Brian Bentley performs at the Zattzoo Project’s Youth Battle of the Bands at the Rainbow Room in 2016. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Young musicians invited to perform at Port Alberni’s Youth Battle of the Bands

The Battle, in its fourth year, takes place at the Rainbow Room on May 26

It’s that time of year again. Port Alberni and Vancouver Island musicians will have the chance to showcase their skills at Port Alberni’s Youth Battle of the Bands.

Presented by the Zattzoo Project, the contest brings together all genres of bands and solo musicians from around the Island, under the age of 25, to show their talents in front of three judges. The competition takes place on Saturday, May 26 at the Rainbow Room. All ages are welcome to watch the performances until 10 p.m.

Top prize for first place is $1,000 and a chance to perform at the Five Acre Shaker this summer at McLean Mill. Second prize is $500 and third gets $250. There are five separate prizes of $100 each for best guitar, best bass, best drummer, best singer and an other category.

The event was established by Kim Blake and her son Dallas Ward of the Zattzoo Project to provide local musicians a place to play in or near their hometown for their families and friends. The contest, now in its fourth year, is also continued in memory of Zakk Coss, Blake’s music-driven son and Ward’s brother, who was in a fatal car accident in 2014 at the age of 22.

“[Battle of the Bands] has got it’s own energy,” Blake said. “Once we let it go someone else would pick it up. These things are going to happen with or without me as [Zakk’s] mother and either I can be part of it or I can sit back…I’ve chosen to be a part of it.”

Related: Musicians battle at Zattzoo Project’s Youth Battle of the Bands

Music promoters are invited to join the evening in hopes of finding performers for upcoming events.

“Anyone who promotes events here in town, you’re our guests that night, a lot of these kids get booked right away,” Blake said. “Last year was just buzzing, the kids could feel the vibe.”

Ward said the past three first place winners of the Battle have gone on to do “really well.”

“Non Stop Talk, Malahat and Quadra Sound have been playing Victoria shows and Western Canadian tours,” he added.

This year’s judges are Sydney Reynolds, who won best local performance at the Battle in 2016, Kyle Hamelin, whose band The Atlas Project won second prize at the 2016 Battle, and musician Jason Samson.

“It’s a wonderful night of hope and everything your kid can dream of…it’s a great night of inspiration,” Blake said. “The audience is full of moms, dads, cousins and grandparents, it’s the whole family. It’s a heartwarming night with a wide variety of music.”

To sign up, bands can head to and send a direct message.

The Battle is a fundraiser, with all door sales going to next year’s Battle. Anyone wanting to help with fundraising can donate bottles to the Zattzoo Project’s account at the Port Alberni Bottle Depot.

The Rainbow Room is located at 3752 Fourth Ave., above Rainbow Lanes bowling centre.


Solvent of Society performs at the Zattzoo Project’s Youth Battle of the Bands at the Rainbow Room in 2016. KARLY BLATS PHOTO

Just Posted

Port Alberni residents enjoy public tours on Coast Guard vessel

PromoScience Expedition offered the public a chance to learn about marine research

Coast Guard vessel open for second day of public tours on Alberni waterfront

Talk to marine scientists, learn about research equipment on CCGS Vector

Port Alberni walks for World Food Day

John Paul II Catholic School students walked to end world hunger

San Group announces plans to build new sawmill in Port Alberni

San Group has purchased 25 acres of Catalyst Paper land on Stamp Avenue for its expansion

Two Port Alberni cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Leaf Compassion and Cannabis Club ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

Most Read