Hudson Music Festival Youth Competition open

The upcoming 3rd annual Hudson Music Festival will again include the popular Youth Competition. Blair Mackay, artistic director and co-founder of the Hudson Music Festival said the competition, sponsored by the Caisse Desjardins de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, has been renamed the Desjardins Youth Music Competition. It will take place from 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 3 at Hudson’s waterfront Jack Layton Park.

Mackay credits the Caisse Desjardins for signing on to the HMF’s highest level of sponsorship, which he said “speaks to their commitment to the cultural life and well-being of our community.”

The Desjardins Youth Music Competition aims to showcase young performers, composers and songwriters from 12 to 19 years old. Solo, duo or group performers can apply. Eligible candidates must first submit a demo of their work which will be evaluated by a jury of professional artists. Twelve finalists will be selected for the competition. Each will perform a 15-minute set before a live audience, as well as a jury. Prizes range from professional studio time, to coaching, head shots and more. Mackay said more than 15 groups vied for last year’s 12 spots. He hopes closer to 20 performers will compete for a spot in this year’s contest. For information about the Youth Contest go to the HMF website at, or contact youth showcase coordinator Peter Freud at

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