THE BATTLE FOR SHAZAM
Saturday, May 8 at 8 PM
(available online until May 22)
The only Music & Performing Arts competition in the Eastern Townships, where two lucky winners will take home cash prizes + a spot on ShazamFest’s main stage in July!
Virtual audiences to vote for their favourites among online performances by 10 emerging musicians & performers
ShazamFest breaks new ground this year by replacing its annual Battle of the Bands event with a redesigned music & performing arts competition entitled the Battle for Shazam. Always on the hunt for up-and-coming talent, the ShazamFest team expanded the scope of the contest to all areas of the Eastern Townships’ vibrant performing arts scene in order to unearth even more creative gems!
The only contest of its kind in the region, the Battle for Shazam will feature 10 virtual performances in an off-the-wall showcase hosted by none other than ShazamFest’s zany Founder/Director, Ziv Przytyk, and Sherbrooke’s improv veteran, the hilarious Sam Pariseau.
Co-produced and co-presented by La Petite Boîte Noire, the Battle for Shazam takes place for free at www.ShazamFest.com on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. ET,and will be available to stream for up to two weeks thereafter.
Audiences have until May 22 to help decide the winners by voting for their favourite acts.
Two lucky Grand Prize winners will each take home a $500 reward and ShazamFest Family Passes for every member in the act (valued at $125 each), as well as a coveted spot to perform on the ShazamFest main stage as part of the festival’s 2021 summer programming!
MEET THE FINALISTS:
BLESS HER EVIL
Bless Her Evil bandmates Mat, Frank, Berti and Emann advocate musical and social diversity by blending various genres with originality and authenticity.
WISTITI ET SES AMIS
With an infectious energy shared through a repertoire full of vitality and sunshine, self-taught songstress Wistiti (a.k.a. Mélanie-Joëlle Kolly) creates musical rituals alongside guitarist Bobby Bourque, bassist François Lacasse and multi-instrumentalist Shanti Legault on piano, flute and back-up vocals.
One-man band Jean Rousseau presents Noviterra, a musical project that contemplates the future of society by drawing inspiration from the relationship between humans and nature.
Montreal-born/Sherbrooke-based Jag Moog offers folk in morbidity, served with thundering vocals and a sizzling side of bacon kisses.
Founder of Sherbrooke’s Les Somnambulles clown collective, Lagarto is inspired by traditional and contemporary circus acts. Plainly eccentric, he is a multi-talented juggler, illusionist, mime and, of course, skillfully clumsy!
A festive ‘brush rock’ band, David Gosselin, Yohan Lefrançois and Patrice L’Étoile are inspired by the forest, hunting, fishing and the human need to have fun! They tackle topics like procrastination, loneliness, drinking and disillusionment in a humorous and near-burlesque manner.
Searching his soul of personal experiences in order to unearth positive solutions to global problems, Legendaryl (a.k.a. Daryl Rasmussen) is an articulate singer-songwriter full of loving energy.
A solo project that explores themes of mental health issues and domestic/emotional abuse by blending minimalist post-rock, darkwave and doom/black metal. Through the artist-activist’s personal experiences of living with autism, Still Subgene aims to inspire and prove that no matter how deep the void, it’s always possible to emerge anew and succeed in life.
Alone with his voice and an acoustic guitar, Jo Bed explores the possible combinations of these two components while expressing various reflections, emotions and observations about everything and anything: people, life and the multiple situations with which it presents us.
|PETRONELLA VAN DJIK|
A passionate storyteller and instructor, Petronella Van Djik is the Founder of the Les jours sont contés storytelling festival. She offers a storytelling experience that helps audiences successfully overcome life’s trials and tribulations, creating opportunities for encounters where energy can circulate, be shared and amplified—hitting home with disarming simplicity.
ShazamFest is a 4-day outdoor summertime extravaganza featuring live music, circus, burlesque, dance, and other performance arts, as well as wrestling, skateboarding, activities for kids, an artisan market, and locally-sourced food vendors, with free on-site camping on a pristine multi-generational organic family farm in Quebec’s picturesque Eastern Townships.