Sat, Feb 16, 2013.
A Fredericton band has won a big slot on a Toronto stage, and a big chance at scoring in an international contest. The Jaclyn Reinhart Band gathered the most votes in Canada in an on-line poll conducted by the famous Hard Rock Cafe. As the winner, the indie band gets to head up to Toronto for a showcase in late February. They'll be one of 12 bands competing over three nights in front of a panel of judges, the top group each night facing off in a showdown in March.
But that's just the next step. The overall winner for Canada will then be up against winners from countries around the globe. There will be an overall band chosen, and that lucky act will get to travel to London, England is July to play at the huge and famous Hard Rock Rising festival in July. Last year, the two runners-up got to go and play for the thousands as well. The prize has been made even bigger for this year's contest, with the winner also getting a record deal with Hard Rock Records, along with a video and $10 thousand in new band gear. The grand prize winner and runners-up, will be announced May 6.
That's the ultimate goal, but the members of the group are pretty pumped they've made it this far, and credit their solid fan base for spreading the word about the on-line vote. Just that alone was big for the band, because all those voters were exposed to the group's music on the site. The group is lead by singer-songwriter and guitarist Reinhart. Tony Patterson plays bass, Grant Carson covers lead guitar, and Jeff Dipaolo handles drums.
Reinhart's debut was released in the summer of 2011, called Favorite Mistakes, and a new one with the band is in the planning stages, with the working title of Say. She hopes to have that out before the end of the year. Not that she wouldn't mind a delay, if she had to, say, make a trip to London.
Now, you don't have to travel to England just to see the group play, at least for now. The Jaclyn Reinhart Band takes the stage Saturday night (Feb. 16) in Fredericton at Fusion.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).