2023 Canada's Walk of Fame

RBC Emerging Musician Program Open For Submissions


Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program Shines Bright in Organization’s 25th Anniversary Year

The 2023 Edition of Canada’s Premier Emerging Music Mentorship Program is Now Open for Submissions

Details available at EmergingMusician.ca

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(Toronto, ON) June 5, 2023 – The Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program, supported by the RBC Foundation, through RBC Emerging Artists, is now accepting song submissions for its 2023 edition. A renowned launching pad supporting aspiring Canadian musical artists for 11 years, the program has successfully kick-started the careers of its winners and has played a vital role in Canada’s music landscape. Only five emerging solo artists or groups are selected for the program each year, receiving prizes valued at more than $100,000. Song submissions are accepted today until Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

“This partnership with the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program and the RBC Foundation provides a powerful platform to amplify new talent and diverse voices in the music industry,” said Mark Beckles, Vice-President, Social Impact & Innovation, RBC. “I personally can’t wait to listen to the 2023 musicians and to celebrate their contributions to the industry and our lives!”

With prizes valued at more than $100,000, the Program offers up-and-coming musicians between the ages of 15 and 35 unprecedented access to the business side of the music industry, introductions to established and renowned artists, mentorship sessions, studio recording time, artist development, funding, and national performance opportunities. Last year’s winners will perform at a special showcase at Canadian Music Week on June 9, 2023.

“Since 2013, more than 60 musical artists have benefited from the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program and have seen a significant rise in their careers, including multiple JUNO Award nominations, Billboard Top 100 ranking and critical acclaim. “Their successes set the bar high, making this program one to watch for the pulse on Canada’s future musical superstars,” said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “This year, Canada’s Walk of Fame celebrates its 25th anniversary, and as we reflect on a quarter century celebrating great Canadian achievers, we look ahead at the next 25 years through the lens of the aspiring musicians championed through this program and the future looks bright.”

Last year’s Grand Prize recipient, Winnipeg-based blind music producer and recording artist, Mattmac, originally of Garden Hill First Nation says, “Winning this award has opened doors in the music industry that aren’t accessible from a small reserve in northern Manitoba. It has given me opportunities that far beyond exceeded my expectations, and that took me to the next level of my career. Thanks to Canada’s Walk of Fame and RBC for believing in me. I’m so grateful.”


This year’s Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000, performance opportunities at Canada’s Walk of Fame events, including the 2023 Canada’s Walk of Fame Silver Anniversary Gala, and private studio recording time at Metalworks Studios. The Second Prize Winner’s cash prize is $10,000; three Third Prize Winners will receive $5,000.

The winners will all have access to a variety of career development opportunities, including:

  • A showcase opportunity at Canadian Music Week 2024 along with a Festival Access Pass
  • A performance at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in February 2024
  • Participation in a creative / mentorship session at Toronto’s ArtHaus
  • A mentorship session with a Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee or Allan Slaight Music Impact Honouree
  • $2,000 of financial support for a live-off-the-floor performance video
  • A dedicated artist page on EmergingMusician.ca, the official website for Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program

In partnership with the Program, Metalworks Institute is offering a scholarship for all emerging musicians across Canada. The scholarship provides a selected recipient with a $10,000 tuition scholarship towards any full-time diploma program or online certificate course bundle at Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Production. Applications are open year-round here.

Winners of the 2023 Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of music industry experts and will be announced in the fall.

Visit EmergingMusician.ca for details on eligibility and submission requirements.

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About Canada’s Walk of Fame

Now celebrating its 25th year, Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national not-for-profit organization that inspires Canadians by proudly shining a light on extraordinary achievers and their journeys. Canada’s Walk of Fame recognizes the significant impact of Canadian accomplishments and provides the foremost national platform to celebrate achievement in the fields of Arts & Entertainment, Sports & Athletics, Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy, Humanitarianism, and Science, Technology & Innovation. Current programs include the RBC Emerging Musician Program, the Community Hero and National Hero Programs, the Hometown Stars initiative, including charitable donations to our Inductees’ causes, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. Canada’s Walk of Fame has over 200 inductions to date, with stars having a permanent place of tribute on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com

Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2023 Partners: Bell Media, Cineplex Entertainment, The Slaight Family Foundation, RBC, MLSE, Scotiabank, FAX Capital, Sanofi Canada, NBCUniversal, Postmedia, Next Magazine, The Printing House, VIA Rail Canada, and Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.

Canada’s Walk of Fame was established in 1998 by founders Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Peter Soumalias, with Dianne Schwalm and in partnership with Gary Slaight.

Canada’s Walk of Fame is a registered charity. Charitable Registration Number 889896924RR0001.


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