Six finalists chosen for SLAM song writing contest
Finalists in the second SLAM (Supporting Local Area Musicians) on AIR songwriting contest will hit the stage at Bert Church Theatre on Sept. 14 in hopes of increasing exposure for their group.
Six finalists made it through the preliminary judging process that saw 12 entrants submit 19 entries.
The finalists are made up of three bands and three solo acoustic acts.
To reach the final, entrants were tasked with compiling and submitting a demo CD with their entries, along with lyrics, as well as a video uploaded to YouTube for fan votes.
The budding songwriters’s masterpieces were judged on originality, lyrics, melody and composition; five finalists were selected based on this criteria and the sixth by fan vote online.
“For the finals they (the finalists) are all judged on the same criteria as the first round, but this time they’re also judged on performance and professionalism,” said SLAM President Jay Stoudt.
“We’ll be looking at things like do they “submit their CD on time, are they on time for sound check.”
The six acts that will attempt to win over judges and fans on Sept. 14 are: Rob Dawson, Clapping for Pickles, Open Sails, Racing the Sunset, Kaitee Del Pra and fan favourite Scarbelly Creek.
When the musicians take to the stage, the previous adjudication slate is wiped clean and they must start from zero once again, this time being judged on how they handle a real live performance.
Each finalist will perform three songs including their submissions they used to enter the contest.
There is a lot on the line for winners in terms of prizes and clout to be attained.
The winner will receive $500 in cash, an in-studio on-air interview at a local radio station, one of their songs will receive rotational play on the station, a profile in an Airdrie magazine, a video profile online, eight hours of studio time to record, and an invite to headline next year’s Airdrie Fest.
“Last year’s winners (Run Romeo Run) were most excited about the studio time,” said Stoudt.
A lot of these local acts record at home so that’s a big thing for them.”
Tickets are $5 at the door and the show will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.slaminairdrie.com