Are you constantly on the lookout for the latest rising music stars? Are your headphones attached to your ears at all times for fear of missing a beat on the latest upcoming talent? If this sounds like you, and you’re a Canadian resident, then OurStage and the Intel® Canada Superstars Competition need your help!
Intel® “Canada is looking for their next superstar, but they cannot do it without your vote in the seven competition channels. In return for your efforts, you’ll be entered alongside other OurStage users to win an incredible prize package, with one Grand Prize winner receiving a Fender® Modern Player Telecaster Plus along with a Fender® Mustang II 40 Watt Guitar Combo Amp!
You only have until September 30, to judge and be entered to win, so what are you waiting for? Get judging!
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Our neighbors to the north are a pretty cheery bunch, eh? Everybody knows that the people of Canada are known for their warmth despite (or maybe because of) their cold surroundings. But Canadians are also a pretty creative bunch as well! We wanted to give some special attention to the musical and aesthetic works that have come out of the Great White North, so we teamed up with Intel to bring these artists the Intel® “Canada Superstars” Competition. But we can’t pick any competition winners without you, the fans, making your voice heard. And while discovering new talent and shedding light on the efforts of an underappreciated artist should be it’s own reward, we decided to sweeten the deal.
Fans have a chance to win a Fender® Modern Player Telecaster Plus, and a Fender® Mustang II 40 Watt Guitar Combo Amp to go along with, for judging in any of the seven competition channels in the Intel® “Canada Superstars” Competition! But you only have until September 30 to judge in the competition and get in the running to win the Grand Prize. So start judging already!
After weeks spent vying for the top of the charts, the best entries from the Intel® “Canada Superstars” Competition, as determined by our community of fans, have made it through to the semi-final round. Now, OurStage fans can listen and judge by September 14 to help choose the Top 20 songs in each channel. These songs will continue to the online finals round. Judging automatically enters fans to win a Fender® Modern Player Telecaster® Plus and a Fender® Mustang II 40 Watt Guitar Combo Amp. Don’t wait on this one, aspiring superstars. Your turn could be next.
The Intel® “Canadian Superstars” Competition is heating up as aspiring superstars across Canada enter their best tunes for the chance to win some amazing prize packs. But why let the artists have all the fun? From now until August 31, judge across seven categories”including electronic, singer-songwriter, urban, pop, rock, country, and Francophone”and you’ll be entered to win a Fender® Modern Player Telecaster® Plus and a Fender® Mustang II 40 Watt Guitar Combo Amp! Judge now, and you might be giving those Canadian superstars a run for their money sooner then you think.
Every month, Ernie Ball selects one winner from one music channel to be the recipient of a years supply of free strings. Each month, a different genre is chosen and axe wielders of all shapes and sizes get the opportunity to win. We caught up with winners Fiction Reform and The Worsties to learn a little more about their playing style, major influences and favorite guitarists among other things. Check out their responses below:
Jesse Worstell (The Worsties)
Favorite Players: Jimi Hendrix, Mike McCready, Tom Morello, Jack White, Prince
Major Influences: “I caught the music bug in high school so my biggest influence in the beginning was anything from the grunge era, especially Pearl Jam. A lot of the albums in the ’90s were easy to play along to, so they were pretty much my guitar teachers.
Currently Playing: “My main guitar is a black Gibson SG Standard. I also have an arctic white Fender American Telecaster and a white 1985 Japanese Fender Mustang.”
What was it like to win? “When we received the news that we had won a year’s supply of strings there was a lot of celebration, mostly because Ernie Ball was already my preferred string. It couldn’t have come at a better time. We’ve been on the road quite a bit and strings can be expensive, especially if you’re going through them so fast… and it’s not always easy to find a music shop while out playing shows. We don’t have to worry about that now for a while. It’s been one of the best prizes The Worsties have received for sure!”
Aaron Chabak (Fiction Reform)
Playing Style: “My playing style is mostly a blend of classic punk-rock power chording and blues licks that I picked up listening to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. I like to stay minimalistic when possible because Brenna can really belt out the vocal melodies.”
Favorite Players: “My list of favorite guitar players is always growing. It started with Jimmy Page, Jerry Cantrell, Eddie Van Halen, all the guys in Bad Religion and Fletcher from Pennywise. Lately I’ve been into Matt from Muse, Zach & Tim from Rise Against and recently I’ve been going back over Descendents albums.”
Major Influences: “I can track most of my inspiration back to Dave Grohl. The first time I saw him play was with the Foo Fighters at Memorial Hall in Kansas City when they were promoting their first album. I’ll never forget how cool he was on stage. And that guy plays everything like a badass!”
Currently Playing: “Right now my main guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Standard and I recently got a goldtop LTD EC-400 that I’ve been really impressed with. The guys at Krank also turned me on to their new Nineteen80 series amp and it rips!”
What was it like to win? “Winning free strings is an awesome feeling! It’s easy to skimp on changing strings when you’re a starving musician and it’s horrible for your tone. Having a year’s worth of Ernie Ball’s keeps me sounding my best every night so I’m very thankful.”
You can check out the riffing of Aaron Chabak and Jesse Worstell in the playlist below: