Rock Wars

Rock Wars is a Canadian television variety series, which aired in 1985 on CBC Television.[1] 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.[1]

Rock Wars
StarringBrad Giffen
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons1
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia
Original networkCBC Television
Original releaseFebruary 1, 1985 (1985-02-01) –
May 1985 (1985-05)

Hosted by Brad Giffen,[2] the program aired on Friday nights as a companion to the network's music video series Good Rockin' Tonite.[1] Judges over the course of the series included Keith Sharp of Music Express,[3] Samantha Taylor of CBC's Video Hits and CFNY-FM program director David Marsden.[3]

The winner of the competition was to receive a half-hour CBC Television special devoted to the band,[3] as well as a cash prize of CA$100,000.[3]

The series was won by Tchukon, a funk and rhythm and blues band from Montreal, Quebec,[4] over finalists Eye Eye, HB Concept and Peter Mann and the Lonely.[3] Other competitors over the course of the series included Monuments Galore,[5] The Instructions,[5] The Rage,[5] The Stilettos,[5] Eight Seconds,[3] The Waiting,[3] Haywire,[3] Mad Shadows,[3] Steps Around the House,[3] Apple Viper,[1] Zlatko[1] and The Micah Barnes Band.[1]

Tchukon later went on to win Best Vocal Group in the 1986 edition of the American series Star Search.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "CBC opens fire with Rock Wars". The Globe and Mail, February 1, 1985.
  2. ^ "CITY-TV rocks host revamps pop video show". Toronto Star, February 18, 1988.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Keith Sharp, Music Express: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Canada's Music Magazine. Dundurn Press, 2014. ISBN 9781459721951. p. 143.
  4. ^ "Polished Tchukon charms fans". Montreal Gazette, June 17, 1985.
  5. ^ a b c d "From the CBC archives: Bands battle on CBC's Rock Wars in Winnipeg, 1985". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, February 20, 2015.