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Air Guitar Championships to rock Kamloops

Breaking strings won't be an issue when the Air Guitar Championship comes to CJs nightclub on June 15, 2017.
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KAMLOOPS – A musical competition for anyone who had big rockstar dreams and fell short somewhere along the way is coming to Kamloops.

Competitors in the upcoming Air Guitar Canada championship will be judged on co-ordination, stage presence, attitude and style. Actual musical talent is not required. 

The national event has stops in Montreal, Hamilton, Stony Plain, Ottawa and this is the first time the event is taking place in B.C. Event organizers Kara Sheen-Inferno and Arron Butowski can't wait to see what the local talent has to offer.

"Just throw all your inhibitions to the wind, pick up that air guitar and really strike a chord," Butowski says.

Contestants must be 19 years old to enter and could win a trip to Toronto to face off against other air guitar heroes at the national competition. The winner wins a trip to Finland to dazzle a crowd of 5,000 people in the Air Guitar World championship.

Butowski, the self-described air guitar enthusiast, says the biggest hurdle so far in organizing the event is finding enough people brave enough to compete.

"All you need is an air guitar, if you don't have one, one will be provided for you," he says.

Sheen-Inferno, who is more of a spectator, is urging anyone who jams out to music alone at home to take the leap and compete.

"You've been practicing your whole life for this moment. It's your chance to be a rockstar," she says with a laugh.

Butowski says the world championships started 22 years ago in Finland as an anti-war protest.

"If you can hold an air guitar, you can't hold a gun," he says.

Net proceeds from the event go to Right to Play Canada, an organization that uses the power of play to help children in need.

Beer and pizza and the trip to nationals are up for grabs as prizes at this point. The duo says they are still looking for sponsorship from local businesses.

The event is hosted by CJs nightclub on June 15. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.

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