Rock Wars is a Canadian television variety series, which aired in 1985 on CBC Television. A national "battle of the bands" competition, the series featured unsigned musical groups competing in a series of regional concerts held in various cities across Canada, with the winner of each episode advancing to another round of competition until the ultimate winner was named at a final concert staged in Vancouver, British Columbia.
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Production locations||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Original release||February 1, 1985 –|
Hosted by Brad Giffen, the program aired on Friday nights as a companion to the network's music video series Good Rockin' Tonite. Judges over the course of the series included Keith Sharp of Music Express, Samantha Taylor of CBC's Video Hits and CFNY-FM program director David Marsden.
The series was won by Tchukon, a funk and rhythm and blues band from Montreal, Quebec, over finalists Eye Eye, HB Concept and Peter Mann and the Lonely. Other competitors over the course of the series included Monuments Galore, The Instructions, The Rage, The Stilettos, Eight Seconds, The Waiting, Haywire, Mad Shadows, Steps Around the House, Apple Viper, Zlatko and The Micah Barnes Band.
- "CBC opens fire with Rock Wars". The Globe and Mail, February 1, 1985.
- "CITY-TV rocks host revamps pop video show". Toronto Star, February 18, 1988.
- Keith Sharp, Music Express: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Canada's Music Magazine. Dundurn Press, 2014. ISBN 9781459721951. p. 143.
- "Polished Tchukon charms fans". Montreal Gazette, June 17, 1985.
- "From the CBC archives: Bands battle on CBC's Rock Wars in Winnipeg, 1985". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, February 20, 2015.