Band Mania at The Commercial - Blues on Whyte

Get Ready to Rock at Band Mania!

Are you ready to witness an electrifying showdown of the most talented bands from Western Canada.

OUR SPONSORS

Join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Commercial in 2024, a true cornerstone of the Edmonton music scene. As part of this momentous occasion, we’re thrilled to host the ultimate showdown where Canadian bands will go head-to-head for the 

Grand prize of $15,000! + A SPOT AT THE 2024 NORTH COUNTRY FAIR

2ND PRIZE OF $1,500 SHOPPING SPREE AT STANG GUITARS!   ::   3RD PRIZE OF 1 DAY RECORDING SESSION AT RIVERDAL RECORDERS!

Judges

  • Gary Martin: 2024 inductee into The Chicago Blues Legends Hall of Fame, Hubert Sumlin’s nephew and last Canadian performing member of the Funk Brothers (Hollywood Walk of Fame) 
  • Lex Justice: Singer/songwriter, producer, recorded and toured with Econoline Crush, The Steadies, and Big Sugar 
  • Carol Weatherall: 25-year Music Director for the North Country Fair
  • Timothy Noel: Singer/Songwriter, producer, currently fronting Five Artists 1 Love, The Superband, and The Rearviews

 

  • Laurie Iverson: Current music director of The North Country Fair
  • Peter North: 25-year writer for The Edmonton Journal, 17-year radio program host at CKUA
  • Robert Walsh: Musician, producer, author, educator, Grant MacEwan instructor 2009-2022 (Songwriting, Business, Theory, Ensembles)
  • Steve McGonigal: Owner/operator of Blackbox Studios, recording engineer, sound engineer, producer

THE SEMI-FINALS CONCLUDED March 5, 2024

A round of applause to all the bands for their outstanding performances, each fiercely vying for a spot in the ultimate showdown.

THE FINAL SHOWDOWN IS MARCH 14, 2024

OUR esteemed finalists: carter & the capitals  •  secondhand dreamcar  •  SPARROW BLUE 
JOHN HEWITT & THE NEW AMERICANS  •  SOUR  •  MELAFRIQUE  •  JUSTIN SUTTON & NORTH OF 49
sTONEGATE  •  DARLIN’  •  THE ROYAL FOUNDRY  •  THE DEFINITIVE

Band Mania

Celebrating Edmonton’s Music Scene and Supporting Local Talent!

At The Commercial, we’ve been proud to be a part of Edmonton’s music scene for decades, and we’re excited to give back to the talented musicians who have made our journey so incredible. Band Mania is our way of supporting and celebrating the hardworking artists who make our music scene so vibrant, and rich.

So, if you’ve got the passion, the talent, and the desire to rock the stage, don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity. Band Mania is set to be the biggest local battle of the bands of 2024, and you could be the star of the show!

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and start rehearsing because Band Mania is coming to town. It’s going to be legendary!

QUALIFICATIONS

  • All contest participants must be 18+ years of age
  • The participating band or artist must be based out of Canada
  • The band must have original recorded music
  • Social Media presence is not required. However, your online presence is considered during the participant selection process 

Rules & Guidelines

Cover songs are permitted but at least one of the songs must be composed by or for You.

Yes. All kinds of music genres are accepted.

Yes, solo artists can register in Band Mania. However, they must add one or more musicians for the competition.

As bands or artists compete in either the semi-finals or final, we request that they perform a set of 4-5 songs, ranging from a minimum of 20 minutes to a maximum of 25 minutes.

We only accept online links to your audio recordings or videos. You cannot send physical copies by mail, or through uploads to our site.

Your winning chances will not depend on whether the artist can afford expensive recording or production of their song or video. The videos will be judged from musical and performance qualities.

All Artists and Bands who send their music to Band Mania keep ownership to their music, videos, and content. We only reserve the right to use it for promotional purposes.