living in your household may have been within the past two (2) years employees, officers, directors or agents of any of the following: RBC Bluesfest, Ottawa Music Foundation, CityFolk Festival, Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Festival House or any sponsor of the SHE’S THE ONE contest. In addition, the organizer reserves the right to render ineligible any person that the organizer determines, in its sole discretion, is sufficiently connected with the production, administration, judging, or distribution of SHE’S THE ONE such that the contestant’s participation in SHE’S THE ONE could create the appearance of impropriety.
  • The foregoing eligibility requirements may be amended, revised or changed at any time and in any fashion at the organizer’s sole discretion.
  • Deadline for submission is April 5th, 2020 at 11:59 EST.

I don’t have any videos on YouTube. Can I still apply?

All submissions MUST have a video of you singing your song, live. Get to know your video recording software, set yourself up and then upload to YouTube! More questions? Email: