There won't be any instruments involved, but competitors at this weekend's Air Guitar Canada finals will still get a chance to strut their stuff on stage like a real rock star.

The national competition, which is being held in Toronto on Saturday, showcases the best of the best in Canada.

Here are five things to know about imaginary riffing competition:


  1. Air guitarists have one minute to impress the judges. "It's an adrenaline rush," Air Guitar Canada organizer Tim Evans told CTV Toronto on Friday. "It's like a race, a big sprint and at the end of it, people cheer you on like you're Bon Jovi."
  2. Twenty-two air guitarists will be performing on stage Saturday at Toronto's Mod Club
  3. The winner will have an opportunity to represent the country at the Air Guitar World Championships, set to take place in Finland later this summer.
  4. The Air Guitar World Championships is now in its 20th year. Fans of the event say it unites people from all backgrounds. "It's about world peace because when you're holding an air guitar, you can't be holding a gun," Evans said.
  5. It may be silly, but it's a lot of fun. "We know it’s stupid but holy crap we have a good time," said competitor Mike Daniels, who goes by the stage name Michael Von Poutine.

With a report from CTV Toronto's Scott Lightfoot