From contemporary dance to a magic show, vocal groups to gu zheng, the caliber of the Canadian talent to hit the stage in preliminary competition was outstanding. Contestants entertained crowds of hundreds each of the past five nights in the Boyce Theatre.
The top 24 young performers, out of a field of over 60, as scored by a panel of professional judges will be moving on to the next round of the competition. We are so excited that our semi-finalists represent Canada from British Columbia to Ontario!
The 2014 Stampede Talent Search Semi-Finalists are:
Annie Pattison: Calgary, AB
Brad Fleischer: Airdrie, AB
Brandon Patkau/ Ben Tizzard: Calgary, AB
Bryton Udy: Calgary, AB
Caity Gyorgy: Calgary, AB
Carina Oliviera: Mississauga, ON
“Daring Greatly”: Calgary, AB
David Epp: Hussar, AB
Emma Rose: Calgary, AB
“I Am the Mountain”: Chestermere, AB
Jada McKenzie-Moore: Vancouver, BC
Jana McDonald: Calgary, AB
Jessica Pearson: Clarence Creek, ON
Jill Bauer: Calgary, AB
Joshua Warren: Kitchener, ON
Kaleigh Jo Kirk: Cochrane, AB
Kira Lagadin: Calgary, AB
Kirstyn Johnson: Strathmore, AB
Kyle Miller: Calgary, AB
Kyra Brynne Lake: Calgary, AB
Layten Kramer: Canmore, AB
Lizzy Munson: Calgary, AB
Rachel Park: Blairmore, AB
Sylvia Lee: Calgary, AB
These 24 engaging performers were selected by earning the top marks from our panel of judges. Preliminary competition judges included Jesse-James Cameron, JUNO nominated lead singer and songwriter for Calgary-based band Make-Shift Innocence. Tara Wilson, dancer, choreographer and teacher, who co-owns PULSE studio, dedicated to hip-hop and street dance. And Tory Doctor, a 20-year stage veteran, singer, actor, director and coach. A new panel of judges will bring fresh eyes to score these performers in the next round of the competition.
Now, these outstanding young performers, ages 13 to 21, will take the experience they’ve gained and aim for their personal best during the semi-final competition on Thursday July 10th and Friday July 11th. There is no show Wednesday July 9th.
The top 12 will then go on to compete for the title of Stampede Talent Search Champion and their share in over $10,000 cash and a customized performer development package which will be awarded during the finals on Saturday, July 12th.
All shows are at 6:30pm in the Boyce Theatre on Stampede Park and free with Park admission. Come early to make sure you get a seat to see who will move on for the chance to compete and become Canada’s next rising star!