Barrie's best bands being urged to hear battle call
MARK WANZEL/BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI Nancy Misserianni and John Ironside, of 3B Solutions in Barrie, are ready to give the city’s best band a boost.
Barrie’s best band is being called upon to stand and deliver.
Musicians throughout the city are being given the opportunity to submit their original music for a chance to win a grand prize $12,500 promotional-package, but first they have to impress staff at 3B Solutions during Barrie’s Best Band Showdown.
“We really wanted to promote something community based and what better way than bands that are just starting out and have no promotions,” 3B operations manager Nancy Misserianni said.
“This is a way to help get them promoted which will hopefully become a stepping stone for them, but it’s also really about promoting our community.”
The company started branding and promoting local businesses in 2011, but are moving into music productions and promotions to help local musicians get noticed by wider audiences during the inaugural competition.
“It’s a break for a lot of people who wouldn’t normally get it,” Misserianni said. “This will be a chance for them to step out and say ‘hey look at me’.”
The competition will focus on strictly originally-owned songs, which means submissions must include each band’s lyrics and music, but they also have to guarantee they own the copyright or prove they wrote the material.
Musicians from Aurora to Sudbury can enter the competition, but bands won’t be excluded as long as they are willing to come to Barrie.
“A 12-year-old or a five-year-old: it doesn’t matter if you’re a band or a solo artist, or what genre you are into,” Misserianni said. “This is for everybody.”
The promotion company started taking submissions on Aug. 1, but the selection process won’t begin until after the Oct. 1 deadline when a six-person panel will listen to songs and start filtering bands down to the top 10 who will later perform at the Spotlight Event Centre at 41 Essa Rd. on Oct. 21.
“It’s all going to be audience participation as well, so the top three aren’t going to be selected just by the judging panel. It’s also going to be based on the reaction of the audience,” Misserianni said. “It’s all going to be interactive and that’s what we’re hoping to achieve.”
Prizes up for grabs also include $7,500 and $5,000 packages which may include professionally-filmed music videos, photo shoots and professionally designed webpages.
The band to win the grand prize will get creative with 3B staff to create everything a musician needs to succeed in the industry.
“We’re going to be producing a professional music video, giving them a website and promoting the band through everything you can think of,” Misserianni said. “It gives them a chance to think about it in relation to what they want their songs to become.”
Pre-recorded submissions are to be made through an online transfer at www.barriesbestband.com.
However, the top 10 bands will be allowed to perform cover songs on the night of the event, but judges will only be taking the original material into consideration.
“This is all their show. We are just here to give them what they need,” Misserianni said. “They give us what they want for the video and the website and that’s what we want to encourage. We’re trying to get the creative juices going.”