Niagara Falls looking for anthem singers to open council meetings


Published January 10, 2023 at 11:01 am

It’s a little like Canadian Idol except performances will not be judged and everyone is singing the same song.

Niagara Falls City Council is putting out the call for the city’s youth to sing the national anthem before council meetings.

“Niagara Falls City Council is seeking up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent by performing ‘O Canada’ before each Council meeting in 2023,” says the city in a release.

The city is now taking online applications, “including a video or audio recording of you performing the anthem below for the opportunity to be selected.”

The application process will be closing Friday, January 27  and the city said only successful applicants will be contacted.

The criteria for anthem singers is:

  • Must be a resident of Niagara Falls
  • Searching for school-aged children and teenage performers, but open to all ages
  • There are 16 City Council meetings in 2023, therefore 16 opportunities available
  • Anthem can be performed in person in Council Chambers, or pre-recorded and played virtually before the meeting
  • Performers will appear as part of the Council meeting stream on the City of Niagara Falls YouTube channel, as well as the YourTV Community channel (also available on channels 100 and 700 on Epico)
  • Soloists, groups and choirs are all welcome
  • Instruments are permitted
  • No financial compensation or honourarium will be provided
  • The following are not eligible to participate: Political parties or organizations, commercial entities, a group/individual that espouses hatred, violence or racism or any individual whose intent is contrary to City policies or by-laws

Any additional questions can be directed to Heather Ruzylo at [email protected] or 905-356-7521 ext. 4203.

To submit your applications, click HERE.

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