It was a warm sunny evening, perfect for hanging out outside and listening to some live music. Teenaged boys were wandering in packs; children were racing around through the dirt while parents looked on and visited. Gord Bamford’s band, which provided the accompaniment, was unpacking and warming up. Gradually, more people flooded in to await the performances, many of them supporting friends in the contest.
Although there was immeasurable talent at the Ponoka Stampede Talent Show from all over the province, I’d like to highlight the Ponoka girls who absolutely lit up the stage.
Deanna and Jen Henderson began the show with their cover of “Canadian Girls” by Dean Brody. Even if you didn’t know they were sisters, their chemistry with each other was apparent. You could tell they were having fun up there, and the crowd was feeling it. These girls are clearly natural performers. They were comfortable and confident.
The next Ponoka competitor was the lovely Shalaine Hancik with a soulful rendition of “Crazy” by the classic Patsy Cline. Shalaine has been singing her whole life, so it was no surprise that she was relaxed and smiling, cracking jokes and making us smile. Her smooth voice and old school blues feel was amazing.
Last but certainly not least was Taylor Zimmer belting out Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim.” She looked absolutely radiant but that was only the beginning — this girl’s voice is excellent. Taylor was sassy and having a great time. If she was nervous, it didn’t show. Her voice was clear and powerful, which was perfect for the song choice. The crowd loved her and was having a fantastic time.
The competition was neck and neck, however our Ponoka girls didn’t take home a win, but that certainly doesn’t mean that these ladies are not talented.
Keep an eye out for these girls and the incredible talent and skills they possess.