SiriusXM Canada has announced the top 16 finalists in its coast-to-coast Music Town search, which began May 26. or 2Brothers in their own backyard.
After receiving enthusiastic submissions from more than 400 unique communities across the country, SiriusXM Canada narrowed down the applications to 16 finalist communities, in four different regions – Eastern Canada, Quebec, Ontario and Western Canada. Canada – based on heartfelt stories describing what makes each community special.
“The stories we received for SiriusXM Music Town speak to the true passion and pride Canadians have for their local communities and their love for live music,” said Paul Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, SiriusXM Canada. “Music Town is more than just a concert, it’s part of our ongoing mission to give Canadians greater access to local artists and deliver memorable moments you can only experience with SiriusXM.”
The pre-selected Music Town communities and featured artists are:
EASTERN CANADA (Arkells)
Corner Brook, NL
The northernmost city in Atlantic Canada, the music-loving community of Corner Brook is a wonderful playground for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Throughout the pandemic, residents have helped keep spirits up by sharing and creating music on social media.
Known for its friendliness and hospitality, and made famous by the musical Come from Away, Gander became a safe place to land when all North American airspace was closed on 9/11.
Located between beautiful rivers and valleys on New Brunswick’s east coast, Miramichi residents know how to come together as a community to celebrate. The city hosts one of the largest cultural festivals in the country, Canada’s Irish Festival.
This quaint seaside town has a big heart and loves to bring people together. Summerside draws people to its community through its authentic island experience and celebration of diverse cultural traditions.
QUEBEC (2 Brothers)
Named after the soft white sands of its eponymous bay, the bustling but tiny community of Blanc-Sablon serves as the gateway to the eastern end of the Lower North Shore.
Located on the Richelieu River, Mont-Saint-Hilaire is an artists’ haven in the mountainous Montérégie region of southern Quebec.
Located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, Rivière-du-Loup charms with the salty taste of its sea air, its remarkable history, its inviting nature, its unique attractions and its colorful local festivals.
Nestled between land and sea, the breathtaking beauty and history of Sept-Îles has inspired local musicians for generations.
ONTARIO (Come out of the ground)
Located on the north shore of the Bay of Quinte, the beautiful community of Belleville is an underrated cultural destination in southern Ontario. As a friendly community committed to supporting arts and culture, it would be a great pleasure for Belleville to host its own marquee concert.
Located near Lake Ontario in Dufferin County, Orangeville has a thriving arts scene and a huge love of music. Residents celebrate the music at Orangeville’s own jazz and blues festival, and the community likes to come together to have a good time.
Known as the “City with a Heart of Gold”, Timmins is surrounded by wilderness, rivers and lakes, offering limitless outdoor adventures. This small northern town also has a large French-speaking community with more than 50% of residents bilingual in French and English.
Located in the Oak Ridges Moraine, Uxbridge is a beautiful community being rebuilt after a devastating tornado hit the area in early spring. The city quickly stepped up to help friends, neighbors and business owners, opening their homes and offering support to those displaced by the tornado.
WESTERN CANADA (Dallas Smith)
Located in southeast Saskatchewan near the Souris River, Estevan is known as Canada’s sunshine capital, but recent plant closures have been hard on the community. A local concert would help give the people of Estevan some lightness and joy during this difficult time.
Straddling Alberta and Saskatchewan, Lloydminster is Canada’s only border town with unparalleled community spirit. The past few years have been particularly difficult due to the impact of the pandemic, but the spirit and determination of residents to help each other have not diminished.
Like the dessert bar that gives it its name, this port city on Vancouver Island offers a lot of joy and sweetness to its inhabitants, who enjoy a wonderful environment in which to live, work and play. The city has a huge love for live music and a vibrant local music scene.
Sylvan Lake, AB.
Located in central Alberta, Sylvan Lake takes its name from the 15-kilometre-long freshwater lake on which the town sits. This tight-knit community loves music and a good party, boasting a vibrant arts and culture scene that supports local artists and musicians.
It’s time for Canada to vote
Music lovers across Canada are invited to vote for their best city in each region from June 22, 2022 to July 11, 2022 at musictown.siriusxm.ca. Residents of the Last 16 can increase the odds of their town winning by using social media by using #SXMMusicTown to encourage additional votes and rally around their community. On July 14, one city from each region will be declared a SiriusXM Music Town based on nomination stories and the total number of votes and Rally Points earned during the voting period.
“We are energized by the incredible stories of our hometowns and the nation’s passion for live music,” said Sarah Blackwood, Walk off the Earth. “We can’t wait to hit the road with SiriusXM and celebrate with our fans! »
Visit musictown.siriusxm.ca to learn more about the 16 finalist communities, vote, and view complete contest rules and regulations. Canadians can also join the Music Town conversation by using #SXMMusicTown and following @siriusxmcanada.