Lunar Bloom makes top 100 for CBC spotlight contest
By Darren Lum
Lunar Bloom needs your vote to win the CBC spotlight contest with their popular love song, Sweater.
Haliburton's connection to indie folk trio Lunar Bloom is Jocelyn Regina, a well-known singing and acting talent, who has performed in open mic nights as a teenager and on the stage for productions in the Highlands Summer Festival at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion.
Daughter to Lauren McInnes and Tom Regina, both well known music teachers in the area, and a Haliburton Highlands Secondary School graduate of 2008, Regina has strong roots to the Highlands.
Last week, the Toronto-based band of Regina, Kelly McNamee and Brittany Rae Robinson learned they were one step closer to winning the music contest by making the top-100, which was divided into 50 voted and 50 judged this past week.
Using a “texting thread” where they can message each other, the three learned of the good news at the same time.
Although Lunar Bloom was happy to have advanced and included as part of 50 voted by the public, Regina joked about feeling a little uncertain about why they weren't included in the 50 entrants chosen by a judging panel.
“We were just really happy to be in the top-100 because it felt like the response we were getting on social media it seemed like a lot of people were supporting us so it was really nice to make it in,” she said. “We did have a little laugh. We were like, 'Hmmm, I don't know whether to be like a little insulted that we didn't make it in the producer way ... but, no, we were actually just really, really thrilled and really feeling all the love from friends and family that took the time to vote every day.”
The next step now is for the band to make it into the top 10.
There will be three spots chosen by the public and seven spots decided by a panel of judges. See https://www.cbc.ca/musicinteractives/searchlight to vote for Lunar Bloom before the deadline on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 2:59 p.m. The grand prize winner will be announced on Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m.
The top prizes for winning this contest include a spot with Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and a Juno Awards experience; recording residency at Studio Bell in Calgary, and a CBC Music Festival Performance.
Getting to be included in the top-100 is a credit to the band's support, Regina said.
She's thankful to those who helped vote for her band to earn the top-100 in the second round of the contest. The support for the band has included Canoe FM's Kris Kadwell, who has been playing their music and telling people to vote.
“There are quite a lot of people have been sharing the video and voting for us. So just a really big heartfelt thank you to everybody for the support,” she said.
Follow the band through their website at www.lunarbloomband.com or @lunarbloomband.
See a longer version of this story in this coming week's Echo.