Canada’s Walk of Fame’s RBC Emerging Musician Program, The Nation’s Premier Music Mentorship and Development Program – NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

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(Toronto, ON) June 3, 2024 – Celebrating its 12th anniversary, the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program, supported by the RBC Foundation, is now accepting song submissions for its 2024 edition. Renowned as a pivotal launch pad for aspiring Canadian musical artists, the program has played an instrumental role in the development of Canada’s music scene, with 65 artists supported to date. Each year, five emerging solo artists or groups are selected to receive prizes valued at over $100,000 in total. Submissions open today and will be accepted until Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

“RBC is committed to powering ideas that equip the next generation of creatives with skills for a thriving future,” said Mark Beckles, Vice President, Social Impact & Innovation, RBC. “The creative community makes a significant contribution to the Canadian economy and plays an important role in building vibrant, inclusive communities – that’s why we are proud to support the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program which provides a powerful platform to amplify new talent and diverse voices in the music industry.”

With prizes now surpassing $100,000 in value, the Program offers young musicians aged 15 to 35 a gateway to the music industry, including mentorship from esteemed artists, recording time at Metalworks Studios, career development assistance, funding, and national performance opportunities. Winners from the previous year will perform at the Rivoli in Toronto during Canadian Music Week on June 5, 2024. Admission is free and guests can register their spot here.

“Over the past twelve years, the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program has championed over 60 musicians, forging a supportive network that thrives long after their initial recognition,” said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “As we move forward, our focus remains on nurturing this ever-expanding family of talented artists, building new initiatives for them and contributing to the evolving story of music in Canada.”

Last year’s Grand Prize winner, Montreal-based bilingual pop singer, Josh Alexander, credits this program as a career game-changer that he never could have imagined. He says, “the young Josh, who once only dreamed of recording in studios, bringing people together through music, and performing live, would be on cloud nine right now. Winning the grand prize of the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician program has opened doors to endless opportunities and artistic exploration. From sharing the stage with my Canadian idols at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Canada’s Walk of Fame, to rocking out at Festival du Voyageur and Canadian Music Week alongside my fellow program winners, each moment has felt like a dream come true. I’m deeply thankful to Canada’s Walk of Fame and RBC for the opportunities this award has presented and the confidence boost it’s given me to continue pursuing my career.”



This year’s Grand Prize winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize, performance slots at key Canada’s Walk of Fame events, and a private studio session at Metalworks Studios. The runner-up will receive $10,000, and three additional artists will each be awarded $5,000.

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

  • A showcase at Canadian Music Week 2025 with a Festival Access Pass.
  • A performance at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in February 2025.
  • 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 towards a live-off-the-floor performance video.
  • A dedicated artist page on

In collaboration with Metalworks Institute, a scholarship valued at $10,000 towards any full-time diploma program or online certificate course bundle is offered to aspiring musicians nationwide. Applications are accepted year-round here.

Winners of the 2024 Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program will be selected by a committee of music industry professionals and announced this fall.

For details on eligibility and how to submit your application, visit

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Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2024 Partners: Seeing Red Media, Cineplex Entertainment, The Slaight Family Foundation, RBC, Air Canada, MLSE, Scotiabank, FAX Capital, NBCUniversal, VIA Rail Canada, The Government of Ontario, Next Magazine, The Printing House, and Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.


About Canada’s Walk of Fame

Canada’s Walk of Fame is an award-winning national not-for-profit charitable organization that inspires Canadians by proudly shining a light on the journeys of Canada’s most extraordinary achievers. 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, NBCUniversal and Seeing Red Media Future Storytellers 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 230 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 and Honourees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame, visit:

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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