The Next Star announces season 5 auditions and details

From a media release:

Keshia Chanté, Tara Oram and Mark Spicoluk join Season 5 of YTV’S Hit Talent Series The Next Star

  • Cross-Canada audition tour begins Saturday, April 28 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Detailed audition information available at

Rev up your vocals, kids! Corus Entertainment’s YTV is pleased to announce that Season 5 of the network’s top-rated series The Next Star will once again embark on a nationwide, six-city search for Canada’s next young singing sensation. Auditions begin Saturday, April 28 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and continue throughout the month of May. Gemini-nominated host Adamo Ruggiero returns and welcomes JUNO Award-winning R&B/pop sensation Keshia Chanté, country sweetheart and TV personality Tara Oram, and A&R extraordinaire and label exec Mark Spicoluk as this year’s judges and mentors.

With alumni like JUNO Award nominee Alyssa Reid and Platinum-selling artist Victoria Duffield heating up the charts, The Next Star is anticipating another huge year of talent discovery! Auditions are open to kids aged 15 and under and will focus on finding Canada’s next singing sensation. The series will premiere this summer on YTV and follow the finalists as they master their sound, style and stage presence, culminating in a live finale in September to crown the finalist with the most viewer votes as The Next Star.

Below is a complete list of cities and locations:
Saturday, April 28
World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Tuesday, May 1
Plaza Volare at Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport, 6600 Cote-de-Liesse, Saint-Laurent, Quebec.

Saturday, May 5
Winnipeg Convention Centre (York Ave. Entrance), 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Tuesday, May 8
Ramada Conference Centre, 11834 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.

Saturday, May 12
Vancouver Convention Centre (East building), 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W (North Building), Toronto, Ontario.

For more information about the audition process, rules and procedures, please visit the official website at