SUBstage Search

SUBstage Search

Twice a semester, the Students’ Union hosts a singer-songwriter competition. After submitting auditions, four chosen performers compete for a spot in that month's SUBstage Sessions. All selected performers will receive complimentary professional headshots from SUBphoto, and a 15-minute time slot at Dewey’s.

Of course, the winner gets the chance to perform a professional gig on SUBstage the following week, wrapping up with a Friday set at Dewey's with the week's SUBstage Sessions artists!

Voting is based on ballots submitted the night of, so if you are playing make sure to get your fans or friends out with you! If you are interested in applying, fill out this form, and we’ll let you know by September 26th if you are selected!

Dates and application deadlines are below!

Good luck!

Application Deadline SUBstage Search Date SUBstage Sessions Date
September 26, 2018 October 4, 2018 October 15 - 19, 2018
October 30, 2018 November 8, 2018 November 19 - 23, 2018
January 2, 2019 January 10, 2019 January 21 - 25, 2019
Febraury 20, 2019 February 28, 2019 March 11 - 15, 2019

Information and Rules


  • Must have a valid OneCard
  • Must be 18+
  • Cannot have previously won SUBstage Search
  • Solo and duo acts only, with at least one being a UAlberta student

Application Process

  • Please complete the application form to apply
  • Please submit a link to a 2-4 minute video of you singing/performing an original song or a cover
  • You may opt-out of being chosen to perform SUBstage, but you will not be given priority during selections

Rules for Selected Participants

  • You must be prepared with a 15-minute set
  • Order of performance is random
  • Karaoke tracks are not permitted

Selection Criteria

  • Performers are chosen by a committee of 30 students
  • Selection is based on competency and diversity


  • Every individual receives one ballot at the end of the night
  • Ballots are accepted after all performers have finished their sets
  • The performer with the most ballots wins SUBstage Search

SUBstage Sessions Criteria

  • Must be able to perform 8-10 songs
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Students' Union Executive and Administrative Offices
Room 2-900
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7