YTV's The Next Star begins its cross-country auditions

Get ready Canada, Corus Entertainment’s YTV announced today that Season 4 of the network’s top rated series The Next Star will once again go cross-country for its nationwide six-city search for the country’s next young singing superstar.

Auditions begin Saturday, May 7 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and continue throughout the month of May. Complete audition information can be found at

With Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation) returning as the charismatic host of the series, The Next Star hopefuls will be judged and guided by an esteemed panel of experts, including returning mentors, musician Suzie McNeil, songwriter Christopher Ward and music marketing exec Steve Cranwell.

“With over 3 million votes cast to determine last year’s winner, and after auditioning 4000 young hopefuls from across the country in Season 3, we are thrilled with how our YTV audience has responded to this family-friendly series. With another exhilarating season underway, we are excited to bring viewers more chances to help find – and maybe even be – the Next Star,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual Entertainment.

In keeping with the previous three seasons, The Next Star auditions will be open to kids aged 15 and under and will focus on finding Canada’s next singing sensation. Following the open call auditions, the Top 16 will be revealed, and six finalists will be chosen to go through The Next Star star-making process. With an array of challenges including mastering the perfect sound, style and interview, the six finalists will all get a taste of the limelight, but only one will take home the coveted title of The Next Star at the live finale in September. The finalist with the most viewer votes will be named the winner, receiving the grand prize package.

Auditions will be held in three new cities this season, adding Winnipeg, Calgary and Halifax to the nationwide six-city search. Below is a complete list of cities and locations:


Saturday, May 7

Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Tuesday, May 10

MacEwan Conference and Events Centre at the University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, Alberta


Saturday, May 14

Hotel Omni Mont Royal, 1050 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, Quebec


Tuesday, May 17

Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis St, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Saturday, May 21

Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, British Columbia


Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W (North Building), Toronto, Ontario


Hopeful finalists and fans can visit the official website at for more information on the audition process, rules and procedures.

Once the series has launched in July on YTV, the website will be centre stage for audience interaction, streaming video and the voting process. Viewers will be encouraged to visit the site to vote for their favourite finalist, find show info, surf finalist pages, download extra content and watch behind-the-scenes videos.

Award-winning singer, Suzie McNeil, released her latest single “Drama Queen” in February as a preview to her highly anticipated fourth album launching this Spring. JUNO Award-winning composer and MuchMusic’s first VJ, Christopher Ward, has written a number of chart-topping singles including Black Velvet for Alannah Myles and most recently penned songs for Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel. It was Steve Cranwell’s 23 years of experience in music marketing that led to the newest chapter of his life, Executive Director of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity.

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