Published Nov 22, 2013Last night (November 21), the fifth instalment of British Columbia's PEAK Performance Project battle of the bands contest came to a close, with Swiss-Canadian pop-rock songwriter Rykka coming out on top and winning the massive $102,700 prize.
This annual contest, which is run by Vancouver radio station 102.7 The PEAK, wrapped up with a show at the Commodore Ballroom. The $75,000 second prize went to violinist Hannah Epperson, while tropical pop crew BESTiE came away with the $50,000 third prize.
Prior to last night, Good for Grapes was named as the fourth place finisher and Willhorse came in fifth. These artists were chosen from the Top 20 contenders, who participated in live showcases, a bootcamp, and more.
The contest also included a collaborative songwriting element, as the artists were paired up to write original tunes with the theme of "Road Songs." These songs were produced, mixed and recorded by studio gurus Aligizakis, Jeff Dawson, Winston Hauschild, Howard Redekopp and Garth Richardson. Hear those 10 songs below; BESTiE and Rykka teamed up on song "Together," while Hannah Epperson appeared with Oh No! Yoko on a tune called "Soft Shoulder."
This is Rykka's second time in the PEAK Performance Project. In 2010, she competed under the name Christina Maria. Her debut album as Rykka, Kodiak, came out earlier this year.