Milton talent contest winner Gavin McLeod performs “The Cave” by Mumford and Sons.
The final lyric of Steinhauser’s song strummed with a ukulele, “I think it’s beautiful when you marry me,” got a big “awww” from the audience.
Judging the talent contest was Bob Hall, a vocal coach, choir director and music teacher in the Halton District School Board, Kelly MacIntyre, a singer/songwriter and broadcaster, and Heinar Piller, who has directed or produced more than 300 shows. Following deliberations by the judges that ran five minutes past the deadline, Piller highlighted the bravery of all the 11 finalists. “It takes courage for young kids, and some not so young people, to come out and expose themselves, without experience most of them, in front of an audience of strangers,” Piller said.
This lively act by Tamara Lopez channeled the spirit of Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.”
“If this is an example of what’s up and coming in Milton,” MacIntyre said, “this art centre’s going to be filled with incredible entertainment to come.”
Meagan Carey singing a chill-inducing rendition of the song “Memory” from the musical Cats.
Singer/songwriter Zach Boswell, 15, performed an original song he wrote called “Exchanging Words.”