Registration Open for Tri-Cities Got Talent VIRTUAL 2021


Please read carefully. You are responsible for reading and following all rules.





Superseding rules during the governing health regulations have been added as follows;

1. There will be no GSDS hosted live on-stage performances in 2021. All references to LIVE on-stage activities has been struck this year.   

2. All performances will be submitted for judging by video submission to

3. Acceptable formats are .MP4, .FLV, .MOV, .OGG, .WMV, .MPEG.  NOTE: Video submissions by YouTube video creation links are preferred due to uploading issues on large file restrictions with most email clients.  Cloud based videos must remain accessible and downloadable from first submission until final judging.


4. The award winners will be contacted by phone or email as it appears on the registration submission.  Prizes can be collected within 30 days of announcement, in person at 2715 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody, BC V3H 3P4. Call first: 604.931.8852.  Please mask up and provide ID and signature for pickup.


VIDEO CONTENT: A note about video content.  Video creations can be challenging.  Here are some tips to make a good video.

1. Sound:  will be the most important part.  Eliminate all un-necessary noises. Get a good mix of music and vocals. Try to keep microphones as close to the source of the sounds as possible. Whatever you want us to judge you on, should be the predominate thing we hear or see.

2. Video:  Keep the shots as focussed and as tight as possible so we can see what you want us to judge.  Test shoot for lighting. Avoid bright backgrounds. Try to light up the subject from several angles to allow the camera to see the subject clearly. Natural lighting is beneficial. Front facing lighting is critical.

3. Rehearse and edit.  Take several videos and choose the best one for sounds, focus, lighting.  Edit the clip for length.  Keep it all 4 minutes or less.  Keep any verbal introductions to under 10 seconds. Keep the ending to under 5 seconds after the last performance audible or visual activity.   



The Competition will be administered by the Golden Spike Days Society and specifically by such person or persons designated by the Golden Spike Days Society for such purpose from time to time.


The first place winner of the Competition will not be eligible to compete in the same age division of any subsequent edition of the Competition or any variation thereof associated with Golden Spike Days Tri-Cities Got Talent.


Golden Spike Days Tri-Cities' Got Talent is open to legal residents of British Columbia within the ages as set out below.  Neither employees of the Golden Spike Days, contract employees, members of the Board of Directors, contractors, and agents of the Golden Spike Days Society' directly involved in the Competition nor any other persons directly associated with the Competition, nor the immediate families of any of the aforesaid persons or any other person residing in the same Household, are eligible to enter or compete in the Competition.

Contestants must be amateur, non-professional performance contestants. The determination of who is an amateur is in the sole discretion of the Administrator and the judges of the Competition. The Administrator or the Judges may refuse to consider any entry from or performance by any person who may be considered by them not to be an amateur or group containing a person who may be considered by them not to be an amateur. For the purpose of the Contest, a person to be considered an amateur must at least meet all of the following criteria:

someone who is not nor has ever been a member of a union connected with public artistic performances;

someone who does not earn and has not ever earned more than 50 % of his or her annual income from performing;

someone who is not a party to a management or booking contract with a professional firm or individual who is paid a fee for securing employment in the entertainment field;

someone who does not have a current recording contract with a distribution company.

Contestants will compete in one of three age divisions. Group acts must compete in the age division of the oldest member of their group. At the final level of the competition, contestants will be judged against each other, regardless of age division.

The age divisions are specified below:

Pre-Teen Division: Contestants must be at least six years of age and not over the age of 12 by June 22, 2021.

Youth Division: Contestants must be at least 13 years of age and not over the age of 18 by June 22, 2021.

Adult Division: Contestants must be at least 19 years of age by June 22, 2021.

Contestants may only enter once, either as an individual performer or as a member of a group.

Groups may have no more than Eight (8) members. 


Entry forms, links AND videos must be completed and received by the Golden Spike Days registration page no later than 11:59pm on June 15th, 2021. The Administrator in its sole discretion may accept or refuse to accept entry forms that are late, incomplete, or illegible. Please note that Entrants are limited to 35 in total and registration will close when that number has been reached.

If you are selected to move onto the finals, you will be notified via email. You must reply to the email and send us a new video for the finals or tell us that you want to use the same semi final video for the finals no later than 11:59pm on June 18th, 2021. If we do not receive a response from you, we will use your semi final video for the finals.


Contestants may perform any artistic or performance act of up to 4 minutes including setup and take down that is performative or artistic in nature. Performers may dance, sing, juggle, speak, act, read, mime, perform artistic physical acts, may include props and live animals in controlled settings.

The acts must be within the bounds of good taste, law abiding, in the spirit of general-public all ages audience entertainment.  We reserve the right to stop performances or restrict entrance of performers in advance.   


All props must be inanimate and kept to a minimum. No performances may include the use of machetes, knives, guns or other similar props and the Administrator or the Judges may refuse to accept any entry employing such items. Fire and/or pyrotechnics are not allowed on the stage at anytime nor will such material otherwise be included in an performance.


Accompaniment in any performance must assume the character of true accompaniment. The test shall be whether the act can stand alone without the accompaniment as determined by the Judges in their sole discretion. Without limiting the foregoing the following shall apply to accompaniment:

Vocal performances: Instrumental accompaniment by the person(s) in the act or others is allowed, but must assume the pure character of accompaniment. Instrumental back-up music may be used in a playable media format. 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.

Dance performances: Accompanists are permitted on the stage, but must not assume visual importance.

The accompaniment, whether live or recorded, must not have any taps or tap effects.

Instrumental group: Accompaniment is allowed but the backup must assume pure character of the accompaniment in that the contestant must be able to stand alone were the accompaniment removed from the performance. Air bands are not permitted.

All persons assuming visual importance in a variety performance (e.g. magicians, jugglers, gymnasts) must meet the age requirements of the specific division.

Professionally done music videos cannot be accepted. Videos must be one continuous sequence or clip with no editing. We seek to judge as near to a live performance as possible. Video acceptance will be based on the judges discretions and the rules and regulations.


Competitors will be generally judged on the following criteria:

Natural ability = out of 20

Stage presence = out of 20

Audience appeal = out of 20

Quality of performance = out of 40

The judges will consist of a panel of persons invited by the Host. The judges will review all entries and invite selected performances from each age division to compete in the semi-finals held ONLINE. The number of such selections will be 9 contestants (3 per division) plus three standby contestants (1 from each division) at the discretion of the Judges or the Administrator and based on the quantity and quality of each age group.

Semi-finalists may compete against Contestants from the same age division. Judges intend to select a First, Second and Third place qualifier from each division. 6 contestants overall will be selected to advance to the finals.

There will be no age divisions in the finals. Six Finalists will compete against each other regardless of age.

The judges will select a Third, Second and Overall winner. (Finalists may not include an equal number of contestants from each age group)



Contestants selected to advance to the semi-finals will be notified by email no later than 48 hours after the auditions close. (Finalists may or may not include an equal number of contestants from each age group)

The winners at the finals will be announced ONLINE. The first names photos and videos of all winners may be posted on our website.

The Golden Spike Days Society reserves the right to make any final decisions on all matters not covered by these rules and regulations, as well as the right to change, alter and/or rearrange parts or all of these competition rules and regulations at any time.


The Golden Spike Days Society is not responsible for any expenses incurred by Contestants.

Contestants grant the Golden Spike Days Society the right to photograph, film, video and/or digitally record their performance at the Golden Spike Days or in conjunction with the Competition for future promotional purposes.

All entries and submissions and the content thereof become the sole and exclusive property of the Golden Spike Days Society and may not be returned.

The Contestant releases the Golden Spike Days Society and its agents and contractors from any obligation to pay compensation of any kind to the Contestant in consideration for the Golden Spike Days' utilization of the images, likenesses or sounds contained in the live performances or submission and the Contestant waives any rights to any claim for compensation or damages respecting the use of same by the Golden Spike Days.


Notwithstanding very unique circumstances that may arise individually which need to be taken into consideration - as a general condition of the Contestant being permitted to compete AND choosing to compete in Competition, each Contestant or legal guardian must sign a video /  photo release form which grants permission to the Golden Spike Days Society to use, without compensation of any kind to such contestant, any photograph, audio or video recording or other audio or visual image or recording including digital recordings, or any portion or portions thereof, in such manner as the Golden Spike Days may determine including in any promotions or advertising, and;

ii. waives any right to any fee or compensation for any of the aforesaid and;

iii. releases the Golden Spike Days Society and its Directors from any loss, damage, injury, or expense which the Contestant may suffer or incur as a result of his or her participation in the Competition, howsoever caused.




All entries must be signed by each performer PRIOR TO AUDITION, provided that any entry from any person under the age of MAJORITY IN BC BEING 19 must also be signed by such minor person's parent or legal guardian PRIOR TO AUDITION consenting to such minor person entering the Competition and acknowledging the consents and waivers and indemnities hereby contained made by such minor person and the Parent/Guardian agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Golden Spike Days Society for any loss, damages, costs, expenses, injury, claims or actions, including solicitors costs, which the Golden Spike Days may suffer or incur by reason of any matter or thing relating to arising from the involvement or participation of the minor person in the Competition.