ABOUT US

Great Music for a Greater Cause is more than just a catchphrase, it’s our mission. In 2008, our local Kinsmen Club had the idea to bring a large-scale festival to our small town in rural Ontario. Since then, we’ve celebrated over a decade of Lucknow’s Music in the Fields and our festival has expanded from a Kinsmen event, to a community-wide one. Every year, our non-profit and volunteer-run event attracts upwards of 8000 attendees (that's almost 8X the population of Lucknow)! You can feel good know that 100% of proceeds go directly to local charities in need when supporting our festival.

Of course we pride ourselves on the world-class talent that joins us in the fields every year - but we’re also proud to offer the opportunity for local artists as well. That’s why every year, our Emerging Artist Showdown encourages artists to apply for their chance to take the stage and perform for thousands of festival goers!

EMERGING ARTIST SHOWDOWN

Every Spring, we open the gates to the Emerging Artist Showdown and welcome video submissions from across the province. Our Lucknow’s Music in the Fields committee carefully reviews the applications and releases the finalists for public voting! The fan favourite and runner-up is decided based on votes, and will be added to the official 2022 lineup as the side-stage openers for our Saturday night headliners!

Are you ready to PERFORM in the fields?

Here’s your chance to join us for Lucknow’s Music in the Fields 2022 to open for international award-winning country stars Brothers Osborne and Chris Jansen on Saturday, August 27, 2022!

HONOURING JAMES CAMERON

We love hosting new talent on stage to share with the world, and this contest has become even more meaningful to us in recent years. Back in 2012, Kitchener-local James Cameron entered his band into our first ever Emerging Artist Showdown as an energetic teenager. The crowd was so impressed that we brought them back in 2013, and again in 2018 to celebrate our 10th year in the fields. Since then, he continued to play events across southern Ontario to an ever-growing fan base -always owning the stage with his incredible energy and trademark red pants. Sadly in 2020, we lost James to his ongoing battle with mental health. We wanted to honour him by dedicating this contest in his memory, incorporating his band logo, and making the commitment to donate festival proceeds towards local mental health organizations.

wes for youth

This year, we will be partnering with WES for Youth - an organization that provides wellness & emotional support for youth through online professional counselling. Thank you to the Cameron family for allowing us to organize this tribute.

about wes for youth

past CMAO SPotlight performers

Since 2014, Lucknow’s Music in the Fields has partnered with the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMA Ontario) to bring even more amazing talent to the fields. Every Spring, the CMA Ontario seeks out a Rising Star to perform in Lucknow to open for our Friday night headliners! This incredible organization actively services emerging artists across the province by providing strategies and advice on how to make it in the Country Music industry. Our 2022 spot has been filled!

2022 Emerging Artist Showdown
Application Form

general information

background information


video submission


INSTRUMENTS AND TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS


Additional message

Thank you for your submission to
the 2022 Emerging Artist Showdown!

Finalists will be contacted in a few weeks.

Good luck!

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23: CMA ONTARIO SPOTLIGHT NIGHT

Please stay tuned for our Emerging Artist Showdown Stage Program for 2019

SATURDAY AUGUST 24: EMERGING ARTIST SHOWDOWN

Great Music for a Greater Cause is more than just a catchphrase, it’s our mission. In 2008, our local Kinsmen Club had the idea to bring a large-scale festival to our small town of Lucknow. Since then, we’ve celebrated over a decade of Lucknow’s Music in the Fields and our festival has expanded from a Kinsmen event, to a community-wide one.

CMAO Ontario spotlight night - sponsored by the country music association of ontario
past performers:  johnson crook (2017) sacha (2016), shea dupuy (2015), emily reid (2014)

EMERGING ARTIST WINNERS (PERFORMERS)

SPONSORED IN PART BY THE HOWICK MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY

  • Josh Ross (2017)

  • Kristen Hawley (2016)

  • Vanessa Marie Carter (2015)

  • Runaway Angel (2014)

  • Amy Rose (2013)

  • The James Cameron Band (2012)

PAST RUNNER-UP PERFORMERS

SPONSORED IN PART BY THE HOWICK MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY

  • Alessia Cohle (2017)

  • Buck Twenty (2016)

  • Eric Ethridge (2015)

  • Brooklyn Roebuck (2014)

  • The Walters Twins (2013)

  • Kerosene Creek (2012)

2022 Official Contest Rules

Emerging Artist Showdown 2022 Official Contest Regulations