Capital Hoedown Showdown, Competition Winner to Play with Taylor Swift

It’s a country showdown! and Capital Hoedown team up to offer one new country act the chance of a lifetime


 Following the hugely successful first year of Capital Hoedown Showdown, and Capital Hoedown, Canada’s biggest country music festival, are teaming up for another year to offer one undiscovered country artist the chance to perform on the same stage as Taylor Swift at Capital Hoedown 2012.  The three-day festival takes place in Ottawa, Ontario from August 10th-12th.


Capital Hoedown Showdown 2011 garnered over 192,000 judging battles for 101 Canadian artists.  With that overwhelming popularity, this year’s competition will be open to country artists in both Canada and the U.S.   The winner will play on Saturday, August 11th, the same day Taylor Swift performs for her only scheduled North American appearance in 2012. Anyone interested in entering or judging can go to


“Capital Hoedown Showdown is a fun, friendly competition giving aspiring country artists the chance to play at Canada’s biggest country music festival,” said Denis Benoit, President and CEO of Concert International Inc.  “Last year’s winner, WYATT, received international exposure for their participation and they had the privilege to perform on the same stage as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood.”


“We are thrilled to be partnering with Capital Hoedown 2012 again following the great success of last year’s competition,” said Ben Campbell, CEO of  “Now our U.S. members will also have the opportunity to compete for the chance to perform in front of thousands and share the stage with some of country’s top stars.”


Bands can submit original country music from now through June 25th by going to and signing up to enter the competition.  Judging will take place on the site starting May 17th.  At the end of Round 1 judging on July 2nd, the top 100 entries will move forward to Round 2 – the semi-finals. members can continue judging until July 16th, when the top 40 ranked entries move on to Round 3.



The grand prize winner, chosen from the top 40 ranked artists in the competition, will be selected by a final judging panel based on the following criteria: (I) presentation; (II) originality and creativity; (III) melody, vocal ability and music; (IV) lyrics; and (V) entertainment value.


Complete details about Capital Hoedown Showdown can be found on and


About Capital Hoedown 2012

Concert International brings you a star-studded lineup to the 3rd annual Capital Hoedown – making it the largest country music festival in Canada.  August 10-12 at Walter Baker Park in Ottawa, Canada, the schedule includes superstar Taylor Swift, along with Reba, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, and many more.  Additional country music artists will be announced leading up to the festival.  Capital Hoedown 3-day passports are available through


About Concert International

Concert International Inc. is one of North America’s leading concert tour and festival producers, having produced concerts for Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Tragically Hip, Collective Soul, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and many more.  Concert International continues to provide artists and fans of all genres of music with incredible live music experiences.



Founded in 2007, ( is a leading destination for music listening, discovery, and quality editorial content. With more than 200,000 artists from 40 styles of music, receives 4 million visits each month from 170 countries.’s most acclaimed feature is its proprietary judging engine where the site’s listeners rank the music of emerging artists for competitions that reward major opportunities to the winners—such as the chance to open for headlining acts and/or record with major label performers. To date, has provided opportunities for artists to open, be mentored by, or collaborate with celebrity artists such as Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Drake, Goo Goo Dolls, HANSON, Train, John Legend, Lilith 2010, John Mayer, Monica, T-Pain, Trey Songz, Keith Urban, Travis Barker, Jane’s Addiction, Hot Chelle Rae and many others. has also partnered with a wide range of media giants over the last few years, including: Clear Channel, Guitar Center, BET, CMT, Digital Broadcasting Group, AOL Music, MTV, and Radio One. For more information:

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