New CBC reality contest to focus on Canadian music
CBC plans a new TV talent show, called Cover Me Canada, in which emerging bands will reinterpret music by iconic Canadian artists.
The public broadcaster issued a call on Monday for online performance auditions for the show, slated to air this fall on CBC-TV.
Unsigned musicians and groups aged 12 and up are eligible to compete by offering up a rendition of one of four Canadian songs: Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot, Run To You by Bryan Adams, Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane or Black Velvet by Alannah Myles.
The finalists will compete live on television for a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for their first original single, to be released by Universal Music Canada. Competitors also have the chance to win hearts and minds across the country.
"CBC is providing a platform for the best emerging musicians from across the country to cover Canada's greatest songs, and a chance for Canadians to rediscover the songs that we love and feel proud to call our own," Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president of English services at CBC, said in a release.
Host and judges are to be announced in coming weeks, CBC said.