The Jim Beam Make History Talent Search Is Back for 2018 CMW

If you play in a band, you know it is beyond tough to to make it. For the second year in a row, Jim Beam is partnering with the CMW Indies to lend a hand in one band’s quest to make it.

The Jim Beam “Make History” Talent Search will send one band to Canadian Music Week to share the stage with some of the industry’s best at the 2018 Jim Beam Indies with Indie88. All you have to do is enter and showcase your talents.

One grand prize winner will win the opportunity to play the 2018 Indie Awards, at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. The event is put on by Indie88 along with Jim Beam and is a part of Canadian Music Week, and sure to be an event teeming with talent buyers, booking agents, festival programmers, music publishers, A&R reps, managers, and music supervisors.

Registration is free, and can be done here.


  • -Competition is open to Indie and emerging artists not signed to a major record label (some restrictions apply)
  • -All entrants must submit one original song in an mp3 format or submit a live performance video via YouTube to local station website or
  • -Five (5) indie or emerging artists will be selected from regional entries to perform live at a showcase event at a local live music venue in each participating market (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal) and Halifax  (dates and venues to be announced). Fifty (50)  finalists in total competition.
  • -The winning regional artists will be entered into the national competition, where judges will select one band to perform live at the Indies Awards.