Canada’s Premier Independent Music Competition, 99.3 The Fox 2006 Vancouver Seeds Program, Now Accepting Submissions; Deadline: Friday, May 19 at 5 p.m. PT

(Vancouver, Canada) Vancouver’s new-rock powerhouse, 99.3 The FOX is doing its part to grow the new-rock universe right here in British Columbia. Leading the search for your new favourite band, Corus Radio’s 99.3 The FOX announces its annual local talent competition, The 2006 FOX Vancouver Seeds Program, now accepting submissions until Friday, May 19 at 5 p.m. PT.

Widely considered Canada’s premier independent music competition, The FOX Vancouver Seeds Program has been around for almost 30 years. Each year the station receives an average of 600-700 submissions, all vying for the top five spots, which award them inclusion on the 10,000 Fox Vancouver Seeds CDs that are printed and distributed throughout the year; as well as support from the station in the form of airplay, tour support and live appearances. Of the five top bands, one is crowned The Fox Vancouver Seeds 2006 Platinum Winner, a title that comes with everything they need to get started: a $5,000 demo recording deal from Warner Music Canada, a management consultation agreement with Coalition Entertainment (Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven) and $1,500 in tour support from 99.3 The FOX.

“The FOX is honoured to carry on this longstanding tradition of identifying and developing Canadian talent,” said “Dunner,” Program Director, 99.3 The FOX. “This country, and particularly this region, is so rich in talent, but it just needs some help getting off the ground. By leveraging our relationships with some of the music industry’s key players and by maximizing the promotional power of the airwaves we are able to give emerging artists the foundation they need for a viable career in this business.”

On average, two of the five winning Seeds bands go on to sign recording contracts in their winning year. Last year’s Platinum Seeds winner, Faber has signed with Chad Kroeger’s 604 Records, has just finished a cross-country tour with Juno nominees, Hedley, and has recently played shows with fellow Vancouver band, Default among others. To be eligible for entry, contestants must be residents of B.C. and 19 years of age by May 19, 2006 and may not be currently distributed by a major label. Submissions must be made on CD, with a minimum of three tracks in all. Judging will be done by 99.3 The FOX’s programming team and designated members of the Canadian recording industry. FOX listeners will have the opportunity to participate in the judging in Round Two of the competition.

For full rules and regulations, downloadable entry forms and other details on The FOX 2006 Vancouver Seeds Program, visit Round Two contenders will be announced Monday, May 29, with nightly head-to-head battles taking place on the FOX 8 O’clock Cage Match. The 10 semi-finalists emerging from Round Two take the stage at the Roxy, the week of June 19. The five winning Fox Vancouver Seeds 2006 bands will play the Max Trax stage at the Plaza of Nations for Foxfest Canada Day, Saturday, July 1, 2006. Including The FOX Vancouver Seeds Program, its largest initiative, 99.3 The FOX contributes $27,000 annually to Canadian Talent Development. The FOX Vancouver Seeds Program is presented by Long & McQuade Musical Instruments and Molson Canadian, and is produced by Music BC.

99.3 the FOX, Corus Radio and Max Trax are owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children’s programming and products. The Company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.NV.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges.

For more information, please contact: Heather Kearney Publicist Corus Entertainment (416) 530-2382