In search of B.C.’s best teen band 

Calling all teenage bands: Youthink Magazine and Tom Lee Music are on the hunt to discover the province's best teenage talent, and there are some big prizes up for grabs for the lucky winners.

"We are so excited!" Youthink's Editor, Janine Verreault, said in a recent press release. "B.C. has bred some of the world's top musicians - Nelly Furtado, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Bryan Adams, just to name a few. We know there is a huge pool of young talent out there and we want to showcase it."

The contest kicked off on Oct. 1, and will run until Dec. 15, with high-school bands from across the province submitting YouTube videos of themselves performing original songs. Industry experts will then pick B.C.'s Top 10 Teen Bands, with those 10 finalists showcased on for voters to determine the top three contenders, and ultimately, an online winner. The winner be given the advantage of playing last at the Best Teen Band Showcase, which will be held at the final event at Tom Lee in downtown Vancouver on May 1.

The winners will walk away with $500 in gift certificates from Tom Lee Music, a recording of one single by Jay Evjen of Juicemix Productions in a pro studio setting, a one-day songwriting session with Shaun Verreault of Wide Mouth Mason, a band photo shoot with photographer Adam Blasberg and art director Ben Oliver, a marketing consultation with White Tide Entertainment and, of course, the title of B.C.'s Best Teen Band.

The top three finalists will receive a chance to perform at Tom Lee Music Hall in Vancouver in front of a crowd of 200, a video of the finals, a media training session with the editors of Youthink Magazine, and publicity in Youthink Magazine/

For more information on the competition, check .


Tricks and the trade

Canada's self-described national newspaper, the Globe and Mail , is going to make two aspiring journalists' dreams come true at the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Globe has just announced its Journalism Dream Contest, which will see one amateur writer and photographer win a "once-in-a-lifetime" shot at covering the Olympic excitement for the paper.

Amateur writers and photographers can submit stories or photos about any recent sporting event they've covered (anything from a professional game to a local softball tournament) and the entries will be uploaded to , where Canadians will vote to select the top 50 stories and top 50 photos. The two grand prize winners will be selected by a Globe and Mail panel, and will be assigned to cover Vancouver 2010 as a writer or photographer as part of the Globe and Mail 's editorial team. They will travel to Vancouver, where they'll post regular reports and updates that will appear in the Globe 's newspaper and website in February.

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