WGT`s Top 3 for 2013 (L-R): Jayden Case took third with her “Little Bird” dance routine; Colby Pilling won the $500 first prize with his tap dance number done to Michael Jackson`s “ABC”, while Nakeesha Nicol-Samuel took second with her amazing rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s “Love You I Do”. Like most years, the judges felt the competition was very close at WGT 6 — in fact, the top three were separated by just a few points! Contestants scored points for showmanship, poise, overall ability and originality.
The sixth annual Westman’s Got Talent Show was held Feb. 10 and once again the Kinettes did an amazing job.
Westman’s Got Talent is a fundraiser for the community causes of the Kinette Club of Brandon. (SUBMITTED)
The gals were kind enough to ask me back to the judge`s panel to help pick a winner and as usual, it was a tough job as I`m sure my fellow judges (Trent B from Star FM and Kim Lewarne from Shoppers Mall) will confirm.
I’d like to take this opportunity to send major kudos to the Kinette club of Brandon and Westman. They put in the countless hours of putting it all together and they pulled off yet another success.
This talent show has come a long way from its humble beginnings six years ago when it was held at the Ukrainian Reading Hall. This year the show was offered up in the more spacious Evans Theatre on the Brandon University campus, and it was nice to see the 200+ seats at near capacity.
Though I’m not one to point out the negatives, it would have been so much better to see this place packed. True, the glass was way over half full but for all the hard work the Kinettes put into this event, they deserved to be better rewarded for all their diligence and attention to detail that it takes to bring such a show to the stage.
Westman needs talent shows such as Westman’s Got Talent. The show is designed to support and showcase not just young talent in this region but talented people of all ages and backgrounds.
I can’t think of a better way spend a Sunday afternoon. With admission set at an affordable $5, it worked out to merely pennies per act.
We had 18 acts including an opening performance from last year’s WGT winner Christina Munchinsky who delighted the audience with her amazing hula hoop extravaganza. This superbly talented young lady somehow managed to manoeuvre her tall slim frame long enough to keep 65 hoola hoops going!
Not only does WGT offer up a fun afternoon of family entertainment, it serves as a launch pad for bigger and better things for the contestants. After her WGT win last year, Miss Munchinsky entered the Canada’s Got Talent show and became a finalist at the qualifying round in Winnipeg.
It should be known that WGT is just a fraction of how the Kinettes enrich and support our community. They have donated to several groups and causes in Westman such as the Women’s Resource Centre, cystic fibrosis, Crisis Pregnancy Centre, the scholarship funds for Brandon’s three high school’s, Funds for Furry Friends, etc.
In short, the Kinettes do great things for our community!
By the way, if you’re interested in becoming a member, send them a message on their Facebook page or call long time member Darlene Moffat at 204-727-0927. They meet every second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for supper and a meeting at the Kin Village.
We are so fortunate to have such a talent contest here in Westman. At a time when most corners of the globe turn to reality TV shows or YouTube to display their talent through homemade videos of Gangnam Style or Harlem Shake parodies (yawn! Seriously, is this the future of homespun entertainment?), contests like WGT need to see continuous growth.
Allow me to point out some of the key reasons why WGT is an amazing opportunity that should not be taken for granted.
First off, it offers up a $500 cash prize to talented people in our own backyards. These are people who invest countless hours of time sharpening their skills while getting their act ready for the stage.
It also provides a fun afternoon of family entertainment while ensuring the Kinettes continue their stellar work that in turn supports important causes in our community.
It is my hope that this show continues to grow in leaps and bounds so one day soon we can take it to an even bigger stage.
Major thanks goes out to all the sponsors who supplied prizes for the contestants and a big thank you to the crowd that showed up to cheer on our contestants. This event does not happen without you.
If you enjoyed your experience, please tell a friend and spread the good word. Let’s try to pack the Evans theatre for WGT 7!
"Tribute to the Legends"
Backed by The Good Rockin’ Tonite Band
Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m. at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
Extraordinary impersonators of legendary artists, "Tribute to the Legends" features Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash.
Award-winning tribute artist Adam T. Elvis executes a dynamic, high energy performance that will leave you wanting more. Fun for all ages, Adam makes sure everyone has an enjoyable time while he recreates the performances of the legendary Elvis Presley.
Laurie Sutherland has been entertaining audiences for the past 20 years and has been performing this special Patsy Cline tribute for a number of years. This professionally polished tribute act features many of Patsy’s greatest hits.
Rounding out the show is Aaron Prociuk in the role of Johnny Cash. Aaron’s uncanny homage to "the Man in Black" is something to behold — a captivating and authentic tribute.
Backing the Legends will be The Good Rockin’ Tonite Band, a band consisting of very seasoned musicians who have been playing music for over 40 years.
All tickets are $29, which includes taxes and service charge. They’re available at the WMCA box office, or by calling 728-9510.
Frank McGwire is a radio personality and booster of the music scene in Brandon and Westman.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 21, 2013