The second DemoRama LIVE event was held in Hamilton on November 2nd, at host venue Stonewalls Restaurant. A great vibe, PA and lights set the stage for a very professional presentation. The panelists, performers and audience had their ears filled with great songs and everyone expressed how wonderful the experience was and how important these opportunities are.
The winners of the “Best Of” DemoRama LIVE Showcase & Amsterdam Beer Vouchers/Tour were Steve Rivers and Jesse Slack. They will join the 3 finalists – Allister Bradley, Roger Beckett and Shae Dupuy from the Toronto event to perform their showcases in the spring of 2014 with a chance to win the grand prize: 2014 CMAO Award Show VIP Package for two, which will include schmoozing at the VIP Reception, 2 VIP CMAO Award Show tickets and having their name announced live at the show.
PSA ads could be heard on our super-supportive radio stations, sponsors KX 94.7 Hamilton and KX 96 Oshawa. Jamie Warren was our Special Guest & Expert Panelist. Jamie performed a few of his great songs and shared his expertise as a member of the panel. He even gave an impromptu songwriting lesson that we all eagerly absorbed with great tips on how to change up your songwriting. The other panelists were KX 94.7’s Derm Carnduff, CMAO director Brian Allen (Amplus Productions) & CMAO director Peter Linseman (Music Mentor Productions), who also hosted the event.
The CMAO DemoRama LIVE series began with ‘standing room only’ success at the inaugural event, hosted by the Free Times Café in Toronto on Sept 21, 2013. DemoRama LIVE is an open mic event, focusing on live performances of original songs, followed by the option to hear a friendly critique of your song by a panel of industry experts, and for a lucky few, having the ultimate chance to perform at a DemoRama Live 2014 “Best Of” Showcase.
We will be traveling to other great locations across Ontario starting again in January, to shine a spotlight on Ontario talent. Although many artists are expected to sign up for a performance slot, each location will yield just 2 finalists, who will ultimately have the chance to move on to our “2014 Best Of DemoRama Showcase” (Location/ Date TBA). All finalists will receive a Beer Voucher & Tour Package from Amsterdam Brewery.
The CMAO DemoRama LIVE is coming to a town or city near you! We are looking for artists and singer/songwriters to perform and experience networking opportunities, hear industry feedback and experience the chance to showcase & win great prizes. The scores from the friendly critique at the first 2 events were very close, so we are encouraging all previous entrants to come out again.