RPM Challenge 2009: 70 new local albums

Photo by John “Rawkhard” Pike. Scroll down for names.

One day, 18 hours, 33 minutes.

That’s how long it would take you to listen to all the music recorded by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians as part of this year’s RPM Challenge.

Every February, The Scope dares people across the province to set aside their feelings of musical inadequacy, loosen up their schedules, and get down to writing and recording a full album of original music in the coldest month in our winter.

This year, 70 local bands came through, and there’s some really, really good stuff in there.

But that’s not the point. The RPM Challenge is not a contest. The only carrot dangling in front of these musicians was the thrill of having 35 minutes or ten tracks of their own fresh, original music set to disc. And they got the carrot.

Neither hard drive failure, nor creative blocks, nor horrible flu managed to keep these people from submitting their albums to us by the deadline. And if you’ve ever spent time at the finish line of the Tely Ten, you know some people strode over the line feeling pretty good, and some had to claw their way across.

But here at the end of March, that pain is long gone. Now we get to enjoy the fruits of their labour. On Saturday, March 28 we’re throwing a listening party where we’ll play at least one track from each of the artists who submitted.

We’ve got some listening to do.


Come to the listening party! Saturday, March 28, from 8pm (sharp!) to 11pm at CBTGs and Roxxys. No cover. RPM CDs will be available for sale by the artists.

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Click to see larger version. Photo by Rachel Jean Harding

24 April 2008

  1. sclarke · April 24, 2008

    This has been incredible. Good work all you RPM Challengers, and good work The Scope for helping to make it happen here. I like to think I’m up on what’s going on locally but I haven’t even heard of half of these people before, and I’m impressed by a lot of the music I’ve heard.

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