From strangers to music collaborators in one night.

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Mike Petkau is one man who can not only convince people to talk to strangers, but make music with em. He's the mastermind behind the Record of the Week Club, which happened for 16 weeks in 2008. You take 3 or 4 musicians who had never met before, lock them up in a studio for one night. In that time, they have to get to know each other, write, record and mix one song. And that song would be made available for download the very next morning.

One week it was an indie rock god collaborating with an Inuit throat singer and electronic music producer. Another week it was a DJ with a folk singer and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra member.

In the wrong hands, this idea could have been a disaster.

But not only did it produce 16 amazing songs they've now been combined to form one ultimate album, which is coming out June 18 at the West End Cultural Centre. Tune in this Saturday, June 13, to hear impressions from participating artists like Andrina Turenne of Chic Gamine, Taiko drummer Phoebe Mann and John K. Samson of the Weakerthans. Plus, Mike Petkau will walk us through the recording process and what it was like to witness pretty insane collaboration every Wednesday for 4 months.

And win tickets to the Record of the Week Club CD release party! Head to the ROTWC website here and select a topic. Call our listener line and let us know what the topic was and you could win a free pair! That easy! The (204) listener line is 204-788-3677. Call anytime between now and Monday, June 15th 2009.

Listen to:
The (204) with Wabanakwut Kinew
Saturdays 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1
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