Battles of the Bands part of Canada Day celebrations in Comox Valley

Young musical people in the Mid Island region are invited to compete in the Canada Day Battle of the Bands 2012 in Courtenay.

THE FIRST PRIZE in the Canada Day Battle of the Bands is an opportunity to record music with producer Paul Keim at Dove Creek Recording Studio.

THE FIRST PRIZE in the Canada Day Battle of the Bands is an opportunity to record music with producer Paul Keim at Dove Creek Recording Studio.

Just as the school year ends and Canada Day celebrations are heating up, young musical people in the Mid Island region are invited to compete in Battle of the Bands 2012.

Posters are in all the schools and information is available at comoxvalleycanadaday.ca. This is a competition for all young band artists up to the age of 19. Check out the Facebook page called Battle of the Bands 2012.

The Battle will take place in Simms Park on June 29 starting at 5 p.m. Registration is essential. Registration is available online at comoxvalleycanadaday.ca, at City Hall and at  98.9 JET-FM online as well, or can be picked up at Long & McQuade music store.

There is no entry fee. Event planner Jamie Edgett can be reached at 250-703-3305 for added information.

The first-prize winner will have an opportunity to record their music at Dove Creek Recording Studio. Paul Keim will give his expertise to the band in the studio, using all his high-definition system for at least three hours of recording time over possibly three or four days.

To ensure recognition of the band, JET-FM has agreed to air one of the winning band’s songs.

Prizes for second and third are offered by Long and McQuade music store, of $350 and $150 in gift certificates.

Judges will decide who is deserving of the prizes by scoring the bands on  musicianship, originality and stage presence. The only restrictions are the band members must be under 19 and cannot have won first prize in the past.

The judges are the same judges that have been part of the event for the past two years. The three judges are Paul Keim, Tyler Hutchinson and, Mike Bush.

The event is sponsored by the July 1st Committee for the City of Courtenay.

— July 1st Committee

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