Local band voted into top 20 provincials in CBC’s Searchlight

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A local band is in the running for The Hunt For Canada’s Best New Artist competition, with CBC.

Local band All Mighty Voice during a recent video shoot in downtown Prince Albert. The group has made it to the second segment of a CBC Searchlight competition for new artists. They are the only local band represented. The competition is entirely based on the public's votes. Anyone can vote for their choice of artist once a day on each device in their home. Voting can be done at http://music.cbc.ca/#/Searchlight. 

They made the top 20 in Saskatchewan and are hoping to make the next cut as the second round of voting continues until March 3 when the semi-regional finalists will be made.

Prince Albert’s All Mighty Voice is made up of Lucy James, Shane Lazarowich, Jordy Balicki, Abraham Lancaster and Ian Dickson.

The group collectively described their sounds as a mixture of Northern roots, gritty folk, soul, Americana/ Canadiana and could be compared sound-wise to Mumford And Sons or The Lumineers.

While they had never entered a contest with CBC before, a fan suggested that they should this time.

“We took their advice,” Lancaster said.

There were more than 100 applicants from Saskatchewan originally, which was then narrowed to 40 and then again down to 20.

“Being the only group from Prince Albert, we’re kind of representing Prince Albert and the whole music scene … and the North of Saskatchewan,” Balicki said.

For the online application, the group used their single, Moving On, which came out in their July 2012 EP release.

Beginning on Feb. 17, the competition is entirely based on the public’s votes.

“We want to encourage people to vote, to support local artists,” Balicki said.

“There’s so many talented artists in the competition,” Balicki said.

It is a huge compliment to be included in the top 20 artists in the province along with artists they admire such as Regina-based musician, Belle Plaine, said Balicki.

“It’s phenomenal and a huge compliment to be considered,” he said.

“Being the only group from Prince Albert, we’re kind of representing Prince Albert and the whole music scene … and the North of Saskatchewan,” Balicki said.

“Especially considering our less then two years (as a band).”

The timing is also opportune for the group.

“It’s really good timing for us because we’re just getting ready to record our next album,” said Ian Dickson.

They plan to begin recording in late April.

The second round of voting comes to an end on March 3 and if they make it into the top five artists within the province, they will move to the next leg of the competition.

“The top five (provincially) will be posted on the CBC website,” Lancaster said.

Votes for those regional finalists will be counted until March 7.

This process continues until it the 24 regional finalists across the country are whittled down to the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, the Final Four and the finalists.

All Mighty Voice will be playing a show in Spiritwood on March 16 for a St. Patrick’s Day.

To vote got to CBC’s website at http://music.cbc.ca/#/Searchlight

You may vote every day from every device you have, be it your computer or your phone, added Dickson.

The final winner will receive $20,000 worth of Yamaha gear. All members of the group will also be put up in a hotel in Toronto from May 24-26 and will then get an audio/video recording session at a CBC location.

According the rules of the competition the total value of the final prize is approximately $36,500.

Organizations: CBC, Prince Albert, Yamaha

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Belle Plaine, Spiritwood Toronto

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