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From Monday, January 11, 2016 at 6:00a.m. ET
to Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. ET (“Contest Period”)

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“CBC”)


No purchase required. To enter the Contest, you must visit CBC Music at (“Website”) and submit a video recording of yourself performing a piece of solo piano classical music (“Your Content”), along with your name and the requested contact information, during the Contest Period.

To be valid, entries must be received by Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 3:00p.m. ET.

Limit of one entry per person. If you attempt or are suspected of attempting to enter more than once, or use robotic, automatic, programmed or any other methods of participation not authorized by the Contest Rules, it will be deemed as tampering and will void your entries, votes or other results of such participation.

Your Content Submission

Your Content will be subject to “Your Content Submission Guidelines” under the Terms of Use available at

Any content deemed by CBC to be inappropriate or not suitable for its audience will be disqualified at the sole discretion of CBC.

Your Content should be a video of under 10 minutes long and showing your classical music performance on an acoustic piano (i.e. no electronic keyboards). You are not required to perform from memory and may use the score if necessary.

Your Content classical music piece may be played in its complete form, or excerpted; repeats can be eliminated as long as the time limit as defined above is observed. Single movements from larger classical musical works are acceptable.

Your Content should depict the performance of classical music that is in the public domain. In Canada, public domain means the composer(s) and the arranger(s) of the classical music have been dead for more than 50 years.

Your Content must be unedited and have been filmed no earlier than six months before the commencement of the Contest Period (i.e. not before July 14, 2015). The pianist's two hands and face must be visible in Your Content at all times.

You declare that Your Content is legal, particularly with regard to compliance with copyright, rights to image, reputation and privacy, the Criminal Code and any other legislation applicable in such matters.

You also declare that you have consent from any people appearing in Your Content (including parental consent for minors) and all authorizations required to grant the license specified hereafter to CBC. You agree to comply with standards of proper conduct in Your Content, as specified in the Submission Guidelines available on the site. CBC reserves the right to decide whether to use Your Content, at its sole discretion. Your Content sent to CBC will become the property of CBC and will not be returned to you.

By submitting Your Content, you grant CBC a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide license to publish, reproduce and distribute Your Content in all media, on all digital platforms and by any other means of communication controlled or authorized by the CBC. You waive all moral rights to Your Content and authorize CBC to use your name, picture and voice, where applicable, in conjunction with the use of Your Content. Collective agreement provisions may apply.

For the avoidance of doubt, you will retain all ownership rights in and to Your Content.


Contest is open to all Canadian residents, (i.e. persons born and residing in Canada and persons who hold permanent residency status but excluding foreign students and Canadian citizens living abroad) who are amateur pianists. For the purposes of the Contest, an amateur pianist is a pianist who does not earn, or has not earned, money from playing or teaching piano. All decisions of eligibility by the Contest organizers are final.

For any contestant who has not reached the age of majority, parent or guardian consent is necessary to enter the Contest. Where appropriate, the terms “contestant” and “winner” mean parent or guardian of that person.

Employees of CBC and its affiliates, as well as such employees’ immediate family (father/mother, brother/sister, son/daughter) or persons living under the same roof are not eligible to enter the Contest.

Employees of Steinway Piano Galleries of Canada and Orchestre Métropolitain, the prize providers and their affiliates, as well as such employees’ immediate family (father/mother, brother/sister, son/daughter) or persons living under the same roof are not eligible to enter the Contest.


Your Content will be posted on the Website for public voting beginning on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 3:01 p.m. ET until Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. ET (the “Voting Period”).

The public can vote once per video submission per day. At the end of the Voting Period, the 10 video entries with the most public votes will be declared the top 10 finalists (“Top 10 Finalist(s)”) and will advance to the next stage of the Contest.

At the next stage of the Contest, a judging panel (“Judging Panel”) as indicated below, will review the Top 10 Finalists and select the winner based on the following criteria:

  • Technical ability
  • Artistic expression

The Judging Panel will comprise: Angela Cheng (pianist), Jan Lisiecki (pianist) and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor/pianist).

The winner will be contacted by telephone or by e-mail on Monday, February 1, 2016. If the winner cannot be reached within one (1) day following the first attempt of contact, declines the prize, or fails to return the required release form, the prize will be forfeited and CBC has the right, at its sole discretion, to select another winner.

The winner of the Contest will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, on the Website.


The winner will receive a Steinway-designed Boston professional upright piano (model # UP-118S BOS) including reasonable freight and delivery costs courtesy of Steinway Piano Galleries of Canada. The approximate retail value of this prize is $15,000 CDN.

The winner will also receive a trip for two to Montreal from April 21, 2016, to April 24, 2016, including:

  • Return economy airfares from the Canadian international airport closest to the winner’s residence;
  • Hotel accommodation for 3 nights (double occupancy);
  • $400 CDN in spending money to cover local expenses;
  • A video recording session produced by CBC/Radio-Canada at La Maison de Radio-Canada;
  • A private piano lesson with David Jalbert, which will be video-recorded by CBC/Radio-Canada;
  • 2 VIP tickets to Orchestre Métropolitain’s concert to be held at La Maison symphonique de Montréal on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with piano soloist David Jalbert; and
  • The opportunity to play a pre-concert solo (subject to acceptance by the prize winner.)

Please note: air travel and accommodation do not apply if the winner lives in the Greater Montreal Area.

The prizes include only what is specifically described above and no other allowance will be granted. The winner and his/her travel companion will have to pay all other expenses including, but not limited to:

  • meals and beverages;
  • transportation costs, including round-trip transfers between the winner’s residence and departure airport; and between the destination airport and hotel;
  • travel insurance (cancellation, medical, etc.);
  • gratuities, tips, taxes of any kind;
  • personal expenses.

The winner and his/her travel companion are responsible for obtaining a valid passport if applicable and/or other required travel documentation at their own expense. If the winner and his/her travel companion are unable to travel because they lack proper documentation, the prize will be forfeited without compensation, and the CBC will select a new winner at its sole discretion. Winner may be required by hotel to provide a valid credit card to cover incidental expenses.

The winner must be available to travel on the dates mentioned in the prize description. If the winner is unable to travel on the designated dates, the prize will be forfeited without compensation and a new draw may be held. The approximate retail value of this prize is $6,500 CDN.

The total approximate retail value of the prizes is $21,500 CDN.


5.1. Each winner will sign a release declaring their eligibility as stipulated in Section 2 of the Contest Rules; agreeing that their name, image and/or voice may be used for advertising purposes related to this Contest free of charge; and releasing CBC, Steinway Piano Galleries of Canada, Orchestre Métropolitain, their affiliates, as well as their respective directors, officers and employees (the “Contest Parties”) from all liability for any damage or loss arising from participation in this Contest or from the awarding, acceptance or use of the prize.

Anyone accompanying the winner in connection with the prize will sign a release agreeing that their name, image and/or voice may be used for advertising purposes related to this Contest free of charge, and releasing the Contest Parties from all liability for any damage or loss arising from use of the prize.

5.2. The prize will be accepted as is and may not be exchanged or refunded for an amount of money, sold or transferred. No substitutions will be allowed. Any unused portion of a prize will be forfeited.

5.3. If the prize cannot be awarded as described in the Contest Rules, CBC and Steinway Piano Galleries of Canada reserve the right to substitute a prize or prize component with another of comparable value, as determined in their sole discretion.

5.4. Refusal to accept the prize releases the Contest Parties from any obligation toward the winner.

5.5. If a contestant makes any false statement, (s)he will be automatically disqualified from the Contest.

5.6. The Contest Parties assume no liability for any loss, damage or injury, including without limitation: (i) lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late, destroyed, illegible or incomplete entries; (ii) loss, theft or damage to software or computer or telephone data, including any breach of privacy; (iii) fraudulent calls; (iv) inability of any person to participate in the Contest for any reason including mistaken addresses on mail or e-mail; technical, computer or telephone malfunctions or other problems with computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, or software; congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination of the foregoing; (v) damage to any person’s computer, including as a result of playing or downloading any material relating to the Contest; (vi) any delay or inability to act resulting from an event or situation beyond their control, including a strike, lockout or other labour dispute at their location or the locations of the organizations and businesses whose services are used to administer this Contest; or (vii) prizes that are lost, damaged or misdirected during shipping.

5.7. Contestants found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, including but not limited to acting in violation of the Contest Rules, attempting to participate in the Contest more than the maximum number of times allowed, to be acting with the intent to disrupt the normal operation of this Contest, as determined by CBC, will be disqualified. The discovery of any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed, third party or like methods to participate in the Contest will void any attempted participation effected by such methods and the disqualification of the contestant utilizing the same in CBC's sole and absolute discretion.

5.8. When the Contest Rules allow entry via Facebook, Twitter or any other social network, the terms of use of these social networks apply and the social network, as well as its directors and officers, assume no liability whatsoever in connection with the Contest.

5.9. CBC reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond their reasonable control corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, CBC reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

5.10. All personal information, such as name and contact information, is collected by CBC solely for the purposes of administering this Contest and will not be used for any other purpose without your express consent. By providing this information, you consent to it being used for the stated purposes. Please see CBC’s privacy policy at

5.11 If the identity of a contestant is disputed, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry will be deemed to be the contestant. The individual assigned to the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address is considered the authorized account holder. A selected contestant may be required to provide proof that (s)he is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the selected entry. All entries must be submitted from a valid e-mail account that may be identified by reverse domain name search. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry in this Contest will be the Contest server.

5.12 Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. All entries that are incomplete, illegible, damaged, irregular, have been submitted through illicit means, using any robotic, automatic programmed method that artificially increases the odds of winning or do not conform to or satisfy any condition of the Contest Rules may be disqualified by the CBC. CBC is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.

5.13 CBC reserves the right to amend the Contest Rules or to terminate the Contest at any time without any liability to any contestant. Any amendments to the Contest Rules will be posted on the Website.

5.14 By entering, you agree to abide by the Contest Rules and the decisions of CBC, and/or the Judging Panel, which decisions are final and binding on all contestants.

5.15 Contest Rules are available on the Website.

5.16 It is a priority for CBC to create online contests that are accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. For more information about how CBC makes this possible please visit If you have any accessibility requirements or special needs, please contact the contest coordinator, as noted below.

December 2, 2015
Robert Rowat, Producer

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