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SPÉCIMENS CANADIENS returns for 2022. Founded under the aegis of many partners, including the FME, Fondation Musicaction, and FACTOR, in collaboration with the Festival d’été de Québec, Printemps de Bourges, and SODEC, this inclusive initiative invites European music industry professionals to discover Canadian music trends, both live on stage and behind the scenes.

Attracting 50,000 spectators, 600 delegates, and more than 500 French and foreign journalists annually, Printemps de Bourges is a major musical event that should not be missed.

* To be confirmed at the beginning of March, depending on the status of the pandemic and the overall feasibility of the project *

Four artists (two Francophone and two Anglophone) will be chosen
Deadline for applications: 11:59 pm on February 4th

Eligibility criteria:

  • Artists must be Canadian;
  • Without exception, artists must have released an album or EP within 24 months of the showcases;
  • Artists must have a contract in place to commercialize their music in France or demonstrate potential to be commercialized in that target market;
  • Artists must be affiliated with at least one professional European organization or have a Canadian team prepared to support their development abroad;
  • Ideally, artists should already have a sound recording being distributed in France, or soon to be distributed;
  • Current French media releases must be submitted, if available;
  • Artists must be accompanied by a professional representative for the duration of the event;
  • Artists and their teams must respect all Canadian public health directives, as well as those of all countries involved with the showcases.


Interested artists can submit their application by completing the following form here.

Applicants must also send press kits to Please address all other inquiries to the same address.

Showcase artists will be chosen by an independent jury.

Chosen artists may also benefit from financial support from FACTOR, Musicaction, or other provincial programs, if eligible.

SPÉCIMENS CANADIENS seeks to draw applications from the broadest diversity of Canadian cultural expression and encourages submissions from artists who identify as coming from equity-seeking groups.

Collaborators on this collective initiative include the Festival de Musique Émergente (FME), the Festival d’été de QuébecFondation MusicactionFACTORSODEC, and the Printemps de Bourges (PDB).