QUEEN CITY ROCKS is back for it’s 5th and biggest year yet!
Welcome to QCR! Regina’s Rock Station 104.9 The Wolf, The Exchange, and Long and McQuade Musical Instruments present Queen City Rocks 2017! We’re back with version 5.0! First things first, we’ve changed the run-off nights from Thursdays to Fridays, so you can stay and party all night and not have to get up for work the next day!
Get ready to turn it to 11.
Don’t delay, the application window is open NOW for your band submission. A couple things to remember before we get down to the details. Unlike a great many ‘battle of the band’ competitions you may run across, Queen City Rocks approaches things a little differently. And we’re not just talking about the ‘no entry fee’ part. We’re genuinely interested in opening up this avenue for exposure and helping to bring the Regina “scene” together, fostering communication and collaboration between acts and strengthen the community as a whole. (A rising tide floats all boats). To put it bluntly, check your inner Diva at the door. Professionalism in all facets of this competition is what we’re aiming for, and expect from all involved. There will ultimately be a ‘winner’, but that’s not the primary focus of this project.
Oh yeah, there’s no entry fee. In fact, you have the opportunity to EARN cash with your participation.
There will be a total of up to (5) run-off performance weeks. The band scoring the highest total of points during their run-off will instantly win a $500 gift card from Long and McQuade Musical Instruments, and advance to the Grand Finale – Thursday, April 13th, 2017 . Five bands perform each night in randomly selected order (we draw a few days in advance). Each band receives 20 minutes on the clock, and then, they show us what they’ve got! (with a maximum of 1 cover song). Bands will be awarded points by our adjudication panel based on a number of categories (stagecraft, songcraft, vocal performance, etc etc). Professionalism as always does play a factor in the points process. That includes EVERYTHING about your group. Social media presence, press kit, logo, availability of merch (you can sell it the night you perform) all make an impact towards the final score. How ready are you to take the next step?
We’ve put our feelers out…and thanks to some fantastic partners who believe in supporting emerging music as much as we do, have pulled together a fantastic prize bundle.
Run-off Prizing (5 run-off packages in total)
$500 gift card – Long and McQuade Musical Instruments (“Where the Music begins”)
Grand Finale Prizing (1 finale package in total)
$1000 gift card – Long and McQuade Musical Instruments (“Where the Music begins”)
$1000 cold hard cash! – Olmeca Tequilla
$1000 gift card – Subway Proven Foods & Taco Del Mar
Photo session with winning band (including pre-production meeting through to delivery of finished digital files) – Kamiki Pics Photography
Venue Rental – The Exchange (full one night rental including promo/sound tech/door/security/bar staff)
And of course…Airplay!
- Interview and World ‘Single’ Debut on 104.9 The WOLF
- Featured listing/link from Queen City Rocks page at thewolfrocks.com
- Song featured as ‘Homegrown Song of the Week’ on Regina’s Rock 20 countdown on The WOLF
There’s quite literally thousands of dollars in prizes, not to mention fame, fortune, glory, groupies, and airplay. (*fame, fortune, glory and groupies not necessarily included.) Prizes and airplay we can guarantee.
- Members must be residents of Saskatchewan.
- Aside from the 1 cover song limit, your band must have written and have the legal right to publically perform the music you play. (aka – write and play your own tunes!!)
- No “signed” acts or bands with members that hold current contracts/representation.
- The Exchange is an all ages venue for both patrons and performers. So is Queen City Rocks.
How To Enter:
At last we get to the part you’ve been waiting for. How you go about getting in on the action. The
Submission window is NOW OPEN. We need demos in our inbox by 5pm Friday, February 17th, 2017. (Late submissions will not be considered. Period. No extensions. No excuses. )
Here’s what we need from you. (Entries must include all of the following information. If there is a field that is not applicable or available, type ‘not applicable’ or ‘not available’, do NOT just leave it blank). This may seem like a lot of info needed and nitpicky detail, but trust us, there is a TON of logistics to coordinate this competition on our end, the more complete your initial entry, the better it is for everybody. Thursday, April 13th is the date of the Grand Finale. If you can’t perform on that date, either clear your schedule now or go click on Netflix right now and save yourself the time and trouble.
To include in your application: E-mail #1
- Band name: (start you off with an easy one here)
- Primary Contact: (who’s the responsible one)
- Primary Contact’s e-mail address: (all that apply)
- Primary contact’s cell phone number: (we promise not to sext you)
- Secondary Contact:
- Secondary Contact’s e-mail address:
- Secondary contact’s cell phone number: (we might sext this one)
- Preferred Run-Off Date: (we need this as a ranked order, for example)
1 – March 3rd
2 – March 10th
3 – March 17th
4 – March 24th
5 – March 31st
(We need you to rank ALL FIVE show dates in order of preference. We’ll do our best to accommodate, but can and will slot you where we have available performance space. If there is a date that will NOT work for whatever reason, still rank it and indicate as such).
The 5 run-off dates are…. All Fridays – March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th, March 24th, March 31st.
(Load-In 5pm. Doors 7pm. First band 8pm.)
- Band website: (any and all that apply)
- Band Facebook page:
- Band Twitter account:
- Other Social Media Platforms ex) Instagram, snapchat, youtube, etc:
- Grand Finale acknowledgement: We acknowledge that if our band is successful in our run-off performance, that we will be available and able to play at the Grand Finale on Thursday, April 13th Yes/No. (<- delete the word that you don’t agree with and bold the one that’s left).
That wasn’t so hard now, was it? Okay. Now all of those 13 items can get put into an e-mail.
Please make the subject line read as follows…
Subject: QCR 2017 Submission – (band name)
Attach to this initial e-mail the following files:
- .jpg or .png of your band logo (if available – 1 MB filesize or less)
- .jpg or .png of your band (press photo – 1 MB filesize or less)
- .doc or .pdf of band bio (band roster/influences/what you’re all about)
- .jpg or .pdf of your stage plot (who stands where, how many guitars, etc)
To include in your application: E-mails #2 and #3
So you got us all the pertinent information in your e-mail. Now we need to hear your music.
We will need a minimum of 2 songs forwarded our way. Fully mixed and ready, demo recordings,
mp3 recorder in the basement…we’re not overly picky, we just need to hear your stuff.
Each song should be sent in its own separate e-mail as follows. Note the Subject line formatting!!!
Subject: QCR 2017 Song #1 – (band name) – (song name)
Subject: QCR 2017Song #2 – (band name) – (song name)
Files should be in an MP3 format, with a file size no larger than 5MB. Please send as Song #1 the
song that best illustrates what your band is all about, and you would like us to use in any advance promotional announcements we may air leading up to the performances (on-air or on-line).
Song #2 should be another track that shows us what your band is all about.
That’s it! You’re entered. If we receive all 3 e-mails from you, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from us indicating as such. You will then be in the running for one of our performance slots in the available Run-offs. Depending upon the number of submitting bands, there may be an initial adjudication phase to determine which bands will reach the performance round.
If your band is selected to advance to a Run-off, here are the things to remember:
- Have fun!
- You’ll have a 20 minute set (from the first note till you’re all wrapped up).
- Maximum of 1 cover song.
- You will be performing with a shared/common backline. After discussion with bands from last year and our sound technician, this is our definition of that.
Drums. – Shared drumkit. Drummers may bring their own throne, snare, cymbals.
Bass. – Shared amp/cabinet.
Guitar. – Shared head/cabinet. Guitarist may provide their own head or combo amp.
Last but certainly not least: A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Regina Chapter of MusicHEALS. Dedicated to helping and healing through the power of music.