SURREY – Surrey’s Good For Grapes took home $102,700 on Thursday night (Nov. 20) after the band’s win at the Peak Performance Project’s finale show at the Commodore Ballroom. The local folk sextet competed with The Tourist Company and Derrival, the other Peak Performance Project top-three bands.
This marks the second year in a row that a Surrey artist has earned the top prize. Surrey-based singer/songwriter Rykka won the 2013 Peak Performance Project.
The project, overseen by Music BC and 102.7 The Peak radio station, is a sevenyear, $5.2-million commitment to fostering music in the province. The initiative just wrapped its sixth year.
"All three (bands) just nailed it," said Music BC executive director Bob D’Eith.
"There was no question (Good For Grapes) were on a trajectory for the top three from the beginning. It was just a question of where they were going to place; that was the key. They needed to do everything 100 per cent, and they did."
The band placed fourth in 2013’s Peak Performance Project and, after a lineup change and a renewed energy, came back swinging in this year’s competition.
The band consists of singer-guitarist Daniel McBurnie, Graham Gomez, also on guitar and vocals, Alexa Unwin on piano and vocals, Robert Hardie on bass and vocals, Alex Hauka on cello and Will Watson on percussion.
In an earlier interview with the Now, Good For Grapes frontman Daniel McBurnie said the band would spend a chunk of their winnings on high-quality recordings and touring.
For updates or to listen to the band’s music, visit Goodforgrapes.com.