Published Jun 01, 2010As far as battle of the bands contests go, they don't get much bigger than the PEAK Performance Project. Last year, Vancouver, BC's the Peak 100.5 FM awarded $150,000 to Kelowna, BC prog-pop rockers We Are the City after a lengthy competition than included a songwriting getaway, a concert series and music industry training. Runner-up prizes included $75,000 for second place (won by Langley's the Left) and $50,000 for third place (awarded to Vancouver's Bend Sinister).
Yesterday (May 31), the Peak announced the 20 artists who will be taking place in this year's competition. While the majority of the participants are little-known BC acts, fans of Canadian music will likely recognize names such as Debra Jean Creelman (formerly of Mother Mother) and Said the Whale. Followers of last year's contest will also remember previous top-20 contenders Adaline and Kuba Oms, both of whom are returning for this year's competition.
These bands, who were selected from over 470 applicants, will attend a week-long rock'n'roll boot camp from August 27 to September 3 and participate in a concert series during September and October. The top three will be announced on November 1, with the winner being crowned later that month at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom.
This year's prize money will be spread out more evenly than last year. The winner will receive $100,500, 2nd place $75,000, 3rd place $50,000, 4th place $10,000 and 5th place $5,000. All 20 participants will earn at least $3,500.
Head over to the PEAK Performance Project website to read the contest details and check out the full top 20.