Ni­a­gara mu­sic to gather for Drop the Mic

The Welland Tribune - - Arts & Life - JOHN LAW John.Law@ni­a­garadailies.com 905-225-1644 | @JohnLawMe­dia

The end of Au­gust will bring a new tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion for Ni­a­gara’s bands and singers, with $5,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Lo­cal event plan­ners A.S.I. Events will host the six-hour Drop the Mic con­test Aug. 31 at the new Sky­land Club in St. Catharines. Artists of all styles and gen­res are be­ing sought.

Among the prizes is paid record­ing time for a sin­gle, ra­dio in­ter­view and air time for one sin­gle, and a fully-funded mu­sic video shoot.

A.S.I. Events owner Dal­ton Pat­ter­son says about 37 artists have al­ready signed up, in­clud­ing hip-hop, folk and clas­si­cal singers.

“It’s just to get more ex­po­sure for the Ni­a­gara tal­ent we have,” he says. “It’s a mix of all gen­res.”

A for­mer event plan­ner in Toronto, Pat­ter­son moved to Ni­a­gara for school a year ago and was im­pressed with the lo­cal scene.

“I did a bit of re­search to see what events are here and what’s avail­able to be done,” he says. “Ni­a­gara re­gion has a lot of mu­sic fes­ti­vals al­ready, but none that I see that in­cor­po­rate all the gen­res into it.”

Reg­is­tra­tion is free, though en­trants are asked to pro­mote the event on so­cial me­dia.

Tick­ets are $15 in ad­vance, $20 at the door, avail­able through ASIEvents Ni­a­gara@hot­mail.com. Sky­land Club is lo­cated at 525 Wel­land Av­enue, St. Catharines.

DREAM­STIME

The new tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion Drop the Mic will be held in St. Catharines Aug. 31.

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