SUBstage Search

SUBstage Search

The Students’ Union hosts a singer-songwriter competition called SUBstage Search! After submitting auditions, four chosen performers compete for a spot in that month's SUBstage Sessions. How does the competition work? The 4 selected performers will each prepare a 15 minute set for the SUBstage Search performance at Dewey’s. The winner of SUBstage search will get the chance to perform an hour long paid gig on SUBstage the following week. Then on Friday the winner will get to participate in The Encore, which is a session where all the artists from that weeks SUBstage will perform on the same stage. 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!

Applications are now open for November 2019!

To apply please click here

Dates and application deadlines are below!

Good luck!

Application Deadline SUBstage Search Date SUBstage Sessions Date
September 25, 20189 October 3, 2019 October 14-18, 2019
October 30, 2019 November 7, 2019 November 18 - 22, 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 Youtube 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