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Musical youths earn professional support

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A group of emerging artists had their talent groomed and their progress recognized during April's Aboriginal Film and Arts Festival in Duncan.

The second edition of the April 25 Youth Voice Awards Night — created by Cari Burdett, Director of Lila Music Centre — celebrated the progress of its youthful participants under the watchful eyes of a panel of arts professionals.

"Awards are not focused on winners, instead focus is on mentorship, opportunities, and artistic development," said Lila's Lara Nowlan. "Exciting night for these talented youth as they gain experiences and opportunities that assist them in developing their art."

A panel of local professionals (local singer/songwriter Genevieve Charbonneau, local actor/director/teacher Michelle Tremblay,  poet Wendy Robison and Burdett) judged audition performances on April 5.

"We all need help and encouragement in achieving our dreams," Burdett said.

Winners (and their prizes) included:

Aidan Thorne (age 22)

· A performance in the 39 Days of July, Duncan Summer Festival 2014 — provided by Longevity John

· Coaching Mentorship for spoken word 'Voice in Society' — provided by Gareth Davies

· two days of recording at the Woodshop Recording Studio — provided by Lila Music Centre and Zack Cohen of the Woodshop Recording Studio

Glaucia Desrochers (28)

· Performance in the 39 Days of July, Duncan Summer Festival 2014 – provided by Longevity John

· One hour coaching session – provided by Genevieve Charbonneau

· Invitation to Perform at the Cowichan Theatre – provided by Kirsten Schrader

· $250 towards rental of 0 Mile Eatery for a performance opportunity and recognition in OUR Eco Village News – provided by Our Ecovillage

Rachel Gonyea  (25)

· Voice lessons from Connie Masson – provided by CVMTA

· Performance in the 39 Days of July, Duncan Summer Festival 2014 – provided by Longevity John

· Walk of Nations Award for 'Voice of Cultural Unity' – provided by Walk of Nations and Social Planning Cowichan

Hanna Seinen (16)

· Performance in the 39 Days of July, Duncan Summer Festival 2014 – provided by Longevity John

· One-hour voice/song coaching session – provided by Dave Lieffertz

· Walk of Nations Award for 'Voice of Cultural Unity' – provided by Walk of Nations and Social Planning Cowichan

· One-hour voice lesson – provided by Cari Burdett

Jaqueel Stratton (15)

· Performance in the 39 Days of July, Duncan Summer Festival 2014 – provided by Longevity John

· $200 towards voice lessons – provided by CVAC, sponsored by Anne

· space in the Youth Outreach Program two-year mentorship program – provided by CVAC

Helene Daviau (17)

· Performance in the 39 Days of July, Duncan Summer Festival 2014 – provided by Longevity John

· Introduction to voiceover work with professional voiceover artist Victoria Scott

Elena Zaffino (13)

· Performance in the 39 Days of July, Duncan Summer Festival 2014 – provided by Longevity John

· One hour coaching session – provided by Genevieve Charbonneau

· Walk of Nations Award for 'Voice of Cultural Unity' – provided by Walk of Nations and Social Planning Cowichan

Jessie Johnson (25)

· Performance in the 39 Days of July, Duncan Summer Festival 2014 – provided by Longevity John

· One-hour voice lesson – provided by Cari Burdett

· One-hour clowning coaching session – provided by Michelle Tremblay, sponsored by Wendy Robison

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