– 20th Annual National Talent Search Now Underway –

TORONTO, ON – (November 15, 2012) – Canada’s leading radio talent search, Canadian Radio Star, is now underway.  Emerging artists from across Canada are invited to submit their original works for a chance to be heard by a top tier of music professionals – including seasoned songwriters and leading music publishers – and the opportunity to collect an incredible mix of prizes, including $10,000 in cash.  Sponsored by Astral Radio, and presented in association with Canadian Music Week, the contest has been running 20 years strong and is but only one of the events on the Canadian Music Week 2013 calendar – March 19-24, 2013 in Toronto.

“Through our airwaves, digital platforms and initiatives like Radio Star, we our proud to be a strong supporter of Canadian emerging talent”, commented Rob Farina EVP Content & Platforms at Astral Radio. “We want this to be the year we discover a global superstar in our own backyard.”

Artists are encouraged to submit online at www.radiostar.ca to their closest participating radio station, as of today and through to 5pm EST on January 18th, 2013, the contest’s close. Regional champions will be declared by participating radio stations in January, with a combined public and industry vote determining the Grand Prize winner and runner up.  The 2013 Canadian Radio Star will be announced on Friday, March 22nd at Canadian Music Week. Complete details and contest rules can be found online at the competition’s site, www.radiostar.ca.

The annual talent search is one of many Astral Radio programs committed to promoting Canadian music.  Through it’s support of this contest, Astral Radio has been fundamental in the advancement of several emerging artists throughout the country.

The national Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package consisting of: $10,000.00 in cash (first runner up receives $2,500.00 cash); custom 4-piece Drum Kit provided by UDRUM with hardware and cases; Neumann U87 Professional Studio Microphone; Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III (and case); Epiphone bass; Yamaha MO8 Music Production Synthesizer; Cubase6 Audio Workstation Software Package; 30 hours of mixing and mastering time from Metalworks, Canada’s #1 recording studio; $5,000.00 national radio promotion package from dB Promotions & Publicity Inc; a custom designed iPhone app by RDR for the artist/band; a Songwriters’ Resource Library Package featuring some of the bestselling songwriting titles carried by Music Books Plus; as well as an all-expense paid weekend to CMW 2013 in March including accommodations provided by Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, performance showcase at Canadian Music Week; and a full delegate badge to Canadian Music Week conference. Both the Grand Prize winner and the first runner up will each receive one free digital radio station upload to any format of choice by RDR Music Group in conjunction with DMDS.

Each regional winner will receive a prize package consisting of: an Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500R Acoustic Guitar; Sennheiser Studio/Live Package including: E865 condenser vocal microphone, stand, cable and HD280 professional headphones; Yamaha Pocketrak W24 Mini Recorder; 2 ½” Carving Leather Guitar Strap w/ foam padding and garment leather backing from Levy’s Leathers Limited; Planet Waves Custom Pro Series Humidipak and Headstock Tuner; EXP 16 D’Addario Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge Strings; a one-year subscription to Canadian Musician; an all expense paid weekend at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto – March 21 – 23, 2013; delegate passes to attend the 2013 Canadian Music Week Conference & Canadian Music Fest; access to some of Canada’s most successful songwriters and music industry professionals through the Songwriters’ & Publishers’ Summit; and an opportunity to perform at Canadian Music Fest in Toronto during Canadian Music Week.

Participating Radio Stations:
Virgin Radio 95.3 FM                  Vancouver, BC
CJAY 92 FM                                  Calgary, AB
100.3 FM The Bear                      Edmonton, AB
Big Dog 92.7 FM                           Regina, SK
Virgin Radio 103.1 FM                Winnipeg, MB
Virgin Radio 99.9 FM                  Toronto, ON
The Bear 106.9 FM                       Ottawa, ON
Virgin Radio 96 FM                      Montréal, QC
Q104 FM                                         Halifax, NS
Big John 98.9 FM                         Saint John, NB

Canadian Radio Star would not be possible without the following sponsors: Astral Radio; Canadian Music Week; Canadian Musician; Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA); D’Addario; dB Promotions & Publicity Inc.; DMDS; Gibson; Levy’s Leathers Limited; Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel; Metalworks; Music Nova Scotia; Neumann; Planet Waves; RDR Music Group; Sennheiser; SOCAN, The SOCAN Foundation; Songwriters Association of Canada; Yamaha.

Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries.  Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a six-day period from March 19 to March 24, 2013 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.


For Canadian Music Week information, please contact:
Bessie Bullard – Communications Director
T: 905.858.4747 E: bessie@cmw.net

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