Battle of the Bands call for entry 

Your chance to live out the dream of becoming a rock star just got bigger thanks to a decision to grow the third annual Sea to Sky Battle of the Bands.

So don’t miss out and sing up before the Feb. 29 deadline.

“We’re committed to removing barriers to participation,” said battle organizer Kiran Pal-Pross of LUNA (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives).

“We would like all kinds of community members represented, including students and seasonal workers.”

So if you sing in the shower or with your car stereo blaring, sing out to this year’s event with bigger and better prizes thanks to partnerships with Club Shred, Echo One Productions and R.E.M.G., the largest urban-music promoter in Canada.

The annual talent competition is focused on providing opportunities to new Sea to Sky musicians, especially young adults. From the experience, organizers hope participants will gain valuable performance experience and take their talent to the next level.

First prize in both the band and solo artist categories includes a demo critique by a national music industry agent, a demo recording deal, an opening set for a headliner show, a professional photo session, radio play on Mountain FM, and an artist marketing and development consultation deal. The first-place package is valued at $5,000.

There will also be prizes for runners up as well as an Audience Choice Award.

LUNA organizers want to ensure the battle is an accessible competition on all fronts. This year’s competition will include free transportation for qualifying musicians to the semi finals show on Saturday, March 8 at the Spruce Grove Field House in Whistler.

Participants can either be part of a band or a solo artist with at least one member age 35 or younger. At least one member must also reside between Horseshoe Bay and D’Arcy; B.C. Musicians with a nationally distributed album by a major label are not eligible.

Three finalists in each of the band and solo categories will be determined after the semi finals. The finalists will duke it out on Friday, March 14 in Whistler.

Entry forms are available at lunawhistler.com or by calling the LUNA hotline at 604-935-8372.

 

The jam before the battle

LUNA (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives) organizers are challenging musicians to take their LUNA music classes’ one step further.

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