Ross Roteliuk & Tori Doell (CBC)
Up until now, we've been playing at family gatherings and local fundraisers and now we have a chance to let the rest of the world hear what we've been working on.
Two Manitoba musicians are the big winners in the 2011 Radio Star National Talent Search.
Ross Roteliuk and Tori Doell have been named winners for their country ballad "Still Love You."
And it's a big prize package. They win $10,000 in cash; 30 hours of mixing and mastering time at the prestigious Metalworks Studio; recording software and instruments. They also get to head down to Toronto for Canadian Music Week where they will be given a showcase spot.
"It's like winning the lottery," enthuses Roteliuk. "This is a really big deal."
Doell couldn't agree more. "It means everything. We have been writing and playing music for quite a long time now. And an opportunity like this allows us to get our music out there for people to hear. Whereas up until now, we've been playing at family gatherings and local fundraisers and now we have a chance to let the rest of the world hear what we've been working on."
The duo has only been performing together since August, 2011, although they have been performing independently for a dozen years before. Ross Roteliuk is originally from Portage la Prairie and Tori Doell is from Gladstone, Manitoba. The two met in Winnipeg and hit it off musically right off the bat. Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker fame recorded the prize-winning track.
The Radio Star National Talent Search is aimed at emerging artists performing original material.
Listen to "Still Love You"