Submit a Video Audition

Use the button below to submit your video audition. Please make sure your video is uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo prior to registering. You will need the link to your video in order to complete the submission.

Before submitting your audition video, please be sure to carefully read the guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Register for In-Person Auditions

Use the button below to register for the in-person, live auditions in front of the judges. Please be sure to complete the registration in full. Incomplete forms will not be registered.

Before registering for your in-person audition, please be sure to carefully read the guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is 'The Shot'?

The Shot is an independent Canadian vocal talent search competition open to singers, songwriters, lyricists, rappers, beatboxers, and performers age 16 and over from anywhere in the world.  The Shot is produced by Music & Artist Development Experience: a registered not-for-profit corporation.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes.  Those auditioning, whether by video audition or in-person, must be at least 16 years of age as of September 1, 2018 in order to be considered.

Contestants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the auditions and must have their parent or guardian sign a permission form before performing in front of the judges.

Where do auditions happen?

The in-person, live auditions are held in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Do I need to pay for my own travel?

Yes, you will need to pay for your own travel expenses and make arrangements for accommodation in order to attend an in-person audition and to take part in the process.

Is 'The Shot' televised?

The Shot is not televised.  There are portions of the process that we would not be able to do if The Shot were on television.  Instead, parts of the process are filmed by our team of videographers and are released online across our social media platforms after the conclusion of the season.

What are the dates for Season 6?

The in-person, live auditions with the judges will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

If you are selected by the judges to advance to the Callbacks, either by your audition video or by passing an in-person audition, Callbacks will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Our Boot Camp weekend will be Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16.

The Showcase (or final show) will be on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

These dates are subject to change by the producers.

Is there a prize for "the winner"?

As part of the Showcase at the end of the season, the audience will vote for a ‘People’s Choice Artist’ who will receive a package to help them achieve certain goals and have opportunities that might otherwise be difficult for aspiring talent to get.  For example, the artist will be provided with a VIP pass to Canadian Music Week 2019 which provides the artists with access to the events, programming and the chance to network with industry insiders.

Can I audition again if I have before?

Absolutely!  We’d love to see you again!

What are the deadlines?

The deadline for submitting a video audition is July 31, 2018.

The deadline to register for the in-person, live auditions is August 24, 2018.

Is there a fee to submit or register?

Yes, there is an administrative fee of $10 plus applicable service charges to submit a video audition and of $20 plus applicable service charges to register for an in-person audition.

Can I perform my originals?

Yes, you can.  For the first time, The Shot is allowing artists to perform their original music during the process.  There may be instances where an original song may not be suitable but you will be told in advance of these times.

If you are doing an in-person audition and plan to perform an original song for your audition, we encourage you to also prepare a cover song as well in case the judges ask for a second song.

I'm not Canadian. Can I apply?

Yes, you can!

If you advance passed your audition, you’ll need to be able to come to Canada for the Callbacks on September 9, 2018.

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The Process

The Shot combines the traditional talent search with opportunities for artist development, mentorship, networking
and the chance to be seen and heard by industry professionals.


Submit a video audition or register for the in-person, live auditions in front of the judges.
Selected applicants will be asked to attend callbacks where each contestant will perform for a spot at the Boot Camp.


Contestants who advance passed the video or in-person auditions will be invited back for a second opportunity to impress the judges in order to be selected to be one of a group of finalists.


Finalists will have the opportunity to participate in workshops lead by music industry professionals while working together with their mentors on their performance techniques.


Finalists will perform one last time in front of the judges and a live audience including music industry professionals who will vote to choose the People’s Choice Artist of The Shot Season 6.

Coaches & Host

The Shot brings together some of the music industry’s best to coach and mentor our participants throughout their journey.
The coaches give their time to play a hands-on role in working with participants.

About the Producers

The Shot is produced by Music & Artist Development Experience (MADE), a registered not-for-profit corporation that creates experiential opportunities for artist development, educational seminars and workshops for music creators and that facilitates industry networking.

About the Show

After five incredible seasons, Canada’s fastest growing vocal talent competition The Shot returns this fall in search of the best and brightest emerging talent from across Canada and the world.


The Shot creator and executive producer C.J. Allen and Canadian Music Week VP of Programming Danya Danya return as judges with Brad Moore returning as host.

With the search open to acts age 16 and up from anywhere in the world, The Shot is providing an opportunity for singers to be seen and be heard by new audiences. The series is a true celebration of creativity and talent, featuring a colourful array of singers from any genre, all vying to win the audience’s hearts and the career launching grand prize.

For its 5th season in September 2017, The Shot welcomed over 600 singers from across Canada, the United States and even as far away as The Bahamas to open auditions in Kitchener-Waterloo. Patrick Rock, a 20-year old personal trainer from Ottawa, Ontario, took home the grand prize by winning over the judges and the audience with his soulful, pop sound.

Past highlights include Season 2 winner James Downham in 2015 who has gone on to perform in major venues across the province with ‘The James Downham Band’ after releasing his self-titled EP. The Shot is produced by Music & Artist Development Experience

Our Past Winners

Our past winners come from a variety of backgrounds and genres of music. Each of them received a development package
that provided them each with unique opportunities to grow as music creators and as artists.

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