Looking to a bigger stage to showcase talent
Cory Gallant can finally let the secret out of the bag.
The Brockton P.E.I. native learned last week that he has been chosen as the Prince Edward Island representative in the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Spotlight Performance Contest, but he wasn’t allowed to share the news until an official release on Monday, June 11.
That CMA release triggers an online voting frenzy in which the contest’s nine contestants from across the country will be vying for online votes at www.ccma.org, right up until Friday, June 22.
Click on CCMA news and follow the links to vote. The rules permit only one vote per IP address.
Up for grabs is a spot at this year’s Country Music Week, a lead-up to the 2018 Canadian Woodstock, P.E.I., resident Cory Gallant is seeking votes in a Canadian Country Music Awards’ national Spotlight Performance contest.
“To say I was excited is a bit of an understatement,” says Gallant
who views his entry in the contest as a great opportunity to get his original material heard by audiences across the country.
“This would be a great opportunity to be seen on a bigger stage, in doing something that I love, and, I believe, was born to do.”
Gallant’s placing his hopes in P.E.I. music fans to help advance him through the online contest. “We all know how P.E.I.’ers can vote,” he said; “just look at how Hockeyville turned out.”
He’s referring to the Town of O’Leary winning the national Kraft Hockeyville contest in 2017. He played a part in the Hockeyville celebrations, performing with his band the night O’Leary was declared national winner and again during the Hockeyville celebrations. He was also picked to sing the national anthem during Hockeyville’s televised preseason exhibition game.
He’s currently recording an all-original album at Up West Productions in Alberton and he’s in the lineup for the Cape Tormentine Beach Music Festival on Aug. 3.
Gallant, a paramedic with Island EMS, lives in Woodstock, P.E.I., with his wife Destiny and their three daughters. He is a member of the well-known P.E.I. band, Old Doctor Young, and a sought-after solo performer.
Gallant picked up the guitar at the age 12 and, except for a