Maxwell's Music House in Waterloo, ON
August 26, 2012
Photos and Review by: Verity Dokter
On the 26th of August a large crowd of people converged on Maxwell's Music House to attend their 4th annual Singer/Songwriter competition final.
With prizes including a weekend recording package from Brixton Music Studios in Kitchener, consultation packages with the staff of Maxwell's Music House and Paquin Entertainment Agency, a video recording package from George Briggs Media, and many others, the event drew a lot of amazing talent. After three rounds comprising 6 evenings and 24 competitors, the final saw the top 6 artists performing four songs each.
There was a lot of consideration put into the competition with valuable live feedback from the judges after each performance and prizes tailored to each winner's needs, as well as a local Cambridge artist, Laurie Wonfor Nolan of LWN Studio, painting a portrait of each of the contestants during their performance.
"This competition is really about developing the potential of young singer/songwriters in K-W," said Paul Maxwell, Founder and President of Maxwell's Music House. "We want to give them the opportunity to develop the skills they will need to succeed as professionals in this competitive industry."
The evening started off superbly with Jon Mackey and Jill Dowding on the guitar, followed by ukulele-playing Jojo Worthington, who put on a most memorable performance. After those three it was Jessie Treneer's turn to take the spotlight with her guitar, followed by the emotive Danielle Robert on the keyboard. Last in the line-up was Kori Pop who delivered an amazing theatrical performance that captivated the entire audience for the duration of her set. And then came the difficult part (for the judges, that is) — deciding who to pick as the top three. Such a difficult choice it was, that they in fact chose two winners, Kori Pop and Jojo Worthington, to share the title, with Jessie Treneer coming in a close 3rd place.
It was a most enjoyable evening to mark the end of the 4th annual singer/songwriter competition, and I look forward to seeing how the winners use their prizes and new opportunities to grow and develop their musical talents.