From top left clockwise: Ryder of HOT 107 Morning Show, Jacquie Young Media Strategist at PlanIt Sound, David Odumade New Media Manager at United Way, Rowena Cui COO of PlanIt Sound, Anne Smith CEO of United Way, Nancy Critchley Communications Director at United Way, R.J. Cui CEO of PlanIt Sound and Mike Kluttig VP of Community Engagement at United Way.
We are honoured and grateful to have partnered with United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and HOT 107 on the first ever My United Way Voice contest. On October 2nd we held a press conference at the PlanIt Sound Inc offices/studio amongst a room full of media and industry leaders launching the brand new contest to search for voices against poverty. Spoken word artists, singers and rappers from across the Capital Region are being called on to submit a video of themselves singing a catchy hook, spitting rhymes or dropping and inspirational verse using the poverty theme.
The winner - decided by online community vote - will receive a prize package valued at $5,000 that includes professional coaching, studio recording time and a live performance in front of over 700 community leaders and supporters at United Way's annual campaign wrap-up, the Red Tie Gala on March 5, 2015.
The contest encourages original work by local artists, but can also be a cover tune that connects with the issue. The goal of the project is to find the best voice against poverty and offer a showcase for the performance. Now open, the submission deadline is November 21, 2014. The top 5 submissions will be announced at myunitedwayvoice.ca on November 28, 2014 and then the contest will open to the community for online voting that will close on January 19, 2015.
Photo 1: Recording Artists Tzadeka and Fendercase. Photo 2: Recording Artist Fendercase, Paula and Jonathan Rivero of Qi Creative and Rowena Cui of PlanIt Sound. Photo 3: Josh Classen Chief Meteorologist at CTV, R.J. Cui CEO PlanIt Sound Inc and Nancy Critchley Communications Director at United Way. Photo 4: R.J. and Rowena Cui of PlanIt Sound Inc.
Full contest details on how to enter can be found by visiting:
Promo Video Credits:
Creative Director: R.J. Cui
Spoken word artist: KazMega
Background song performed by: Fendercase, Omar Mouallem, R.J. Cui and Doris Djulic
Composed by: Fred Brenton
Director: Simon Morgan
Cinematographer: David Baron