Each year, the Top 12 is chosen from hundreds of applications, by a thorough process conducted by multiple juries. The Top 12 each receive a Development Award of $5000 upon entry to the program, while taking part in an Artist Development Bootcamp, the Showcase Series, and completing a series of career-enhancing challenges ~ all to determine the winners of $100,953 / $75,000 / $50,000 prizes.


CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 winners!


Recorded at the 2017 Project WILD Boot Camp

One of the pillar starting points for any recording artist is writing a great song. This year, we teamed up the artists with the challenge of writing a song to record at boot camp using the theme “GET BACK”. The artists worked with our amazing producers Carly McKillip,Spencer Cheyne, Josh Gwilliam, Russell Broom, Scott Franchuk and Elisa Pangsaeng to come up with 6 original songs. All 6 songs were recorded in pop-up studios built in a day at RockRidge Canyon. This could not be made possible without the help of Nimbus School of Recording and Media (www.nimbusrecording.com) and their amazing crew and iConnectivity (www.iconnectivity.com), an innovative Alberta company who helped power the studios with their Audio4 interfaces.

Nimbus studio assistants: Ricardo Germain, David Ziehr,Carlo Malsegna, Patrick Ocampo, Nathan Chiu, Jesse Dean, Cassandra Bassingthwaite, Kassie Edwards

Nimbus studio manager/engineer: Karl Dicaire.

A special thanks to the house band for their dedication in the studio and onstage: Matty Mckay, Greg Peace, Darcy Phillips , Darrek Anderson, Spencer Cheyne

All songs mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering (www.lacquerchannel.com)
Artwork by Glen Erickson at Shameless Design (shamelessdesign.ca)
Photography by Sebastian Buzzalino at Unfolding Creative

bootcamp blogs

The End Is Not The End

Boot camp is over... I think we are all genuinely concerned about the lack of food after today. There seems to be this common knowledge that you leave here a ...
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Star Gazing

Saturday Sept. 27th This evening, we had the first of our showcases. One moment, you're talking to someone and relating to them on a practical level and then hours later, ...
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Showcase Day!!

Day 3 – Well day three is upon us here in the rugged wilderness of Boot Camp, and man the good stuff just keeps on coming!! We began our day ...
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Day 4 - Well I was able to finally get to sleep after my showcase and it was the best sleep I have had at camp so far, and i ...
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Lucas Chaisson – Boot Camp Showcase Recap

The week is coming to an end here at Rockridge Canyon. Over the past 3 nights we saw all of the Top 12 artists perform a 20 minute set. All ...
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I love camp

Dear mom and dad, As you can see from the photos I sent... I LOVE CAMP! I've got to do so many fun things like zip lining, kayaking, and swimming ...
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Showcase Schedule Announced!

September 5, 2017

The schedule for the Project Wild Top 12 Showcases has been announced! Performances will take place at Knoxville’s Tavern, in Calgary. September 28: Ryan Langlois, Tanya Ryan, Mikaila Cooper October 5: Mark Times, Nice Horse, Lucette October 12: Dustin Farr, Lucas Chaisson, Charlie James October 26: Brad Saunders, Andrea Nixon, Karac Hendricks Tickets available at Ticketfly through the links above, or at the...

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2016 Project WILD Highlights

2016 TOP 12

Individual bios/links of our Top 12 Artists


Bootcamp / Showcases / Finale


Top 12 Artists Bootcamp blogs

ROOTS dropcard


'ROOTS' ~ Recorded at the 2016 Project WILD Boot Camp.
Top 12 Artists paired up to create 6 original songs & 6 Canadian covers!