All the way from Saskatoon, Sask., Darryl Andersen’s performance May 8 at the Ponoka Stampede Talent Show audition was good enough to land him a spot in the top 10. Those 10 performers will then head to the main stage during the Ponoka Stampede June 27. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka artists make it to the Ponoka Stampede Talent Show

The big Stampede talent show comes on June 27 this year with a full band

There’s a few local musicians who made the cut for the Ponoka Stampede Talent Show.

Held over two days from May 7 to 8 at the Stagecoach Saloon, close to 40 budding artists took to the stage for a chance to showcase their skills at Ponoka Stampede’s June 27 talent show.

Along with singing in front of a large crowd, the musicians will be in the running for their choice of a one day recording session at MCC Recording Studio in Calgary courtesy of Dave Temple (value $1000), a song writing and mentoring session with Bobby Wills, or a $3,000 guitar courtesy of Gilmore Guitars in Red Deer (Dave Gilmore) and the Ponoka Stampede.

This year’s winning artists are quite the variety with several young singers, the youngest being 13-years-old, being selected for the show.

Along with two Ponoka singers and one Rimbey artist being selected, there were two others who made the trip from Saskatchewan that were picked to the top 10.

For judges Abbey White, a veteran broadcaster, Vinnie Taylor of Real Country 95.5 and David Gilmore of Gilmore Guitars, they’re looking for someone who has a strong presence on stage.

“For me it’s just something that makes the hair on my arms stand up,” explained White. “You get lots of singers that are pretty good but then you get somebody that…you just stop what you’re doing.”

“They make everyone in the room stop what they’re doing and pay attention the entire time.”

For Taylor, that “It” factor works when someone makes a strong connection with the audience, plus they have confidence and can sing well. “Song selection is super important too.”

Unless an original song is done well, it’s difficult to connect with the crowd, he added.

“I think as judges, you just know when you hear it if they’re going to go on,” said Gilmore.

Taylor added that if a performer doesn’t sing a song with the proper pitch or tone, it could hurt them in the competition. Despite these challenges, the judges all agreed that these talent shows, while nerve wracking, are an ideal testing ground for a performer.

“I think it’s a great barometer of your talent,” said Gilmore, adding that the show is also an ideal place to compare oneself against others.

White added that the young musicians are able to videotape their performance and see how they do on stage. They can then make improvements from those reviews.

And the winners are:

Darryl Anderson from Saskatoon, Sask.; Dante Rice (13) from Rocky Mountain House, Kayla and Matt Hotte from Adrossan, Martina Dawn (14) from Devon, Jaret Matthews from Rimbey, Taylor Pilgrim from Calmar, Kiefer Paul from Rosthern, Sask.; Linden Buffalo from Ponoka, Chloe Shingoose (14) from Stettler and Roslyn Gibson (16) from Ponoka.


The young Ponoka singer, Roslyn Gibson, 16, had a strong enough performance on guitar that she’s also heading to the big stage during the Ponoka Stampede. Of the 10 performers picked, there were two from Ponoka along with one from Rimbey. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Just Posted

Lacombe, Red Deer and Ponoka counties launch agricultural plastics recycling program

The three counties signed an agreement with Merlin Plastics

Bashaw council declines penalty forgiveness request from Bashaw Motel owners

The motel was destroyed in the 2016 fire; owners owe $46,000 in fire services, taxes and penalties

Ponoka’s Ronnie Racing wins Hot August Night

About 15,000 people filled the Castrol Raceway stands at the motorsports complex

Ponoka County residents divided on farmland uses

There were about 150 people at the county’s meeting related to reducing confined feeding operations.

Ponoka County slows changes to CFO plans

Residents speak their concerns over the potential of changing areas allowing CFOs

UPDATED: Gord Bamford Foundation Charity Gala brings the stars to Central Alberta

The Gala raises money for various children’s charities throughout Canada

Case of truck driver charged in Humboldt Broncos crash adjourned until October

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu is charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death, other charges

REVIEW: MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons

MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat and some of the winners turned heads

Air Canada-led consortium signs deal to buy Aeroplan program

The deal would acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc

Central Alberta and beyond to benefit from the success of Gord Bamford’s event

Canadian country music star recording artist Gord Bamford raised a total of $469,720

Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

Evidence found of Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups

Animal crackers break free from their cages

PETA pressures Mondelez International to show animals roaming in their natural habitats

U.S. man admits slaying wife, blames her for daughters’ deaths

A 33-year-old Denver man is facing three first-degree murder charges

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites

More than 2 million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj in Saudi Arabia

Most Read