Collingwood Live & Original Music Series


MAY 5-7, 2017


The L&O Music Series celebrates finding musical creativity and innovation at the grass-roots level. This is an opportunity for unknown artists to develop their own individual songwriting ability and performance style, in a competition format, performing their original songs live and in person. This competition is designed to give the audience a connection with the artist as he or she expresses their personal story through song.


L&O Singer/Songwriter Competition

Canadian singer/songwriters from all genres of music are invited to submit an online video audition between February 17 and March 17. Solo artists through to full bands are invited to apply. Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) from the previous year are not eligible to apply. A panel of judges will then select eight (8) entrants from the videos received to advance to the live Semi-Finals taking place in Collingwood May 6, 2017. Two (2) additional entrants will be selected online via fan vote. The ten semi-finalists will receive accommodations in Collingwood compliments of Cranberry Golf Resort and Living Water Resort & Spa for the duration of their time in the competition. SUBMISSION PHASE NOW CLOSED.
The top 10 artists will perform two original pieces live at the Townhall Theatre inside the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena on May 6 at 7pm. The top 6 contestants will be selected to advance to the Finals based on the judges' scores and the audience's vote. 
The top 6 artists will return to the Town Hall Theatre to perform two original pieces on May 7 at 7pm. Judges' scores alone will determine the top three artists. First place will receive $3000, second place $1500, and third place $500.


New in 2017

The top 10 contestants will each contribute one track to a professionally-recorded digital playlist available for the public to purchase online. In addition, the artists will take home their digital master copy and an honourarium. 

Contestants, alumni, and the community can pariticpate in two educational workshops presented by industry leaders. 2017 features a recording readiness session and a songwriters' circle.

This year, the L&O stage will be located at the “Townhall Theatre”. A giant acoustic curtain will subdivide the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena to create a unique, theatre-style setting for 400. The intimate, crescent-shaped seating arrangement will provide excellent sightlines and acoustics to enhance the audience's connection with the artist.


Attend the L&O

Musicians, music-lovers, and festival-goers alike are invited to attend the 2017 Live & Original Music Series. Take in three days of authentic live and original music from both undiscovered artists and those on the rise. 


May 5

L&O Venue Tour Local artists and L&O alumni perform in live music venues across the region. $Varies
by venue
May 6
"Hitting the Studio" Workshop Josh Maitland from Red Room Recordings and 2016 L&O Winner Mike Charette will discuss how to get the most out of your studio time, what to expect, and how to plan for the best possible outcome. Lunch included. $10.00
May 6
L&O Singer/Songwriter Competition Semi-Finals Featuring the Top 10 contestants. Audience votes help determine who moves on to the Finals. Special musical performances by by Ian Raeburn-Gibson, 2015 L&O finalist. Floor seats 19+ only, bleachers all ages. $10.00
May 7
"Songcraft" Workshop Shared experiences with the creative process exploring different approaches and developing new outcomes. Facilitated by L&O alumni Bernadette Connors and Blair Packham of the Songwriter Association of Canada and organizer of Songbird North formerly Bluebird North. Lunch included. $10.00
May 7
L&O Singer/Songwriter Finals Featuring the Top 6 contestants, judged solely by the judges. Top 3 announced at the end of the evening. First place $3000, second place $1500, third place $500. Special appearance by 2016 L&O Winner Mike Charette. Floor seats 19+ only, bleachers all ages. $10.00
May 6-7 Weekend Pass Attend both rounds of the Singer/Songwriter Competition and both workshops for one low price. $20.00


L&O Encore Performances


L&O alumni will be featured at Collingwood festivals and events throughout the year. These appearances include the L&O Encore Concert which takes place at the Shipyards Amphitheatre during Collingwood Sidelaunch Days August 12-13, and throughout July and August at Collingwood Downtown's Local Live Lunch - a weekly concert series featuring live music and local culinary fare.   

Check out our Past Winners

2016 - Mike Charette  
2015 - Gina Horswood    


The Collingwood Live & Original Music Series is proudly supported by: