Line-up Named for Northern Singing Showcase

Monday, February 09, 2004 at 15:46



Fifteen performers from Northern Saskatchewan have been chosen to participate in the first ever “Talent of the North” show next month.


Auditions were held this past weekend in La Ronge and drew 46 singers from across the North.


The list of youth performers includes Allison McDonald-Strong and Amanda McDonald-Strong of Stony Rapids, Lindy McKenzie and Andrea Ledoux of Stanley Mission and Jansen Corrigal of Ile-a-la-Crosse.


Other performers that will take part in the showcase include Renee Boyko, Vicky Daigneault, Delilah Aubichon, Gloria Beatty-Bird and Angus McKenzie, all of La Ronge. Also making the final cut were Alice Ratt and Kevin Natomagan of Pinehouse, Little Red’s Samuel Halkett, Donny Corrigal of Beauval and Stanley Mission’s Vernon Charles.


As well, a couple of groups have won the right to open for the other performers. The band “T.B.A.” from Pinehouse will be the opening act for the Adult category and the group “No Kurfew” out of Beauval will open for the youth performers.


The March 12th showcase in La Ronge is patterned after the annual “Voices of the North” Aboriginal talent showcase in Prince Albert.


Promoter Danny Mirasty says organizers wanted to make sure non-Aboriginal performers got a chance to display their talent, and is happy that a few of them made the final cut.


The Talent of the North show will take place on March 12th in La Ronge and will be hosted by provincial cabinet minister Joan Beatty and Earl Kinistino of “North of 60” fame.