Idol to bring out the best
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 06:00 am
Okotokians will have a say in naming the town’s most talented singer at a vocal competition this weekend.
The Big Rock Singers is hosting an Okotoks Idol fundraising contest and is asking the public to dig into their pockets to vote for their favourite. As many as 30 talented singers ages 14 and older will vie for the $250 prize and title of Okotoks Idol at The Royal Duke Eatery & Pub Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
“I think we’ll see some people stepping out of their comfort zone,” said master of ceremonies Nairn Nerland, Big Rock marketing director. “I think we will see a real wide variety of music and some incredibly gifted people singing.”
Contestants pay a $30 registration fee and must have three songs prepared in the event they make it to the finals, said Nerland.
Those in attendance can purchase tickets to vote for their favourite singers or participate in an online voting system.
“I think there will be a broad range of talent and a broad range of music and ages,” Nerland said.
Nerland said members of the Big Rock Singers discussed unique and fun activities that could serve as a fundraiser to help cover expenses of paying staff and production costs for shows when the Okotoks Idol idea came up.
The Big Rock Singers need $60,000 to $80,000 to pay for their music director, artistic director and choreographer, and building rentals, sound and lights for its shows, said Nerland.
While the non-profit organization gets funding from grants, sponsors, donations and ticket sales, Nerland said fundraising allows for potentially lower ticket prices and more to give to charities.
This season, proceeds from the Big Rock Singers’ Christmas concert will go to the Western Wheel Cares campaign and the proceeds from the spring show will go to the Foothills Country Hospice.
Big Rock Singers Music Director Carey Gruber has been encouraging her music students and members of the more than 80-member adult choir to join in this weekend’s fun.
“There are people that are still putting their act together,” she said. “We do have some small groups.”
Gruber said contestants don’t have to sing to a karaoke track, but can perform classical or folk music on stage with instruments.
While those in attendance cheer on their favourite idols, a panel of celebrity judges will be on hand to critique the singers and serve as a potential tiebreaker, she said.
“The night is going to be super fun and the atmosphere at The Duke is going to be electric,” Gruber said. “It’s just going to take off like a house on fire once we get rolling. This is an event where we want to get the community out and engaged in support of a music endeavor. I think it’s going to be the first of many, many years of an amazing event.”
For more details about Okotoks Idol or to register go to bigrocksingers.com. Admission to watch the contest is free.