Selected applicants will be asked to attend live auditions in front of the judges where each contestant will perform a verse and chorus of a song in a 90 second audition.

Contestants who advanced through the 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 who will vote to choose the winner of The Shot Season 5. YES, the audience picks the winner!

Mentorship and post-competition support from Rick Barker, former manager to Taylor Swift.
VIP Delegate Registration for Canadian Music Week which includes access to conferences and networking events.
The opportunity to record an original track at one of Canada’s premiere recording studios.
A $500 shopping spree at Long & McQuade to pick-up whatever you need to take your music to its next level.
Professional photo shoot and branding mentorship with Sylvia Pond Photography.
A complimentary 1-hour legal consultation with Klein Taylor Oballa LLP Entertainment and Media Lawyers.
Professional music video produced, filmed and edited by Esteemmedia Productions.
A 1-hour consultation with an agent from The Feldman Agency; the same agency that represents artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Nelly Furtado and Our Lady Peace.

Danya Dixon
Vice-President of Programming for Canadian Music Week.

C.J. Allen
President of Allegiance Music and music business mentor.

Juneyt Yetkiner
Internationally renowned Flamenco
guitarist and performer.

Brad Moore
On-air radio personality with 107.5 Dave Rocks’ Morning Buzz.

After four 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, Danya Dixon and Juneyt Yetkiner 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 4th season in November 2017, “The Shot” welcomed over 200 singers from across Canada, the United States and even as far away as The Bahamas to open auditions in Kitchener-Waterloo. Matthew Boutros, a 20-year old server 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 Allegiance Music.

Hit Maker Rick Barker Joins ‘The Shot’

KITCHENER, Ont., April 16, 2017 — Performers participating in the fifth season of Canada’s biggest singing competition, The Shot can look forward to yet another perk as part of the career-launching prize package which will be awarded to one lucky singer in September. Rick Barker, founder of Music Industry Blueprint and former manager to pop sensation Taylor Swift, has announced his involvement as a guest judge and mentor for the upcoming season’s winner.

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Jonathan Farrington Talks About ‘The Shot’

By DeeAnna Rollins
Photo by Sylvia Pond Photography

Jonathan and Music

It started in preschool. He was always singing. In the car, in the bath, at school. He started in choirs and plays at a very young age, and he stuck to it. He’s always had an unexplainable connection with music. No one in Jonathan’s immediate family is musical. No one sings or plays an instrument … he was alone.

Recently, he found out that his great-grandfather was a musician and all of a sudden, everything made sense. It was in his blood, it skipped a couple of generations but it was there.

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