Creston's Best Singer contest returning for fifth round in 2014

Creston’s Best Singer contest returning for fifth round in 2014

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  • Dec. 23, 2013 5:00 a.m.

2010: Jordan Janzen. 2011: Lenora Blackmore. 2012: Matt Hansen. 2013: Victoria Bowns. 2014: It could be you.

The fifth edition of Creston Best Singer will be running later this winter, and producer Vern Gorham is already drumming up interest in the event, which has become popular for both audiences and performers.

“I’m amazed at how much support the contest has received,” said Gorham. “I think part of that comes from the audience being able to participate.”

As with previous years, the contest will begin with an “audition” night on Feb. 20, in which the audience votes on the top 20 to move on to the final, which will run March 13 at the Prince Charles Theatre, where out-of-town judges will name the winner.

Although he previously hosted the contest in several individual communities in previous seasons, Gorham has streamlined the process for the 2013-2014 contest season, which started in Nelson in the fall.

The top two from Creston will move on to a regional contest in the late spring, along with the top two from Nelson’s Best Singer — a contest run for Gorham by L.V. Rogers Secondary School — and the top five each from East Kootenay and West Kootenay contests.

Despite the changes, Gorham is still looking forward to discovering and promoting new talent.

“I love being surround by all these incredible musicians and singers,” he said.

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