New voices for Cariboo Idol

Each year Cariboo Idols perform at community events

Tyrell Norton is one of three contestants returning to Cariboo Idol this season following auditions in 100 Mile House on May 2. Eight contestants were named for the 2015 season

Tyrell Norton is one of three contestants returning to Cariboo Idol this season following auditions in 100 Mile House on May 2. Eight contestants were named for the 2015 season

This region’s premier vocal talent contest has a fresh crop of new contestants, with some gifted individual performers returning as well.

The 2015 Cariboo Idols include Justine Hama, Diane Laukkanen, Gary Seminoff, Britta Westerager, Tyrell Norton, Chelsea Herperger, Shania Parks and Jazmine Storvold.

Storvold is a past winner, while Westerager and Norton were members of the 2014 group.

The Idols perform at events throughout the summer, supporting and promoting local causes.

The contestants are taking the stage this weekend at the Cariboo Women’s Fair in 100 Mile House, May 9.

The Idols are also slated to entertain during a District of 100 Mile House 50th Anniversary celebration on July 25.

“I’m pleasantly surprised at the different faces,” says organizer Rob Fry.

“It was good to see. They’re all at different levels performing. Some have never performed in front of a crowd.

“It’s going to be interesting for sure. We’re looking forward to working with them.”

Local musician Peter Thorne will be accompanying some of the Idols on guitar this year.

Cariboo Idol is for performers of all ages in the Cariboo-Chilcotin. It’s a great showcase opportunity for aspiring musicians to get some experience performing for crowds.

The program runs from May through September. After a final showcase the vocalists receive an honorarium for their dedication and all Cariboo Idols have the opportunity to record at New Age Studio before the end of each year.

There’s a People’s Choice Award set up for the public to vote for their favourite Idol at each performance.

The People’s Choice Award is presented at the end of the season.

To book the singers for an event, e-mail rob@caribooradio.com or call 250-706-9611.

For more information, visit the Cariboo Idols on Facebook.