CNIB Opens Voting Period to Select Top 10 Semi-finalists for iFactor Musical Competition

Share the Love by Voting for Your Favourite iFactor Videos and Raise Funds for CNIB

TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - This Valentine's Day show the love by casting your vote for the next round of iFactor semi-finalists and help make a difference in the lives of Canadians with vision loss.

Starting February 14, CNIB is encouraging the public to visit www.theifactor.ca to browse this year's video submissions and cast their votes to help decide which auditions will rank in the top ten. Participants who receive the most online votes and win the favour of iFactor judges will be whisked away to CNIB Lake Joseph Centre in Muskoka, Ontario in August for a week of musical training under the guidance of accomplished music industry professionals. They will then compete in a live grand finale to be named the 2011 iFactor winner.

A fee of $1 per vote or $20 for 50 votes will apply, and voters may cast as many votes as they like. All proceeds will go to support CNIB's essential programs and services for Canadians who are blind and partially sighted. The voting period runs until June 15, 2011.

For more information about iFactor voting or contest guidelines, to download a sponsorship package, or to catch up with past winners, visit us online at www.theifactor.ca.

About The iFactor
Launched at the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre (Lake Joe) in 2009, The iFactor is a nationwide musical competition for people living with vision loss, where contestants are given the opportunity to further their musical talents under the guidance of renowned entertainment industry professionals.

Auditions for the 2011 iFactor competition take place online from January 10 to June 9. Public voting runs from February 14 to June 15. After a rigorous selection process that includes public voting and judging by an independent panel of judges, the top 10 semi-finalists will be announced on June 22. All finalists will receive round trip transportation to CNIB Lake Joseph Centre in Muskoka, Ontario, for one week of professional musical training before taking part in the iFactor live finale on August 20, 2011. For more information, please visit www.theifactor.ca

About CNIB
CNIB provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To find out more, visit www.cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642.

SOURCE CNIB

For further information:

Melita Vega
Manager, Marketing & Communications
CNIB
Office: 416-486-2500, ext.7715
melita.vega@cnib.ca


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