SiriusXM is looking for the next name in country

Thanks for your interest, but registration for Top of the Country has now ended. Check back soon for updates, and how you can help find the next name in country music.

You could win $25,000

Plus bookings at Canada’s biggest country music events, SOCAN songwriting camps and more.

We're hosting studio sessions in Toronto and Vancouver, so shine up those boots and send us your best original performance video. We'll pick 8 acts and put videos of their studio sessions online so the country can vote for their favourites.

The acts with the most votes will perform at Canada's biggest country music events, attend an industry mentor session in Toronto and head to Nashville for a songwriting trip.

The 3 finalists will open for a headliner during The CCMA’s Country Music Week, where the Top of the Country will be chosen to take home $25,000, a SOCAN songwriting camp and more.



If you think you could be the next Carrie, Hank or Dolly, register to audition with a video of you doing your thing. Wondering if you are eligible? Explore our FAQs to learn more.

Studio Sessions

We’ll pick 8 acts that played their hearts out and invite them to one of our studio sessions in Toronto or Vancouver. All registrants chosen to audition will receive travel grants and a professionally-recorded and mixed video and audio file of their performance.


Then it's over to the fans. The videos will be posted online, on this website, for a nation-wide vote to help pick the 3 finalists. All those in the running will be contacted prior to voting opening on the site and will be encouraged to spread the word to gain the most votes.


The 3 finalists will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hone their craft with education, mentoring, and exposure. The finalists will perform at Canada's biggest country music events, take part in a Mentor Session in Toronto, and be flown to Nashville with SOCAN for a songwriting trip after the contest ends.


All 3 finalists will open for a headliner during The CCMA’s Country Music Week in front of industry professionals and big names in country music. Judges will then announce the winner of $25,000 and who will claim the title of SiriusXM's Top of the Country.


Finalists perform at CCMA’s Country Music Week in Hamilton, ON

The winner will win $25,000

And the title of SiriusXM’s Top of the Country

The finalists are getting the mentorship opportunity of a lifetime, and a chance to perform in front of some of the best crowds in country music.

Finalists will also be flown to Nashville with SOCAN for a week-long songwriting trip.

The winner will also receive a spot at a SOCAN songwriting camp.

And just for participating, each of our of semi-finalists will be given a professionally recorded video of their audition.


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