Penticton’s Sudbury Beach performs in an earlier round of Fresh BC Talent Quest’s teen band contest. The winners of the contest get to play on stage at Penticton Peach Festival in August, but time is running out—the deadline to register for the competition is May 31. (Brennan Phillips – Western News)

Penticton’s Sudbury Beach performs in an earlier round of Fresh BC Talent Quest’s teen band contest. The winners of the contest get to play on stage at Penticton Peach Festival in August, but time is running out—the deadline to register for the competition is May 31. (Brennan Phillips – Western News)

Talent contest looking to discover Penticton’s best, new talent

Top finishers from Fresh BC Talent’s contest will earn the right to perform at Peachfest

A local talent contest is on the hunt to find Penticton’s best, new performers.

The quest to discover some of the city’s best talent will begin on June 5 at The Orchard House, courtesy of Fresh Talent B.C.’s 10th season.

The top finishers at the upcoming contest will earn the right to stand before thousands at Peachfest this August, among other summertime events.

Performers of all skill levels — aged 13 to 18 — are welcome to attend the six-hour workshops, set to run each Sunday from June 5 to 26, to showcase what they’ve got for the local judges.

“By the end of our fourth workshop, event producers will select performers for the Fresh BC Talent’s third Summer 2022 Music Show at Saturday’s Downtown Market,” contest organizers wrote in a press release.

Solo singers, songwriters, bands and other musicians are listed as among the accepted acts.

Registered performers will audition for a spot at Peachfest during a June 16 workshop at the venue, located at the corner of Orchard Avenue and Martin Street.

It may be a contest but that’s not necessarily the primary mission of Fresh Talent BC.

“(The workshops) will provide technical support, stage to vocal development skills, as well as the importance of good mental health and wellness,” organizers said. “It also presents a great opportunity for performers to meet and network with other performers.”

The contest requires performers to pay a $50 deposit to hold their spot in the workshops.

Fresh Talent BC is considering dedicating one of the contest days to 9 to 12-year-old performers, “depending on interest and numbers attending,” it says.

In its 10 seasons of existence, the contest has seen talent come from all across the Interior to fight for a spot on the Peachfest stage.

People interested in registering and learning more about the four workshops are asked to visit the contest’s website.

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