High School Battle of the Bands

Celebrating emerging, local musical talent in grades 10-12 of high school, the 2018 Battle of the Bands will feature up to four weekly showcases this February at The Roxy, one of Vancouver’s most vibrant live music venues. These events will be open to audiences of all ages. Please see below information, with prizing details, participant benefits, terms and conditions, and the online application form to complete. Please also note that any act size, from one person (i.e. solo performer) to five performers in a band, may apply!

Weekly Showcases: February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2018

Each of the weekly showcases will be on a Saturday and include a morning of coaching from Nimbus instructors on performance, stagecraft, and soundchecks. The afternoon of each Saturday will be open to friends, family and the public to see each band perform on the Roxy stage with full sound and lights! There will be a $5 cover charge, with 100% of the door proceeds going to MusiCounts.

Each of the selected bands will have a 15 minute set with up to three songs. Both covers and originals will be allowed, but at least one needs to an original song. Bands will be judged on preparedness, marketability, audience engagement and musicality (performance, vocals and songwriting).

Top Four Finale: March 5, 2018

Based on the judges scores from the weekly showcases, four bands will be selected for the Finale on Monday, March 5, 2018. Nimbus will have our Mobile Truck capture full audio and video of each of the act's performance, giving the finalists a multi-camera video of their performance. A panel of industry judges will select the winning band, to be announced that night. There will be a $5 cover charge, with 100% of the door proceeds going to MusiCounts.


The winning band will receive:

  • $25,000 in Nimbus scholarships (which can be split by the band members)
  • Coaching from Nimbus instructor, JUNO winner Dave Genn (54•40) prior to their performance
  • $1,000 Gift Card from Tom Lee Music

High School Music Teachers

The High School music program of the winning band will also receive a $1,000 store credit from Tom Lee Music to add the gear or instruments most needed.

Terms & Conditions

Acts may be solo, duo, or any number up to five members maximum, and must be enrolled in grades 10-12 at a B.C. High School at the time of entry. Acts must agree to use the Roxy Backline (drums, guitar amp, bass am, keyboard amp), and can be any contemporary music genre. Acts must play 2-4 songs, and can play all originals, or a combination of covers or originals, with a minimum of one original song. In order to participate, acts or their legal guardians if under 19 must apply using the online form, and selected acts must complete and return a release form that will be sent to them prior to their performance. The high school prize will, by default, go to the current high school attended by the act in the competition, unless otherwise agreed by Nimbus and the winning act. In cases where there is no music program at the school, another high school or music program may be nominated by the winning act. If participants are from different high schools, the winning act may come to a consensus between them to donate to one high school of their choice, or to split the prizing between all high schools. The scholarship prizing is valid for two years after the act members have graduated. No prizing may be converted to cash or any other currency. )

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Classes start January 2, 2019.