Round Two now open! Submission deadline is midnight May 15, 2021.

Contest winners

ROUND ONE: February 2021

Photo: John Gearin

The Marshas

Formed in 2019, The Marshas are a punk rock band from Peterborough, Ontario. The band’s line-up consists of Gene Jochen on drums, Jon Jacques on bass guitar, Jay Parson on rhythm guitar, and Taso Dalakoudis on lead guitar and vocals. Having played in various other bands in the past, the members of The Marshas were ready to take on a new and more hard rocking approach to their music. Each of the members brought a different playing style and wide ranging influences to the mix that all fell together seamlessly and complimented each other in a way that was just meant to be! That’s the band in a nutshell…the rest is history in the making. There are good things ahead and we hope you will enjoy taking this musical journey with us!

Recorded by The Marshas.
Mixed and Mastered by Greg Wells.

Photo: John Gearin

The Colton Sisters

Mary and Martha Colton graduated from Adam Scott CVI a few years back. They grew up on a farm just outside of Peterborough, Ontario. They began singing at the age of 14. At the age of 16 they learned to play guitar and took an interest in songwriting. In 2017, both were finalists in a local singing contest, Snowfest Idol. Since then they also took an interest in learning piano and ukulele. They have played many local venues including Showplace, Dr. J’s Blues Jam, The Black Horse, The Stage Cafe and Chemong Lodge. The twins are passionate songwriters and their harmonies create a unique and captivating sound.

Emily Burgess

Emily Burgess graduated with honours from Humber College’s prestigious music program at twenty-two years old, majoring in guitar. Direct from the hallways to the roadways, Emily began touring Canada and the U.S with the JUNO nominated 24th Street Wailers. Hundreds of shows later, she is fronting her own band, Emily Burgess & The Emburys, and playing guitar with many different acts across Canada. Emily has shared the stage and traded riffs with guitar greats Jimmie Vaughan, John Primer, Garrett Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Sue Foley, and Sam Weber, among others. Burgess wrote two songs and took guitar duties for 2015’s JUNO nominated album “Wicked” by The 24th Street Wailers.

Since 2014, Emily has toured year-round with ‘The Baddest Band in the Land’, The Weber Brothers, bringing her constantly evolving approach and style to the band.

As a guitarist for the Women’s Blues Revue Band since 2014, Emily has had the opportunity to take her place alongside many of Canada’s top musicians at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall every November.

In November 2017, Burgess released her debut solo album Are We In Love?’, produced by The Weber Brothers. CBC music journalist Bob Mersereau calls the album “Empowering” and “A Big Winner”. John Valenteyn of The Maple Blues Newsletter writes “…she has a knack for writing attractive tunes that feature her biting lead guitar…a combination not often heard”. He adds that the album is “Gorgeously produced”. Emily Burgess & The Emburys recently released follow-up album, ‘Never-Ending Fling, is a twisting and turning roots-rock journey not to be missed! 

In February 2019, Emily Burgess & The Emburys won ‘Best New Artist’ at the Maple Blues Awards.