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Gussapolooza Music Festival accepting submissions for next fall

The festival promotes emerging music, but also shines a spotlight on filmmakers, visual artists, and creative entrepreneurs of all kinds
Gussapolooza is coming back in September for its seventh year.

Bands and creators from across Canada are invited to submit to be included in the seventh annual Gussapolooza Music Festival next September in Cookstown.

Every year, the three-day festival spotlights rising stars across the music and arts landscape, bringing together musical and artistic creators.

"We’re calling out to talented artists of all genres to be part of the excitement in the charming town of Cookstown, Ontario, from Sept. 13 to 15, 2024," organizer stated in a news release. "If you submit your work, you could be one of the chosen few to perform in front of fresh fans, impress industry professionals, and compete for a coveted festival award."

Now in its seventh year, the festival has solidified its position as the must-attend event for motivated underground bands looking to expand their horizons and network with other entertainment industry professionals, organizers said.

The festival not only promotes emerging music but also shines a spotlight on filmmakers, visual artists, and creative entrepreneurs of all kinds through film contests and the creators' convention.

"The festival aims to connect Canada’s underground creators and ignite a powerful movement of creation and artistic expression that may reveal the next big names in the world."

"Our festival has a purpose," said Russell Robson, founder and main organizer. "And that purpose is to create opportunities for emerging artists, connect music and art lovers, and strengthen our underground entertainment economy."

"The festival invites all serious music makers who are looking to make a name for themselves to submit their music through our website for free," said Valerie Robson, co-organizer and manager. "Not only musicians, but artists, filmmakers, and creative entrepreneurs of all kinds can submit to come showcase their brands and network as well. Even if your band doesn’t get to play this year, you should still be here to take advantage of all the amazing things we offer. That's why we give special discounts to bands who submit."

The festival recently announced its top three awardees from this year who will be invited back to headline the 2024 event. Fortunate Losers took home the award for the Best Emerging Band of the Year, followed by Cigar Club for Fan Favorite, and The Blues Emergency received the Rising Sun Award.

For more details about Gussapolooza Music Festival and how to get involved, visit Follow them on social media @Gussapolooza to stay up to date.