SURREY — It's crunch time in the voting process for the big-money Peak Performance Project band contest.
The Peak radio stationbacked initiative promises $102,000 to the winner of the annual contest, and the 20 finalists - including Surrey artists Good for Grapes, Lydia Hol and Rykka - are scrambling this week to land a coveted spot in the top five.
The seven-day voting period closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 (via peakperformanceproject. com), and the top five artists will be announced by the radio station on Nov. 5. The contest-closing concert, when the big winner is announced, will be held Nov. 21 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.
This fall, the 20 contest finalists have performed at Fortune Sound Club as part of multi-band showcases, and also endured a musicians-only "boot camp" in August at Rockridge Canyon, near Princeton.
In the midst of all this, indie-folk sextet Good For Grapes has been touring Ontario and Quebec, and last week released Man on the Page, its debut album for Toronto-based label Pheromone Recordings. The songs were recorded by Colin Stewart (who was worked with Yukon Blonde and Dan Mangan) at Hive Studios in Vancouver. A tour-ending concert date is set for Dec. 14 at Vogue Theatre.
Meanwhile, singer/guitarist Rykka was busy Saturday (Oct. 19) encouraging people to spend time outdoors as part of her "Nature Rocks" initiative. It was all part of her entry in the Peak Performance Project, which urges the top-20 finalists to do something for a charitable cause.
Rykka's debut album, Kodiak, released last May, included songs written from the perspective of animals. More recently, her song "Blackie" was featured on the TV show Rookie Blue. She's online at Rykka.com.
As part of her charitable work in the PPP contest, Lydia Hol recently collected used iPods for the Music Heals Charitable Foundation, a non-profit society that promotes awareness of music therapy.
The 17 other finalists in the PPP are Greg Drummond, Melissa Endean, Amble Green, Dougal Bain McLean, Hannah Epperson, Luca Fogale, Coldwater Road, Bodhi Jones, Rolla Olak, Lion the Bear the Fox, Fallbrigade, Towers and Trees, Van Damsel, Bestie, Lions In the Street, Willhorse and Oh No! Yoko.
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