2016 Showcasing Acts

Sunday, May 29, 2016 | Edward Village Hotel
The New Faces Showcase
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hosted by: Ted Roop
7:00 pm | Instant Rivalry
On Thursday March 3rd at The Hugh’s Room in Toronto, ON, Instant Rivalry won the Ontario Back Roads Country Talent Search. The other finalists were: Dean Young, Anthony Tullo, South of 7 and Rich Cloke. They performed Hoedown and Little Old Farm House, which brought the crowd to tears.



7:30 pm | Sacha
Sacha, “A Small Town Girl with a Guitar Full of Dreams”, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and independent country artist. The small town of Warkworth, Ontario, where she was raised, is where she got a taste of country living and country music. Sacha was just announced winner of The Next Country Music Star 2016, landing her a spot on this year’s Havelock Country Jamboree. There is plenty more left in store for this unique artist who you can discover at www.IamSacha.com.

8:00 pm | Amanda Jordan
Amanda Jordan is 20 years old, was crowned Miss South Eastern Ontario in 2015 and was selected as one of the Top Three Most Talented in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. Amanda was invited to sing her original song “Carry You”, written to support soldiers with PTSD, on the final night of the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto. You can see the performance on her website at www.amandajordanmusic.com

8:30 pm | Kristen Hawley
Born and raised in Stratford, Ontario, Kristen Hawley started singing country music at the age of 12. In 2007, she competed and won a local singing competition called “Stratford Star”. One of the contestants in the competition was pop sensation Justin Bieber. Kristen was flown to NYC to play her first single “Might be Right” on Dateline NBC. She has been performing in bars, at summer festivals and for private parties across Canada for the past 2 years, and she is in the final stages of recording her first Digital EP in Nashville, which is set to be released in the fall of 2016.

9:00 pm | Ben Hudson
Ben Hudson is a country singer-songwriter from Uxbridge, Ontario. He released his first single “Wear and Tear” in October 2015 and caught the attention of CMT Canada who made him the “fresh face” artist of January. He is nominated for the 2016 CMAO ‘Rising Star’ Award. Live video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WylqdYv8l9k

9:30 pm | Buck Twenty
Buck Twenty consists of two members from the Windsor-Essex County area: Mike Ure (Harrow, ON) and Aidan Johnson-Bujold (Lasalle, ON). The duo combines musical and creative storytelling to embody a sound that is fresh and high energy, but always rooted in a country attitude. The boys take pride in the musical presentation and aren’t afraid to bring a surplus of feel good energy to the stage.