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As you now know we will be postponing this to next year 2024. 
32nd Annual Northern Ontario Open Country Singing Contest

If you are looking to register, go to the website (www.thenorthernopen.com) to either print or fill out your official entry form. Below is basically just the rules.
August  2nd,3rd and 4th 2024 at the Billy Barber Complex (Community Centre) in Callander, Ontario $10,000 in Cash Prizes
Hosted by Nipissing Country Music Association
 Chris Renaud will also be a liason for promotional and fundraising purposes.

32nd Annual Northern Ontario Open Country Singing Contest
Rules and Regulations
  1. Contestants must be able to prove they are a Canadian Citizen or have landed immigrant status, and proof of age.

  2. Contestants must sing two (2) songs of their own choice (providing one of your song choices is a pre 1990 Country song) in the following order:  1st song - slow tempo, 2nd song - up tempo.  A good contrast in tempo is a mustYour selection must be country as accepted by the Committee.  Failure to comply will result in your entry being refused.

  3. Penalty of 25 points will apply if both songs are not completed within 6 and 1/2 minutes.

  4. Singers must perform with all members of the band supplied (no accapella) and may use an acoustic guitar to play along with the band (not amplified) (no props allowed).  Talking on stage is restricted to Thank You's. For an "intro." only the first chord displayed on the chart will be given and no instrumental breaks will be played.

  5. *No application will be accepted until Harley Renaud has received the digital entry form. The assigned band will do the charts as per your entry form. (the cost is included in your entry fee)
  6. Singers will be allowed one (1) false start without penalty in the preliminaries only.  Twenty-five (25) points will be deducted off total score for false starts in the semi-finals and/or finals.
  7. The top ten singers in all (excluding karaoke) categories will compete in the semi-finals.  In the event of a tie in the preliminary round, a sing off will decide placement.  A tie in the semi-finals will be decided by the highest mark in the preliminaries.  A tie in the finals will be decided by the highest mark from the semi-final round.

  8. The top five (5) singers (except for the Karaoke) from the semi-finals will advance to compete in the finals.

  9. If there are insufficient entries (minimum of 3 contestants) for any one category (including Karaoke), the committee reserves the right to: (1) combine male and female participants for that category and/or (2) advance them directly to the semi-final round (3) or cancel that category.

  10. All contestants may enter one (1) class only! Exception to this rule will be that you may enter the Duets and any one other eligible Class provided the songs are different in each category. Duet Class must have 50% harmony in their songs as determined by the judges.

  11. Contestants will be judged on enunciation, diction, voice range, timing, pitch, feeling and stage presence.  Dress is optional, but will be taken into account as part of the stage presentation.

  12. First place winners in the "open", "duets" and "18 and under" categories are only eligible to win that category for one (1) year and are not eligible to enter that same category for the following year.  First place winners in the 50+ category are only eligible to win two (2) consecutive years and then are not eligible to enter that same category for the following year.

  13. On the day of the contest, failure to appear after being called three (3) times will result in disqualification.

  14. The back up band for each category will provide accompaniment for that category throughout the entire competition.  Contestants will not be allowed to change their song selection after their registration has been accepted and must use the same two songs throughout the contest.


  16. By entering or attempting to enter this contest, all contestants or purported contestants remise, release and forever discharge Rogers Media Inc., its parent and affiliated companies, and all of their respective employees, directors, officers, shareholders, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, at "Rogers"), from any and all claims, damages or liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expenses arising out of, or in any way related to, this contest, participation (or attempted participation) in this contest, and/or the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any contest prize (or any portion thereof), or any travel or activity that is related to the contest.

Nipissing Country Music 12 & Under Karaoke Combined
Rules and Regulations
  1. Contestants' guardians must provide a quality Karaoke CD of both songs, at rehearsals (NO EXCEPTIONS)
    There should be no lead vocals on the CD.  No key changer is available.  CD should be "Contest Readyand must be "Country Songs", as judged by Committee. There will be no Television for watching the lyrics, therefore contestants must memorize their songs. Time limit for singing is not taken into consideration for this class.

  2. A maximum of fifteen (15) contestants (as determined by the Committee) will be accepted. (First come, first serve basis!)

  3. Rehearsals:  Friday at the Billy Barber Complex.  Both songs will be rehearsed at a time to be determined.  You will be notified on your acceptance.

  4. Preliminaries (Saturday):  you will sing both songs.

  5. Finals (Sunday):  top three winners.
  6. Must be no more than 12 years old at the time of performance.

Contestants must sing one (1) slow tempo song and one (1) fast tempo song. Songs will be sung in that order (slow then fast). A good contrast in tempo is a must (as accepted by Committee).  



Official entry forms can be filled out at https://www.thenorthernopen.com


 Registration fees:
*Male 18 & Under ________________  $55.00       *Female 18 & Under ________   $55.00
 Male Open   ____________________  $60.00        Female Open _____________   $60.00
*Male 50+ ______________________   $55.00      *Female 50+ ______________   $55.00
 Duets ___________________________$70.00 ($35.00 per person)
*12 & Under Karaoke Combined:
               Male __________        Female __________  $15.00
Northern Ontario Open Country Singing Contest
c/o Harley Renaud
786 Worthington St. E.
North Bay, Ontario P1B 1J2
For more information, contact Harley Renaud (705) 474-0776 or email harleyrenaud@hotmail.com
Registration is limited to 110 contestants.  All application packages must be received by June 01, 2024.  (See Rule #5)
Rehearsals will be held Wed., July 31st or Thurs., August 01st, 2024 at the Callander Community Centre.  Times to be confirmed upon entry acceptance.
We will not be responsible for lost applications.

Sponsor Accommodations for contestants (Ask for Open Country Singing Contest contestant rates)

Best Western North Bay - 1-800-461-6199
Comfort Inn Lakeshore - 1-877-449-4484
Comfort Inn O'Brien - 1-866-260-8261
Travelodge Lakeshore - 1-866-578-7171  
Nipissing University - 1-705-474-3450 ext.2876 (Sept-April) or 1-705-474-2526 ext.2601 (May - August)
Hampton Inn - 1-877-409-8499
Sunset Inn - 1-800-463-8370


       **Male                                                                           **Female
*1st   *$1000.00                                                                     *$1000.00
*2nd  *$  600.00                                                                    *$  600.00
*3rd  *$  400.00                                                                     *$  400.00
*4th  *$  200.00                                                                     *$  200.00
*5th  *$  100.00                                                                     *$  100.00

18 & Under
      **Male                                                                                    **Female
*1st  *$  500.00                                                                        *$  500.00
*2nd  *$  300.00                                                                       *$  300.00
*3rd  *$  100.00                                                                        *$  100.00
*4th  *$    75.00                                                                        *$    75.00
*5th  *$    50.00                                                                        *$    50.00

50 +
       **Male                                                                                       **Female
*1st  *$400.00                                                                             **$400.00
*2nd  *$200.00                                                                            **$200.00
*3rd  *$100.00                                                                             **$100.00
*4th  *$  75.00                                                                             **$  75.00
*5th  *$  50.00                                                                             **$  50.00

12 & Under Karaoke Combined
*1st   *$200.00
*2nd  *$100.00
*3rd   *$  50.00


1st   *$600.00
2nd  *$400.00
3rd   *$200.00
4th   *$100.00
5th    * $50.00

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