The Spirit of the West and the BC Cowboy Heritage Society present the Rising Star Showcase. This contest will be held
at the Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival the second weekend in March. The following are some guidelines and
criteria for this competition.
This contest is intended for emerging western entertainers, regardless of age
Entrants may be entertainers, singers, musicians, or poets
Material must be Western / Cowboy
A selection committee will screen entrants, prior to the Cowboy Festival
The selection committee will determine who is, or is not, eligible
Anyone making a false statement on his, her, or their application
will be disqualified
Contestants must be amateur, non-professional performers. The
determination of who is an amateur is in the sole discretion of
the Administrator and the judges of the Competition (the "Judges")
and the Administrator or the Judges may refuse to consider any
entry from, or performance, by any person who may be considered
by them not to be an amateur or group containing a person who may
be considered by them not to be an amateur. For the purpose of
the Contest, a person to be considered an amateur must at least
meet all of the following criteria:
- someone who is not, nor has ever been, a member of a union
connected with public artistic performances
- someone who does not earn, and has not ever earned, more
than 50% of his or her annual income from performing
- someone who has not sung or performed on a record, CD
or video released for commercial distribution (a personal CD is ok if its not with a record label)
- someone who is not a party to a management or booking
contract with a professional firm or individual who is paid
a fee for securing employment in the entertainment field
- someone who does not have a current recording contract
with a distribution company
- will be required to submit a bio and photo upon acceptance
- will attend the Festival, perform, and be judged, throughout the Festival
- must purchase a weekend pass(es) and are responsible for their own accommodation, etc
- will be expected to have enough material for the weekend
- may not be members of the BCCHS Board of Directors
- May not be a main stage performer in the same year's Festival
- First place winner of the Competition will not be eligible
to compete in any subsequent edition of the Competition
- No performance in the semi-finals of the Competition may exceed eight (8) minutes
in length as determined by the Judges. The performance is timed from
the first sound, or movement, and will include all musical and vocal introductions and tags.
- Groups may have no more than four (4) members
- Accompaniment in any performance must assume the character of true
accompaniment. The test shall be whether the act can stand alone without
the accompaniment as determined by the Judges in their sole discretion.
Without limiting the foregoing the following shall apply to accompaniment:
Vocal performances: Instrumental accompaniment by the person in the act,
or by one other, is allowed, but not both, and must assume the pure character of
accompaniment. NO back-up vocals, harmonies or utterances may be used.
No exceptions will be made.
Instrumental group: No accompaniment is allowed, only the instruments
All entrants will be judged with some merit going to each of the following:
- Singing or speaking ability
- Entertaining ability
- Material content
- Stage appearance
- Audience interaction
- Original material (not required but considered)
Please note: The Spirit of the West Radio Show is the new sponsor!
There will be three finalists in each category (Poets
and Musicians) picked during the weekend by the judges.
These six finalists will be expected to perform a 10 - 12 minute
set on the Sunday Feature show.
The winners (one poet and one musician), as selected by
the Judges, will receive $1,000 in prize money each. The two (one poet and one musician) in second place will receive
$500 in prize money each.
The audience may be asked for input, but final selection rests with the judges -
The judges' decision will be final!
All entries must be signed and entry forms must be received
by the start of the Festival. A maximum of 8 competitors in
each catagory will be allowed to enter on a first come,
first serve basis.
The BCCHS and the Rising Star Committee and Judges reserves the right
to make any final decisions on all matters not covered by these
rules and regulations, as well as the right to change, alter
and/or rearrange parts or all of these competition rules and
regulations at any time.
The BCCHS is not responsible for any expenses incurred by Contestants.
Contestants grant the BCCHS the right to photograph, film, video and/or
digitally record their performance at the Festival or in conjunction
with the Competition and use them for future promotional purposes.
Indemnity of Parent or Guardian of a Minor
All entries must be signed by each performer, and
any entry from any person under the age of 19 must also be signed
by such minor person's parent or legal guardian consenting to such
minor person entering the Competition and acknowledging the contesent's
waivers and indemnities hereby contained.
Click on this button to find an application form.