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MEDIA RELEASE: NLFB's Meltdown competition: Back in a big way!

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2012 NLFB Meltdown winners The Almighty Rhombus perform in the Grace Hartman Amphiteatre at Northern Lights Festival Boreal 2012. (Photo by Erik Lovin)
2012 NLFB Meltdown winners The Almighty Rhombus perform in the Grace Hartman Amphiteatre at Northern Lights Festival Boreal 2012. (Photo by Erik Lovin)


For many years, Northern Lights Festival Boréal's (NLFB) annual Meltdown competition has given emerging Northern Ontario performers a chance to broaden their audience and gain valuable exposure. It has also given Sudbury some fantastic entertainment, featuring the newest and most exciting in Northern Ontario music. Meltdown 2013 (April 6th) will expand on this, presenting the regular competition format, concluding in a high-energy swingin’ performance from local gypsy jazz sensations Hugh Jazz, as well as local guitar and music veteran Paul Dunn.

Before a panel of local experts, performers will present their finest work in an effort to secure a paid gig at NLFB 2013 (July 5-7, Bell Park). The event will be divided into two portions: acoustic acts, singer-songwriters and spoken-word artists will perform between roughly 2pm and 4pm, while bands and larger ensembles will perform between 4pm and 7:30pm. The feature entertainment for the evening will get underway around 8pm. Theatre Cambrian’s newly renovated space (40 Eyre St.) will serve as a beautiful venue for this event, complete with a cash bar for spectators. Minors may attend, accompanied by an adult. The event will also include a raffle and more.

NLFB members are admitted free, and memberships will be available in advance, and at the door, starting at $25. Alternatively, tickets will be available for $10 each. The registration fee for performers is $25 per act. Further information about registration can be found online at:, or by calling the NLFB office at 705-674-5512.

NLFB is Canada's longest running continually-running, outdoor music festival and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011. The festival attracts anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 people per year. Over the years NLFB has grown from a one day event called the ‘Northern Lights Folk Festival’ into a seasoned presenter of roots, world and modern music. The modern NLFB experience can be described as: ‘a roots music festival that loves modern music,’ or ‘a modern music festival that’s in love with its roots.’


For more information, please contact the Northern Lights Festival Boréal office at / 705-674-5512

- NLFB Meltdown Competition ft. Hugh Jazz & Paul Dunn

- Competition for a paid spot at NLFB 2013 (Jul. 5-7)

- April 6th, 2013, competition: 2:00pm-7:30pm, concert: 8:00pm-10:00pm

- Free for members ($25 membership), or $10 for the general public

- $25 entrance fee, per act:

- Cash bar, minors may attend accompanied by an adult


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