Paragon and Rogers: An Indie Band's Dream Come True

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Paragonyx Entertainment in conjunction with Rogers Wireless is putting together a one-of-a-kind band competition where the winning band walks away with $5000 cash, a $5000 photoshoot and 24 hours of recording time($1000 value). An $11,000 value 1st prize.

On June 2,3,23, 24 and July 21st the Rogers Paragon 5k will take place. This competition is the first of its kind in Canada to give such a large cash prize; The winning band walks away with $5000 cash and a prize worth $11,000. There will be four preliminary rounds comprised of ten bands each (each band will only have to compete once.) Two bands will be selected from each preliminary and three bands will be selected as wild cards throughout the competition. There are no applications fees either. Ultimately, Paragon will be sending eleven bands to compete at the Rogers Pargon 5K Final in July.

The sign-up for the competition will begin Monday, April 3rd at 5pm and will end Wednesday, May 3rd at 5pm. In order to sign up bands must go to: http://www.paragononline.ca/signup.php and enter their information. They must then send an MP3 of their music as well as their website to: info@paragononline.ca

The selected bands will be notified by May 3rd.

Judging is a large factor that separates Paragon from other such competitions. We assure you that all event judges will be credible music industry professionals including: Record Company A & R, Record Producers, booking agents, etc. Criteria for judging will include:

Overall talent (musicianship, band cohesiveness etc.)

Originality

Attitude/Stage presence

Professionalism

A similar type of competition, called the Rogers Paragon Platinum, was held in October and November of 2005, and in January and February of 2006. The prize for this competition was $2500 cash from Rogers Wireless. The band who walked away with the prize of the first Rogers Paragon Platinum was Ashley. The second installment of the competition was won by FNA. These bands were brought on stage where they received a novelty cheque for $2500 as well as their actual prize winnings. Upon receiving his prize, Shawn Kirkpatrick the lead singer of the band FNA told Paragon Executive Director Michael Gruneir at the Reverb: "It was nice to be treated with respect by a promoter for once. Paragon cares about the artist and not only their own needs. We had nothing but a positive experience with the competition. It is an example of a company that lives up to their promises. This is the first time that we have ever played a battle where we have actually received all that was promised to us." Rogers and Paragon have doubled the cash prize money and are excited by the prospect of this one of a kind competition.

Paragonyx Entertainment was originally started in June of 2003 by Toronto musician Michael Gruneir. Michael is a lead singer in an independent toronto acoustic band Autumn Hill, and he wanted to put together a competition that geared to the interests of established independent artists that took music seriously and professionally. The ultimate goal of all Paragon Band Competitions is to provide musicians in Toronto and Southern Ontario with the opportunity to play in a competition, that unlike many other similar events, bases its results solely on talent of its participants and where the judges were legitimate music industry professionals. Paragon's official website: http://www.paragononline.ca further allows band members and music fans to communicate via the Paragon community message board about Paragon and any other music related interests. Paragon is a band competition program geared toward serious independent bands and musicians that have substantial live experience.

Lital Rotman, the Media and Marketing Director of Paragonyx joined the organization in january of 2005 at a crucial time. Media exposure and organization were necessary to organize a free outdoor charity concert for two local charities: Variety Village and Inner City Angels. Michael and Lital have been business partners ever since and have organized both the Rogers Paragon Platinum and 5k series together.

For more information about Paragon, go to:

http://www.paragononline.ca
http://www.myspace.com/paragononline

Contact Information:

Lital Rotman

Media and Marketing Director

Paragonyx Entertainment Inc.

(647) 883-8118

lital@paragononline.ca

http://www.paragononline.ca
http://www.myspace.com/paragononline

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