Canadian Music Week Announces Richard Tichelman as the Grand Prize Winner of the Virtual Jim Beam National Talent Search


Metalworks Studios is pleased to congratulate 21-year-old charismatic pop singer/songwriter Richard Tichelman of Surrey, British Columbia on being the 2021 Jim Beam® Virtual National Talent Search Grand Prize Winner! Now known simply as Richard, his song “Hands” was streamed in one of six provincial webisodes in the Jim Beam® Bourbon Virtual National Talent Search. The webisodes garnered 5.7 million impressions and counting, where fans voted for their favourite artists in each province to help determine the grand prize winner.

As the Grand Prize Winner, Richard Tichelman has won a free trip to Toronto to perform live on stage at the 2022 Jim Beam® INDIE Awards, in front of thousands of industry insiders and indie fans from Canada and around the world who are looking for the next big thing. He will also get a single recorded and produced at Metalworks Studios, a shopping spree at Long & McQuade, and gifts from Canadian Musician Magazine! We're looking forward to welcoming Richard to the studio to record.

Fans also voted for provincial winners selected from 18 provincial 2021 finalists. The winners from each are: Taken By Sanity from Alberta; Brandi Vezina from Manitoba; Weigh The Anchor from Ontario; Ricky Paquette from Quebec; and Good Dear Good from Nova Scotia.

“Canadian Music Week and Jim Beam® Bourbon would like to thank our National Partners Canadian Musician Magazine, Long & McQuade, Metalworks Studios, FACTOR, and Ontario Creates, as well as our provincial Radio Partners, Vancouver’s 102.7 The Peak, Calgary’s X92.9, Winnipeg’s The New Kiss 102.3, and Halifax’s Virgin Radio 100.3,” said Canadian Music Week president Neill Dixon. “This ground-breaking event would not have been possible without them.” - Canadian Music Week

"Jim Beam is proud to bring emerging musical artists from a wide array of genres to Canadians when live venues were shuttered. We loved working with our new artist mentors this year to support Canadian talent on their journey to success." - Lisa Li, Senior Brand Manager, Bourbon, Beam Suntory

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