Auditions have closed for this year. See you at the Grande Finale on November 23, 2019, at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre!
Why You Should Audition
Have you ever dreamed of singing in front of a roaring crowd? Have you dreamt of applause and laughter from jokes or comedic acts? Have you dared to believe that your talent and passion could be recognized by the masses? Come live your dream and you could be the next Peace Country Rising Star! Whatever your talent may be: acting, dancing, singing, performances galore; compete for your chance to be recognized against other regional contestants. Fuel your passion and dream of performing your talents today!
About the Contest
Peace Country Rising Stars is a student-led project facilitated by the GPRC Business Administration Department, with the goal of providing students in that Program the opportunity to research, implement and carry out marketing activities. Since the program’s inception in 1988, the students who attended the Marketing Project Management Credit Course have organized and ran multiple fundraising projects and in 2005 the class took over the Peace Country Idol competition where they collectively donated well over $100,000 to charities, including Rotary Club of Grande Prairie and other college activities.
The contest, which was initially called Peace Country Idol, was taken on by GPRC Business Instructor Cybilla Rakestraw who led a group of students to produce the first winner, 15 years ago. Through the years, the contest has become a staple on the Peace Country Event circuit, boasting winners such as Tenille Townes and Jordan Leaf. Tenille Townes recently released an EP, Living Room Work tapes, that has won multiple awards including, Female Artist of the Year and Single of the year at the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards. Jordan Leaf, who was also the 2017 Global Country Star Search winner, has continued her success by performing at Big Valley Jamboree, Bear Creek Folk Festival and The Canadian Country Music Awards.
This year will be even more exciting with the recent expansion of the contest in 2018 to include an array of talents from comedy to dancing and along with it, a name change to Peace Country Rising Stars. The contest format remains unchanged with contestants auditioning for a spot in the final.
How the Contest Works
The audition process is simple. Budding artists can audition online or in person. In-person auditions will be held on October 25th, 26th and November 1st and 2nd, 2019. Online submissions will be accepted until November 2nd, 2019. Registration officially closes on November 6th, 2019, and all auditions are submitted for judging. Only ten contestants will go through to the final, held in the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Center on November 23, 2019.
Along with the contest winner and runners up, there is also a People’s Choice Award handed out to the contestant with the most ballots cast in his or her favour by the audience in attendance. Ballots cost $5.00 and will be available for purchase at the event and will be counted by the student group before the winner is announced.
Checklist for becoming Peace Country Rising Star 2019
- ✓ Attend auditions and perform your heart out.
- ✓ Perform with all your abilities to be able to win.
- ✓ Be the next Peace Country Rising Star 2019!
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