Painting Daisies wins Great Canadian Music Dream

It was sweet dreams for Painting Daisies on Wednesday night as the Edmonton band won the CBC's Great Canadian Music Dream.

The band will receive a $5,000 Galaxy Rising Star Award from the CBC and a one-hour special to air this year on the network.

"We weren't really nervous so much as you just go into a zone," said bass player Carolyn Fortowsky.

The band has a country-blues look with the cowboy hats, daisies, banjos and slide guitar but the sound is more hard rock.

They describe themselves as a cross between Led Zeppelin and the Bangles.

The win is the latest in a string of successes for the band, which has been together for seven years.

They have already toured Iceland and Holland and won the 2001 Prairie Music Award for entertainer of the year.

"This is another step towards getting where we want to go, with international recognition," said band co-founder and lead singer Rachelle Van Zanten.

The prize money will go towards their touring debt and a new CD, Van Zanten said.

And for drummer Kim Gryba there was an extra.

"They're giving me the drum kit," Gryba said after the show.

She didn't bring her own, so the producers furnished a set and when her band won, they told her they'd throw in the kit for good measure.

Many of the performers were calling it not so much a competition as a showcase, especially as the contestants were so varied.