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2nd Annual Original Prize  

Well it's that time of year again, when hundred and hundreds of artists are competing in the Searchlight CBC Contest. Hwy 11 Records wants to award a prize to those in the Northern Ontario area, as we know all too well the challenge of living in a remote Canada. Big thanks to our sponsors which include Blues411 who have offered radio play to the top rated blues or roots artist in the contest and to Musicians Atlas who has offered an annual PRO membership for a year to their service which includes a listing of numerous music related industry contacts to help some northern Ontario artist continue their journey. Hwy 11 Records is also giving the winner $100. 

The following artists made it to our TOP Seven list, and now we have a another round of listening and judging. Judges are comprised of artists, musicians, writers and music fans. A range of genres are included from rock, folk, blues, r&b and singer songwriter. Please check them all out, vote for them if you feel so inclined and share with your friends to show them support, as they are all competing in the National CBC Searchlight contest.

In no particular order

Francois A. Lemieux from Blind River, Ontario https://cbcmusicsearchlight.ca/entries/71054 

Scot Connell from Kakabeka, Ontario https://cbcmusicsearchlight.ca/entries/70341 

Blackwood Sinners from Hanmer, Ontario https://cbcmusicsearchlight.ca/entries/68950

Society of Enlightened Birdmen from Thunder Bay, Ontario https://cbcmusicsearchlight.ca/entries/70174

Kassie from Sudbury, Ontario https://cbcmusicsearchlight.ca/entries/69606

Alain Therrien from Chelmsford, Ontario https://cbcmusicsearchlight.ca/entries/69187

James A. Taylor from Kirkland Lake, Ontario https://cbcmusicsearchlight.ca/entries/69075 

We will be announcing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner later on in the spring.


Sunday wilde's Original tune Handle Me is a ISC Finalist for Blues 

  Congratulations! Handle Me from Sunday wilde's last album is selected as a finalist for the International Song Writing Competition in Blues. There were over 18,500 song submissions in the contest from countries from all  over the world, in numerous genres. She is the only Canadian blues artist listed as a finalist this year. http://www.radioairplay.com/competition_votes/Blues  

Winners will be awarded by Industry and Celebrity judges like Keb Mo and Tom Waits later in April. 


2nd Annual Most Original Prize Package Offered for Northern Artists 

PRESS RELEASE February 17 

2nd Annual Hwy 11 Records Northern Ontario Prize Package Announced 
Hwy 11 Records (Atikokan) will be awarding their 2nd annual prize package to one of the CBC Searchlight Northern Ontario Region contestants. Hwy 11 Records consists of Rennie Frattura aka Reno Jack, a veteran Queen Street legend touring artist and producer, who has  teamed up with Sunday wilde to work on a number of recordings and projects, most recently they were judges in the 32nd International Blues Challenge held in Memphis this past January, the release of “Lightning Fried” this past April and are in the mixing stages of Sunday wilde’s fifth album recorded in Clarksdale Mississippi with multiple grammy nominated producer Gary Vincent, who works with Charlie Musselwhite and Morgan Freeman. 

The 2nd Annual Hwy 11 Records Most Original prize package is another project for the independent label. Last year the prize package was awarded to Giant Rabbits from Aundeck Omni Kaning, Ontario. Giant Rabbits gained further exposure from the prize and used their award to contact a number of industry representatives within the Musicians Atlas service. This year the award will be given to the most original in the UP North region of the CBC Searchlight  contest, it will not be based on voting by CBC fans but awarded to the most artistic in delivery, instrumentation, dynamics, stage presence and lyrics. 
Prizes valued at $450 will assist an artist to keep pursuing their musical endeavour, and so far include: 

A yearly PRO subscription to the Musicians Atlas. Valued at $349. The Musician's Atlas is regarded as the industry's most qualified & comprehensive directory. Every listing is updated on a regular basis. In addition to names, phone numbers, email & web addresses, entries include details such as styles of music, when to contact, submission policies, stage size, broadcast coverage, audience demographics, credits & other category specifics.   Sponsored by Musicians Atlas 

Awarded to the top rated blues or roots artist will be a month rotation of airplay on Blues411. Blues411 is an online blog and radio station, and also give out their annual blues awards to many deserving artists worldwide.A cash prize of $100 sponsored by Hwy 11 RecordsA contestant must be registered in the CBC Searchlight contest to be eligible, and be registered in the Northern Ontario region. Hwy11 Records will be announcing their top ten, top five and then the winner by  May 10th. 

“As artists living in the north, we know there are specific challenges for networking opportunities, live shows, and exposure so we want to help by giving a northern artist this award, and I am so grateful that Blues411 and the Musicians Atlas have agreed to assist us with this.” says multiple award winning Atikokan resident blues artist Sunday wilde.

Be sure to check out the sponsors:

https://musiciansatlas.com/ ​ and http://blues411.com/

Western Canada Tour Summer of 2015 

The Sauna tour out to western Canada was full of meeting up with some FB friends, new friends and old friends. Had a wonderful time performing in Victoria, Duncan, Vancouver, Lethbridge, Winnipeg, Fernie and more. 

Here is one of the performances at the Duncan Showroom


HWY 11 Records Most Original Contest Winner 

During this years CBC Searchlight contest, we also ran our own little contest for the UPNORTH category only based on originality. During the Easter weekend we listened to 105 contestants from the area, of many genres. Selections were determined by a panel of seven. Not an easy feat whatsoever. 

The prize package was developed to include a few things that might help an artist/band on the road and to continue on their musical journey with tools to make it easier. Musicians Atlas sponsored an annual subscription to their PRO database (value $349), and we have included a gas card and a three month subscription to Jambox.

We hope everyone can support these great artists by attending their shows, buying their music and also with words of encouragement along the way! 
The winner >> Giant Rabbits 

2nd Place >> David Dino White

3rd Place > Hyland Drive


Memphis and Clarksdale Trips 

We are back from Memphis and Clarksdale, where we had a chance to play at King's Palace on Beale Street the night before the blues awards as well as at the Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street. Part of our trip was to network and enjoy and we met some amazing musicians and had a chance to record in Memphis and in Clarksdale for an upcoming release. Here is a video from one of the shows joined in by Sturgis from Low Society and Sonny Rock who tours with Tas Crus. A fun time!! 

New Canadian Music REVIEW  

Lightning Fried - Reno Jack the Bear 


His name may suggest a card shark from the Wild West, but Reno Jack is actually a well-respected veteran on the rockabilly/country scene, having played extensively with such legends as Handsome Ned, Herald Nix and Johnny MacLeod (in The Jack Family). He has been featured on more than 20 albums, but Lightning Fried is the first album to come out under his own name. It's a real strong debut, one that incorporates country, blues, folk and vintage rock 'n roll elements. Jack has a deep voice that's full of character, and there is energy and humour in his well-crafted songs (the album comprises 11 originals and four covers). He is backed by a great posse of players, from American notables like Watermelon Slim and Robert Hughes (Teeny Tucker Band) and Janelle Frost to Canadians Rusty McCarthy (Mary Margaret O’Hara), Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo), Shelley Coopersmith, Johnny Lovesin and Sunday Wilde (Jack has produced her recent fine records).
Reno Jack played Thunder Bay earlier this week and is at King's Palace Cafe in Memphis on May 

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