Taylor (piano) and Mya (bongos) McCarthy performed The Eagles’ hit “Hotel California.” The sisterly bond shines through as their voices perfectly harmonize during the final performance of the night. The rendition was enough to land them first place after judges deliberation. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

Sisters sing their way to the top of Sylvan’s Got Talent

The competition was held Nov. 2 by the Sylvan Lake Refugee Project

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.

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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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Jessica Krause and Jennifer Fletcher are “best cousins” who used a fun musical theatre number from Newsies called “Watch What Happens” to secure second place. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

Tatyanna Stoesz is a high school student who locked down third place with her vocals and piano playing. She performed “Happier” by Ed Sheeran for the sold out crowd on Nov. 2. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

Thirteen-year-old Andrew Warnick captured the audience’s heart and was voted the fan favourite. He played the piano and harmonica and showcased his vocals with a performance of “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News.

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