The Forest City London Music Awards is proud to support and encourage young London musicians through the Battle of the High School Bands. The Youth Award is determined through our Friday May 8th, 2020 Battle of the High School Bands competition at the London Music Hall/Rum Runners. FCLMA encourages high school bands to practice, register and  bring their fans out and compete to win the annual competition.

Winner(s) will receive:

  • First Prize winner – two songs professionally produced, engineered, mixed and mastered for release on all digital outlets  (iTunes and Spotify) from London’s compelling new studio The Watershed – VALUE approximately $2500.
  • First place winner is invited to perform & attend the Forest City London Music Awards Gala at the London Music Hall on Sunday May 10th, 2020.
  • First Prize winner gets their song played on a Corus Radio station in London- FM96 or Country 104.
  • Second Prize Winner – one song professionally produced, engineered, mixed and mastered for release on all digital outlets  (iTunes and Spotify) from the famed Sugar Shack Recording Studio – VALUE approximately $600
  • All contestants except 1st and 2nd place receive a complimentary live recording session at the Digital Creative Arts Centre (DCAC) at the Boys and Girls Club London. The DCAC studio is a state-of-the-art facility including and recording studio, classroom and performance space.

1st & 2nd place songs mastered by one of Canada’s top record mastering engineers Robert Nation at the famed EMAC Studios. EMAC, recording hit records for over 40 years.

NB: Prizes are subject to change based on availability. Changes will be of equal or higher value.


2019 – Stockholm Syndrome

2018 – MAD

2017 – Legal Kill

2016 – Ben Hefferman

Rules & Regulations

One member of the band/artists must be registered full time student from the secondary school they are representing.

Band members can only play in one act. FCLMA Battle of the High School band winners from previous years are no longer eligible. 

All members’ names, school and band name must be registered through the registration form. Each band/artist must also email their band name with logo or band photo and a short bio (25 words) that describes the musical history of the band/artist, no later than April 3rd 2020 at 4pm to

Each act is required to play a minimum of eight minutes of material, up to a maximum of twelve (12) minutes. Original material is one of the criteria and will increase a bands score. The time allocation will be strictly enforced. Any band exceeding the twelve (12) minute maximum time will have points deducted from their final score.

Your back line for the show will be supplied, and will consist of: a drum kit, bass and guitar amp, and all of the microphones needed for the performance. Drummers must bring their own snare drum, seat and sticks; they may add one extra cymbal and/or percussion piece that is not a drum.

FCLMA’s Battle of The High School Bands/Youth Award Committee lead is Scott Bollert. For production related questions contact Scott at:

Judging Elements:

The FCLMA will assemble a panel of London media and music industry individuals who will determine the winner and their decision is final. Four specific areas of judging:

  1. Music ability
  2. Originality
  3. Stage presence
  4. Overall impression.

* Self promotion is an integral part of being in independent bands of today, so 5% of a band’s score will be calculated based on their ability to promote this event on Social Media.  Each band will receive a link to a Facebook event which is to be posted to the band’s Facebook Band Page (please create one if one doesn’t exist).  The night of the event, the total number of Facebook Shares that the original Band Page post has will be used in the scoring.

** Drawing a fan-base to your show is an important part of being in a band. Every audience member that pays to enter the show will be given the chance to register as a fan for the one band they came to support. 5% of the bands total score will be calculated based the number of their fans that are in attendance.

The Forest City London Music Awards would like to acknowledge the support of the Fanshawe College Student Union.




The Forest City London Music Awards greatly appreciates the support of  Libro Credit Union & all FCLMA Battle of the High School Bands sponsors.