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SLAM on AIR organizers looking for local musicians

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 06:00 am

Airdrie pop-punkers run Romeo run, which has since disbanded, were named the winners of the Support Local Area Musicians (SLAM) in the inaugural competition in 2012. The contest is accepting entries of local musicians until Aug. 15 and the LIVE competition will be held at the Bert Church Live Theatre on Sept. 13.
Airdrie pop-punkers run Romeo run, which has since disbanded, were named the winners of the Support Local Area Musicians (SLAM) in the inaugural competition in 2012. The contest is accepting entries of local musicians until Aug. 15 and the LIVE competition will be held at the Bert Church Live Theatre on Sept. 13.
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Supporting Local Area Musicians (SLAM) in Airdrie is back with its third annual Original SLAM on AIR competition and is looking for local musicians to enter for a chance to win a prize package worth more than $4,000.

“SLAM in Airdrie supports musicians of every genre and the ‘local’ can be anyone from southern Alberta,” said SLAM in Airdrie Vice President Caleb Cummings. “We know the musicians and bands who previously entered will submit songs again but we are hoping the word is out and we will receive entries from Lethbridge through to Red Deer.”

The contest is open to entries until 4 p.m. on Aug. 15. To enter, bands and musicians must submit an original song (five minutes in length or less), lyrics sheets and must post the entry to YouTube and include the link in the entry form.

Submissions can be emailed to osoa@slaminairdrie.com or mailed to SLAM in Airdrie at 72 Sunridge Cres. Airdrie, Alta., T4B 2G5 and must be received before the deadline.

“The bar is raised higher and higher each year, so our advice is to bring your best and be sure your demo will sound like your live performance would,” Cummings said.

Once all entries have been received, the YouTube links will be posted on the AIR 106.1 blog site discoverairdrie.com where the public will vote on their favourites from Aug. 25 to 30.

All entries will also be reviewed by a panel of music industry professionals including: Patrick Palardy, Johnny Summers and Rob Dawson.

“Patrick Palardy is a highly sought after sound tech in Calgary. He owns his own recording studio and knows the music industry well,” Cummings said.

“Johnny Summers is a multi-talented musician, composer and performer. Rob Dawson is a previous winner and knows what it takes to be the best.”

The top five favourites from the public and the judges’ top five will perform at the LIVE competition at Bert Church Live Theatre on Sept. 13.

“Both (past competitions) had a great mix of solo performers and full bands playing a variety of music styles,” Cummings said.

The finalist will be competing for a $1,000 cash prize, an in-studio interview on AIR 106.1 and air play of their song, eight hours of professional recording studio time at Public Lunch Studios (a $500 value), a question and answer profile in airdrielife magazine and will perform at AirdrieFest 2015.

Last year Rob Dawson won as a solo artist and since then he has formed a band that will be a headliner at AirdrieFest 2014. The winner will also be invited back to judge the SLAM competition in 2015.

“You never know until you try,” Cummings said. “You could be sitting on the next top-10 single just waiting to be discovered and the members of our judging panel have a lot of connections in the music industry. You just never know.”

For more information on SLAM and the Original SLAM on AIR competition, visit slaminairdrie.wix.com


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