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How does the competition work?


You can submit an entry form online at entries must be received no later than 11:59pm on June 26, 2018.


There are 3 rounds. Contestants compete by age for the first two rounds. SIX Contestants perform for the Finals from any age group.


What are the age divisions?

Pre-Teen: Contestants who are 6 to 12 years of age as of June 30, 2018.

Youth: Contestants who are 13 to 18 years of age as of June 30, 2018.

Adults: Contestants who are 19 years of age or older as of June 30, 2018.


Round 1: QUALIFY


Open auditions are in person at the MAIN STAGE OF ROCKY POINT PARK  SATURDAY June 30th , from 10AM until 5:45pm. Contestants must perform the act they intend to be judged on for the semi-finals.  (this year the auditions are NOT at the Port Moody Inlet Theatre)

Applicants must check-in at least 2 hours prior to close of auditions.  Late arriving contestants will be given an opportunity to perform AFTER all the contestants assigned a number have performed -  if there is enough time. Please do not be too late.  When you are in line –you will be given a number starting from the 1st person in line to the last person at the end of the line.  You will be called in order on that basis to perform.  If you are not ready or have stepped away, we will fit you in next  on the rotation.


Golden Spike Days judges review all performances and select contestants from each age division to advance to the semi-finals. A total of 9 contestants and 3 additional contestants will be chosen. The three additional contestants may be asked to perform should any of the original contestants be unable to attend.


Additional information regarding sign-up:

We invite Audio/Video submissions to be shared on our Facebook event page ( but all auditions must be live and application is via online website.

  • Applicants will be notified within three days following their audition notifying them if they are moving forward.

  • EQUIPMENT: During auditions, microphones and amplifiers will be provided along with music stands and chairs. You may bring your own equipment or props. Remember your total time on stage is four minutes.

  • TIME LIMITS: Judges will be given time to interact/critique participants. We will move quickly but each on stage audition will be no longer than 4 minutes from setup to tear down.  If you have a band we can fit you in towards the end to allow our technicians to sound check to instruments.  Please be ready to go onstage and sound check very quickly.



Semi Finals take place on the Main Stage at the Golden Spike Days Festival at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody on Sunday, July 1 2018 at 12:00pm in front of a live audience. The judges will select contestants from each age division to advance to the final; a total of six (6) will advance. Please arrive 60 minutes PRIOR to the Event.


Round 3: Finals, Prizes

The six finalists will perform on t1:i:e Main Stage at the Golden Spike Days Festival at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody on Monday, July 2 at 1:15 pm in front of a live audience. There are no age divisions in the finals.

Finalists compete against each other regardless of age. The judges will select a Third place winner who will win FOUR HUNDRED Dollars ($400 CAD) a Second place winner who will win FIVE HUNDRED Dollars ($500 CAD) and the Overall winner who will win SIX HUNDRED Dollars ($600 CAD).  All prize money and awards and gifts are immediately awarded after the show.


Who should enter?

Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, bands, variety acts, or any talented contestants waiting to be discovered are more than welcome to enter the contest. The competition is open to all amateur contestants aged six and older who are legal residents of British Columbia.


QUESTION: I work full time at a bank but play piano in a lounge on the weekends. Do I qualify as amateur, and am I able to compete?

Most likely.   Carefully read through the Rules and Regulations to ensure you (and all members of your group) qualify as an amateur for our competition.


Basically, you must NOT:

  • Be a member of a union connected with artistic performances.

  • Earn more than 50% of your annual income from performing or have performed on a recording released for commercial distribution.

  • Have an agent or manager helping you get work in the entertainment field you are auditioning for.


In the case of any disputes, the determination of who is an amateur is in the sole discretion of the Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society judges.



What if there are different ages within our group?

You must compete in the age division of the oldest member of their group. For example, if you are a group consisting of a 12-year old, a 17-year old and a 20-year old, you must compete in the Adult division.


Why are there not age divisions at the final level?

Once our competitors make it to the finals, the level of talent is high enough that contestants can compete against each other regardless of age.


Do singers compete against singers, Dancers against dancers and so on?

In the auditions and semi-finals, the contest is divided into age divisions rather than talent categories. Within the age division there will be different types of talent competing against each other. In the finals, contestants compete against each other regardless of age or category.


How many can be in a group?

Group size is limited to eight (8) people.


Does it cost anything to enter?

No. It does not cost anything to enter. But you are required to pay all your own expenses. The Golden Spike Days Society is not responsible for any expenses incurred by contestants.


Where can I get an entry form?

You can enter online with an entry form at


What is the deadline for all entries?

All submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm on June 26, 2018.


What if there's a change to my original entry information or one of my band members changes?

Email us the details of the changes so that we can re-assess if necessary.


Do I have to perform the same act all the way through to the Finals?

No.   But go with your best stuff right from the start!


What if my performance goes over the 4-minute time limit?

If your performance is over the time limit you may be disqualified. Make sure that when you are considering.


What kind of songs can I perform?

You can perform any song you wish: original, cover songs or songs in another language. Keep in mind that song selection is very important. When choosing a Song to perform, make sure it suits your style and make sure you are comfortable performing it. Pop, rock, country, rap or jazz - it doesn't matter as long as you feel confident performing it.  


I'm a solo singer. Can my back-up music have vocals?

Limited harmonies or utterances may be used on back-up music. The judges must be able to clearly hear the vocal performer over the backing track and any utterances.


Backtracks:  Do you know how or what type of music has limited harmonies or utterances? Or can I remove the vocals, harmonies and utterances from the CD I want to use as background music?

Vocals, harmonies and utterances cannot be removed completely from a recording. You will have to use Karaoke CD versions or instrumental versions. Alternatively, you could use a live accompanist. A CD that you have tested or any device with an output jack (e.g. iPod, Android phone or iPhone) may also be used. Please turn all phones to airplane mode prior to the competition. The performance of the band or soloists must be predominantly live.


Who selects the semi-finalists in each age division?

A panel of Golden Spike Days judges will review all submissions received.


Will you let me know when you receive my entry?

Yes by email auto reply as soon as possible.


How and when will I know if I've made it to the semi-finals?

If you have made it to the semi-finals, we will contact you by email within 48 hours of your performance. If you don’t make it through, we welcome and encourage you to try again next year!


I still have questions. How can I contact you?

The best way to contact us is by email. Email us at You can also leave a message Tom the Talent event organizer at 604-720-8102 and someone will return your call as soon as possible. 

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