Stephanie Aubertin was simply looking for new French music to sing when she stumbled across an ad for Jam.
The TFO TV show led by Montreal-based personality Patrick Groulx was looking for seven Franco-Ontarian artists looking to break into the industry. Interested in what she saw, the 19-year-old Laurentian University student submitted an application.
“I decided to send a video to see what happened,” she said.
A short time later, Aubertin received a phone call from the producers of the show — she was selected as one of the young artists make an appearance.
Since she was nine years old, Aubertin has been honing her skills as a vocalist. Now a Sudbury resident, she grew up in Sturgeon Falls, where she learned to enjoy being on a mic. A shot at working in the industry comes as a pleasant opportunity for her.
“It's so hard to make it in the business,” she said.
Having a spot to herself on the 10-episode show is certain to have a positive impact on her budding music life.
“I really loved the way it was made,” she said. Unlike other music shows on TV, Jam wasn't staged as a competition; Instead, it was an opportunity for each of the musicians to push themselves in a supportive environment.
“What I liked about this show is it wasn't a competition,” Aubertin said. “There wasn't any tension between the seven of us.”
After all, they all share a common goal.
“They want to promote French music in Ontario,” Aubertin said.
To see the hometown girl in action, tune in to TFO beginning Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.