TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2020 – One of Canada’s most successful programs supporting aspiring Canadian musical artists today adds five new recipients to its yearbook. Canada’s Walk of Fame announces the recipients of the 8th Annual Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program, with budding Hip-Hop and R&B duo, Allydice of Mississauga, Ontario taking the Grand Prize. Chosen by a selection committee of music industry experts, Allydice and the other four finalists will share the prizing and the program benefits valued at more than $100,000.
For the first time in the program’s history, musicians from each province and territory entered for a chance to be a part of this coveted program. Of the more than 1400 applicants, five talented musical acts will take part in this year’s program.
The recipients of the 8th annual Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program are:
- Grand Prize Winner: Allydice of Mississauga, Ontario
- Second Prize Winner: Breagh Isabel of Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Finalist: Maya Malkin of Montreal, Quebec
- Finalist: BOLD AS LIONS of Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Finalist: Elijah Bekk of Faro, Yukon
Allydice, featuring Canadian-Jamaican identical twin sisters Kayle and Kayla Allydice, have been honing their musical craft for 13 years. They describe their original sound, inspired by reggae and dancehall, as music for the people. Allydice are currently working on their EP set for release in the Fall of 2021.
As the Grand Prize winner, Allydice will receive a cash prize of $20,000, private studio recording time at the renowned Metalworks Studios, introductions to industry executives and album art cover design. A cash prize of $6,000 goes to Halifax-based singer Breagh Isabel for Second Prize, and the three Finalists will receive cash prizes of $4,000 each.
All recipients will have opportunities to elevate their career, including:
- Passes to Canadian Music Week*
- Participation in a creative workshop at Toronto’s ArtHaus*
- A chance to perform a showcase in 2021 at an entertainment venue in Toronto with flights and accommodations covered by Canada’s Walk of Fame*
- A performance at Festival du Voyageur in February 2021 as part of a special showcase in Winnipeg, Manitoba*
- Private career development mentorship sessions with A&R professionals, a music agent and an established artist.*
*Subject to COVID restrictions.
Also announced today, Ben Klick of West Kelowna, British Columbia is the recipient of the 2020 Canada’s Walk of Fame / Metalworks Institute Scholarship. Klick will receive $10,000 towards tuition of any full-time campus or online diploma program, or online certificate course bundle at Metalworks Institute. The Institute offers a range of programs specializing in music performance, audio engineering, electronic music, live event and concert production, stage lighting and video, music business, music mixing and mastering and more. Each year, Metalworks invites past and current applicants of the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program to apply for this scholarship. Klick is a 2016 finalist of the Program.
Jeffrey Latimer, CEO, Canada’s Walk of Fame: “It is such an honour and thrill to be working with incredible industry professionals who really care about the next generation of music in Canada. We are committed to not only giving new voices a chance to shine but are creating a network for them to thrive with confidence as they navigate and grow in this competitive and important career path.”
Valerie Chort, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC: “Our support of the RBC Emerging Musician Program is just one way we bring RBC’s purpose of helping clients thrive and communities prosper to life. Through this program, we are supporting Canadian musicians in their aspirations of bridging the gap between emerging and established. To the 2020 recipients – your creativity, dedication, and commitment to your craft are truly inspiring. You embody the best of the arts community and the resilience we see across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Allydice, 8th Annual Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program Grand Prize recipient: “Winning the grand prize for this program has reinforced our belief never to give up regardless of how many setbacks you may have. It reminds us that someone is always watching even when you think they aren’t. To be chosen as the winner gives us a great sense of pride and accomplishment and we are thankful to RBC as well as all the partners and judges at Canada’s Walk of Fame for listening to our message and receiving it wholeheartedly. With the prize money, we intend to reinvest into our music career through studio time, video production, and marketing.”
Ben Klick, 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program Finalist, and 2020 Canada’s Walk of Fame / Metalworks Institute Scholarship Recipient: “Making music and sharing stories with people is what I love to do. As an artist, this scholarship allows me to learn about the music business and take my career from a provincial level to an international level, as well as connect with a new community of musicians, artists, producers, and other industry professionals.”
Gil Moore of Triumph / Founder & CEO of Metalworks Group: “The 2020 Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program candidates are the strongest ever! Canadian musicians and artists continue to outperform globally. Metalworks Studios is fully engaged and energized to support these amazingly talented young people in concert with our great music partners at RBC and Canada’s Walk of Fame!”
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About Canada’s Walk of Fame
Canada’s Walk of Fame is a national platform that celebrates Canadian achievement at the highest level in many fields, fueling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. Canada’s Walk of Fame is the foremost honour for cultural, entrepreneurial, athletic, philanthropic and science/technology excellence in Canada. Current programs include the RBC Emerging Musician Program, Canada’s Walk of Fame Hometown Stars, presented by Cineplex, the Community Hero Program (Presented by MLSE and Scotiabank) and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. Canada’s Walk of Fame has over 180 inductions to date, with stars having a permanent place of tribute on the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com
Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2020 Premier Partners: Bell Media, Cineplex Entertainment, Federated Capital, MLSE, RBC, Scotiabank, Slaight Communications and WestJet, as well as our Official Partners, MolsonCoors, PostMedia and The Printing House.
The 2020-2021 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Walter Schneider, President & Co-Founder, RE/MAX INTEGRA / RE/MAX Europe, includes: Tom Anselmi, President Business Operations and COO of The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and Ice District, Nick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group; Cathy Honor, Senior Vice President and Head, Global Call Centres and Omni Channel Engagement, RBC Royal Bank; Amanda Lang, Anchor, BNN Bloomberg; Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media; Linda Mantia; Dan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex Entertainment; Thor Richardson; Lewis Rusen, Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry; Ron Suter, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution Canada; Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, City of Toronto.
Canada’s Walk of Fame is a registered charity. Charitable Registration Number 889896924RR0001. Canada’s Walk of Fame was established in 1998 by founders Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Peter Soumalias, with Dianne Schwalm and in partnership with Gary Slaight.