Canada’s Walk of Fame announced on Tuesday that London, Ontario alt-pop band Ivory Hours has been named the grand prize winners of the 2015 Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program supported by RBC.
The trio, formed by singer-songwriter Luke Roes in 2012, will receive a $25,000 cash prize, and 25 hours of private studio time, along with other opportunities to engage with leading figures in the Canadian music industry.
This year’s runner-up, Calla Kinglit of Whitehorse, Yukon, will receive a cash prize of $7,000. Five other finalists chosen from over 300 submissions—Tafari Anthony (Toronto), Ben Cottrill (Abbotsford, BC), Nature Of (Edmonton), ILY (Toronto), and Goldwing (Kingston)—will each receive $1,200. All winners will perform at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival Emerging Artists Showcase on Sept. 30 at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square.
“The increase in submissions this year and the success that last year’s Grand Prize winner [NEFE] has had since winning makes us proud,” said Melanie Hurley, Chief Executive Officer, Canada’s Walk of Fame. “We are committed to continuing to offer the tools and opportunities required to establish a solid foundation towards a successful career in music.”
Earlier this year, Ivory Hours released their full-length debut album, Morning Light, and were also named the winners of 102.1 The Edge’s 2015 “Next Big Thing” competition.
This year’s Walk of Fame program is also introducing the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour, recognizing an outstanding Canadianfor their work in making a positive impact on their community through arts, culture or sports. The yet-to-be-announced recipient will earn a $5,000 honorarium, and a trip to Toronto to participate in the Walk of Fame ceremonies on Nov. 7. Funding for this award has been provided in part by Slaight Communications’ Gary Slaight, along with other generous donors.