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!

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.

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.



Teresa Nocita-Cirillo Joining the Judges for Boot Camp

The Shot Executive Producer C.J. Allen announced today that Teresa Nocita-Cirillo will join the panel as a guest judge for Season 5’s Boot Camp. Teresa will sit alongside the resident judges which include C.J., Joni NehRita and Danya Dixon. Longtime stage manager for The Shot and city/life/arts editor for the Waterloo Region Record, Neil Ballantyne will also join the panel. Teresa and Neil will be filling in for Juneyt Yetkiner and Jessie T.

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‘The Shot’ Moves to Toronto

Kitchener, Ontario — Among the many changes coming to The Shot for Season 5 in September, Executive Producer C.J. Allen has announced that the next season’s finale will be held in Toronto.

“Our Season 5 final will be held on September 30th at the beautiful Lyric Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts,” said Allen, “This move is something that our senior team has discussed for a very long time; Kitchener-Waterloo is where it all started and we’ll continue to do segments of the program in KW but now, we’re very excited about this move and to be in the Greater Toronto Area for the final.”

Tickets to the Season 5 finale will go on sale starting August 30th. 10 finalists will perform for the audience vote and the chance to become the next winner of Canada’s largest independent vocal talent competition.

Rick Barker joins Auditions, Callbacks & Finale

In a move that is setting up Season 5 to be the biggest and best yet, Executive Producer C.J. Allen announced today that special judge Rick Barker, former manager for Taylor Swift and current manager of American Idol Season 15 winner Trent Harmon, who has been responsible for reviewing and selecting the contestants who will advance beyond the video auditions will also join the panel for the Live Auditions, Callbacks and Finale in September.

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