Montreal â€“ August 16, 2011 â€“ Audio manufacturer Sennheiser is showcasing independent artists through The Sessions, a series of locally produced music shows featuring unsigned local bands and solo acts that will culminate in a grand finale in September where one act will be awarded a Sennheiser prize pack valued at $5,000.
The Sessions kicked off in February at The Guitar Boutique (aka The Ranch) in Bethany, Ontario with six bands getting the chance to play through a premium range of sound equipment, including K-array loudspeakers and Sennheiser microphones. A second Session in July saw the event move outdoors, while expanding to include 19 bands over a two-day ribfest event. An August Session will feature 22 bands before the grand finale takes place in September.
By participating in The Sessions, Sennheiser is taking an active role in helping emerging artists
promote their careers. â€œThe whole idea of The Sessions is to take unsigned artistic talent and give them the chance to perform using equipment they dream of performing on,â€? said Michael Wyman, Sennheiser. â€œWe take that top-of-the-line audio, we mix it and we provide them with them a DVD of one or two of their performances they can use as a sound reel to promote their shows.â€?
Sennheiser provides all of the equipment necessary for the non-profit event, which highlights some of the most promising Canadian bands. All bands that have at least one original composition to perform are invited to take part in The Sessions and the response has been overwhelming. Each Session slot has been filled to capacity, and the top bands of each session are awarded with prizes from Sennheiser. After each session, Sennheiser provides artists with the recordings of their performance.
The Sessions event series will close out the summer with a grand finale. The top two bands from each day of a Session event will have a chance to win the ultimate Sennheiser prize pack, valued at $5,000.