CBC's On The Coast Reveals Shortlist for OTC Unplugged

Top 13 high school solo singer/songwriters chosen through online votes and judge's picks

October 20, 2010 - CBC Radio One's On The Coast marks the first milestone for OTC Unplugged announcing its shortlist, drawn from an online poll and judge's wildcard votes. Over 8,500 unique votes were logged on the website.

The top 13 students are:

JJ Asuming-Tawiah, "Mr. Shy" - St. George's School, Vancouver
Asha Diaz, "Bus Stop" - Handsworth Secondary School, North Vancouver
Larissa Feng, "Love Maybe" - Point Grey Secondary School - Vancouver
Luke Wallace, "We Walk Slow," - Magee Secondary School, Vancouver
Glen Jackson, "Souls on Fire" - D.W. Poppy Secondary School, Langley
Kate Kurdyak, "Don't You Let Go" - Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver
Rob Walker, "All I Need" - Langley Education Centre, Langley
Brook Potter, "You Make Me Smile" - Chilliwack Secondary School, Chilliwack
Katie Green, "Running Shoes" - Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver
Sarah Houtman, "Back to the Start" - Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Vancouver
Kendall Wooding, "The Shelter" - Argyle Secondary School, North Vancouver
Roan Shankaruk, "The Compromise" - Vancouver Technical Secondary School, Vancouver
Sky Lambourne, "Outer Space" - Templeton Secondary School, Vancouver

"The response and support for this contest has been amazing," said Stephen Quinn, host of On The Coast. "CBC is pleased to be supporting the musical aspirations of these talented local students."

Songs from the shortlist will be featured on On The Coast over the next two weeks, while the judges deliberate on the Top 3. The Top 3 will be featured in a live performance during the show's broadcast on November 5, with the winner being announced at the end of the show.

The top three finalists will get Long & McQuade gift certificates and will play in an all-finalists show at Trees Organic Coffee House in Vancouver.

The winner will receive an all day recording session with a Juno-nominated CBC music producer, Jon Siddall, in one of CBC's state-of the art recording studios and the band will receive a radio-ready copy of their single, which will be featured nationally on CBC Radio 3 by host Lisa Christiansen. The winner will also receive a week at Gulf Islands Film and Television School to produce a music video.

For more information on OTC Unplugged, visit the website at http://www.cbc.ca/onthecoast/otcunplugged/ Follow us on Twitter at #otcunplugged and on Facebook at facebook.com/OTCUnplugged.

On The Coast is hosted by Stephen Quinn and can be heard on CBC Radio One weekdays from 3-6 pm on 88.1 FM and 690 AM in Metro Vancouver.

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