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Big Music Fest Brings Breaking Bands to Toronto

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Big Music Fest Brings Breaking Bands to Toronto

Big Music Fest 2013

Big Music Fest 2013

The Scene is proud to announce a partnership with Big Music Fest for Breaking Bands Toronto.

To Apply: Official Application Here
Apply by April 23rd for guaranteed consideration. Submissions close May 15th, 2015.

WTF is Breaking Bands Toronto (BBTO)? A real opportunity for indie bands.

Inviting bands of all genres from Ontario, to play in a fair competition with no fees for the artist, to be judged by young and elder industry professionals, receive commentary and scores publicly, for a chance to win an impressive prize. Now in its second year Breaking Bands is an Ontario-wide band search dedicated to finding the hottest emerging talent in Ontario. One band from BBTO will perform on the main stage at Big Music Fest, with hotel accommodations, festival passes, and automatically be a part of Kitchener’s Big Music Fest Breaking Bands (a separate competition, see details below). Additionally, the winner of BBTO will receive an industry professional recording and marketing package.

BBTO is a live battle set to take place over seven weeks (Band plays maximum of three shows: preliminary round, semi-finals, finals) across several venues downtown and will run from April 23 to June 12.

Other prizes for Breaking Bands Toronto include:

1. Recording time at Coalition Music
2. Mastering by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel
3. An interview and featured track on
4. Rehearsal time at Rehearsal Factory

5. Perform at Johnnyland‘s 2015 Nuit Blanche

6. Product from Crazy Beard Wild Apple Ale

7. Product from Shawn Rock’s Rock Sauce

Participating venues include:

The Hideout – 484 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
The Cage 292 – 292 College St. Toronto, ON

Cherry Cola’s Rock n Roll Cabaret & Lounge – 200 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON
The Cavern Bar – 76 Church St. Toronto, ON
The Tennessee – 1554 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON

Editor In Chief Darrell Shelley is confident that the band sent to Big Music Fest will take a boost into their career, “We are excited to bring this opportunity to the Toronto community. I was at Big Music Fest last year and saw Aerosmith perform on the main stage, a stage that I helped build. It’s a world class festival with a world class stage. We’re gonna be sending one hell of a band there to compete.”

Breaking Bands Poster Big Music Fest Toronto BBTO


Mark Higgins, President and Owner of Big Music Fest, knew that the opportunity to perform with the biggest recording acts in the world could be a vehicle to break a band’s career. Toronto we welcome you to Breaking Bands and encourage all aspiring musicians to sign up for the Scene battle for a chance to experience being on our WORLD CLASS STAGE and to win fantastic prizes!

About Kitchener’s Big Music Fest Breaking Bands

Mark, a known rock concert visionary and innovator, desired something different for the winning band. Along with mentorship, touring opportunities, a music video and other unique prizing, they will be the subject of a yearlong documentary leading up to their main stage performance at Big Music Fest 2016. The filming will cover rehearsals, studio time and live performances with a whole lot of life in a band thrown in!

A winner will be announced among the 20 finalists on July 10, the first day of the festival.  Prizing awarded to include studio time at Metalworks Studios, consultation from top industry executives, a professional music video, $2000 in cash, plus the opportunity to perform on the main stage at Big Music Fest 2016.

Kitchener’s Breaking Bands will take place on the opening night of Big Music Fest in front of a live audience at McLennan Park in Kitchener. Admission is free. The night will end with a free concert by Big Sugar.

About Big Music Fest

Big Music Fest is one of Ontario’s largest and most exciting all-ages outdoor festivals. Since 2008, the event has attracted a loyal following of festival-goers and in its first year in Kitchener generated in excess of $7 million in economic impact for the city. More than 70,000 music fans will converge to take in performances by emerging talent alongside marquee headliners and to experience A World of Music in 7 Days.