Star Catcher Makes First Stop in Brandon

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Amateur singers from the Aboriginal community in Manitoba will get a chance to shine on the Star Catcher stage this weekend in Brandon. This first instalment of the talent development project is being hosted by the organizers of the Brandon Winter Tribal Days and already has 11 hopefuls signed up to compete for $850 in prize money.

TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PLACE: The Amphitheatre at the Keystone Centre, Brandon, Manitoba
COST TO WATCH: Included with your Winter Tribal Days admission
CONTESTANT FEE: $50 per entry
REGISTRATION: On-site until 2:00 pm

The Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee, organizer of the Manito Ahbee Festival and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, is responsible for producing the Star Catcher project. With an untapped wealth of Aboriginal talent throughout the province, the committee has offered to produce Star Catcher contests for 4 other communities before a final showdown at the Red River Ex on National Aboriginal Day this year.

“This is not your typical talent search,” states Lisa Meeches, chair of the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee. “Star Catcher provides winners with an abundance of opportunities to develop as performers and artists through mentorship and training.”

The June 21st contest will feature the top three contestants from each of the 5 communities with a performance slot on the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award show stage as the grand prize. Each of the 15 finalists will also receive an opportunity to record one of their songs with an established producer at a Manitoba Film & Sound accredited studio in Winnipeg to help them further develop their careers and knowledge of the music industry.

The contests are open to Aboriginal amateur singers of any age and applicants are required to complete a registration form, pay a $50 registration fee and submit a demo recording along with a biography and photograph.

Each talent contest will be judged by a panel of Aboriginal people who work in the music industry and each contestant will have the option of singing with a professional back-up band.

For more information or to download the Star Catcher registration form, please visit the Manito Ahbee website:

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