The Shore 104 Song Search has returned for 2011 as the local radio station seeks out the best summer song in Vancouver that has been written and performed by home-grown talent.
I spoke to Patrick Zulinov, Music and Programming Director at The Shore, about the new Song Search (previously the Sounds of Summer contest) and the Shore’s Canadian content. “There’s a huge amount of talent in this city that deserves to be heard,” he said. “I saw an opportunity to show off a lot of talent that I’ve experienced in this city and I wanted to get it on the radio.”
As opposed to last year, full bands (not just solo performers) can throw their hat into the ring. Zulinov said there have already been about 300 entries and the tough part will be selecting the finalists in each round. [Source: My TV Week Online column]
They have the field narrowed down to 20 finalists right now and are also hosting a public video challenge. Each finalist has submitted a video and the one with the most “likes” on YouTube will earn the title of “Fan Favourite”.
The MatinÃ©e, short-listed again this year, hopped on a water taxi two days ago to film their entry for the song Sweetwater.
Here’s another video submission from Steph Macpherson for Summer Salute.
The finalists for 2011 include Billy the Kid, BJ Block and Dawn Pemberton, Freeflow, Mark Irving, Ivory Sky, Jackie Treehorn, Reid Jamieson, Steph Macpherson, The MatinÃ©e, Ryan McAllister, Ryan McMahon and the Company Damn, The Midnight Hours, Sheree Plett, Randy Ponzio of Quest Poetics, Portage and Main, Prairie Dance Club, Redbird, Ben Sigston, The Sumner Brothers, and Watasun.
You can view all videos created by the top 20 and be sure to “like” your favourites on YouTube to give them a boost in the rankings.
Miss604.com is a proud sponsor of the Shore 104′s Song Search 2011.