Round 2 – Semi finals:July 2nd, 8th and 9th will see the semi finals at Stonewalls in Hamilton winner of best live music venue for 5 consecutive years. Pending band schedules, of the remaining 15 bands, 5 bands willperform each night, with 3 moving on to the finals on July 30th at Stonewalls. Because of the sheer amount of talent in the semi finals, the organizers and judges, at their discretion may appoint one final wild card from the 3 semi final shows, to move on to the finals and to round up the number to 10 finalists.
As we mentioned in our original announcements when we launched, we have added a brand new criteria we are calling the “Industry Cred” criteria. All of the performers that make it to the semifinals, will receive up an additional 10 points and based on how professional your band was to work with throughout process. Were they responsible and, did they do as they said they would? Have they worked with anyone within the industry such as a publicist or promoter? Have they received much publicity? Have they attended any credible industry schooling such as Coalition, Harris Institute, Fanshaw Music Program or do they operate their band as a business? Have they toured? Only the judges are made aware of the of these bonus points and their reason. For the bands that make it to the finals, we will publish some of our thoughts on this within each of the features that we do on our 10 finalists.