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!
|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
- 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
- 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
Students' Union Executive and Administrative Offices
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW