EK MUSIC SEARCH | INTRODUCTIONS
Q&A Postmark: NOVEMBER 2018
WHAT IS THE ‘EK MUSIC SEARCH’ ORIGIN STORY?
The EK Music Search was originally called the Kimberley Music Search, but we didn't want to exclude neighbouring communities. We are consistently blown away by the amount of talent and musical creativity in the Kootenays. Just when you think you know all the amazing musicians in town, you hear about someone new who just plays to their cats at home, but they are incredible! We wanted to provide an opportunity to showcase a variety of musicians; people who may not get a chance to play in public regularly, to people who have a ton of experience but can show off a new side of themselves (or their band) and maybe show off some originals.
There are some great prizes and gigging opportunities for everyone who competes. But more than a competition, it's really just meant to be a fun, inclusive, inspiring event for love of music. Also, given it's success and how into it the community is, it affords us the opportunity to raise some money through t-shirt sales (Big Magic) and other avenues for kids to attend music lessons who may not be financially able to.
IF YOU COULD ONLY USE 5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE ‘EK MUSIC SEARCH’ (AND FOR THE SAKE OF THIS QUESTION, LET'S ASSUME YOU CAN ONLY USE 5 WORDS) WHAT WOULD THOSE WORDS BE?
Inspiring, Heartwarming, Jaw-dropping, Fun, Interactive
ACTUALLY, ON 2ND THOUGHT, IT SEEMS A BIT UNFAIR TO ONLY GET 5 WORDS. SO HOW ABOUT THIS TIME YOU USE AS MANY WORDS AS YOU WANT?
So, the event runs through four consecutive Saturdays at the Sullivan Pub (7:30pm) starting on Nov 17th. The first three Saturdays (Nov 17, Nov 24, and Dec 1) are qualifying rounds where 4 acts per night perform 3 or 4 songs each. Judges will choose one act per qualifying round to go on to the finals. At the end of the third qualifying round, we will announce 2 "wild cards" from any of the qualifying rounds that will also make it to the finals - this is decided by the audience and the judges! The finals will be held on Dec 8th with 5 finalists performing 4 songs each. At the end of the night, judges will announce 1st prize (15 hours of recording studio time and a music video through Shaw Cable), 2nd prize (a brand new Yamaha acoustic/ electric guitar), or 3rd prize (a cajon drum). Plus, all three winners get a confirmed gig at the Sullivan Pub.
"Support Local Live Music" t-shirts are available for purchase with proceeds going to providing children with limited means, access to music lessons.
Actually, on 3rd thought… I believe a wise one once said "a picture is worth 1000 words" so how about you share 3-5 pictures (that's like 3000-5000 words) that you think best capture the essence of ‘EK MUSIC SEARCH’.
FINALLY… WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING/S ABOUT RUNNING something like ‘EK MUSIC SEARCH’ around Highway 95 eh?
The love of music and the people that make it all possible! Last year was absolutely packed, and we had a number of spectators who came to every single round to cheer on the acts. Really, it can't happen without people coming out to see the show, and it's a great show! A lot of people from last year played to an audience for the first time and now play regularly and have gained the confidence to jam with others - it's really a beautiful thing.
Also, the support of the local community with sponsors, the Sullivan Pub has been so great in accommodating us this year and will be an amazing venue, and Ray's Music for handling the prizes. Lastly, a new CD for the car! Last year Erin McKinney won and we love to play her CD. Can't wait to buy this years winners CD!