The Burn Ins win music search contest

Music Search Winner: Elkford's The Burn Ins will return to Sun Peaks to play five shows this summer. - Photo
Music Search Winner: Elkford’s The Burn Ins will return to Sun Peaks to play five shows this summer. – Photo

The Burn Ins, from Elkford B.C., is the winner of the Sun Peaks Music Search, beating four other finalists for the chance to play five shows during the summer.

Public voting closed on April 1 with Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce, Shattered Blue, Alexander Fon Rolston, Static and The Burn Ins each received over 1,000 votes to advance to the final selection.

The new Facebook campaign received 97 entries had a lot of interest with the top band receiving 2,224 votes.

“It definitely gives a glimpse into the amount of band requests we get and the amount of bands and performers that want to play in Sun Peaks,” said Janice Hoppenreys, event manager for Tourism Sun Peaks.

“Doing a social media campaign gives the community an extra voice to help us choose those bands and to get bands into Sun Peaks that people want to see. It definitely gives us a broader reach and allows us to bring in new bands all the time.”

The five finalists were all bands from B.C. ranging from Kamloops to Williams Lake and Elkford. Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bound, Shattered Blue and The Burn Ins have played in Sun Peaks before, while Alexander Fon Rolston and Static have yet to play in Canada’s Alpine Village.

“There’s huge talent in the area and a lot of them we haven’t heard of before. We’re just starting to hear from them. This was a good way of being introduced to some of the local acts around, so it’s really nice to be able to source new talent locally,” Hoppenreys said.

Each of the finalists had to submit a second video and a panel of judges selected the band they think is best suited to play five shows ranging from an hour to an hour and a half long.

“Five shows within a two month period is a lot so we’re looking for versatility and obviously a band that’s going to appeal to a large, diverse audience,” Hoppenreys said.