Young musicians to show off talent at audition
Several of the Okanagan's most gifted young musicians will vie for a top 10 spot in the second annual Talented Kids Competition Saturday at Laurel Packinghouse.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will feature live auditions from children eight to 18 years old, and is open to the public, free of charge.
Judges Renata Mills, Robert Fine and Noel Wentworth will be tasked with choosing the 10 best performers.
Those who make the top 10 will receive a free lesson from Wentworth Music, a career development workshop by Creative Okanagan and one or more paid performance opportunities at the Fat Cat Festival, Westside Daze, Music in the Park, Parks Alive, Lake Country Open Air Performances or Canada Day.
Winners will also get an online video of their performance to use as a promotional tool and will be added to a recommended performer list for 2013.
Ten-year-old Beamer Wigley was one of the top 10 talented kids in last year's audition.
With over 150 Youtube videos, thousands of views and a professional website, the young man's career seems to already be taking off.
Donn referred to Wigley as "phenomenal" and said he's one of many kids who have exceptional musical ability in the Okanagan.
He added several other festivals have jumped on board this year after witnessing the talent that emerged from last year's audition.
The cost of registration is $45 and a limited number of spots remain. The fee covers the venue, sound system and video production.
For more information, visit talentedkids.ca.