Garage bands duel for greatness on B.C. Day

Local bands get chance to perform on main stage at B.C. Day celebration

Indie musicians will get a chance at recognition during Monday’s  B.C. Day Celebrations.

While emerging artists perform on the main stage at St. Ann’s Academy outside, lesser known performers will take turns in front of a judging panel on the auditorium stage inside.

So far, 15 groups have signed up, but there’s room for a few more, said festival  organizer John Selkirk. The band, or solo artist deemed best will get to perform on the main stage that evening.

If successful, the contest model will be toured around the province.

“The idea is this would be a first test-run of a tour that would combine the same Garage Band concept, but would be in locations around the province and maybe the country,” said Selkirk.

The Garage Band Live event will cross promote alongside a locally-grown film, Locked In A Garage Band, which premiers next summer.

For more information on the B.C. Day celebrations, go to www.capitalfestival.com.