2016 Schedule


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Schedule

Season 2

WINNERS

3rd place   DEAN JAMES

2nd place   JORDY JACKSON

1st place   SACHA

April 30th : The Next Country Music Star Talent Search

The Grand Winner is Revealed!!

The second season of The Next Country Music Star Talent Search ended pretty much the way it started. The sell-out audience knew that they were in for an evening of exceptional music and the judges were aware that their decision on who would win wasn’t going to be easy.

The final judges from last year were back again: Tony Tarleton of General Manager of MapleMusic Recordings/Fontana North; Mike Denney,President of MDI Recordings and Bruce Good of The Good Brothers. Corrine Dayman, President of TAP Management joined them for the first time. They represented the best of the music industry, and expected the best back.

Before the judges began their adjudication, Dave Bush, a contestant from March 26th, warmed up the crowd with his impertinent and funny satires of country classics and cheeky originals, including the room’s favorite “Old Town Hussy”. No one, not even the judges, were immune from laughing out loud at his delivery and lyrics.

First up to be judges was Kirk Bates, the singing big rig truck driver from Bancroft. Fighting off a throat infection, Kirk still managed to deliver an opening set filled with a country classic sound.

The judges respected his determination to perform even though he was not at his best vocally, and complimented his band, his song choices and his original songs.

Dean James and The Heartbreak Hillbillies stepped on to the stage next and immediately activated the room with their engaging stage presence. All of the judges praised the talent of Clayton, his lead guitar player, and encouraged Dean to present more original music in his set so that they become known as more than just a great cover band.

The high energy performance continued with Kris Barclay. The judges complimented the quality of their predominantly original set, both in song-writing and appealing stage presence. Their potential as headliners was recognized and they were encouraged to continue doing what they do so well. As one judge commented: “Your smiles are worth a dozen licks.”

After a short intermission, the crowd took their seats to be entertained by Sacha. Her talent as a story teller, songwriter, singer and musician was acknowledged not just by the judges but by all the audience. The judges commented that she is “well on her way”, and that she already has the ability to entertain large crowds.

Jesse Slack has demonstrated throughout the season a grit and a showmanship that can’t be overlooked. Once again he lit up the crowd, causing one judge to comment: “The teen girls are going to love you!” He was also complimented on his band’s big sound and his songwriting skills.

As the last act of the evening, Jordy Jackson began his set on stage alone, performing a haunting acoustic original song. He received enormous praise from all judges for this daring introduction, noting that it was a strong technique to have the audience recognize his role as a front man. The judges didn’t just single him out for compliments. They loved the band’s modern country style, their wardrobe and their obvious enjoyment being on stage. The audience loved them too.

While the judges were determining the winners, the audience door prizes & draws were completed. A very special thanks to Brian Vain and Matt Davy of Kansas Stone in helping with the Name That Country Tune Contest. The winner of the Cracked Canoe bar light was Sue Miscio of Peterborough and the Havelock Jamboree Weekend Passes were won by Sean Collins of Omemee.

Finally, the judges returned to present their decision. The Grand Prize was awarded to Sacha who receives;

  • A one hour stage performance, Friday August 19th, 1pm, at the 2016 Havelock Country Jamboree.
  • From Metalworks Production Company, a 1 day Studio Session to record an original song of choice with a producer and engineer at Metalworks Recording Studios valued at $5,000.
  • From Catherine Faint Entertainment a one day “Strategy Planning Session” and passes to CMAO Awards Show, May 30th.

The value of this package is $1,500.

  • A 3 hour photo shoot from Anita Bell with 12 finished and edited photos, and with full artist rights to use the photos.
  • A Seagull Guitar, donated by The Guitar Boutique, Peterborough & Whitby.
  • VIP accommodation at The Havelock Jamboree, courtesy of Great Canadian RV and a headlining spot on stage at their Open House on June 4th.

Second place was awarded to The Jackson Band, receiving a 45-minute set at the 2016 Havelock Jamboree.

Third place was presented to Dean James Band who will play a half hour set this summer at The Havelock Jamboree.

Kris Barclay, Jesse Slack and Kirk Bates have also been recognized as rising stars. Details on their prizes have not yet been confirmed, but will be posted shortly by The Next Country Music Star Talent Show.

More offers are continuing to come in for all the finalists and many other contestants of The Next Country Music Star Talent Search to perform at prestigious summer jamboree festivals around Ontario. Please keep following the website or Facebook/The Next Country Music Star for continued updates on their progess.

Thanks to the contestants, the judges, and all the sponsors & supporters of The Next Country Music Star Talent Search. Many thanks to Havelock Country Jamboree for recognizing the need for a mentoring program for young country music stars and for developing the framework of The Country Music Star Talent Search, to Moxy, our extraordinary sound technician,

to Bruce Sutton, the coolest and calmest stage manager you will ever meet, to all the staff at The Ranch Resort for the great food & great service, to Andy Tough of RMS Events for videotaping the semi-final and final performances and most importantly thanks to the audience. All of your enthusiastic support made it a huge success.

Without music, the world would be sad place.

See you all next year at The Ranch Resort, Bethany!

THE FINALS
SATURDAY APRIL 30, 2016

7:00 to 7:15 Guest Performer: Dave Bush

7:30 PM-7:50 PM     Kirk Bates

8:05 PM-8:25 PM     Dean James Band

8:40 PM-9:00 PM     Kris Barclay Band

9:15 PM-9:35 PM     Sacha

9:50PM-10:10 PM     Jesse Slack Band

10:25 PM-10:45 PM     Jordy Jackson Band

11:15 PM Judges’ Decision

April 30th Final Judges & Bios

Tony Tarleton~General Manager of MapleMusic Recordings/Fontana North
Tony Tarleton is currently the General Manager of MapleMusic Recordings/Fontana North, one of Canada’s premiere Independent Labels and Distributors, working alongside artists such as Royal Wood, Martha Wainwright, The Bros Landreth, CAIRO, JP Hoe, The River and The Road and many, many more.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Independent Music Association, and an active voting member of both CARAS and the Canadian Country Music Association.

Mike Denney~President MDM Recordings
An active member of the North American country music community, a proud member of the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Board of Directors and the 2014 CCMA® (award) Record Person of the Year, Mike Denney, President of Toronto-based MDM Recordings Inc. (MDM; an independent Canadian country music label, distributor, publishing and artist management company), believes in his artists and is prepared to invest whatever it takes, as long as it takes.
A 25+ year veteran of the music industry, Denney’s core business mantra is work hard-play hard, and he aspires to work with and represent talent who are willing to give 110% of their efforts to their musical craft. He in turn meets this with the same level of commitment to his MDM “road family”.
Affectionately known as “Denney” he is a man with a smile and a vision, acknowledged as a fervent champion of the Canadian music industry. He proactively built his team of those who share his passion to amplify industry activity, celebrating the rich artistic talent and opportunities in Canada.
Under his leadership, such professional dedication has magnified MDM, increasing the 2014 – 2015 Canadian-market share five-fold for the second consecutive year. In strategic complement, to enhance artist success through international recognition, Denney recently championed MDM’s operational expansion to both the Australian and American territories.
A musical soul fed by a country music sweet spot, Denney’s infectious enthusiasm manifests through his work ethic, a driving force behind the MDM team.

Corrine Dayman~President of TAP Management
Corrine Dayman is President of TAP Management, a division of TAP International Inc. She is a talent management and development specialist residing in Barrie, Ontario.
A true leader and entrepreneur, Corrine has dedicated her time and talents to assisting emerging artists reach their career objectives. Corrine’s dedication and hands on approach to assist developing artists emerge on the country music scene is what sets her apart within the entertainment industry.
Corrine is a writer and has directed music videos and productions. She is past Chair of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and is Producer and Host of Biz Talk on Toronto’s 401Radio.

Bruce Good~The Good Brothers
In 1970 Bruce Good was a member of the trio James and the Good Brothers whose first tour was on the outrageous Festival Express. This train crossed Canada with acts of the day such as The Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Ten Years After and many more. Later, when James left the group, Bruce and his twin brother Brian recruited younger brother Larry and The Good Brothers were born.
After receiving gold records and garnering 8 Juno awards and Big Country awards (predecessor of the CCMA) for best country group, Bruce became manager/agent for the Good Brothers and did so for 23 years. He received a Canadian Country Music Association award for instrumentalist of the year for special instrument, (autoharp) and in 2004 The Good Brothers were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. This spring will mark their 37th tour of Europe.
Bruce has been on the balloting committee for the CCMA for the past three years and is presently 2nd Vice President of the Country Music Association of Ontario. Bruce feels his strongest asset is the artist’s perception that he brings to the board.



 

Saturday April 23, 2016 SEMI-FINALS

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Guest Judge: Bob Marek

Saturday April 16, 2016

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

Northland Ramblers

7:45 PM

8:15 PM

Kyle Dunn Band

8:30 PM

9:00PM

Stacey Bannon
9:15 PM

9:45PM

Roy Borden Jr Band
10:00PM

10:30 PM

Kelsi Mayne
10:45 PM 11:15 PM Briden

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Judges’ Decision & audience voting ballots collected and counted

Guest Judge: Bob Marek

 



 

Saturday April 9, 2016

7:00 PM

7:30 PM

Monique Gatien

7:45 PM

8:15 PM

Anthony Tullo

8:30 PM

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Sacha
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Krista Earle
               10:00PM

10:30 PM

   Chantal Preston
              10:45 PM 11:15 PM Rayzor’s Edge

11:15 PM

11:45PM

Judges’ Decision & Audience Voting ballots collected and counted

WINNER: SACHA

Guest Judge:

Catherine Faint, founded CFE Inc. in 1994. Her wealth of experience totals over 40 years in the Canadian music industry, working as an agent, talent buyer, producer, immigration consultant and provider of labor and production services.

Catherine is the recipient of five consecutive Canadian Country Music Awards for Booking Agent of the Year and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO). She also sits on the Awards & Balloting committee for the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA).

Catherine is currently managing artists and speakers while maintaining client relationships across North America. Her dedication to her staff, artists and clients has allowed CFE Inc. to expand and create numerous opportunities for musicians, songwriters, producers and the crews working behind the scenes.

 

Summary of April 9th, 2016 The Next Country Music Star Talent Search

It’s been said that the music makers are the maker of dreams, and the performers for the April 9th evening of The Next Country Music Star Talent Search demonstrated that when you face the sunshine there are no shadows.

The show featured a diverse group of performers of all ages and experience bonded by one thing in common: Their dreams and the journey to reach their dreams which united them in Bethany and inspired an audience lucky enough to attend this special evening.

Monique Gatien gained everyone’s admiration for her determination. Generally sharing the stage with her guitar playing brother she was challenged in his absence not only to sing solo but also to accompany herself on a borrowed guitar. The judges commented on her gentle, pitch perfect vocals, encouraged her to gain more stage experience and welcomed her back to next year’s auditions. She won the distinction of being the first tagged contestant for 2017!

Anthony Tullo, of Oakville, Ontario displayed another facet of the what it takes to reach your dream. Not only has Anthony defined his dream but he’s a do-er, with an impressive social media following. One judge described his unique and polished style in an all-original set as a “country sounding Bruce Springsteen”.

When you watch and listen to Sacha on stage you can honestly say you’ve been inspired by a dreamer with a courageous, inspiring and creative soul. Currently living in Oshawa, Ontario, Sacha is a natural story teller. Her set was a finely crafted musical message reminding us that if we don’t have a dream then we can’t make one come true. The judges were unanimous in their praise of her and her band’s performance. The audience was too. She epitomized what Country is all about in her songs and in her character.

Krista Earle, also from Oakville, Ontario was equally inspiring, singing dreams into songs. The judges favorably commented on the tightness of her band, on her well-crafted original songs and her professional stage presence which was fun to watch. She showed everyone that we grow great by dreams.

Every dream requires effort and courage to venture into the unknown, continuously challenging and testing your skills. Chantal Preston has already proven she has such grit as a modern day troubadour in Orillia, Ontario. She brought the room to their feet in a standing ovation for her rendition of Girl Crush, sung almost acapella with only a very soft acoustic guitar accompaniment. The judges praised her distinctive talent as a songwriter/ lyricist.

The final performance was delivered by the most optimistic dreamers of the evening Rayzor’s Edge. This Warkworth, Ontario, duo delighted the audience with their country folksy style mix of original and cover songs, reminiscent of Stomping Tom Connors. They have embarked on their musical dream at a later stage than the other performers, as their time was committed to earning a living for their families, but the call of music is strong and their dream cannot be ignored any more. The judges and audience loved their original material.

The winning act for April 9th was awarded to Sacha who will return to The Ranch Resort on April 23rd along with other selected semi-finalists.

Very special thanks are given to our judges of April 9th: Jen Goheen, Bruce Sutton, Jamie Spurvey and guest judge Cathy Faint.

Yamaha Canada Music’s drummer of the evening was awarded the Steve: the drummer with Sacha.
The winners of the audience prizes were: Brian Thackerey of Omemee taking home the Moosehead man cave night light and Janet Newhook of Janetville receiving two day passes to 2016 The Havelock jamboree.



Saturday April 2, 2016

7:30 PM

8:00 PM

Rob Watts Band

8:15 PM

8:45 PM

Kyle Dunn

9:00 PM

9:30 PM

Dean James

9:45 PM

10:15 PM

Nicole Mastrangelo

10:30 PM

11:00 PM

Kris Barclay

11:00 PM

11:30 PM

Judges decision & Audience Voting ballots collected and counted

WINNER: Kris Barclay

 Guest Judge:

Corrine Dayman, is President of TAP Management, a division of TAP International Inc. She is a talent management and development specialist residing in Barrie, Ontario.

A true leader and entrepreneur, Corrine has dedicated her time and talents to assisting emerging artists reach their career objectives. Corrine’s dedication and hands on approach to assist developing artists emerge on the country music scene is what sets her apart within the entertainment industry.

Corrine is a writer and has directed music videos and productions. She is past Chair of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and is Producer and Host of Biz Talk on Toronto’s 401Radio.

 

Summary of April 2nd, 2016 The Next Country Music Star Talent Search

 

Plaid shirts and beards were in fashion with all the performers, except one. It seemed as if the lumberjacks had cleared camp and journeyed down to The Next Country Music Star Talent Search. But for these bearded boys, the axes were musical and the wooden sticks kept a steady beat.

The Rob Watts Band, from Barrie, Ontario stepped on stage first. They warmed the room with a sound reminiscent of all the good times hanging around with friends on a warm summer evening at the local fishing hole. The judges enjoyed their dynamic sound and they received praise for their original material, especially for One Last Beer and Do You Have A Dream.

Next to perform was Kingston, Ontario resident Kyle Dunn, unplugged. Rather than bow out of the competition because his brother, the drummer, was away writing final exams at university, Kyle made the brave decision to acoustically showcase his songwriting skills on his own without his band. His courage impressed the judges who praised both his commitment as a performer and his skill as a songwriter.

Dean James and his band stepped on to the stage and demonstrated why this rising country star from Peterborough is gaining new fans whenever and wherever he performs. Not only was Dean praised for his showmanship and ability to grab at the audience’s attention, but the band was also singled out by the judges for their exceptional musical skills.

Nicole Mastrangelo stood out too, not just because she wasn’t wearing a plaid shirt. She has a smile that lights up a room brighter than a logger’s camp fire. The audience went wild with her version of My Church, earning her a standing ovation. The judges encouraged Nicole to keep working on her stage style and to continue to hone her songwriting skills. They all predicted with a bit more experience this 19yr old from Eniskillen could be a rising star in short time.

The final act of the night brought the beards and plaid shirts back on stage along with a whole lot more. The Kris Barclay Band not only looked like they were having fun but they also delivered a fun, energetic set that had the audience’s full attention. They were commended by the judges for their showmanship and songwriting skills. The judges particularly singled out their original song Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades as being radio ready.

The winning act for April 2nd was awarded to The Kris Barclay Band who will return to The Ranch Resort on April 23rd along with other selected semi-finalists. A Wild Card entry into the semi-finals was given to Dean James.

Very special thanks are given to our judges of April 2nd: Jen Goheen, Bruce Sutton, Jamie Spurvey and guest judge Corrine Dayman.

Yamaha Canada Music’s drummer of the evening was awarded to the drummer of The Kris Barclay Band, and also to Jody Anderson keeping the beat for Dean James.
Justin of The Kris Barclay Band was the MC’s choice for best beard of the night

The winners of the audience prizes were: Liz Cochrane taking home the Moosehead Umbrella and Mary Flaherty receiving two day passes to 2016 The Havelock Country Jamboree.



Saturday March 23, 2016

7:30 PM-8:00 PM                        Aja Shipperley
8:15 PM-8:45 PM                        Kevin Parrish
9:00 PM-9:30 PM                        Kirk Bates
9:45 PM-10:15 PM                     Sandi Skye
10:30 PM-11:00 PM                  Rudy & Saddle Up
11:00 PM-11:30 PM                  Judges decision & audience voting ballots collected and counted
 Guest Judge: Bob Marek

Summary of March 26th, 2016 The Next Country Music Star Talent Search

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The long weekend didn’t hamper any interest in the fourth evening of preliminary auditions for The Next Country Music Star Talent Search. And no Easter hunting was necessary to find an abundance of talent that night at The Ranch Resort.

Everyone was treated to a very special guest appearance by 12 year old musical wunderkind Tyler Lorette, of Durham Region, who sang two songs before the competition. Although his guitar threatened to hide him from view, his lyrical interpretations and pitch perfect voice filled the room.

Aja Shipperley, of Oshawa, Ontario opened the evening. Her remarkable voice carries her beyond country. The judges declared that she was the best vocalist they have heard in the two years of this competition.

Kevin Parrish came onstage next from the dark and the cold, literally. This Orangeville, Ontario area resident had been without power since the ice storm struck the region last Thursday. Warm-up took on a new meaning for this classic country singer! The judges encouraged him to continue song-writing and to work on developing his own unique vocal sound, capitalizing on his rich deep baritone voice.

There was a strong crowd from Bancroft, Ontario cheering on Kirk Bates. By the end of his performance he had gained even more fans. You could feel the passion that he has for classic country music. He impressed the judges with his original songs, his interpretation of covers, his effortless stage presence and vocal control.

The mood of the evening perked up when the first of two bands took to the stage.
Sandi Skye of Ottawa , Ontario was just as vibrant as her blazing red hair and her band delivered a well-rehearsed, and well-delivered performance. Their original songs received glowing praise, the drummer received a new and well-earned nickname; The Internal Clock and the judges also commended them on their entertaining set.

The final performance of the evening was delivered by Rudy & Saddle Up, from the Kingston, Ontario area whose music and showmanship galloped into the room and caused a dancing stampede. There was no denying that the judges were impressed with their high energy, and their ability to work up a room

The winning act for March 26th was awarded to Sandi Skye who will return to The Ranch Resort on April 23rd along with other selected semi-finalists. A Wild Card entry into the semi-finals was given to Kevin Bates.

Very special thanks are given to our judges of March 26th: Jen Goheen, Bruce Sutton, Jamie Spurvey and filling in at the last moment, Moxie.

Yamaha Canada Music’s drummer of the evening was awarded to Chris, The Internal Clock from The Sandi Skye Band.

The winners of the audience prizes were: Mike Clark of Bethany taking home the Moosehead wall thermometer and Nicole Standon of Kingston receiving two day passes to 2016 The Havelock Country Jamboree.



Saturday March 19th, 2016

7:30pm- 8:00pm        Dave Bush
8:15pm-8:45pm         The Ben Hudson Band
9:00pm-9:30pm          South Of 7
9:45pm-10:15pm        Augusta Ray
10:30pm-11:00pm    The  Jordy Jackson Band
11:00pm-11:30pm      Judges decision & Audience Voting ballots collected and counted
 Guest Judge:

Mamie Miller works at Catherine Faint Entertainment.

She works closely with international tour managers, assisting them with immigration requirements to enter Canada.

Mamie also works as a booking agent, social media co-ordinator, and human resource administrator for CFE. She recently co-created The Ontario Back Roads Country Talent Search.



 

SUMMARY

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Dave Bush, The Ben Hudson Band, Augusta Ray, South of 7, The Jordy Jackson Band

 

Those attending the third evening of The Next Country Music Star Talent Search were treated to not just an evening of great music but also to a preview of what an evening line-up at The Havelock Country Jamboree might be in the not so far away future.

The night opened with Dave Bush entertaining everyone with his cheeky lampoons of country hits, singing about the trials of parenthood, on being a good husband and on the challenges of keeping on the straight and narrow path. The judges were unanimous in their praise. In one thirty-minute set, Dave became a country comic rising star.

The evening continued to rev up with the appearance of The Ben Hudson Band from Uxbridge, Ontario on stage. There was an immediate gasp when Ben opened his set with the lowest and most electrifying country vocal bass note you will ever hear! The judges were superlative in their admiration of Ben’s effortless voice, the band’s outstanding guitar playing and stage presence.

South of 7, took to the stage next and presented a well-rehearsed, fun set of strong original material blended with well-known covers, re-worked to their unique style. This is a band, originating from The Bay of Quinte, that is on a fast-rising course: one judge commented that they are getting even more stronger each time she sees them perform. They received high praise for their original material, as well as on their blended vocals and instrumentation.

Straight from the accolades of Nashville, 17year old Augusta Ray, of Richmond Hill, Ontario showed everyone attending on March 19th why she has received so much favorable attention here and south of the border. Although the judges had hoped to hear to hear more of her country style, they were nevertheless impressed with her old soul presence, her commanding vocals and the tightness of her band.

The battle of the bands did not let up. The audience was geared up for the final act of the evening. The Jordy Jackson Band, from north of Kingston, launched a dynamic set bursting with musical & vocal skills, entertaining choreography & engaging stage presence. They were commended by the judges on their well written originals, song choices and their connection to the audience.

The winning act for March 19th was awarded to The Jordy Jackson Band who will return to The Ranch Resort on April 23rd along with other selected semi-finalists

Very special thanks are given to our judges of March 19th:, Jen Goheen, Bruce Sutton, Mamie Miller of Catherine Faint Entertainment and Jan Schoute.

Yamaha Canada Music’s drummer of the evening was awarded to Ira of The Jordy Jackson Band.

The winners of the audience prizes were: Tom Wilkins of Peterborough taking home the Moosehead wall thermometer and Tim Gourley of Bethany receiving two day passes to 2016 The Havelock Country Jamboree.



Saturday March 12, 2016

7:30 PM-8:00 PM       Guest Performer ~ Jan Schoute
8:15 PM-8:45 PM         Cameron Von Creigern
9:00 PM-9:30 PM         Brooklyn Roebuck
9:45 PM-10:15 PM       TrainWreckX
10:30 PM-11:00 PM     Whiskey Avenue
11:00 PM-11:30 PM     Judges decision & Audience Voting  ballots collected and counted
Guest Judge: Jan Schoute & Kim Stoneburg
 

Summary of March 12th, 2016 The Next Country Music Star Talent Search

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Brooklyn Roebuck(5) Cameron von Criegern(1), Train WreckX(5, Whiskey Avenue(4)

 

The second evening of The Next Country Music Star Talent Search proved that the talent pool for country music in Ontario is incredibly strong and growing.

Most of the competitors were barely into their twenties, causing one audience member to comment that they were wearing cowboy boots older than most of the contestants.

A last moment scratch from one of the scheduled performers allowed the audience to be entertained by Jan Schoute, one of two guest judges on the adjudicating panel, before the rest of the contestants took to the stage. Jan has earned the respect of the music community in and around Ontario. He is not only a talented troubadour, but has achieved longevity in a very challenging profession. This experience was an asset in providing knowledgeable feedback and advice throughout the evening.

The second guest judge, Kim Stoneburg, was equally as knowledgeable. As tour manager for Aaron Pritchett and One More girl, Kim was able to share advice on how to command the big stage.

18 year old Cameron von Criegern, a Peterborough high school student, impressed all the judges with his classic country vocal style that caused one to comment that they felt goose bumps running up and down their arms, and another to say that if they were Simon Cowell they would be telling him that he’s going to Hollywood. All agreed they would love to hear him play with the backing of a band and all predicted that Cameron had a bright future in Country music.

The next entertainer, 18 year old Brooklyn Roebuck from Chatham Ontario, showed everyone in the building what a big stage performance was all about. With the backing of a well-rehearsed and talented band she performed an energetic and edgy 30-minute uninterrupted set of original and cover songs. It left the judges with nothing more to say than “That’s exactly what we’re looking for!”

The popular Peterborough band, Train WreckX, kept the momentum on track with a tight and cohesive set, featuring fender bending guitar solos from 16year old Kyle Renton. They were given high praise by the judges for entertaining the whole room with their unique country rock’n roll style.

The evening ended with yet another strong band, Whiskey Avenue, bringing with them a rebellious traditional country sound. Hailing from the Kingston area, they delivered a tight, toe-tapping performance that got people off their chairs and on to the dance floor. They received praise from the judges for their stage presence and on how they were able to transform brief technical difficulties into a performance strength.

In a unanimous decision, Brooklyn Roebuck was declared the evening’s winner and will advance to the semi-finals on April 23rd.

Very special thanks are given to our judges of March 12th: Kim Stoneburg, Chad Kalbfleisch, Bruce Sutton, and Jan Schoute.

Extra special thanks are extended to the parents of these talented, dedicated and young performers, who believe in their children’s dreams, and work long hours too in helping to make these dreams come true. We all benefit from their fierce dedication.

The winners of the audience prizes were: Kevin Kerry of Peterborough taking home the Moosehead patio umbrella and Maureen Renton of Baltimore receiving two day passes to 2016 The Havelock Country Jamboree.



Saturday March 5, 2016

 7:30pm-8:00pm Elyse Saunders
 8:15pm-8:45pm David Byrski
 9:00pm-9:30pm Amanda Jordan
 9:45pm-10:15pm Sara Silver
 10:30pm-11:00pm Jesse Slack
 11:30pa-12:00am
Audience Votes ballots collected & counted, Judges decision
Summary of March 5th, 2016 The Next Country Music Star Talent Search

Jesse slack (2), Amanda Jordan, Elyse Saunders, Sara Silver, Jesse slack(2) David Byrski
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March roared in like a lion more than once last week in Bethany: first when over 20cm of snow fell overnight on March 1st and again on March 5th, the opening night of the 2016 season of The Next Country Music Star Talent Search at The Ranch Resort.

Fortunately, it was talent that stormed into Bethany on March 5th, attracting a sold out audience who were anticipating an evening of fine music, fine food and fine hospitality, and were not disappointed.

The night opened with Elyse Saunders setting a standard of music and performance style that would challenge the rest of the evening’s competitors. The audience was completely entertained by her songwriting skills, confident presence on stage and the musical talent of her band. The judges were equally impressed with her strong professional stage presence.

David Byrski performed next. A multi-talented musician, he won the crowd’s complete attention with his captivating vocals and guitar solos. The judges appreciated his classic country sound and complimented him on his choice of original and cover songs.

19 year old Amanda Jordan was the youngest performer of the evening, yet demonstrated that she has accomplished more than many people twice her age. The room was silenced by her gentle sweet voice and the power of her lyrics. She received unanimous compliments from the judges for her singing skills and songwriting talent.

The March storm returned as Sara Silver took to the stage. One judge commented: “You may be called Sara Silver but your voice is golden.” She blew the roof off the building and astonished the judges and audience with her powerful and blues-y vocal artistry.

While it’s thought that if March comes in like a storm it will leave like a lamb, The Jesse Slack Band completely shattered that theory. It was quite clear from the moment they struck the first note onstage that they were here to win, and they hit all the judging benchmarks with a set that was not only engaging and entertaining, but showcased their skills as musicians, songwriters and performers.

It was a lively way to end the evening and it won The Jesse Slack Band the chance to advance to the semi-final round. David Byrski was awarded one of the three Wild Card entries into the semi-finals

Very special thanks go out to our judges, Jen Goheen, Chad Kalbfleisch, Bruce Sutton, and guest judge Bob Marek, owner of The Bourbon Barrel Saloon in Peterborough. They faced the difficult challenge of having to select a winner from among the March 5th performers.

The overall winner of the evening, advancing to the semi-final round, was The Jesse Slack Band. A Wild Card was awarded to David Byrski, who also advances to the semi-finals scheduled for April 23rd, 2016.