Since 2009, The Uniter has compiled a list of the five local musical acts it believes to be the most intriguing to watch in the forthcoming year. The list includes the likes of Royal Canoe, Del Barber, The Lytics, Cannon Bros., and Eagle Lake Owls.
This year, The Uniter is shaking things up and taking that top five a step further. In partnership with Manitoba Music and The Park Theatre, The Uniter is holding a little contest for the top five spots and music fans will be the jury.
Think you are one of the five local acts to watch? Tweet a YouTube video (simple audio, a full on production, you singing in your bedroom - just make it your best song) @TheUniter with the hashtag #uniterfiver and it will be added to uniter.ca where people can vote for their five favourites.
An industry panel will choose the winner from the five highest voted at uniter.ca. The prize includes a chance to record a single with Rusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities, who recently produced records by Federal Lights and Sweet Alibi. The winner will also be featured on the cover of The Uniter, headline an industry showcase on January 17 at the Park Theatre, receive a one-year membership to Manitoba Music, and a prize package.
Submissions are open December 5 until December 20 and the voting ends January 1. To be eligible, bands must be new (formed within the last two years), solo artists must have been playing for online two years under their current name and artists must not have been in The Uniter's previous Five Bands to Watch features.
Ready? Get started!