Talent shines in Lake Country

Musicians from around the Okanagan can showcase their talents at third annual Lake Country Open Mic Has Talent contest.

  • Jan. 26, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Musicians from around the Okanagan can showcase their talents once again with the announcement of a third annual Lake Country Open Mic Has Talent contest this spring.

The event spotlights original singers and songwriters from the Okanagan and the 2014 contest will take place Feb. 5, March 5 and April 19 at the Lake Country Coffee House.

“The annual contest was designed to spotlight original singers/songwriters and give them the opportunity to win some studio recording time and performance opportunities,” said Jennifer Boal, founder of Lake Country Open Mic Has Talent.

The multi-evening contest allows performers, over the age of 12, to showcase their music for a panel of judges, and experience the positive feedback from a small live audience.

Boal describes the Lake Country Coffee House as a cozy venue where local entertainment is really celebrated and supported by residents and visitors alike.

She has also been amazed by some of the talented, young people from the region that have participated in the annual contest. (Brief video clips of 2012 and 2013 performers are available at www.lakecountryopenmic.ca.)

The top five performers in 2013 included Justin Dueck, Luke Atherton, Rigel Seedhouse, Timely Wonders and Jeff Kouwenhoven, who went on to perform at the 2013 Canada Day evening event hosted by Lake Country Open Air Performances at Beasley Park.

“The judges had a tough time choosing the prize winners,” said Boal.

This year’s performer prizes include professional audio recording/production time with Dan Marcelino of DMA Studios as well as opportunities to perform through the Lake Country Open Air Performance Society, Parks Alive, ArtWalk, and the IPE.

Registration forms for the 2014 contest are available at the Lake Country Coffee House at 10345 Bottom Wood Lake Rd. in Lake Country, or can be downloaded from the website at www.lakecountryopenmic.ca