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The Prairie States Win Top Prize at Project WILD Finale

[Pictured above: The three Project WILD finalists; The Prairie States, Ryan Longlois, and Leaving Thomas. Photo by Jarrett Edmund]

On Saturday night, follwing the high-energy performances and celebrations at Knoxville’s Tavern in Calgary, Alberta Music and WILD 953 announced the top three award recipients at Project WILD’s finale event. Following a week-long boot camp, a series of showcase performances, charity challenges, and public voting, the Top 3 Award recipients are as followed:

1st Place ($100,953) – The Prairie States (Edmonton)
2nd Place ($75,000) – Ryan Langlois (Red Deer)
3rd Place ($50,000) – Leaving Thomas (Calgary)

After performing one last time on Knoxville’s stage as part of the program, each artist was presented with their award cheques – a career-changing prize for each of the three finalist.

Created in hopes of fostering the Alberta music industry and creating a sense of community among artists and industry professionals, Project WILD has played a role in launching the careers of many local artists including previous Top 3 finalists The Dungarees, Brad Saunders, Sykamore, Nice Horse, Ken Stead and Tanya Ryan.

For more information, go to www.projectwildcountry.com.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.