2014 COCA National Conference

Posted by:  Canadian Organization of Campus Activities  | When:  –  | Where: Niagara Falls, Ontario, CAN


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Expose your act to the Canadian college and university market. Founded in 1982, the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA) is the only association dedicated purely to campus activities programming in Canada.

The COCA National Conference provides an excellent opportunity for colleges & universities, booking agencies and self-represented artists to gather together, network, showcase, exhibit and conduct business. More than 25 showcase opportunities are available in various categories.

COCA is the place to be to get in front of Canadian student activities planners! More than 130 student and staff buyers (school delegates) from approximately 60 schools across the country are expected to attend the 2014 COCA National Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 2-6, 2014.In addition, more than 75 associate delegates representing 45 companies and artists will be represented in the Campus Activities Biz Hall, COCAs trade show. 

Artists that are selected to showcase must become COCA associates or be represented by a company that is, or will become, a COCA associate. All selected showcase acts must be represented in the trade show either by the act itself or by a company representing the act. Associate membership and associate conference registration (trade show) forms are available at the COCA Web site under Conferences National Conference 2014 National see List of Associate forms at bottom of page. Showcasing at a COCA Conference involves several fees. If selected to showcase, you must pay all applicable fees by April 2, 2014. To review these fees, go to: coca.org Conference & Meetings National Conference 2014 National scroll down to Showcase Info. 

Please note: Artists will receive selection status by Friday, March 21, 2014. If you have any questions about the fees paid to COCA for Showcasing, Membership or Conference Registration (including trade show booth), please direct them to the COCA Office at 519-690-0207 or by email through the Contact button on the COCA web site. Sonicbids is not responsible for refunds associated with your COCA submission. 

Terms And Conditions

In recent years, COCA has been running some of its showcases in public venues such as nightclubs to better mimic the campus pub situation. Often these public venues are made open to the public in order to fill the room and to create a warmer showcase atmosphere. If your act is selected to showcase, you must agree to allow members of the general public to be present during your showcase.

Other than sound, lighting and normal stage equipment (backline), COCA will not be financially responsible for any special equipment required by attraction. Your act MUST use backline gear provided by COCA to facilitate stage changeovers.

Selection results will be communicated by email and announced on the COCA Web site by Monday, March 17, 2014 go to:


If your act is selected to showcase, please note that the following fees must be received at the COCA office NO LATER THAN Wednesday, April 2, 2014 or you will lose your showcase spot. For represented acts, fees from the agency or company representing the act at the Conference must also be received by April 2nd or the act will lose its showcase spot. 

A. Self-Represented Acts:

1. Showcase Fee $250.00 + $32.50 Ontario HST tax = $282.50 CAD

2. Associate Membership Fee (reduced special artist rate saves 55%) - $150.00 + $19.50 Ontario HST tax = $169.50 CAD

3. Conference Fee (incl. shared booth, 1 delegate) exact amount varies per options on conference registration form minimum $290.00 + $37.70 Ontario HST = $327.70 CAD


3. Conference Fee (incl. full booth, 2 delegates)  amount varies per options on conference registration form minimum $495.00 + $64.35 Ontario HST = $559.35 CAD.

B. Represented Acts:

From the Artist

1. Showcase Fee $250.00 + $32.50 Ontario HST tax = $282.50

From the COCA Associate Member Representing the Act

2. Associate Membership Fee (due for new members and old members if membership expires before June 1/14) $350.00 + $45.50 Ontario HST tax = $395.50 CAD

3. Conference Registration Fee (incl. full booth, 2 delegates) amount varies per options on conference registration form minimum $495.00 + $64.35 Ontario HST = $559.35.

The COCA Associate Membership form (Artist or Company), and the Associate Conference Registration form are available at the COCA Web site at www.coca.org. Click on Conferences National Conference 2014 National. See List of Associate forms at bottom of the page. 

All biographical and descriptive information is accepted and published by COCA on the representation that the submitting agency is properly authorized to publish the entire contents and subject matter thereof, and that all necessary rights for usage of such material have been obtained by the submitting artist or agency. It is understood that the submitting artist or agency will indemnify and hold COCA harmless from and against any loss, expense (including attorneys fees), or other liability resulting from any claims or suits for libel, violation of privacy, plagiarism, copyright infringement and any other claims or suits that may arise. Factual errors in the information are the sole responsibility of the submitting artist or agency.

The following are brief descriptions of each of the showcase types:

1. Mainstage Showcase

Usually scheduled in the evening (8 pm to midnight), involves entertainers of all types except lecture. Artists of all music genres, spoken word, comedy and variety may be scheduled on a Mainstage Showcase. A variation is the Revolver Showcase which simply means that 2 or 3 showcase rooms are scheduled at the same time but performance start times are staggered so delegates have the opportunity to see all performances. 

2. DJ/Urban/Electronic Showcase 

Modeled after a regular Mainstage Showcase, the DJ/Urban/Electronic Showcase gives DJs and electronic acts 20 minutes of performance time.

3. Singer/Songwriter Showcase

This showcase is run in the traditional singer/songwriter circle format in rotation, performers each do one song and continue until showcase time has expired. In general, each artist will perform 4 or 5 songs. 

4. Comedy Showcase

All forms of comedy - 15 minute performance spots.

5. Variety Showcase

Sometimes combined with the Comedy Showcase or the Lecture Showcase. Examples are: hypnosis, juggling, acrobatics, spoken word, musical comedy, circus side shows, etc.  

6. Lecture Showcase

The artist must tour as a lecturer or guest speaker.

7. Showcase MC

Showcase MCs may be scheduled for Mainstage, Comedy, Variety and Lecture showcases. MCs are given a 10-minute opening spot and 2-3 minutes between each showcase act. Showcase MCs in the past have been: comedians, lecturers, variety acts, and musical-comedy artists. 

8. Roving Artist Showcase

Scheduled during the registration period on opening day plus one additional period in the conference schedule, roving artists may be small musical acts performing acoustically in the registration area, and variety acts such as acrobats, jugglers, etc.  


COCA Showcase Selection Committee

Tel: 519-690-0207


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