The Sylvan Lake Refugee Project’s second annual Sylvan’s Got Talent competition took to the stage at Gospel Chapel on Nov. 2.
This year’s acts featured several singers, musicians, a belly dancer, a clogger, b-boys doing hip-hop, a belly dancer and a hilarious storyteller.
At the end of the night the singers reigned supreme taking the top three spots, as well as the fan favourite.
Sisters Taylor and Mya McCarthy won the judges hearts with their rendition of “Hotel California” by The Eagles.
With Taylor on the piano and Mya on the bongos their voices blended together in perfect harmonization as they captivated the audience as the final act of the night.
Mayor Sean McIntyre, Jas Payne and Teresa Rilling served as the judges for the acts, while Scott McDermott was the judge for the decadent desserts that were up for silent auction.
The judges awarded “best cousins” Jessica Krause and Jennifer Fletcher second place.
The two dazzled the sold out crowd with a musical theatre number called “Watch What Happens” from the musical Newsies.
Rounding out the podium was 15-year-old singer Tatyanna Stoesz , who played the piano and sang “Happier” by Ed Sheeran.
The judging was then handed over into the hands of the audience for the fan favourite winner.
Thirteen-year-old Andrew Warnick emerged as the fan favourite with his performance of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” where he sang while playing the piano and harmonica.
“When someone has a gift like all our performers tonight and they share their gift, which brings others joy, it’s a beautiful thing,” said Sylvan’s Got Talent co-organizer June Rivers.
“I’m happy to see everyone enjoying themselves while giving to a great cause,” added Rivers, who explained the proceeds go towards making a better life for Sylvan’s newest residents.
“I just love that the whole Town is behind this and I’m really excited for the refugees because I imagine myself, if my country was in war, like the idea that somewhere people would make me have a better life and that I wouldn’t have to suffer,” continued Rivers. “Our Town is the town that’s done that for them, so I’m just thrilled.”
Rivers also explained 100 per cent of the money towards the Sylvan Lake Refugee Project is completely Town funded and none of it comes from the government.
“I’m just really proud. I’m really pleased,” gushed Rivers. “No one can pull this off by themselves… I’m just thrilled.”
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