Monday, May 31, 2010

Peak Performance Project Top 20 Announced

Local Vancouver BC radio station and indie champions The Peak 100.5 FM have released the finalists for their second year of the Peak Performance Project, whose aim is to "educate, promote, develop and hopefully launch the careers of some of British Columbia’s top emerging artists." Last year's winners were the boys from We Are The City. Finalists will attend a rock & roll bootcamp at the end of August and be educated in the ins and outs of the industry. That 20 will then be thinned out to a top 3, after which a winner will be announced November 1.

According to the Peak Performance Project website, the 1st place artist will receive $100,500, 2nd is $75,000, 3rd is $50,000, 4th is $10,000, 5th is $5,000 and all 20 finalists will receive $3500 each in initial artists development funding. In addition to this, all of this year’s 20 finalists will receive a showcase spot at The Kelowna 2010 BreakOut West Festival presented by the Western Canadian Music Alliance October 21–24, 2010.

Congratulations to earbuds & ticket stubs mainstays Aidan Knight, Said the Whale and Debra-Jean (with Mother Mother) for making it onto the Top 20! Below you'll find the full list of 20 along with a short clip of their music. Enjoy!

Adaline (Vancouver)
Latest album: Famous For Fire (2008)

Kuba Oms (Victoria)
Latest album: How Much Time (2009)

Christopher Arruda (Nanaimo)
Associated acts: The Lady Esther, Open, Parachute!
Latest album: God Hates a Coward (2009)

Bodhi Jones (Vancouver)
Latest album: Where Do We Go From Here? (2010)

Greg Sczebel (Salmon Arm)
Latest album: Love and the Lack Thereof (2009)

Steph Macpherson (Victoria)
Latest EP: Keeping Time (2009).

Acres of Lions (Victoria)
Latest album: Working (2009)

Parlour Steps (Vancouver)
Latest album: The Hidden Names (2009)

Kyprios (North Vancouver)
Latest album: 12:12
Associated acts: Sweatshop Union

Jess Hill (Vancouver)
Latest album: Road (2006)

41st and Home (Vancouver)
Latest album: Left In Places (2010)

Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver)
Latest album: Planet Electric (2010)

Debra-Jean (Vancouver)
Associated acts: Mother Mother, Debra-Jean and the Means

Behind Sapphire (Vancouver)
Latest album: S/T (2010)

Said the Whale (Vancouver)
Latest album: Islands Disappear (2009), Bear Bones EP (2010)

Vince Vaccaro (Victoria)
Latest album: S/T (2009)

Yes Nice (Burnaby)
Latest album: Blindfolded (2009)

Christina Maria (Surrey)
Latest album: Straight Line (2010)

Aidan Knight (Victoria)
Latest album: Versicolour (2009)
Associated acts: Black Tie Social, Counting Heartbeats, Toco & Jorge, Maurice, Lotus Child and Vegan Holocaust
Read the interview I conducted with Aidan.

The Racoons (Vancouver)
Latest EP: Islomania (2009)