Auditions are now closed.

We thought the limited number of audition spots would fill up fast for Royal City Studios’ Classic Cars Cool Cars Concert Series and they did. Thanks to all the bands that applied. You all sounded awesome. And congratulations to the bands selected to perform on August 11th (4 – 8 p.m.) at Royal City Studios in the live auditions, which will see three bands go on to perform in the Classic Cars Cool Cars Concert Series shows on September 8th and October 6th (and win some sweet prize packs, to boot).

Although the audition spots are filled, we’ve left this blog as it was originally posted so bands can evidence Royal City Studios’ mission to provide opportunities and support for bands, and to provide a taste of similar opportunities in the future.

To stay in the loop about opportunities when they happen (which includes Royal City Studios ongoing Open Jam events, which saw participants performing at Royal Distributing – Royal Bike Night 2019), we encourage you to do three things:

  1. Follow Royal City Studios on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where we’re always posting breaking news.
  2. Have a look inside one of our rehearsal studios in this short video where Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie jams with a local cover band.
  3. Book a rehearsal studio today (starting at just $5 an hour per artist) and discover what other musicians have already discovered. Royal City Studios is more than Guelph’s newest facility for rehearsal and recording, with an adjacent music hall for performance, album release parties, and more. Royal City Studios is a developing community of artists where some opportunities unfold through word of mouth, before they’re posted on social.

Royal City Studios is located at 930 Woodlawn Road West, Unit 1, in Guelph ON.

It’s where music happens—and opportunities begin.

As an example, here’s the original audition post:

Are you in a cover band that plays classic cover songs? Are you looking for:

  • Live performance opportunities
  • Two hours of free rehearsal studio time
  • Free recording studio time
  • A free studio photo shoot for your band, plus live performance photos
  • And free publicity

A limited number of audition spots are now open for two summer concert shows—Classic Covers, Cool Cars—happening at Royal City Studios on two dates:

  • Sunday, September 8th
  • Sunday, October 6th

Cover bands wanted for summer concert series.


Only eight spots are open for live auditions happening at Royal City Studios on August 11th.

One spot has already been filled (at the time of this blog post) and the other spots are sure to fill up quickly.

To request your audition spot, contact Royal City Studios today before the August 6th deadline.

Email Royal City Studios at Or call (226) 314-2177 between 2 p.m. and midnight daily to speak with a Royal City Studios concierge.

Three bands will be selected from the auditions to perform at Classic Covers, Cool Cars and also receive:

  • Free recording studio time, plus some coaching through the process (if needed) if it’s your first time in a recording studio.
  • A free studio photo shoot for your band, plus live performance photos, to use in your social channels, band media kit, or however you want.
  • Free publicity for your band on the Royal City Studios’ blog and social channels, including links to your band’s website and social channels.
  • Opportunities beyond the Classic Covers, Cool Cars concert series to perform at other venues like Rhythm & Brews.

All eight bands that secure audition spots will receive two hours of free rehearsal time inside one of Royal City Studios’ seven rehearsal studios, each with acoustic treatment and physically separated from each other. Each rehearsal room comes with amps, basic PA equipment and pristine drum kits tuned by a professional sound engineer.

Bands that do not make the summer concert series will be kept in the loop about future performance opportunities.

Royal City Studios also has water, coffee, tea, snacks and refreshments on hand to fuel your work. The facility is fully accessible, and Royal City Studios has replacement strings (acoustic and electric), drumsticks, XLR cables, adapters, batteries and more should artists need something after the music stores have closed. So, all artists need to do is walk in, plug in and play.

Why would Royal City Studios offer such a package? If there some kind of catch?

No catch. Royal City Studios has put this package together because Royal City Studios’ mission is to encourage and support local artists of all ages and skill levels in a fully accessibly environment, and music is a community where we all benefit through mutual support.

That’s it.

Audition performances on August 11th require bands to perform for 20 minutes.

If you’re a solo artist who performs classic covers, no worries. Grab yourself some fellow artists and grab your audition spot. These are equal-opportunity auditions.

By “classic cover songs,” we don’t mean you have to be a tribute band (although auditions are open to tribute bands). If your band plays a selection of different classic covers, we want to hear from you.

Don’t miss your chance to perform at Classic Covers, Cool Cars (and win a pretty sweet prize pack).

Deadline to secure one of seven remaining audition spots is August 6th.

Email Royal City Studios today at Or call (226) 314-2177 between 2 p.m. and midnight daily to speak with a Royal City Studios concierge.

Royal City Studios is located at 930 Woodlawn Road West, Unit 1, in Guelph ON.

It’s where music happens and opportunities begin.