Local singer heads to Charlottetown

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

A local girl has sung her way into the National Youth Talent Competition finals in Charlottetown, PEI.

Simone Caruso, 17, will represent the Southwest Ontario region and the Western Fair at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition on Nov. 20 in Charlottetown, P. E. I. She advanced to the finals after winning the Ontario Challenge last month at the London City Music Theatre, along with a $1,000 prize. She is one of 14 finalists competing at the national event. Simone beat out more than 130 competitors from the quarterfinals to win her place in Charlottetown.

Presented by the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, the National Youth Talent Competition features 14 finalists from across Canada.

Simone, a Grade 12 student at Bishop Tonnos, has been singing, dancing and playing piano since age nine. Today she writes her own songs and is working towards the release of her first CD. She’s currently spending time in a London recording studio using a karaoke track, and computer software, giving her vocals a richer expression.

“I’m writing pretty upbeat songs and songs with mixed emotions,” said Simone. “Because this year’s been going really, really well.”

Simone performs mainly pop music, but also enjoys theatre and the performing arts. She recently played the role of Elphaba from Wicked in her school’s Broadway Titans musical revue.

This weekend, she will perform The Power of Love at the Festitalia Fashion Show with other talented singers, singing in Italian.

“It took a while to learn but it was fun,” said Simone. A finalist for Hamilton Teen Idol and two-time winner of the St. Anthony’s Church Festival, Simone enjoys performing on stage for a live audience.

“I really love being on stage,” she said. “People are there to hear you perform and you have to give them all that you have.”

Simone has a special musical selection in mind for Charlottetown. But she doesn’t want to give her competitors an advantage by revealing it.

The youth talent finals have been compared to variety show competitions such as America’s Got Talent. Besides singers, the event also includes dancing and instrumental performances.

In past years the competition has featured notable stars such as Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette and Paul Brandt. Performers

have also captured the attention of music executives at the national finals.

“From what I’ve heard there are

people from there who attend,” said Simone.

Simone plans to earn a bachelor of arts in music from

the University of Western Ontario. If she falls short of her goal to become an internationally known performer, she hopes to become a high school music teacher or a university professor.

“I really would like to share music with kids,” Simone said.

Simone will also perform a lead role in Hamilton Entertainment’s upcoming presentation of Lucky Stiff, Oct. 15- 24.

Visit www.hammerentertainment.ca for more information.

Local singer heads to Charlottetown

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

A local girl has sung her way into the National Youth Talent Competition finals in Charlottetown, PEI.

Simone Caruso, 17, will represent the Southwest Ontario region and the Western Fair at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition on Nov. 20 in Charlottetown, P. E. I. She advanced to the finals after winning the Ontario Challenge last month at the London City Music Theatre, along with a $1,000 prize. She is one of 14 finalists competing at the national event. Simone beat out more than 130 competitors from the quarterfinals to win her place in Charlottetown.

Presented by the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, the National Youth Talent Competition features 14 finalists from across Canada.

Simone, a Grade 12 student at Bishop Tonnos, has been singing, dancing and playing piano since age nine. Today she writes her own songs and is working towards the release of her first CD. She’s currently spending time in a London recording studio using a karaoke track, and computer software, giving her vocals a richer expression.

“I’m writing pretty upbeat songs and songs with mixed emotions,” said Simone. “Because this year’s been going really, really well.”

Simone performs mainly pop music, but also enjoys theatre and the performing arts. She recently played the role of Elphaba from Wicked in her school’s Broadway Titans musical revue.

This weekend, she will perform The Power of Love at the Festitalia Fashion Show with other talented singers, singing in Italian.

“It took a while to learn but it was fun,” said Simone. A finalist for Hamilton Teen Idol and two-time winner of the St. Anthony’s Church Festival, Simone enjoys performing on stage for a live audience.

“I really love being on stage,” she said. “People are there to hear you perform and you have to give them all that you have.”

Simone has a special musical selection in mind for Charlottetown. But she doesn’t want to give her competitors an advantage by revealing it.

The youth talent finals have been compared to variety show competitions such as America’s Got Talent. Besides singers, the event also includes dancing and instrumental performances.

In past years the competition has featured notable stars such as Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette and Paul Brandt. Performers

have also captured the attention of music executives at the national finals.

“From what I’ve heard there are

people from there who attend,” said Simone.

Simone plans to earn a bachelor of arts in music from

the University of Western Ontario. If she falls short of her goal to become an internationally known performer, she hopes to become a high school music teacher or a university professor.

“I really would like to share music with kids,” Simone said.

Simone will also perform a lead role in Hamilton Entertainment’s upcoming presentation of Lucky Stiff, Oct. 15- 24.

Visit www.hammerentertainment.ca for more information.

Local singer heads to Charlottetown

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

A local girl has sung her way into the National Youth Talent Competition finals in Charlottetown, PEI.

Simone Caruso, 17, will represent the Southwest Ontario region and the Western Fair at the Canadian Youth Talent Competition on Nov. 20 in Charlottetown, P. E. I. She advanced to the finals after winning the Ontario Challenge last month at the London City Music Theatre, along with a $1,000 prize. She is one of 14 finalists competing at the national event. Simone beat out more than 130 competitors from the quarterfinals to win her place in Charlottetown.

Presented by the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, the National Youth Talent Competition features 14 finalists from across Canada.

Simone, a Grade 12 student at Bishop Tonnos, has been singing, dancing and playing piano since age nine. Today she writes her own songs and is working towards the release of her first CD. She’s currently spending time in a London recording studio using a karaoke track, and computer software, giving her vocals a richer expression.

“I’m writing pretty upbeat songs and songs with mixed emotions,” said Simone. “Because this year’s been going really, really well.”

Simone performs mainly pop music, but also enjoys theatre and the performing arts. She recently played the role of Elphaba from Wicked in her school’s Broadway Titans musical revue.

This weekend, she will perform The Power of Love at the Festitalia Fashion Show with other talented singers, singing in Italian.

“It took a while to learn but it was fun,” said Simone. A finalist for Hamilton Teen Idol and two-time winner of the St. Anthony’s Church Festival, Simone enjoys performing on stage for a live audience.

“I really love being on stage,” she said. “People are there to hear you perform and you have to give them all that you have.”

Simone has a special musical selection in mind for Charlottetown. But she doesn’t want to give her competitors an advantage by revealing it.

The youth talent finals have been compared to variety show competitions such as America’s Got Talent. Besides singers, the event also includes dancing and instrumental performances.

In past years the competition has featured notable stars such as Michael Bublé, Alanis Morissette and Paul Brandt. Performers

have also captured the attention of music executives at the national finals.

“From what I’ve heard there are

people from there who attend,” said Simone.

Simone plans to earn a bachelor of arts in music from

the University of Western Ontario. If she falls short of her goal to become an internationally known performer, she hopes to become a high school music teacher or a university professor.

“I really would like to share music with kids,” Simone said.

Simone will also perform a lead role in Hamilton Entertainment’s upcoming presentation of Lucky Stiff, Oct. 15- 24.

Visit www.hammerentertainment.ca for more information.