TORONTO, ON – (April 13, 2015) – Now in its second year Breaking Bands is an Ontario-wide band search dedicated to finding the hottest emerging talent in Ontario.

One winning band will be selected to perform on the main stage at Big Music Fest and receive hotel accommodations, passes for the festival, and automatic entry into Big Music Fest Breaking Bands. Breaking Bands Toronto is a live battle set to take place over seven weeks in downtown Toronto and will run from April 23 to June 6.

Other prizes for Breaking Bands Toronto include:

1. Recording time at Coalition Music

2. Mastering by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel

3. An interview and featured track on

4. Free rehearsal time at Rehearsal Factory

5. A case of Crazy Beard Wild Apple Ale

6. Hot sauce from Toronto’s best homemade local hot sauce, Shawn Rock’s Rock Sauce

7. Performance at Johnnyland’s 2015 Nuit Blanche

Participating Toronto venues include:

The Cage 292 – 292 College St. Toronto, ON

Cherry Cola’s Rock n Roll Cabaret and Lounge – 200 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON

The Cavern Bar – 76 Church St. Toronto, ON

The Tennessee – 1554 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON

Bands must sign up exclusively at:

Editor In Chief Darrell Shelley “We are excited to bring this opportunity to the Toronto community. I was at Big Music Fest last year and saw Aerosmith perform on the main stage, a stage that I helped build. It’s a world class festival with a world class stage. We’re gonna be sending one hell of a band there to compete.”

Mark Higgins, President and Owner of Big Music Fest, knew that the opportunity to perform with the biggest recording acts in the world could be a vehicle to break a band’s career. “Toronto we welcome you to Breaking Bands and encourage all aspiring musicians to sign up for the Scene battle for a chance to experience being on our WORLD CLASS STAGE and to win fantastic prizes!”

Mark, a known rock concert visionary and innovator, desired something different for the winning band. Along with mentorship, touring opportunities, a music video and other unique prizing, they will be the subject of a yearlong documentary leading up to their main stage performance at Big Music Fest 2016. The filming will cover rehearsals, studio time and live performances with a whole lot of “life in a band” thrown in.

A winner will be announced among the 20 finalists on July 10, the first day of the festival. Prizing awarded to include studio time at Metalworks Studios, consultation from top industry executives, a professional music video, $2000 in cash, plus the opportunity to perform on the main stage at Big Music Fest 2016.

Breaking Bands will take place on the opening night of Big Music Fest in front of a live audience at McLennan Park in Kitchener. Admission is free. The night will end with a free concert by Big Sugar!

Submissions are now open.

About Big Music Fest
Big Music Fest is one of Ontario’s largest and most exciting all-ages outdoor festivals. Since 2008, the event has attracted a loyal following of festival-goers and in its first year in Kitchener generated in excess of $7 million in economic impact for the city. More than 70,000 music fans will converge to take in performances by emerging talent alongside marquee headliners and to experience “A World of Music in 7 Days”.


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