1. Countdown to Linguavision
  2. Date and Location
  3. This Year’s Performers

Countdown to Linguavision

Date and Location

Wednesday, 3 April, 2024
7:00 p.m.
Kailash Mital Theatre

* The event is FREE to attend and open to the public.

This Year’s Performers

Hemi standing in front of a blank background    Jacob playing an acoustic guitar    Sophie embedded in a sea of blue buildings and a bird on a wire. At the bottom of the image, the word "Wahrheit".    Iris next to a bouquet of flowers

Dylan looking at the camera rests her chin on her hand    Vedaant looking at the camera    Anna in front of a statue on a tropical island    Temi smiles at the camera  


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Linguavision 2024, a singing contest for language students with info about where/when

What is it?

Linguavision is a singing competition for Carleton language learners.  Contestants (individuals and groups) sing songs in the language they’re learning in front of a live audience.  A panel of judges (and the audience) then scores performances on both language and singing criteria.  Highest scores win cash prizes.

How does it work?

  1. Register to participate: in the interest of time and efficiency, we can only admit a limited number of contestants into Linguavision. You can register as an individual or a group (maximum 6 members).  To ensure a diversity of languages, there is a limited number of entries per language, up to a maximum of 24 total entries.*
  2. Select a song: don’t just go to iTunes and type “Spanish”. Spend some time exploring the music and musical culture of the country or countries where the language you’re learning is spoken. Who knows what you’ll find. You can choose a song that:
  • already exists in the target language
  • you (and your group members) translate from one language to another
  • you (and your group members) have written on your own
  1. Prepare: if the past few years is any indication, there is A LOT of talent and enthusiasm out there…so definitely spend some time getting ready!
  2. Submit music: prior to the competition, performers who will use a musical backing track must submit it to organizers.  Sending this information in on time and complete is part of the judging criteria, so please stay on top of it.  Participants wishing to play instruments must contact organizers in advance to discuss feasibility and requirements (culanguage@carleton.ca).
  3. Compete: the event will be approximately 3 hours in length.

* These numbers are determined on the basis of enrolment in particular languages and at the discretion of contest organizers.  

Number of Performers:

Space is limited to 24 total entries with caps on each language based on enrolment.

In other words, there can only be a single entry in Arabic versus three entries in Japanese.  Additional prospective entries above the cap will be placed on a waiting list and if space still remains after the registration deadline, they may be added.

If there are not a lot of spaces in your language, consider performing as a group with your classmates.

IMPORTANT:  in the interest of fairness, past contestants whose entries have won more than $150 are not eligible to register during the first week of registration. If space remains after this first week, we may open registration to these past competitors.


Prizes will be awarded in two separate categories: Open (songs that already exist) and Original (songs that you write).  Judges will evaluate contestants on the basis of this our judging criteria (below) with final decisions ratified by our team of “Super Judges”.  Prizewinners will also be selected, independent of category, for “Audience” and “Judges’ Choice” awards. No entry can win more than one prize.  In the event that an entry also wins the “Audience Choice” , the prize of greater value will be awarded and the next best entry will move up into the vacant slot.

Open Category

  • 1st ($200)
  • 2nd ($150)
  • 3rd ($100)
  • Honourable Mention (2x) $50

Original Song Category

  • 1st ($200)
  • 2nd ($150)

Audience Choice & Judges’ Choice

Audience members will receive a ballot when they arrive and will use it to cast their vote for the “Audience Choice” award ($100).

In addition, judges can collectively select a number of “Judges’ Choice” awards.  The number of prizes of this type is at the discretion of our judging team with final decisions made by our “Super Judges”.

* Performers can only win 1 prize


Performers will be judged by a panel of judges made up of experts in language and/or music.  Judging takes into account:

  • originality
  • interpretation
  • creativity
  • linguistic accuracy
  • linguistic complexity
  • accent/pronunciation
  • costumes, stagecraft & choreography
  • spirit & enthusiasm
  • playing an instrument vs. karaoke
  • required materials submitted on time

All prize winners will be selected by the judging panel except for the “Audience Choice” prizes which will be chosen through audience participation.  Judges’ decisions are final.  Only one prize per entry.


  1. Participants must be current Carleton students and must sing in the language they are (or have been) studying at Carleton.  In order to be eligible, singers must be taking or have successfully completed a language learning course at Carleton between January 2021 and April 2024 and the language they sing in may not be their home language or mother tongue.  An individual can only compete in one entry.
  2. Songs must be in one of these languages currently taught at Carleton including: Arabic, Anishinaabemowin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.  ESLA students are encouraged to sing in English.  Only ESLA students are eligible to sing in English.  Students taking Latin, Hebrew, Sanskrit, or Ancient Greek in the College of the Humanities may also choose to enter.
  3. Participants may sing individually or in groups.
  4. Groups can sing in more than one language, provided that each person who sings is singing in the language she/he is learning (e.g. a duet with one English speaker singing in Chinese and one Chinese speaker singing in English). Exceptions to this rule may be considered by judges, at their discretion, in situations in which there is a shared chorus or other parts.
  5. Lyrics must adhere to the University’s Human Rights Policies and Procedures and Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Policy.
  6. Songs must be no longer than 3 minutes in length.  If sung with a musical backing track, the track must have only minimal vocals and/or vocal imitations on it and must be from a legal source.  Organizers reserve the right to determine what “minimal vocals and/or vocal imitations” means.  If you are using a backing track, you must submit it to organizers well before the deadline.
  7. Participants wishing to play instruments must contact organizers in advance to discuss feasibility and requirements (culanguage@carleton.ca).
  8. Professional musicians are not eligible to compete.**
  9. Given limitations of time and space, organizers reserve the right to close registration at their discretion.  A waiting list will be available.  Organizers also reserve the autonomy to make decisions, where appropriate, to ensure a balanced representation of languages.

** For the purposes of this competition, “professional” means a person who make their living exclusively by playing music.   

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Language, offers a unique window on the nation (or nations) and/or culture in which it is spoken as a mother tongue; even in diaspora, language tells a story. And by looking at the words people use to express their emotions, needs, and aspirations, to talk to (and about) their loved ones, their neighbours, and their governments, we can learn a lot about a country, its history, and its people. One of the most accessible ways to discover samples of this “language in action” is by exploring a country’s music. From Beijing to Bogota, Hokkaido to Hamburg, people have always looked to the power of song to tell their stories…of bad times not forgotten and good times yet to come. This competition is about creating an opportunity for you to take your language learning outside the classroom, to dig deeper into the language you’re studying…and to uncover the music the people who use it have created.


2023 / Bios

Event was cancelled due to COVID 19.