~ Winner receives studio time with a famous music producer, $5000 USD and more ~

Canada’s internationally-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer is calling upon talented musicians to compose an original song that best complements the train’s unique travel experience. The Rocky Mountaineer Song Contest is open to all genres of music from now until November 30, 2012.  The winning song will be used as the soundtrack to the upcoming Rocky Mountaineer promotional video, which will be seen and heard around the world.

The contest prize includes $5000 USD and studio time with legendary Canadian music producer, Garth Richardson, who has worked with artists such as Hedley, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more. The winner will also receive a return trip to Vancouver, BC with three nights hotel accommodation.

“There is so much musical talent to be found all over the world and we are looking forward to seeing how artists can translate the Rocky Mountaineer experience into song,” says Hubert Wat, Vice President, Global Marketing of Rocky Mountaineer.  “With additional support from a producing legend, this is a once in a lifetime experience for aspiring musicians looking for a head start in the music industry.”

Songwriters/musicians are invited to submit a video of their original song with or without lyrics onto the Rocky Mountaineer Facebook page through their YouTube accounts. After the submission deadline, the company will post their top ten picks onto Facebook, inviting fans to vote for their favorite. Rocky Mountaineer will choose the song that best reflects the company’s brand as the final winner.

For more information, please visit the contest page on Facebook at and click on the Rocky Mountaineer Song Contest application. For promotional use, there is a shortened version of the contest introductory video available on YouTube at

For the latest tweets on the song contest, follow us on Twitter @rmountaineer and use the hashtag, #RockyContest.

About Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer offers 45 unique Canadian vacation packages and four distinctive rail routes, rich in history and natural wonders, through British Columbia and Alberta. This world renowned, luxurious train travels by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada’s West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over the past 22 years, Rocky Mountaineer has grown to become the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America and has welcomed more than one million guests onboard from around the world. In 2011, Rocky Mountaineer received more industry awards for service excellence than any other year in its history. Winning its sixth World Travel Award in 2011 as “World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train,” Rocky Mountaineer has also been recognized by National Geographic as one of the “World’s Greatest Trips.”


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