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Performers can win a spot at NLFB in annual Meltdown Competition

Annual event takes place at Townehouse March 10
The Keyframes were the winning band in the 2018 edition of NLFB's Meltdown Competition. (Supplied)

Northern Lights Festival Boréal's annual Meltdown Competition returns March 10, giving musicians the chance to compete for a paid spot at Northern Lights Festival 2019 this July.

This is an excellent opportunity for emerging Northern Ontario artists to gain valuable exposure, and perform their best music in a fun environment, said a press release.

Past winners have included Hello Holiday, The Keyframes, Spencer Jose and Patricia Cano. 

The open auditions will be divided into two portions: solo acts will perform first, while bands and larger groups will perform later. These open audition will take place March 10, at the Townehouse Tavern (206 Elgin St). 

Performers are each assigned a 15-minute time slot and will be evaluated by a panel of judges. 

Two winners will be selected; one solo act and one band. Each will earn a paid slot at NLFB 2019 this summer, and will be eligible for musical mentorship programs held at the festival. 

New this year, NLFB is incorporating the Meltdown Competition into its new multi-venue music festival, Bloom 2019. 

Pass holders to Bloom 2019 will have free admission to the Meltdown as well as a headlining concert following the competition (artist TBA). 

Other spectators and supportive friends are also encouraged to come cheer on their favourite band. Admission into the event is by donation except Bloom 2019 pass holders. 

Registration for performers is $25 per act, and includes a one-year membership to NLFB. Participants must submit their application by March 1st at the absolute latest. 

All genres of music are accepted, as well as storytelling, spoken word and other types of performances but artists are asked to keep the character of NLFB's past lineups in mind. NLFB also encourages original music. 

Those who are interested are asked to contact Izzy at Registration forms are available on the NLFB website, and in the NLFB office at 3-19 Grey St.