by Fraser Scantlebury, Executive Director, United Way Lanark CountyFinale poster tab rev Oct 2014The waiting is nearly over for the 15 Semi-finalist performers, as well as the Host and Design finalists for this year’s Grand Finale of My Town’s Got Talent (MTGT). On November 1st at 7PM they all take to the stage at the Gallipeau Centre Theatre in Smiths Falls for what will be a great night of entertainment. “This past Saturday we had the last of our mentoring sessions for the fantastic young talented contestants in this year’s production”, according to Christy Bindhardt, Artistic Director, “and I have to say that this year’s Finale will be truly spectacular. All of the semi-finalists have a real chance at winning, and we have three great young people trying to be the best Host in the County. Coupled with the announcement of our Design contest winner, it will be an exciting evening for the audience!”

The Finale, presented by Metroland Media along with Town and Country Chrysler and the Gallipeau Centre, will take place in the beautiful Gallipeau Centre Theatre in Smiths Falls this coming Saturday at 7PM. At the Finale our celebrity judges, with help through an on-line poll from fans in the County, will select the five finalists. Once again, the evening will feature the audience voting for the overall winner from those five finalists, with the performing winner receiving a prize package that includes donations from VIA Rail and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel of two return tickets from Smiths Falls to Toronto and two nights’ accommodation at the hotel. They join sponsors Lake 88.1, The Valley Players, L-D Tool and Die and the Perth-Upon-Tay Royal Canadian Legion Branch 244 in supporting MTGT. Bindhardt noted that “During the event, the audience will also vote for the top host from three finalists, and we will announce the winner of the Design contest.  Bindhardt continued, “This year, our mentoring sessions where held over two days, where acclaimed musical director and performer Michael Gareau of Ottawa, who is currently directing the upcoming Orpheus production of Fiddler on the Roof taking place from November 21st to 30th at Centrepointe Theatre. Michael worked with all the performers, hosts and design contestants to offer advice and guidance on how to take their performances to a winning level.” The mentoring sessions took place at the YAK Youth Centre in Perth and the Carleton Place & District Centre in Carleton Place over the past two weekends. “What really impressed me was the dedication and effort that all of these young performers showed me”, commented Gareau. “They came well prepared and were willing to listen to the suggestions I had on how they could improve their performance for the finale. Very, very talented, and I look forward to being in the audience on Saturday to see the winners!”

In addition to the performance and host winners, MTGT will also announce on Saturday the design contest winner for a new logo for the Human Library Project, sponsored by the

United Way and the five libraries in Lanark County – Perth, Mississippi Mills, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, and Lanark Highlands. “This was an exciting new venture for the community last year, and we have three strong designs competing to be the logo for the Spring 2015 edition of the Project”, said Fraser Scantlebury, Show Producer and Executive Director of the United Way Lanark County. “The winning designer’s logo will appear on all the posters and website/social media publicity”, continued Scantlebury “with the winner being chosen by a panel made up of our librarians and a local Almonte artist, Jeff Banks”.

This year will mark the fifth and final edition of MTGT in its current format. “We have had a wonderful run” noted Scantlebury, “and have had more than 200 youth in Lanark County come out to our auditions over the years. The talent in Lanark County is absolutely wonderful, and having our finale at Smiths Falls’ gorgeously restored Gallipeau Centre Theatre is a wonderful way to end. Admission to the event is by donation, so it is open to everyone, and we hope to have a really big audience this year – there are lots of seats at the Theatre.” It was a hard decision to make this the final year of the current version of MTGT. “We looked at the experience of the show, and the changes in talent show events over the years, and feel that there needs to be a new idea or process”, commented Scantlebury. He went on to say, “we will be talking with our partners at the Youth Centres in Lanark County to see if there is more new ways to approach how to reach out to talented youth in the County – so stay tuned for details in 2015!”

As in previous years, the event is in support of the United Way Lanark County Annual Fall Campaign. All donations at the door for the Finale will go towards the United Way’s Youth Initiatives in Lanark County, supporting the United Way’s five youth centre Member Agencies. “This is an excellent opportunity for the County to see what our Youth Member Agencies do for the young people in their communities”, notes Johann Ramsaran, Chair of the Board of the United Way Lanark County. “All five – Carleton Place Youth Centre, Lanark Highlands Youth Centre, YAK Youth Centre in Perth, Smiths Falls and District Youth Centre, and Take Young People Seriously (TYPS) Youth Centre from Mississippi Mills – helped out at the auditions and will also be at the Finale. Community members will have the opportunity to meet youth from each Centre, and learn about what their local Youth Centre is doing in their community”. In addition, youth from the Smiths Falls and District Youth Centre will have a canteen open during the event, with all proceeds going to the United Way.

“Once again, it’s now up to folks in the County to come out to the show on Saturday, November 1th at 7PM to see the wonderful talent of the County, a few surprises, and to vote for their favorite performer and host”, said Bindhardt, “and to get a taste for what you will see, just go to, check out the videos and cast advance votes for your favorite – then we hope to see you in Smiths Falls this Saturday to vote at the Finale!!” For additional information contact the United Way at 613-253-9074.

My Town’s Go Talent – Performers/Host/Designer List

Name Home Town School


Jessica Judd Carleton Place CPHS

Clifford Glas Smiths Falls SFDCI

Breanne Murray Almonte HNofM




Liam Mansfield Almonte Canterbury HS

Adam Mansfield Almonte Canterbury HS

Adam Leidecker Almonte ADHS

Jason Koster Almonte Home Schooled

Warren Beach Almonte ADHS

Liam Hans Almonte Home Schooled

Miranda Wilson Westport PDCI

Austin Ritz Perth PDCI

George Kay Almonte CP NDCHS

Emily Richardson Perth PDCI

Jessica Wedden Perth St. John’s CHS

Keala Traversy Smiths Falls TR Leger

Shea & Garret Spafford (Spafford Comedy Duo) Almonte NDCHS / HNofM

Larisa Robbins Smiths Falls SFDCI

Sara Milligan & Isaac Matthews-Hanna Almonte/Perth ADHS/Perth

Emma & Sophie Hans and Samantha Carriere – Cadence Almonte/CP Home Schooled/CPHS

Dillon Ross Smiths Falls SFDCI

Daniel Edwards & Fraser Bedford Smiths Falls SFDCI

Maddy Martin Carleton Place NDCHS

Zach Dods Almonte NDCHS



Zach Dods Almonte NDCHS

Christian Van Campen Almonte HNofM

Liam Ryan Carleton Place CPHS