Roland Synthesizer Contest: Public Voting Begins

    Six Semi-Finalists Posted to MySpace Page; Top Three to be Chosen by
    Public Vote

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - From languid sonic landscapes to energetic
dance tracks, the many entries received by Roland Canada for the first
successful run of the Roland Synthesizer Contest have been trimmed to six by
an expert panel of judges and now the public will weigh in with their opinion.
Uploaded to the Roland Synthesizer Contest MySpace site
(, the top six tracks will be open to
public vote for two weeks from Tuesday, October 21 to Friday, October 31.
    The poll ratings, combined with the judges' previous scores, will
determine the top three finalists who will compete at the Roland Synthesizer
Contest Finals event in Montreal on November 13, 2008.
    The top six semi-finalists were chosen by an esteemed group of judges
that included:

    -   Lawrence Gowan: celebrated Canadian musician and lead singer and
        keyboardist for the rock band STYX.

    -   Anthony Cooperwood: Montreal keyboardist with acts such as
        Cirque du Soleil and Freddie James.

    -   Tony Padalino: Toronto keyboardist with CTV's Canadian Idol.

    The Roland Synthesizer Contest was last run as an international
competition by Roland Corporation in Japan over 20 years ago and was staged
this year as a national, Canadian, contest for the first time. The rules were
very simple: entrants were invited to submit an original synthesizer
composition created on a keyboard or computer synthesizer of any make until
October 15. The submissions were then critiqued by an esteemed panel of judges
and streamlined to six entries to be voted on by the public.

    About Roland Canada Ltd.

    Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of
electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia
products and music accessories. The Roland brand family includes Roland, BOSS,
EDIROL by Roland, Rodgers, RSS by Roland, and Cakewalk by Roland. Roland's
impressive line of products includes, but is far from limited to, guitar
effects pedals, electronic percussion, acclaimed digital pianos, synthesizers,
digital mixers and music production software.

For further information:

For further information: Agnes Gulbinowicz, Roland Canada Ltd., (604)
270-6626 (x102),

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