CBC stepping to the mic with “Cover Me Canada”

The new singing competition will air on the Canadian public broadcaster in the fall.
June 7, 2011

Canadian primetime is getting another singing competition.

The CBC on Monday put out a casting call for musicians to appear on Cover Me Canada, where rock bands give their own interpretation of songs by legendary Canadian artists.

The reality show, to be produced by Temple Street Productions and airing this fall, will see selected musicians compete against one another on live TV for the votes of Canadians.

Four Canadian songs will be covered by the contestants: Gordon Lightfoot’s Sundown, Bryan Adam’s Run to You, Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane, and Alannah Myles’ Black Velvet.

The winner of Cover Me Canada will win a CDN$100,000 cash prize and a record deal with Universal Music Canada.

“CBC is providing a platform for the best emerging musicians from across the country to cover Canada’s greatest songs, and a chance for Canadians to rediscover the songs that we love and feel proud to call our own,” Kirstine Stewart, executive vice president of English services at CBC said in a statement.

There’s no word yet on a series host and judges. The show is based on a format co-created by 11 Entertainment and CBC. It’s not to be confused with the 2Way Traffic music format Cover Me.

From Playback Daily, with files from Barry Walsh

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