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3rd Annual ELAN Awards

Video Games Live's "Splitting Adam" playing.

Vancouver, BC April 13, 2009 -

The 3rd ELAN Awards are super-excited to annouce today that "Splitting Adam", recently hand-picked to play at the groundbreaking 2009 Video Games Live tour, will be performing at their awards ceremony in Vancouver on Saturday, April 25th. The ELANS also went on to announce that, for the first year ever, the public can be there to see them.

In order to start taking the awards show from a strictly industry-oriented one (the ELANS award Video Games, Animation and Visual Effects) to a publicly recognized and followed awards show, the Producer decided that it was time to start inviting the public in.

"We've spent the past 3 years building the ELANS into an Awards Show that the industry wants," says Holly Carinci, Founder & Producer of the ELAN Awards. "Through strictly social networking with each of the digital sectors we honour, VFX being a new sector for us this year, we took what began as a Canadian awards show the first year (hosted by William Shatner) to one that introduced 4 international award categories (hosted by Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane) to this year's show (hosted by Tom Kenny, "SpongeBob SquarePants©")which is fully international with the biggest titles in the world competing. In order to meet our mandate of making the ELANS the Oscar-equivalent awards show for these booming digital entertainment sectors we will need to establish ourselves in the public eye, so this is a good year to start doing just that."

And that's not all: Ticket holders will be able to bring their children the morning after the awards show to meet SpongeBob SquarePants in person! "I'm the mother of an 8-yr-old little boy ... If I hadn't arranged for the kids to meet the Sponge my name would be dirt on the school playground!" says Carinci, seriously.

Splitting Adam is a Vancouver-based band that has been seducing ears with their charisma, hook-laden melodies and expressive songwriting for over a decade. Their distinctive style has garnered praise across North America, generating comparisons to some of contemporary music's greatest talents. Seren's vocals and presence unite the finer elements of Eddie Vedder, Bono, and David Bowie. Combined with golden guitar riffs and pulsing rhythms, Splitting Adam continues to progress with its impressive list of accomplishments: four independent albums, featured tracks on major American TV shows (NBC) and best-selling video games (EA's "Need For Speed - Undercover"), national radio support, a G.A.N.G. Award Nomination, and most recently being hand-picked to perform at the groundbreaking 2009 Video Games Live tour.

"Our live shows never disappoint. We're tight musically, we write memorable songs, and even in an intimate setting, we have the energy of a stadium show. It's very important to us that we give the audience more than what they expect, and that they gain a new perspective of Splitting Adam from every show." Seren, Splitting Adam Vocalist

Getting behind in support of the ELAN Awards are their Event Partners, Activision Publishing, Inc. and the Seven Group as well as the ELAN'S Founding Partners Radical Entertainment, Relic Entertainment, Offload Studios (Official Supplier of the ELAN Award Statuette), IGN (Official Media Partner), Shangri-la Vancouver (Official Hotelier) as well as the ELAN'S Associate Partners Blue Arc, Hitachi, sgi, SPIN VFX, David Kaye Productions and the esteemed firm Buckley Dodds & Associates which will once again preside over the judicial process. And, of course, Moore's Formal Wear for Men who will be making certain that all of our men look fabulous in their tuxedos!

"As the Movie Industry goes to Hollywood for its Oscars, so will the world of Video Games, Animation and Visual Effects come to Vancouver for their ELANS."


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