Kiwanis Idol tunes up
Auditions to be held this weekend
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 visit www.kiwanisidol.orgorcallEldonFoxat613-831-9900.
Angela Rozman of Orléans took third place in last
year’s Kiwanis Idol.