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09 July 2008 @ 08:21 pm

The Recipe:

1) Take a bunch of local musicians with different styles, skill levels, and instrument preferences, and throw their names into a hat.

2) Mix well and allow to stand for 4-5mins. Draw out 4-5 names at a time.

3) Get those 4-5 musicians together, tell them to arrange 2 songs, cook and simmer for a few months, and VOILA - A ZOMBIE BAND!!!

So basically... all you local musicians out there looking for band members, jam members, a chance to play on stage in front of hundreds of potential fans, and even those of you who've already got a band and just want a great creative musical challenge, this is for you! You'll be placed with 3-4 other musicians via random selection and will be asked to work together with them to arrange 1 original song and 1 cover of any Asian popular music song (eg. jrock, hkpop, korean hip hop, etc.). All bands will then compete with their 2 songs for the coveted title of Best Zombie Band!!!

Think you've got what it takes? There are 3 rounds to the competition:

First Round: Zombie Band Project Launch
July 12th, 2008; 4pm @ The Rock Garden
262 Progress Ave., Scarborough

The Project Launch will be a live music event featuring various (already existing) local bands, where the concept and guidelines of the Project will be introduced. All those interested in participating in the Zombie Band Project must be present at this event! The selection of Zombie Band group members will occur at the end of the event, so you can come for the whole thing to enjoy the live local music and mingle with the other prospective Zombie Band participants, or just come at the end to be part of the band selection. You must fill out the Application Form (available online HERE "http://www.j-rocknorth.com/zombie_band_application.pdf") and submit it at this event in order to participate. After selection, the newly-formed bands are free to get together and start work on the 2 songs.

***ANY (EXISTING) BANDS INTERESTED IN PERFORMING AT THE PROJECT LAUNCH, PLEASE CONTACT zombie_band@dot-con.com ASAP WITH A DEMO!!! We have limited spots available in the bill but we'd love to have a good variety of music, so please inquire for more information!***

Second Round: Zombie Band Auditions
Sept. 6th 2008; 7pm @ The Rock Garden
262 Progress Ave., Scarborough

All the Zombie Bands will perform their 2 songs in front of a live audience and a panel of judges ("The Brain"). Bands will be judged as a whole based on overall skill, musical arrangement, on-stage chemistry and stage charisma/audience interaction. Remember, since you will be judged AS A BAND, we're not looking for insane 20-minute drum solos or spotlight-hoggers! The overall top performers will be selected as finalists, and will proceed to the finals!

Final Round: Zombie Band Finale!
Nov. 15th, 2008; (time to be determined) @ Dotcon Convention

The finals! All the finalist bands will perform their two songs in front of attendees at the Dotcon convention. "The Brain" (with maybe a couple of special guest judges) will also make a second appearance to judge the final product and decide who takes the title of Best Zombie Band!!!

Sound good? Think you're up to the challenge? Get your application form ready and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us any time at zombie_band@dot-con.com. More details will be up on http://www.j-rocknorth.com and http://www.dot-con.com, as well as the new JNP Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/jrocknorth very very soon, so please keep checking out the sites for updates!

And remember, even if you don't participate in the Project, you're welcome to just come and watch and support your favourite Zombie Bands… and bring your friends too!

Hope to see you there… ROCK OUT, ZOMBIES!!!