Ki­wa­nis Idol tunes up

Au­di­tions to be held this week­end

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Laura Cum­mings

Call­ing all east-end vo­cal­ists and song­sters – the sixth-an­nual edi­tion of Ki­wa­nis Idol is get­ting set to pump up the vol­ume, revving up for au­di­tions this week­end.

Spon­sored by eight lo­cal Ki­wa­nis clubs, in­clud­ing Or­léans, Ki­wa­nis Idol will get this year’s in­car­na­tion un­der­way from Satur­day, Aug. 1 to Mon­day, Aug. 3 at Ottawa City Hall.

“We’re ex­pect­ing prob­a­bly more (this year) be­cause Cana­dian Idol is not on,” says or­ga­nizer El­don Fox, es­ti­mat­ing last year’s turnout at 40 peo­ple per day. “It helps both ways.”

Vo­cal­ists be­tween the ages of 13 and 21 are el­i­gi­ble to try out, he re­counts, adding that each in­di­vid­ual should pre­pare two songs ei­ther a cap­pella or with an in­stru­ment like gui­tar or a por­ta­ble pi­ano. The only other re­quire­ment, Fox con­tin­ues, is that they have not made a pro­fes­sional record­ing, stress­ing Ki­wa­nis Idol is for am­a­teur singers only.

While judges will be train­ing their ears on tone, pitch and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of cho­sen songs, stage pres­ence, ap­pear­ance and mic tech­nique will also help de­cide who ad­vances, he de­scribes.

“We’ve had some good peo­ple from Or­léans,” Fox adds, with An­gela Roz­man – last year’s third­place win­ner – the most re­cent east-end con­tes­tant to go far.“We usu­ally get some­body (from the area) who makes the Top 10 at least.”

Spec­u­lat­ing on why, he points to the bevy of good teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties, as well as the en­cour­age­ment gained from see­ing other east-end young peo­ple suc­ceed in the in­dus­try.

“Peo­ple see that in the area, and maybe it helps,” Fox ex­plains. “If the kid next door is out there singing … it gives them a lit­tle more in­cen­tive.”

Hav­ing first com­peted in Ki­wa­nis Idol at the age of 16, the now-20-year-old Roz­man ex­plains singing lessons – and time to de­velop her voice – is what helped make the push to the top three last year.

“I just got more con­fi­dent,” she con­tin­ues. “I go out and have fun with it now. I don’t get scared; I get ex­cited.”

Even though she didn’t come out on top last year, “I wouldn’t have done any­thing dif­fer­ently,” Roz­man re­counts. “I thought I had one of my bet­ter per­for­mances.”

Over­all, the Ki­wa­nis Idol process“is a big learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she adds. “I learned a lot of other stuff (the judges) take into ac­count. It gets you on stage and per­form­ing and show­ing your tal­ent.”

While she’s busy per­form­ing with lo­cal group Unity – as well as writ­ing mu­sic and pre­par­ing for her turn in the record­ing stu­dio when she’s not study­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Ottawa – Roz­man plans to try out for Idol again this year.

“I’m go­ing to go just for fun,” she ex­plains with a laugh. “It’s just an­other place to sing around town.”

The even­tual win­ner – to be crowned on Sept. 6 – will re­ceive $2,000 worth of pro­fes­sional record­ing time in-stu­dio, con­tin­ues Fox, along with smaller record­ing pack­ages for the first-and sec­ond-place run­ners-up.

“The idea is do­ing a CD with them,” Fox adds, also re­count­ing on­go­ing per­form­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for win­ners at venues like sport­ing events, lo­cal fairs and even Bluesfest. “It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence for them.”

Every­one who comes out to au­di­tion will re­ceive a free vo­cal les­son from Rob’s Mu­sic, how­ever, he con­tin­ues, mean­ing each par­tic­i­pant will walk away with a valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“They do get a lot of at­ten­tion, which they wouldn’t get any place else,” Fox says. “It’s a big deal for that.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit­wanisidol.or­gor­cal­lEl­donFoxat613-831-9900.

File photo

An­gela Roz­man of Or­léans took third place in last

year’s Ki­wa­nis Idol.

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