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YGK Emerging Kingston Musician Competition


Competition is now closed!

Thank you and congratulations to our finalists!

To view the finalist music videos, please click on artist name.

Sadaf AminiWorld music, Iranian classical music, santur 

Julia Finnegan: Indie-folk

Michelle Kasaboski: Jazz, adult contemporary, traditional pop, easy listening

Alex Mundy: Folk/pop, piano, voice, guitar

Savannah and MichaelFolk, jazz, blues duo (Savannah Shea: Guitar, vocals; Michael Broadhead: Bass)

Abby Stewart: Country


The inaugural YGK Emerging Musicians Competition seeks to inspire and support Kingston’s rising musical talent, and provide excellent tools for a musical career launch for talented emerging musicians.

Kingston has a fabulous music scene and we are here to help emerging musicians put their best foot forward, to share their talents widely, and launch themselves with professionally produced tools. A prize pack valued at $7500 will be awarded to each of five finalists, as determined by a Jury.  

This Competition is in collaboration with the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University. The YGK Emerging Musician Competition is generously supported by Ballytobin FoundationVenture Club, and Kingston Economic Development Corporation.