PROJECT WILD NEWS

Project WILD 2017 Applications Now Closed!

A huge thanks to everyone who applied to this year’s Project WILD – Country Artist Development! We’re excited to get this year rolling!

Stay tuned for the Top 12 Announcement on Sunday, June11!

Project WILD 2017 Applications Now Open!

Project WILD 2017 Applications Now Open!

WILD 953 and Alberta Music are proud to launch this year’s Project WILD, a professional development program designed to educate, promote, develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up and coming country and roots artists. Applications open TODAY and run through 12:00 Noon MDT on Friday, April 21, 2017. Artists can apply for Project WILD through our applications here.

Administered by Alberta Music and funded through WILD 953 – Calgary’s New Country, Project WILD, is part of a seven year, $4.9 million program, designed to kick-start the international music careers of 3 emerging Alberta artists annually, and give a boost to all Top 12 finalists selected by industry jury. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is committed to newly emerging Canadian musical artists through CRTC Canadian Content Development programming.

This is the second year for Project WILD – Country Artist Development. Previous Top 3 winners have been: The Dungarees, Sykamore and Ken Stead. For the first two years in Alberta the program had been known as the PEAK Performance Project, which also ran as a program in BC for seven years. Project WILD will run in Alberta for the next four years.

Need to Know: Ken Stead

Need to Know: Ken Stead

One more look at ‘signatures’ – we took a moment to ask each of our Project WILD 2016 Top 3 about their “thing”, so you could understand and connect with them a bit more before the big FINALE show on November 26.

KEN STEAD

Q: You joke in your introduction video that, yes, you sleep in that hat.  When did the hat start becoming a thing for you and tied to you as a performer?

KEN: My hat is more of a security blanket than a fashion statement. I began wearing it when I started writing songs to be honest. I never really though about that. I’ve had a few hats over the years but since I found this one specifically, I have bought three of these after they start to get unwashable.

Q: What do you feel the signatures are in your sound/songs – either already developed, or ones you are developing now?

KEN: First and foremost, the songs are honest. I want people to know that they come from honest places. I feel like my sound has been discovered along the last three years. Its come down to roots/alt. country. Its a genre that I listen to a lot of and really enjoy the commercial side of that. I’m REALLY looking forward to getting out a new CD that TRULY reflects this.


Catch KEN STEAD on stage at the TOP 3 Finale
Flames Central, 216 8th Ave SW Calgary AB
doors 7:30pm // show 8:30pm
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Need to Know: The Dungarees

Need to Know: The Dungarees

Continuing with a focus on ‘signatures’ – we took a moment to ask each of our Project WILD 2016 Top 3 about their “thing”, so you could understand and connect with them a bit more before the big FINALE show on November 26.

THE DUNGAREES

Q: Five different guys making songs together requires a certain common focus. Outside of the music, what are some common characteristics shared by the guys in the band?

DUNGAREES: Well, we can all quote The Simpsons and Seinfeld on demand.  Except for Darrek.  But he doesn’t talk anyway.   And the truth of the matter is that we’re all actually great friends and hang out a lot outside of the band because we’re all just normal, real guys who enjoy each other’s company.  Except for Darrek.

Q: What kind of ‘signature’ are you developing in your songs, that is becoming a ‘Dungarees thing’ ?

DUNGAREES: The harmonies have always been a big part of the sound, but over the last year we’ve spent the most amount of our time together working on the arrangements and grooves.  We’ve really committed to developing the feel and personalities of the songs.  As well, as a group, we have a pretty strong opinion about the direction that we’d like to see commercial country music go.  There’s an entire movement right now that is pushing for more honesty and depth in the songwriting and we intend on being a part of that.


Catch THE DUNGAREES on stage at the TOP 3 Finale
Flames Central, 216 8th Ave SW Calgary AB
doors 7:30pm // show 8:30pm
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Need To Know: Sykamore

Need To Know: Sykamore

It seems every artist develops “a thing” along the way in their career – a look, a sound, a reputation for what they say or do. Its often these ‘things’ that bring us beyond the music and connect us to the person.  Its their personal expression. We took a moment to ask each of our Project WILD 2016 Top 3 about their “thing”, so you could understand and connect with them a bit more before the big FINALE show on November 26.

SYKAMORE

Q: The sunglasses seem to have become a signature look for you – when did they start appearing in your photos, and how did that come about?

SYKAMORE: My music and my brand are always closely tied to my real life, and the sunglasses kind of just came with the package. I did a shoot with Nate Northridge a few years back and he was the first to photograph the shades and they come up more in shoots now because of that I think. I’m always game to wear them for promo.  😉

Q: What signatures do you feel you have developed in your music?

SYKAMORE: My music has a fair bit of storytelling in it. sometimes it’s based on my life and sometimes not but it’s always got a pretty distinct arc that I see trending in a lot of my songs. I also really enjoy doing my own harmonies and background vocals on recordings. I think it adds a custom feel for sure.


Catch Sykamore on stage at the TOP 3 Finale
Flames Central, 216 8th Ave SW Calgary AB
doors 7:30pm // show 8:30pm
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WILD 953 and Alberta Music Announce the Project WILD Top 3 Finalists

WILD 953 and Alberta Music Announce the Project WILD Top 3 Finalists

November 10, 2016, Calgary, AB: The scores are in, the counting’s done… WILD 953 and Alberta Music are thrilled to announce the TOP 3 FINALISTS in this inaugural year of Project WILD: Country Artist Development. All are up for the top prize of $100,953. That’s a lot of cash for a young Country Music Artist! Put through their paces at Country Music Biz Bootcamp, along with the rest of the Project WILD Top 12, these artists really learned the ropes. But these three netted the highest scores for everything from a kick-ass live show to a business plan that would make Warren Buffet proud; from chart topping songwriting to four career boosting challenges, all capped off with public online voting.

The Top 3 finalists will burn the house to the ground at Flames Central in Calgary, on Saturday, November 26th, and at the end of the night we will reveal who will walk away with the first, second and third prizes.

In no particular order, the Top 3 finaists for 2016 Project WILD: Country are:

SYKAMORE (Carseland)
THE DUNGAREES (Edmonton)
KEN STEAD (Edmonton)

$100,953.00 will go towards the career of the winning band or artist. Second and third place receive $75,000 and $50,000 respectively; a sizeable boost to the careers of all three recipients. Funds will be administered through Alberta Music.

Tickets are on sale NOW for $9.53 plus fees at ProjectWILDCountry.com, or $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to the Unison Benevolent Fund. The Project: WILD Finale show is brought to you by New Amsterdam Vodka.

Project WILD, WILD 953 and Alberta Music wish to acknowledge the tremendous effort put forth by all Top 12 finalists over the past few months. A huge congratulations also goes out to Amy Metcalfe (Red Deer), Domino (Stettler), Jamie Woodfin (Ponoka), Shantelle Davidson (Ft. McMurray), Brad Saunders (Calgary), Dani Lynn(Olds), Cole Bradley (Calgary), Midnight Lights (Peace River), and Trevor Panczak (Magrath).

Project WILD Finale

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Flames Central 219-8 Ave SW, Calgary AB
Doors 7:30PM | Show 8:30PM
Tickets on sale November 10 @ 12:00pm MT
Advance tickets $9.53 plus fees at ProjectWILDCountry.com, or $15 at the door
All proceeds go to the Unison Benevolent Fund

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Project WILD: Country Artist Development is designed to develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up and coming country artists. It also hopes to foster the Alberta music industry and create a sense of community amongst artists and music professionals. Top Prizes this year for the Alberta Project include a $100,953 top prize, $75,000 second prize, $50,000 third prize, as well as a $5,000 Development award given to each Top 12 band to help them with their career development.

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Interview requests or media inquiries may be directed to Joelle May, ModMay Promotions.

WILD 953 and Alberta Music Present Project WILD: Top 12 Showcase Series

WILD 953 and Alberta Music Present Project WILD: Top 12 Showcase Series

September 12, Calgary, AB: This past June, WILD 953 and Alberta Music announced the Top 12 Artists for Project WILD Country, and kicked off a summer of fun as well as an enormous challenge for it’s participants. Taking part in a week long bootcamp, the twelve finalist artists and bands gathered near Princeton, BC for a week of intensive study, in order to equip them with the knowledge and experience needed in today’s music industry. Bootcamp isn’t all just seminars and homework though, there’s performance, collaborative writing, and a bit of fun thrown in too. Look through the website for photos and more from all the artists.

Now that boots and guitars are shined up, and the finalists have gained the insiders edge, the Top 12 are set to put their best foot forward at the showcase series, sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka. Three of the Top 12 artists and bands will perform Thursday in September and October, playing their hearts out to eager crowds as well as judges. After the showcase series concludes, the public can vote for their favourite act, which also counts towards the score. In November, the Top 3 will be announced, soon followed by the finale concert where the order of the top prize winners, including the grand prize of $100,953.00, will be revealed!

Each showcase will take place with doors at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm at Knoxville’s Calgary, (840 9th Avenue SW). Tickets will be on sale Thursday, September 15th for $9.53 on the website, with all proceeds going to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Thursday, September 29th
Amy Metcalfe (Red Deer)
Domino (Stettler)
The Dungarees (Edmonton)

Thursday, October 6th
Dani Lynn (Olds)
Ken Stead (Edmonton)
Cole Bradley (Calgary)

Thursday, October 20th
Jamie Woodfin (Ponoka)
Shantelle Davidson (Ft. McMurray)
Brad Saunders (Calgary)

Thursday, October 27th
Midnight Lights (Peace River)
Sykamore (Carseland)
Trevor Panczak (Magrath)

Project WILD is designed to develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up and coming country artists. It also hopes to foster the Alberta music industry and create a sense of community amongst artists and music professionals. Top Prizes this year for the Alberta Project include a $100,953 top prize, $75,000 second prize, $50,000 third prize, as well as a $5,000 Development award given to each Top 12 band to help them with their career development.

Top12 Introduced at Knoxville’s Calgary with Performances

Top12 Introduced at Knoxville’s Calgary with Performances

The Project WILD Top 12 will be officially introduced at Knoxville’s Calgary Sunday July 3rd, with a series of short performances from each artist.

The performances are FREE and open to the public; doors at 12:45pm, performances from 1-6pm.

SHOWCASE SCHEDULE 

INSIDE KNOXVILLE’S CALGARY 
25 MIN SETS (including changeover)

1:00PM – Amy Metcalfe
1:25PM – Brad Saunders
1:50PM – Cole Bradley
2:15PM – Dani Lynn
2:40PM – Domino
3:05PM – The Dungarees
3:30PM – Jamie Woodfin
3:55PM – Ken Stead
4:20PM – Midnight Lights
4:45PM – Shantelle Davidson
5:10PM – Sykamore
5:35PM – Trevor Panczak

WILD 953 and Alberta Music Announce This Year’s Final Top 12

WILD 953 and Alberta Music Announce This Year’s Final Top 12

WILD 953 and Alberta Music Announce This Year’s Final Top 12 Artists for Project WILD: Country Artist Development in Alberta

WILD 953 and Alberta Music are pleased to announce the final list of Top 12 Artists for Project WILD. Due to various commitments, Livy Jeanne, and Scott MacKay, two of the original artists announced on June 12, will not be able to participate in the program.

We are excited to introduce Domino (Stettler), and Midnight Lights (Peace River), and welcome these two groups to Project WILD’s 2016 program! The Top 12 artists, in alphabetical order, include:

Amy Metcalfe (Red Deer)
Brad Saunders (Calgary)
Cole Bradley (Calgary)
Dani Lynn (Olds)
Domino (Stettler)
The Dungarees (Edmonton)
Jamie Woodfin (Ponoka)
Ken Stead (Edmonton)
Midnight Lights (Peace River)
Shantelle Davidson (Ft. McMurray)
Sykamore (Carseland)
Trevor Panczak (Magrath)

Each of the Top 12 Artists will make their debut with Project WILD on Sunday, July 3rd at Knoxville’s in Calgary (840 9 Ave SW), completing orientation and then performing for the public to get their first live listen in a series of showcase events running through to the November 2016 finale. For more information on this show, check outProjectWILDcountry.com.

Project WILD is designed to develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up and coming country artists. It also hopes to foster the Alberta music industry and create a sense of community amongst artists and music professionals. Top Prizes this year for the Alberta Project include a $100,953 top prize, $75,000 second prize, $50,000 third prize, as well as a $5,000 Development award given to each Top 12 band to help them with their career development.

Interview requests or media inquiries may be directed to Joelle May, ModMay Promotions.