The 2015 Alberta PEAK Performance Project Winners


The Alberta PEAK Performance Project 2015 Finale
…And The Winner Is:

At the end of an incredible night of music, the Alberta PEAK Performance Project is overjoyed to announce winning order of the Top 3 in this years project. Taking home the top prize of $100,953.00 is Leeroy Stagger!

First Place ($100.953): Leeroy Stagger
Second Place ($75,000):The Royal Foundry
Third Place ($50,000): TRANSIT 

Each bands prize goes towards their ongoing musical career. Cumulatively the program brings nearly three quarters of a million dollars to the infrastructure of the music scene in Alberta every year.

“It’s been such a great experience to be involved with all of these incredible artists and everyone at 95.3 The PEAK this year,” says Alberta Music Executive Director Chris Wynters. “In five short months, twelve of this province’s best bands have committed to a rigorous program of professional development, taking on challenges ranging in scope from coming up with a unique merchandise item, to working with a charity of their choice to raise funds. They’ve performed in 3 separate showcases, co-written a song with a band from the Peak Performance Project in BC, and participated in a music boot camp led by top members of the Canadian music industry. This year in Alberta there are twelve more bands who have gained so much to flourish in their careers, and now three of them are coming away with a significant investment in their continued success.”

During the course of the project all the Top 12 artists took part in video interviews, and each produced unique video introduction to their music. Alberta and BC finalists were also paired together at boot camp to write and record a song, check out all twelve songs on the PEAK Performance Project’s SoundCloud Account.

Alberta Music, 95.3 The PEAK, and all of those involved wish to acknowledge and sincerely thank the entire group of Top 12 finalists and their teams for their hard work, spirit, and dedication at this year’s PEAK Performance Project:

Transit (Calgary)
The Velveteins (Edmonton)
The Wisers (Calgary)
Braden Gates (Fort Saskatchewan)
Two Bears North (Edmonton)
Northern Beauties (Calgary)
Miesha & The Spanks (Calgary)
The Royal Foundry (Sherwood Park)
Leeroy Stagger (Lethbridge)
Layten Kramer (Canmore)
Beach Season (Calgary)
Cowpuncher (Calgary)

The PEAK Performance Project is designed to educate, promote, develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up and coming artists. It also hopes to foster the Alberta music industry and create a sense of community amongst artists and music professionals. In addition to the $100,953 top prize, $75,000 second prize, and $50,000 third prize, a $5,000 base camp award is given to each Top 12 band to help them with their career development.

Follow @peakppab on Twitter or “Like” The PEAK Performance Project Alberta on Facebook to share in the music and the latest PEAK Performance Project information. You can also get to know all the bands who have participated through their profiles on

2015 finishes year two for the Alberta PEAK Performance Project, a seven year, $4.9 million program designed to kick-start the international music careers of 3 emerging Alberta artists annually. In 2014 the project awarded The Wet Secrets of Edmonton with first place, while Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, and 36? took second and third respectively. The project is administered by Alberta Music (Alberta Music Industry Association) and funded by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group through CRTC approved Canadian Content Development Funding.
The BC PEAK Performance Project just finished its seventh and final year in 2015, and past winners include We Are the City, Kyprios, Current Swell, Dear Rouge, Rykka, Good for Grapes and Bed of Stars.

Interview requests or media inquiries may be directed to,

Joelle May, ModMay Promotions
Phone: 403-618-2504

Alberta PEAK Performance Project Top 3 Announced!

The Top 3 artists from Alberta’s PEAK Performance Project were announced today at 5:00PM live on air at 95.3 The PEAK in no particular order. The rankings of the top 3 will be announced at the finale show on Saturday, November 21st at Flames Central, where the top 3 will perform and over $225,000 in prizing will be awarded.

Congratulations to the Top 3 (in order of performance)!

The Royal Foundry
Leeroy Stagger

Tickets for the PEAK Performance Project Finale will go on sale 10:00am, Wednesday, November 4th at All ticket sale proceeds from the finale will be donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

These past 6 months have been an incredible journey for all the Top 12 PPP artists involved. We are proud of every single one of them for the dedication and passion they’ve shown towards the project and their careers.

Beach Season
Braden Gates
Layten Kramer
Leeroy Stagger
Miesha & The Spanks
Northern Beauties
The Royal Foundry
Two Bears North
The Velveteins
The Wisers

The PEAK Performance Project is designed to educate, promote, develop and launch the careers of some of Alberta’s up and coming artists. It also hopes to foster the Alberta and BC music industries and create a sense of community amongst artists and music professionals. Top Prizes this year for the Alberta Project include a $100,953 top prize, $75,000 second prize, $50,000 third prize, as well as a $5,000 base camp award given to each Top 12 band to help them with their career development.

AB PPP Top 3 Announcement

Today’s the day! Who will it be!? Tune in to 95.3 The PEAK on Tuesday, November 3rd at 5:00PM to find out who the Alberta #PPP2015 Top 3 Finalists are!

Also, keep your eye out for tickets to the Alberta #PPP2015 Finale at Flames Central as they’re sure to go fast!


AB #PPP2015 Finale!

95.3 The PEAK and Alberta Music are proud to announce the 2015 PEAK Performance Project Finale!
Sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

Tune in to 95.3 The PEAK on Tuesday, November 3rd at 5:00PM to find out who the #PPP2015 Top 3 Finalists are! Come out for a night of great Alberta music as we celebrate another year of the PEAK Performance Project and change 3 artist’s lives!


Saturday, November 21



Flames Central (219 – 8 Ave SW)
Doors at 8:00 PM
Music at 9:30 PM (sharp)
Tickets Advance: $9.53 + Service Charge
Tickets at the Door: $15
Available Wednesday, November 4th at 10:00AM



95.3 The PEAK and Alberta Music are launching the 2015 PEAK Performance Project Showcase sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka

The adjudicated Top 12 showcase series features four performances every Friday of October, so get out and support your favourite artist for their chance at winning $100,953!

All PEAK Performance Project Showcases will be taking place at:

Nite Owl (213 – 10 Ave SW)
Doors at 8:30 PM
Music at 9:30 PM (sharp)
Tickets Advance: $9.53 + Service Charge
Tickets at the Door: $15



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Say No to No and Yes to Pizza

Well, tomorrow is the last day out here at the Peak Performance Project Bootcamp and let me just say…getting out of bed here is among the hardest things I’ve ever experienced.
Yesterday we went on the Zip-line. Before they harness you up for rippin’, they make you stand on scale. This particular scale is divided into two sections. The sole purpose of it is to figure out the level of burger love in its clients.
I love burgers.
Learning lots, making new pals, taking everything to 10 and saying no to no. That basically sums up Bootcamp.

-GP (Pizza)


What can I say?

At the risk of sounding cliche’d, it’s been an incredible time here at bootcamp. It’s weird to think someone has to win in the end. I feel like we’re at a festival or something. It doesn’t feel like a competition at all. Highlights for me have been all the showcases and definitely recording with Russ Broom. He knew our sound and integrated it perfectly with JP. I personally couldn’t be more happy with the song especially considering what short time we had to record and write it. JP and his band were a great collaborator and things just flowed from the first note. The Nimbus crew have also been awesome. Shout out to Connor who was the assistant on our session. Pure beauty.

I was warned before I came that sleep would become a luxury and that’s 1000% true. But it’s also a bit of a choice. We all just want to hang out even when we’re not “working”. I’m inspired, not just by the lessons etc. but by every other artist. What we’ve learnt from the faculty has been invaluable and beyond my expectations. I’ve been reminded that the music business is not for slouches! Hard work and dedication is what it takes to make it on both sides ( the art and business ). I’m inspired to keep learning, working and practising my craft.


Bleep bloop

Hey. Sup. After a long week of music and chillin hard I’m saddened that this is the end, but I’m grateful for everyone I’ve met and everything I’ve learned. This camp is an amazing experience that is unlike any radio competition and I’m really thankful for all the people who work so hard to make this happen.


This is how I feel right now

One of the most fun parts for me was playing with a bunch of synths that our producer (Nik Kozub) and the National Music Centre brought in. NMC brought an old Moog model D which was a treat to play and lay some bong rattling bass down in the studio while collaborating with the homie, the talent and the CEO-Windmills.


Anyways this weeks has been so beneficial to our careers, I’ve made life long friends and I’ve finally learned the true meaning of summer camp. It’s true what they say time is temporary but summer camp is forever!




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