The Emerging Artist Showcase! 


Through the Burlington Arts & Culture Fund, Canada's Largest Ribfest, Long & McQuade and Yamaha Canada, Rotary Burlington Lakeshore is pleased to announce the third Emerging Artists Showcase held in Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario, over the Labour Day weekend.

Congratulations to our 2019 Artists - Northbound, Paige Rutledge and Hayley Verrall! 

The Emerging Artist Showcase aims to give emerging artists the best opportunity to launch their career at a professional level at our well known and well-attended event. Three of the city’s most up-and-coming artists will be invited to showcase their talent as the opening acts for this years Canada’s Largest Ribfest on the West Stage on Saturday, August 31st, Sunday, September 1st, and Monday, September 2nd from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

Learn about our 2019 Artists!



Northbound is a young pop-rock band from Burlington. Their members include: Aleks Jurcev, 16 on keys, Alexa Dipiersio, 17 on vocals, Jerry Zhang, 17 on lead guitar, Marie-Carmen Loyo, 20 on rhythm guitar and vocals, Miguel Angel Loyo, 18 on bass and vocals, and Zhen Sun, 18 on drums. The members of the band all come from different backgrounds but came to meet and become friends in Canada. The name "Northbound" represents the journey of their families that brought them together in this wonderful country. Individual members have performed at fundraisers, bars like 5 West and Joe Dogs, and festivals such as Burlington’s Sound of Music, Oakville’s Songs of Summer, and Mississauga’s Bread and Honey. They played for the first time together at the 2019 Burlington YMCA Band Battle at the end of March, where they were asked to be the support band for the 2019 Hamilton YMCA Band Battle and won the opportunity to play for the 2019 Sound of Music Club Series. They played at It's Your Festival in Hamilton and are set to play at 2019 Midnight Madness Festival in Oakville in July. You can check out more from Northbound here.

Paige Rutledge


Paige Rutledge is a 21-year old country singer/songwriter. Paige has been active in the Burlington music scene for the past two years, performing at talent showcase events such as the Burlington Eats Food Tour and Burly Calling. In 2013, Paige became very involved in Anti-Bullying campaigns with the Halton District School Board by recording a music video for her song, "Stand Up", which went on to be recognized and played across the school boards in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown, and placed second in the Halton Police's Give Respect, Get Respect campaign. Paige wrote and recorded her first set of singles at age 16, and has since gone on to write and record two EPs. Paige has begun being recognized as an emerging artist in the country music scene by events such as the Magna Hoedown Showdown Competition and the CNE Rising Star Talent Competition. Two of her songs have even been added to Apple Music radio stations, receiving almost 1,200 plays. Click here to learn more about Paige.

Hayley Verrall

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Hayley Verrall is a 21-year old country music artist, born and raised in Burlington. Over the past six years, she has been a regular participant at community events, such as: Songwriter Circle at Nuvo Network, Ward 3 Street Festival, The Appleby Line Street Festival, and Culture Days in both Milton and Burlington. Hayley graduated from the Music Industry Arts and Performance program at Centennial College in 2018 and while there, began Singing for Smiles, bringing classic country music to nursing and retirement homes in Ontario. She has since continued this initiative, which earned her a highlight in the March 2019 issue of Look Local Magazine. Additionally, Hayley has performed at several fundraisers in the city, including: Team Ayden Junvenile Arthritis, Church at the Pub, Flood Relief, Patti Teepeil, and Burlington Bulls Chase the Ace. As a result of her community involvement, she has been nominated for this year's Burlington's Best Arts Person of the Year award. Hayley recently visited Tennessee, where she took part in a songwriter showcases at the Commodore Grille and in Pigeon Forge. This resulted in Hayley being the recipient of three awards: International Adult New Country Female Vocalist of the Year, Female Entertainer of the Year, and the Horizon Songwriter Award. You can learn more about Hayley here.