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CKDU's Rock Lottery means 25 musicians, 24 hours and some fun

Friday, October 2 at the Paragon Theatre

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The real lottery winner is you, the lucky audience member
  • The real lottery winner is you, the lucky audience member

CKDU’s funding fest kicks off this week with 10 days of amazing shows, parties and events that will make you want to open your wallets and cough over the cash for the good of the airwaves. Friday’s Rock Lottery at the Paragon Theatre (9pm, $8 in advance at CKDU, The Rock Garden, or CD Plus or $10 at the door), involves 25 musicians being sorted randomly into 5 bands, and given 24 hours to come up with a few songs before performing live the next night. The pressure is on! The Rock Lottery was conceived 12 years ago by a Texan show promoter, and has been much copied, but a Halifax rock lottery has it’s own unique challenges. “The thing we noticed when we were making a list of people to invite is that in this city, 25 musicians is not a lot of musicians. The tough part is not being able to invite everyone whose music you like and admire. But we did our best, and basically they're all ringers,“ says co-organizer Dave Ewenson. “What I'm excited about is finding out who will be in whose band. Will Ruth Minnikin and Ghettosocks be collaborating? Or maybe Ross Burns (from Gypsophilia) and Sylvain Coderre (from Black Moor)? No one knows.” You just might see some history being made on Friday night. “These bands didn't exist before, and probably won't exist after, though you never know, The Rock Lottery could birth some new Halifax bands,” says Ewenson.

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