Abbotsford Singer Finalist of Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program

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Abbotsford Singer Finalist of Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program


Grand Prize winners Ivory Hours of London, Ontario receive cash prize of $25,000, private studio time and more.

All winners to perform at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival Emerging Artists Showcase at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, September

(Toronto, ON) September 22, 2015 – Canada’s Walk of Fame announced that alt-pop band Ivory Hours from London, Ontario is the Grand Prize winner of the 2015 Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program supported by RBC, part of Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists Programs and Scholarships. With the total prize value reaching more than $100,000, seven winners from across Canada were selected for this initiative that aims to support the next generation of gifted Canadian musicians. All winners will perform at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival Emerging Artists Showcase at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square on Wednesday, September 30.

From Whitehorse, Yukon to Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and everywhere in between, over 300 submissions were received from artists in all genres of music – a 42 percent increase from last year.

“Our Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program is a valuable professional development resource for talented young musicians,” said Melanie Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “The increase in submissions this year and the success that last year’s Grand Prize winner has had since winning makes us proud. We are committed to continuing to offer the tools and opportunities required
to establish a solid foundation towards a successful career in music.”

The winners of this year’s Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program supported by RBC are:
Grand Prize Winner: Ivory Hours – London, ON
Second Prize Winner: Calla Kinglit – Whitehorse, YK
Finalist: Tafari Anthony – Toronto, ON
Finalist: Ben Cottrill – Abbotsford, BC
Finalist: Nature Of – Edmonton, AB
Finalist: Ily – Toronto, ON
Finalist: Goldwing – Kingston, ON

Ivory Hours is an alt-pop band from London, Ontario. Formed by songwriter Luke Roes in 2012, the band has been steadily rising ever since. After enlisting a new rhythm section in the fall of 2013 they released ‘Mary’ – a colorful, pop-laden EP embracing a new danceable and polished sound. The title track entered regular rotation on local radio, CBC and charted on campus radio across the country.

Upbeat music videos for ‘Mary’ and ‘Hello Honey’ gained traction online, landing features in Noisey, Exclaim, Popdose and the front page of Reddit.

The band released their full-length debut album ‘Morning Light’ on June 9, 2015; a collection of ten exciting, infectious pop tunes co-produced by Dan Brodbeck (The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan) and mastered by Joao Carvalho (Lights, Stars). The first single “I Won’t” debuted on Indie88 in Toronto and took the band to the Top 4 in CBC’s Searchlight competition. After notable sets at both Canadian Music
Week and NXNE 2015, Ivory Hours will spend the rest of the year touring, with a new MuchFACT funded video for “Dreamer” on the way. More recently, Ivory Hours was crowned the 2015 winners of 102.1 The Edge’s “Next Big Thing” competition.

As the Grand Prize winner, Ivory Hours will receive a cash prize of $25,000 and performance opportunities at Canada’s Walk of Fame events, along with 25 hours of private studio time between Metalworks Studio and Bathouse Studio with an appointed producer and mentored by established Canadian talent; album cover artwork design by Eric McBain Creative as well as introductions to music
industry agents and executives.

The Second Prize winner, Calla Kinglit will receive a cash prize of $7,000 and will perform at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductee Media Announcement on September 29 to announce the 2015 Inductees. The additional five finalists will each receive $1,200 each. All winners will have the chance to perform at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival Emerging Artists Showcase at Yonge-Dundas Square on September 30.

RBC’s support of The Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program is part of their focus on helping artists in the early stages of their careers through the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

“Moving from the garage or basement to the stage and studio can be a long and challenging journey for young musicians in Canada,” said Valerie Chort, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC. “Finding success through the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program supported by RBC could be the final hurdle for a performer looking to gain national recognition after years of hard work. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists for getting a little bit closer to their dream.”

In addition, all winners are invited to participate in a private music industry career development information session with Q & A, facilitated by Universal Music Canada. The approximate value of the prizing in total is $100,000 CDN.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges including members of Canada’s Walk of Fame senior management team and Board of Directors, as well as prominent music industry executives and artists.

Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of our 2015 National Sponsors:
Cineplex Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Slaight Communications and Air Canada. Other Canada’s Walk of Fame national programs and events include the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour, Canada’s Walk of Fame Red Carpet, Inductee Charity Ball presented by Scotia Wealth Management and the Canada’s Walk of Fame televised show, which is broadcast nationally on Global.

To view the video submissions from the seven winners visit:

About Canada’s Walk of Fame
Established in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame (CWOF – Charitable Registration Number 889896924RR0001) recognizes the achievements of Canadians who have excelled in their respective fields such as music, sports, film, television as well as the literary, visual, performing
arts, science, innovation, social justice and philanthropy in order to engage and inspire the next generation. In 2010, CWOF expanded to include a festival featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers, as well as emerging artists from across the country. The annual celebration culminates in a televised special that celebrates the achievements of Canada’s finest stars. To date, Canada’s Walk of Fame has 157 inductees, each immortalized with their names forever cemented into the sidewalks of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit:

About RBC’s Commitment to Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 38 other countries. For more information, please visit

RBC is recognized among the world’s financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, and one of Canada’s 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations. Learn more at

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2014, we contributed more than $111 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $76 million and $35 million in sponsorships.

Tran Nguyen
Holmes PR
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Manager, Brand and Corporate Citizenship Communications
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