Edge Emerging Artist Showcase @ Sound Academy – August 22, 2014

Toronto-based radio station 102.1 The Edge’s “Next Big Thing” contest gives independent artists an opportunity to showcase their talent and promote their music. Six finalists, whittled down from over 600 entrants, went head-to-head at the Edge Emerging Artist Showcase at Sound Academy on Friday, August 22. On the line – $35,000 in cash, and more prizes than you can shake a drum stick at. Each band had about 20 minutes to show their best stuff and wow the packed house (and more importantly, the judges). Congrats to Gray (missed her set, unfortunately), JJ and The Pillars, Brothers of North, Coronado, The Fiscals, and Xprime for making it this far. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 26 at 9:15am on 102.1 The Edge. Tune in!

JJ and The Pillars (Peterborough, Ontario)
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Brothers of North (Newmarket/Aurora, Ontario)
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Coronado (Toronto, Ontario)
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The Fiscals (Newmarket, Ontario)
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Xprime (Niagara Falls/Welland, Ontario)
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Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

NOTES:
-The drummers were shrouded in darkness (as per usual), so I wasn’t able to get any shots of them.
-I shot JJ and The Pillars, Brothers of North, and Coronado from the crowd. After that, I asked a security dude how I could get inside the barrier at the front of the stage. Five minutes later, I had an orange wristband – access granted!
-Met Justin O’Heir, manager for The Fiscals – nice guy!
-Besides me, there was a video guy and three photographers stationed in the pit, including Bobby Singh from Front of House Photography.