Hoedown Showdown 2007

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The Hoedown Showdown is continuing its search for Canada’s next great country music star as part of the festivities in what will be the 2nd “Hoedown Showdown.” The Wild Wild West Hoedown is one of Canada’s largest and best-known annual community fundraisers, established by Magna founder and Chairman Frank Stronach 20 years ago.

All proceeds from this year’s Hoedown will go to ten local charities and community organizations assisting youth, seniors and families in need. The charity event draws thousands of residents each year who come out to enjoy a Texas-style BBQ dinner and dance to some of the top entertainers in Canadian country music.

The event also includes line dancing, a silent auction and the Prospector’s Raffle, with top prizes such as a Ford Mustang and a trip to Munich, Germany. Last year’s Hoedown raised over $410,000 for local charities and not-for-profit organizations.

Last year’s winner received a $3,500 Gibson guitar, a $2,500 cash prize and the opportunity to sing on the Hoedown stage alongside some of Canada’s top country stars in front of a live audience of about 4,000 people. The runner-up also received a Gibson guitar. Stay tuned for this year’s amazing prize categories.

A panel of celebrity judges will select the best country singer in a “Showdown” consisting of 3 rounds of competition. All 3 rounds will take place at Graystones, a local landmark bar and restaurant located on Yonge Street in Aurora, Ontario.

The following are the dates of each round:

  • Round 1 – August 29, 2007

  • Round 2 – September 5, 2007

  • Round 3 – September 12, 2007

Members of the public are invited to attend all three rounds of the live judging competition. A panel of celebrity judges and country music industry personalities will select the winner. There have been great celebrity guest appearances at past Hoedowns including Miss Universe Natalie Glebova, heavyweight boxing great George Chuvalo, and former Toronto Maple Leafs Nick Kypreos and Doug Gilmour.

Please Note: All artists submitting for consideration for the Hoedown Showdown must have a minimum of 1 song in their EPK that contains only vocals and one instrument as instrumentation.

For a complete list of rules and more details about the Hoedown Showdown, please visit the submission rules.