2013 Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program
In September 2012, Canada’s Walk of Fame in partnership with National Premier Partner RBC announced an exciting competition offering the next generation of highly gifted Canadian superstars the opportunity to take part in the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program supported by RBC.
From October 2012 to April 2013, Canada’s Walk of Fame received submissions from highly gifted music students enrolled in accredited music programs and schools across Canada. From Salmon Arm, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland to Whitehorse, Yukon, the entries reflected the remarkably high calibre and diversity of emerging talent in Canada.
The Winners of the 2013 Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program supported by RBC were:
- Grand Prize Winner: Taylor Kurta, Thornhill, ON
- Second Prize Winner: Kat McLevey, St. John’s, NL
- Finalist: Sarah Ott, Whitehorse, YT
- Finalist: Julia LoRusso, London, ON
- Finalist: Alee Adamoski, Edmonton AB
- Finalist: Jake Feeney, Toronto, ON
- Finalist: Sam Cash, Toronto, ON
As the Grand Prize winner, Taylor Kurta received a cash prize of $25,000 and performed at Canada’s Walk of Fame events including the 15th Anniversary Inductee Charity Ball. Kurta also received 20 hours of private studio time at Metalworks Studio with an appointed producer, and was mentored by Rik Emmett and Gil Moore from Triumph, as well as 10 hours of studio time in The Tragically Hip’s private studio, mentored by Gord Sinclair.
Taylor Kurta recently graduated from the Independent Music program at Seneca College and is a self-taught guitar player and vocalist. In 2011 she was awarded a grant from FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) to produce her first demo CD called Wake Up.
Click here to view the video submissions from the 2013 Emerging Artists Music Mentorship Program supported by RBC finalists.