Look­ing to a big­ger stage to show­case ta­lent

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Mu­sic Awards.

“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

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