Friday August 16th, 2019 – Bayfield Community Centre



 2019 Rules and Regulations

All Rules & Regulations Apply to Every Level of the Competition from the Preliminary Contest through the Finals)

  1. Under no circumstances may an act run more than four (4) minutes. ANY ACT RUNNING OVER 4 Minutes WILL BE DISQUALIFIED … NO EXCEPTIONS! The act is timed from the first vocal utterance in any vocal category; the first musical sound in any instrumental category; the first body movement in any dance category; the first movement, gesture, utterance or musical sound in any variety category.  Timing does not include a spoken introduction.
  2. Baton twirlers may enter, but acts using machetes, knives, etc., will not be accepted. No fire, smoke or smoke-effect will be allowed on stage at any time.
  3. In the Vocal categories, instrumental accompaniment by the person in the act or others is allowed, but is not judged.   It must assume the pure character of accompaniment. The test shall be whether the performance would stand alone.Note:  Recorded backup may be used, subject to the restrictions in rules 4, 5 & 6. A recording (except C.D’s) must contain only the piece of music required for the performance, and must be cued properly. We cannot be responsible for any material which is not picked up following your performance. Please label each CD or tape with your name for identification.
  4. No voice or voices, vocal utterance or synthesized vocal utterance may be used for accompaniment by contestants entered in the Vocal categories. This includes recorded live voices and voices that are produced and recorded synthetically (i.e. synthesizers or digitally sampled).  ANY BACKGROUND VOCALS = DISQUALIFICATION.
  5. In the Instrumental categories, live or taped accompaniment is allowed, but must assume the pure character of accompaniment. The test shall be whether the performance would stand alone. The use of any instrument(s) for accompaniment of the same type as instrument(s) being judged is not allowed. If the playing of an electronic keyboard is to be judged, no pre-programmed music is allowed; the contestant must create all sound live on stage.
  6. In the Dance categories, accompanists are permitted on Stage but must not assume visual importance in the Performance. There must be no taps or tap effect (e.g. “rimshots”) on a taped recording used by a dancer or dancers.
  7. In the Vocal and/or Instrumental Group category, any combination of vocal and/or instrumental performance will be accepted, including bands with or without vocals.
  8. Solo performers who wish to be judged on any combination of singing and playing, plus all performers who wish to be judged on any combination of singing & choreography, singing & drama, etc., as well as all comedy or novelty acts, magic acts, ventriloquism acts, etc., must enter in the Variety category. While a combination of categories is allowed, the individual rules will apply, and contestants must give sufficient prominence to each element of the performance for the judges to properly evaluate the individual talents.
  9. Contestants must be available for all dates shown for YTS or JTS competitions. No exceptions.
  10. Organizers reserve the right of final decision on any matters pertaining to the Youth or Junior Talent Search not covered by the rules.


The contest is open to non-professional residents of Ontario only (see web-site for the definition of a “professional performer”). An individual cannot be part of an act at the Western Fair if he or she did not appear and place in the act at a Preliminary Contest.

RISE 2 FAME Youth Talent Search: 
Youth Talent Contestants must be between the age of 13 and 21 years.  The performer must be at least 13 years old and must not have reached his/her 22nd birthday on or before the opening day of the current year’s Western Fair.

RISE 2 FAME: Junior Talent Search:  
Junior Talent Contestants must be between the age of 6 and 12 years. The performer must be at least 6 years old and must not have reached his/her 13th birthday on or before the opening day of the current year’s Western Fair. Proof of age may be requested.

NOTE:  If a group (band/dance) is entering and the ages are split between Youth and Junior, the entire group will be placed and judged in the Youth Talent Search.

For the purposes of this contest, a professional entertainer is:
(a) one who earns more than one-half of his or her normal living expenses by performing in any of the categories of competition (ie. a professional dancer may not compete in the contest as a singer, musician, etc.),or
(b) one who is a union member, or
(c) one who has a professional agent or manager who is or will be paid a fee for securing employment in the entertainment field, or

(d) one who sings or otherwise performs on any record released for commercial distribution through normal retail outlets. (This does not prohibit an entertainer from self producing a record for sale or distribution to friends and associates, or performing on a self-produced recording of a school or church choir group for charitable or fundraising purposes).

Entries for all preliminaries can be made on-line at – To enter, fill out a PRELIMINARY FORM

Contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519-565-2244 or Willi Laurie  519-482-9265 for more information.