Winner announced on Cover Me Canada

CBC’s COVER ME CANADA showcased the best new talent this country has to offer over the past eight weeks and tonight announced that Toronto, Ontario’s Whosarmy was judged the best new Canadian band by a combined vote from the judges and Canadian audiences.

“Canada couldn’t have asked for a better outcome from a show that has thrilled audiences week to week combining raw talent with beloved Canadian classic hits! It’s been thrilling for all three of us to watch these bands grow musically. Ultimately it came down to two finalists that proved to Canadian audiences that they had what it takes to dominate a stage and leave their mark on the Canadian music scene. Only one could win and we thought that these young men are consummate musicians and deserved to win. They are not afraid of challenging themselves and they always respected the spirit of the songs they were performing while not afraid to branch out with their own unique arrangements. Travis’ vocal range and showmanship is fantastic! We know they will have a strong future and everyone go out and download this great original song,” commented Ron Fair on behalf of the judges.

The original single, Alive, produced by Fair, was performed at the conclusion of tonight’s show and is available for download on iTunes. The music for the single was a song that Whosarmy had in their vault. Once they made it to the final two they hooked up with Chantal Kreviazuk, who co-wrote the lyrics to Alive.

In the star-packed finale the multi-platinum, Juno award winning band Hedley, performed the first single, Invincible, from their newly released album, Storms, and all three COVER ME CANADA judges – Jordan Knight, Deborah Cox and Ron Fair stepped out from behind their judges table to perform their version of Glass Tiger’s top ten hit Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone produced by fellow judge, Ron Fair. The song will also be available exclusively on iTunes.

G07, Simpson Brothers, Georgia Murray, Living in Red, Warren Dean Flandez and Ali Milner who were eliminated from the show come back to Studio 40 at the CBC to celebrate the finale and perform with the remaining two bands a special performance of The Parachute Club’s 1983 much beloved, Rise Up.

Every week Canadians online buzz for the finalists was a factor is saving them from elimination by the judges. In the finale, Canadians’ vote was also weighted in the final decision and the winner was determined by a combination of the judges’ votes and Canada’s votes.

COVER ME CANADA was hosted by Nicole Appleton (All Saints) and judges, along with mentor-producers including Hawksley Workman, Kuya, and Gavin Brown, presided as the finalists performed live in a bid to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for an original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

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