Talent show finalists fight for custom guitar

Ponoka Stampede’s talent show winners have been selected.

Jamie Woodfin

Ponoka Stampede’s talent show winners have been selected.

Cassidy Zahar, Amy Metcalfe, Taylor Zimmer, Tanya Ryan, Jamie Woodfin, Shalaine Hancik, Don Swift, Alex Dion, Tevra Plamondon and duo Deanna and Jennifer Henderson are this year’s Ponoka Stampede top 10 finalists.

Judging this year were Tera Lee, award winning radio personality, Abbey White, program director at CKGY, and Dr. Glen Chidlow, local chiropractor and musical influence.

This year’s prizes include a custom-made guitar by Dave Gilmore, $500 cash that can be put toward a demo recording and a song-writing session with Duane Steele.

The top 10 finalists will perform at the Stampede on June 27. There the judges will chose the top two contestants. The one proclaimed victor will have their pick of the prizes, leaving the other to the second-place winner.

The group of hopefuls who were not chosen as finalists included a charmingly self-deprecating comedian, an autodidact guitar player, and a man who urged the audience to get up and two-step.

First to perform, and the youngest contestant, was nine-year-old wunderkind Jase Nelson. Nelson has been singing since the age of four, and dreaming of New York and Broadway just as long.

While he wasn’t named a finalist, this will be the third year he performs in Windows of the Past at the Calgary Stampede.

Since age four, Nelson has had 217 bookings.

During the first night of the talent show, three of the 22 musicians were named top 10 finalists. From the second night three of 25 were chosen. Over the weekend the judges’ four wildcards were picked.

The audience from both nights was also scoring the performers and picking out their favorites long before the night was over.

This talent show seems to be a good place to start a career if you’re looking to hit it big. Both Gord Bamford and Shane Yellowbird were once participants, as well as Adam Gregory.

By Amelia Naismith

Just Posted

New contractor to supply Ponoka with new waste carts

Resident will need to set out old carts by end of 2018, replaces coming first week of 2019

Ponoka family remembers life of Clayton Feragen

A month after his death, Clayton’s family takes time to remember his love of life

PHOTOS: CP Holiday Train pays Ponoka a visit

For the third straight year, Ponoka turns out in droves for Holiday Train performance

Hawk Tail Brewery ready to open doors

New Rimbey business to begin operation

Basketball Battle of Ponoka set for two high schools

Perhaps the first time ever in league, the Ponoka Broncs play against the St. Augustine Kings & Queens

Retired B.C. teacher a YouTube Sudoku sensation

A retired Kelowna teacher has amassed quite the following online by teaching the art of solving a Sudoku puzzle.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

Firm says trees obstructing vision at Humboldt Broncos crash intersection

Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured in the collision at an intersection north of Tisdale

Three victims of ex-ski coach Bertrand Charest suing Alpine Canada

The victims are also seeking $150,000 each in punitive damages

Trudeau names four new senators, filling every seat in the Senate

Trudeau has appointed 49 senators since becoming prime minister and will have the chance to appoint more in 2019

Judge gives Michael Cohen 3 years in prison

Judge William H. Pauley III said Cohen deserved a harsh punishment for crimes including tax evasion

Humboldt Broncos, cannabis, Fortnite: Here are Canadians’ top Google searches for 2018

When celebrities died or Canada Post went on strike, Canada turned to Google

Condominium market still ‘a lot better’ than normal in Vancouver suburbs

The Fraser Valley, east of Metro Vancouver, has long been considered a more affordable haven for first-time homebuyers.

Most Read