Additional information

The Bout Music Festival & Competition has been designed with the purpose of building a unique community atmosphere that each participating artist can benefit from.

The Opportunity

A chance to perform in a live music venue in front of your own fan base while also benefiting from exposure to other music lovers and industry professionals; and a stab at taking home the grand prize of 6.5K!

We strongly believe that all artists deserve to be compensated for their performances and on top of the 10K total prize money, each band/performing artists will have the opportunity to sell 25 tickets to their own show to family, friends & fans. This ensures each band can make at least $250 for their single showcase to cover their entry fee, promotion, and their expenses for performing.

your showcase

Once selected you will receive a welcome pack with your schedule. Performances will be scheduled at The Hideout on Friday & Saturday nights between 7pm and 3am. Your set will be 30-40 mins with approx 15 mins for change over. Details of a full back line will be provided at that time. The back line will include 2 guitar amps, a bass rig, drums, mic’s, XLR’s, DI’s, mic stands and full use of The Hideout’s PA system.

Additional Benefits

All participating bands are invited to The Hideout for a complimentary ‘family style’ dinner at 6pm on the night of their show. Each band member (of age) will also receive two drink tickets on the night of their show.

Participating artists receive a festival pass providing them with free access to The Hideout Toronto any night during the festival (subject to capacity) in order to support the other musicians and bands (or check out the competition!)

Finalist will receive recording opportunities with Trouble Town Records.

Finalist will be showcased at Canadian Music Week.


Finalist will be chosen mainly through our online voting system. You’ll need to rally up your friends, family and fan base and get them voting for you as much as possible. The bands with the best turnout for their showcase and the most votes online will be selected to compete on the final weekend. The six finalists will ultimately be judged by a panel of industry professionals.


  • $35 application fee
  • Registration open until Jan 23rd, 2018
  • The Bout is open to all genres (original music only!)
  • 100 Bands will be selected to participate based on their songs submitted
  • Festival kicks off February 2018
  • 10K in total prize money / grand prize of 6.5K!
  • 3am last call

If you require any further information please email Jimmy at