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Independent bands in peak form for Canada Day

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Published in the Vancouver Sun June 29, 2011


While those attending Canada Day festivities in and around Metro Vancouver will display their Canadian pride with red-and-white clothing, face paint and fluttering flags, this year’s Top 20 Peak Performance Project competitors are celebrating by coming together and singing their hearts out.

The independent musicians lucky enough to be in the current round of the Peak Performance Project — a seven-year, $5.29-million professional development program put on by Vancouver’s The Peak 100.5 FM radio station — will be meeting for the first time on July 1 in Surrey. All 20 groups are scheduled to perform live in front of the thousands of people who will flock to Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre for the day’s events.

Being shortlisted in the Peak Performance Project has been a “dream” for Laura Smith, of Vancouver-based indie pop band Rococode. She and her three bandmates can’t wait to play for an entirely new audience on Canada Day, and she’s also excited to connect with the other participants in the project.

“[The Top 20 Live] is a really great opportunity for us to get exposure to a new crowd of people. But it’s also an interesting day because it’s our orientation,” Smith says over the phone from Calgary, where her band just finished playing the Sled Island Music Festival. “That’s the first day we’ll all be together and we’re all going to meet and see each other play. I’m really excited to see all the other bands.”

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