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    Fri, 18 May 2012 14:15:29

    OurStage Teams Up With Canada's Capital Hoedown - One undiscovered country artist can take the stage this August before Taylor Swift performs

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    Canada + country + Capital Hoedown? Good times to be had in Ottawa this August.

    Following the hugely successful first year of Capital Hoedown Showdown, OurStage.com and Capital Hoedown, Canada's biggest country music festival, are teaming up for another year to offer one undiscovered country artist the chance to perform on the same stage as Taylor Swift at Capital Hoedown 2012. The three-day festival takes place in Ottawa, Ontario from Aug. 10 through Aug. 12.

    Capital Hoedown Showdown 2011 garnered over 192,000 judging battles for 101 Canadian artists. With that overwhelming popularity, this year's competition will be open to country artists in both Canada and the U.S. So it's North American, not just Canada!

    The winner will play on Saturday, Aug. 11, the same day Taylor Swift performs for her only scheduled North American appearance in 2012. Holy amazeballs! Playing before T. Swift? That's the gig of a lifetime.

    Anyone interested in entering or judging can go here.

    "Capital Hoedown Showdown is a fun, friendly competition giving aspiring country artists the chance to play at Canada's biggest country music festival," said Denis Benoit, President and CEO of Concert International Inc. "Last year's winner, WYATT, received international exposure for their participation and they had the privilege to perform on the same stage as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood."

    "We are thrilled to be partnering with Capital Hoedown 2012 again following the great success of last year's competition," said Ben Campbell, CEO of OurStage.com. "Now our U.S. members will also have the opportunity to compete for the chance to perform in front of thousands and share the stage with some of country's top stars."

    Bands can submit original country music from now through June 25 by going to OurStage.com and signing up to enter the competition. Judging is active as of right now.

    At the end of Round 1 judging on July 2, the top 100 entries will move forward to Round 2 - the semi-finals. OurStage.com members can continue judging until July 16, when the top 40 ranked entries move on to Round 3.

    The grand prize winner, chosen from the top 40 ranked artists in the competition, will be selected by a final judging panel based on the following criteria: (I) presentation; (II) originality and creativity; (III) melody, vocal ability and music; (IV) lyrics; and (V) entertainment value.

    Complete details about Capital Hoedown Showdown can be found on OurStage.com and CaptialHoedown.net.

    Yee to the haw.

    Any aspiring country acts out there enter? Have friends in country acts? Send them this news, stat!

    —Ella Marchesa
    05.18.12



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