Our Kids Have Talent applications are due

It’s time for young Vernon musicians to get out there and show their talent.

  • Feb. 21, 2011 8:00 a.m.

It’s time for young Vernon musicians to get out there and show their talent.

The deadline for applications to Our Kids Have Talent is soon approaching, and so far, only a few applicants from Vernon have entered, said organizer Kath Raeber about the valley-wide competition.

Those who want to enter the popular talent competition for youth ages eight to 18 have until this Wednesday to get their applications in.

In its third year, Our Kids Have Talent gives musical youth the chance to compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and the opportunity to perform at the Rarearth Music Festival, which is now run by the not-for-profit North Okanagan Festivals Society.

Once application are received, auditions will take place Feb. 26 and 27 at St. James Parish Hall, 2700 28th Ave., in Vernon.

Everyone is welcome to attend and no admission will be charged.

Those chosen in the top 10 will have the chance to perform at a gala March 12. (Location to be announced.)

Top prize is $3,000 with $1,500 going to the second place winner, and $500 to the third, with prizes for the runner-ups.

“Many kids, including those that face daily challenges, who auditioned and/or won, have gone on to win other competitions,” said Raeber. “(They) have had airplay on various radio stations throughout B.C., recorded their own CDs, and are continually asked to perform at paid gigs.”

Besides individuals, bands up to five members are also welcome to apply.

“This a huge opportunity for all musical children,” said Raeber. “The arts are extremely important, and in this world of fast growing technology, music is one way for our kids to use this professional arena that we provide, to create, record, and perform as the next generation of musicians.”

Applications for those interested in entering Our Kids Have Talent can be accessed at www.ourkidshavetalent.com. Entry fee is $75. Also visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OurKidsHaveTalent, or call 250-938-2231 for more information.