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Zune Offers Emerging Artists A Chance to Perform On the Zune Concert Series Stage at the 2009 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Toronto, ON, March 11, 2009 – Beginning today, Zune Canada will conduct a month-long search to find Canada’s hottest undiscovered band or artist to perform at the Zune Concert Series, Canada’s biggest free outdoor music festival taking place April 17-26 during the 2009 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

As part of its commitment to emerging Canadian artists, Zune is supporting musicians working to break out and gain industry exposure with the Zune Concert Series Competition. Bands and artists are invited to upload an original music track at www.zune.ca to enter the competition. Music fans will be able to listen and rate selected tracks from participating bands, and have the chance to win a trip for two to see the selected band play live at the 2009 TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival. The winner will be chosen by a panel of esteemed music industry experts on April 13th, 2009.

The winning band or artist will receive a coveted spot to perform on the Zune Concert Series Stage at the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard festival, sharing the bill with industry talents The Stills, Metric, Ten Second Epic and DJ Z-Trip, among others. The winner will also be awarded the opportunity to connect with Canadian music industry agents, A&R reps, and managers who will advise the band on what it takes to succeed in the highly competitive music industry.

The Zune Concert Series is a highly-anticipated highlight of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, a huge celebration in Whistler, B.C. featuring 10 days and 10 nights of live concerts, art exhibits and big air comps in Canada’s infamous outdoor playground.

For more information on the Zune Concert Series, visit www.zune.ca or www.whistler2009.com.

WHAT: Zune Concert Series Competition
WHEN: Zune Concert Series Competition: March 11 – April 7, 2009, winner will be selected on April 13, 2009;
Zune Concert Series: April 17 – 26, 2009
WHERE: Submit Band Search entries online at Zune.ca; Listen and rate music tracks competing for top prize
Zune Concert Series will take place at the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Whistler, B.C.
[press release]

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