Register now for the 2015/2016 U of T Idol Season! Have a favourite song? Why not consider belting it out as a U of T idol contestant? Accompanied by acclaimed band The Uplifters led by award winning musical powerhouse Dave Clarke, you could win great prizes and be crowned the next U of T Idol!
Contestants will perform in knock out rounds each month, starting on October 22, 2015. A finale round will take place in March 2016 where a winner will be chosen.
Take your singing to the next level, test drive your vocal chops in front of an audience of your peers! U of T Idol is a singing competition that encourages students to exercise their vocal talent; showcasing songs of your choice, students are cheered on enthusiastically by friends and strangers alike in a fierce but friendly battle of the voice! U of T idol is open to students on all three campuses. Everyone’s a winner for participating but only two contestants will place 1st & 2nd place and win great prizes–will you be the next U of T idol winner?
Registration is mandatory and must be received at least 2 weeks prior to shoe date.
*Audition may be required. Successful contestants will be contacted.
First Place Prize:
$200 cash prize, up to 8 hours of studio time courtesy of CIUT and a paid performance at the next U of T Idol finale show.
Second Place Prize:
$100 cash prize & a paid opening act performance at one of the Hart House Stages event.
Choose your favourite song and perform live in front of a lively audience.
- Participation is limited to current U of T students at all three campuses
- Contestants must submit their song choice (song must be a cover) and particular version of sheet music.
- Contestants must confirm attendance two weeks prior to their performance date. (Failure to confirm will forfeit contestant participation in upcoming show.)
- Each successful contestant is responsible for providing song choice along with sheet music to Freda Zhang, (email@example.com) U of T Idol coordinator and liaison for the Upsetters a minimum of two weeks in advance. Links or files for music charts must be in the correct key. (NOTE: if there is NO chart provided there will be NO performance.) We also require the following information:
- Appropriate links or files to the songs.
- A profile photo for the UofT Idol Website
- A short personal biography
Five contestants will be chosen for each performance night along with a waitlist of contestants if necessary who may be contacted to perform should the initial contestants fail to confirm their participation.
One contestant will be chosen from each performance night to attend the season finale. The Finale will be held on the 5th and last U of T idol event on March 17- all finalists must attend this performance.
All performances will be video-taped. By submitting this form and agreeing to participate in the event, you grant permission to Hart House to use and distribute this film for promotional purposes.
Fill out the registration form below to submit your application.
About The Uplifters
The Uplifters are Jason Kenemy, Michael Herring and Dave Clark from the Woodshed Orchestra. These cats celebrate the deep grooves of R n B, Funk, Calypso, Punk, Jazz, Blues, New Orleans 2nd Line and Pop in a gumbo of original tunes that are made to rock your soul. They are host to guest musician Paul Kolinski of the Silent 5. The Music Committee is excited to welcome the band back for another successful round of at U of T Idol. Thanks for 5 great years of making magic happen!
2012 / 2013 U of T Idol Winners
For Ada, music is a transcendental language, it does not speak, it feels. When she performs, she becomes her music and feels the warmth and happiness that radiates from her audience. Since childhood, she has had an affinity with instruments and sounds, playing the piano beginning in third grade, teaching herself the acoustic guitar in university, and belting out her vocal chords on stage. She’s grateful that she’s a contestant in U of T Idol because regardless of the situation, whether distressing from school or cheering up some senior citizens, singing is all about making others and yourself feel great!
Daniel has been an active performer since the age of 14. As a member of several jazz, rock, and blues bands, he has played at a variety of venues. In addition to these bands, he has also performed solo many times. He is a multi-instrumentalist, having played guitar, trumpet, and piano. Daniel has an extreme passion for music, and has been able to expand the range of genres he has been able to perform, if only for the enjoyment of doing so.
2011 / 2012 U of T Idol Winners
Hart House and the Hart House Music Committee are very proud to announce the winners from the inaugural season of U of T Idol.
Third place and a $50 prize are awarded to emergent performer Kristine Routhier. Second place, a position as an opening act in the next season and a $100 prize are awarded to computer science specialist, Sherry Lynn Lee. Finally, first place: studio time with an engineer and a finished demo courtesy of CIUT, an interview on CIUT, a $200 cash prize and the title of U of T Idol goes to UTSC student, Patrick Simeon!
Pat Simeon is a 20-year old singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. He been a performer for just over 2 years, and throughout those times he has been blessed with many opportunities to be able to share his music to the public. He has performed all over the GTA, and have joined and won competitions such as Kollaboration Toronto and Yorkdale’s Got Talent, which have all helped increase his fan base. He delivers an acoustic R&B sound, and also delivers many unique renditions of today’s songs, which sets his identity in music.
Having a passion for singing all her life, Kristine is a professional at belting out songs in the shower and in the car. Her desire to sing comes from her love and appreciation for all types of music, but a fear of singing in public has stopped her from showing people her voice… until now. U of T idol has been a great opportunity to overcome her fear through an unforgettable experience. Kristine loved singing this past January with the band and along side her fellow contestants. She is very honored to have gone through to the next round and is excited to sing her heart out this coming March
At the age of 14, Sherry dared herself to write a song. It seemed like a far-fetched idea for a teenager growing up in Mauritius, a tiny tropical island. Yet, a few years later, she recorded and released her first EP, encouraged by a local label. The acoustic-pop EP, “Change Me As We Go”, earned her accolades from local musicians, TAXI.com and international songwriting contest panelists. Much like influences Tracy Chapman and powerhouse Amy Lee (Evanescence), Sherry’s signature sound is organic, focused on the melody and driven by her vocal performance. She is currently writing new material while completing her final semester towards a specialist degree in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. More www.sherrylee.ca.