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Perform at the Summer Concert Series

Would you like to perform at the North Bay Summer Concert Series?

Artist submissions are being accepted from now until 8 a.m. on March 20, 2024.  Please review the frequently asked questions below prior to submitting. If you would like to be considered for participation in the Concert Series, click on the artist submission link below and complete the form. A committee will review the submissions and prepare the line-up.  The line-up will be announced shortly thereafter. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday Nights - Yes, you will be paid $130 per on-stage performer to a maximum of $650 per band plus $225 toward your PA system and crew.  You will be paid in a timely manner following the show with a direct deposit from the city.  You must complete a direct deposit form. This will be mailed to you after your selection to the concert series.  Note - any payments above $500 will result in a T4 tax form being issued to the recipient.  You may register each band member individually for direct deposit to avoid one person getting a lump sum payment. 

Canada Day and Hot Summer Night Festival - $130 per on stage performer to a maximum of $650.  A PA is provided in both of those cases so bands will not get the $225 PA allotment.

Wednesday Nights - There is no gear provided. You will have access to power at the back of the stage. All acts must be fully self-contained with a proper PA system with at least 2000 watts of power per side. All instruments must go through the PA system (amps, full drum kit, bass rig etc).  We want a quality event. Please assume you may have 2000 people in attendance.  If you do not have a PA system, Long and McQuade is one of our sponsors and will offer you a rental at a discounted rate.  Money is allotted in your remuneration to help with PA and sound tech fees.  

Canada Day and Hot Summer Night Festival - A PA is provided in both of those cases.

All shows - We should be good neighbours.  Maximum sound pressure should not exceed 90dB.  You can download an app to measure this.

Wednesday Nights - Shows in July do not need lights.  Shows in August will need lights.  You must supply your own lighting. 

Canada Day and Hot Summer Night Lighting will be provided.

Wednesday Nights - Yes, the show is a one act performance without an intermission.  

Canada Day and Hot Summer Night – this is a multi-act show.  You will bring your own gear with the exception of PA and monitors. A backline is not provided.

Wednesday Nights - The Wednesday is the official date.  The following Thursday is a potential rain date.  If you have arrived and set up, and the event is cancelled due to weather, you will be paid 100%.  If the event is cancelled on the show date, prior to load-in, and there is no reschedule option, you will be paid 50%.  If you can perform on an alternate date, prior to Labour Day, you will be paid the 100% for that date. 

Canada Day & Hot Summer Night – As above with different rain dates.

Wednesday Nights - You can load-in at 4:30pm and prepare for your show. The show should start around 7pm and run until about 9pm with no intermission.  We need 90-120 minutes of entertainment.  

Canada Day and Hot Summer Night – these events will have specific transition times prior to your performance.  These shows are similar in length.

Wednesday Nights - Our goal is to use acts with the majority of their members living in the North Bay Nipissing area.

Canada Day and Hot Summer Night - Our goal is to use acts with the majority of their members living in the Nipissing area with the potential exception of some headline acts.

Wednesday Nights - Our goal is to use groups.

Canada Day and Hot Summer Night – there might be one time slot per event for solo artists.  This depends on submissions and budgets.

All Shows - We expect to have 40-60 submissions.

All Shows - We prefer an established group with a strong following.  This means they have a good social media presence and have lots of fans that routinely come to their shows.  The more popular genres are rock, country, and blues.

All Shows - There is no shortage of acts.  We have an inventory of 70+ acts from the region and from previous events and we have limited dates so a selection process must occur.  The artist submission form indicates to us who is interested / available for these gigs.  Acts are slotted into potential dates and then our committee scores the acts as follows:


  1. Experience – This refers to a series of musical attributes that are typically polished thru years of experience of playing in the band. Included are experience, musicianship, band tightness, harmony quality, emotion, vocal quality, vocal diversity, complexity of the show, stage dressing, costuming, and movement on stage etc.


  1. Current Impact - This is a measure of the band's local impact right now. What is their current momentum, what is their social media reach / activity, and what is the local buzz about this act? Who is hot right now?  How will they help market the concert series?


  1. Demographic Appeal - This refers to the attractiveness of the show to our sponsors and main demographic which is aged 45+. They prefer mainstream rock, country, and blues.  Our demographic enjoys sing-along moments, friendly engagement with the audience, and a fun concert experience.

All Shows - Only acts who have been selected will be contacted. 

All Shows - Over time, develop a tight band with great vocal harmonies and pro level musicianship.  Play lots of shows to develop your following.  Create a strong social media presence.  Come to the series yourself and support the other artists.  Like and share our events to promote live music in the region.

All Shows - The easiest way to support the program is to attend the shows.  Further, you can help by promoting the concerts (likes and shares are best) on social media.  

All Shows – Yes, you are welcome to provide sponsorship to the program.  Contact City Hall at 705-474-0400 ext 2321 or email for a sponsorship package.

Make Your Submission

Submissions for the 2024 Summer Concerts Series closed on March 15.