Stephanie Doornekamp (Westport) 18+ Age Category
We sorted through applications.
We judged the auditions.
We selected the best.
The competitors were both nervous and confident but the energy in the audition room was electric. The first round of the VOICE of the Rideau all ages singing competition had selected singers audition in front of three judges. Our three judges, Kathy Doornekamp, Ann Savage and Angela Elster, then chose 10 finalists across the age groups. WAC extends warm thanks to all who participated and assisted with auditions and congratulates all finalists!
Finals of the competition will be live at The Cove Country Inn in Westport on August 16th from 10am until noon and will be the official opening act of the 8th annual MUSICwestport Open Air Festival.
12 and Under
- Corinne Carbion (Elgin)
- Maya Forbes (Smiths Falls)
- Madison Miernik (Perth)
- Jillian Texeira (Ottawa)
- Colby Adrian (Westport)
- Caitlin McKnight (Ottawa)
- Larisa Robbins (Smiths Falls)
- Stephanie Doornekamp (Westport)
- Dave Riddell (Newboro)
- Amanda Snider (Westport)
Kicking off the MUSICfestival weekend, WAC is proud to present H’SAO live at the The Cove
Montréal-based band from Chad, H’SAO is a unique fusion of vocal harmonines and African rhythms with influences from gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, reggae and Chadian music. Brothers Caleb (guitar), Mossbass (bass) and Izra L (keyboard) and their childhood friend Dono (drums) originally started with only their voices. The self-taught musicians then added instruments to their sound but their acapella roots still set them apart. As they sing of peace, love, or social injustice, their vocal harmonies weave through and unite genres, creating a musical signature that transcends any musical category.
On stage, their musical energy is exciting, heightened by their engaging choreography. H’SAO have performed on stages from Europe to Africa to Asia as well as North America, including notable Canadian performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala, and the Vancouver Folk Festival. With three full albums in their repertoire, H’SAO is currently working on an acoustic album and touring North America.
Last year this event sold out! Call The Cover now for reservations: 613-273-3636
WAC Bean Bag Toss Fundraiser
We weren’t throwing our feet up on Heritage Day here in Westport, we were throwing bean bags! In amongst the craft and market stalls on Bedford street, WAC set up a guitar bean bag toss to raise funds for their upcoming MUSICwestport Open Air Festival. Turns out, Westport isn’t just competitive at hockey! For five dollars, participants received six bean bags. Those lucky enough to score a bean bag through the guitar were entered into a draw for a gift certificate from local restaurant, The Cove Country Inn. Two or more in the hole and you were also walking away with a MUSICwestport ball cap. Thanks to all who participated and to the Cove for their generous prize donation. WAC successfully raised over $200 which will go directly to the MUSICwestport Open Air Festival coming this August!
Did you miss us on Heritage Day? We are still selling tickets for the $1500 cash draw that happens on the day of the festival. Tickets are available from WAC board members or every weekend downtown Westport until the festival.