Do you SING, DANCE or PLAY and are between the ages of 6 and 21 then the Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search is looking for you.
How it Works
This year will mark the 35th year of the Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search, an annual event presented by the Western Fair District in conjunction with local fairs, festivals and events.
The Rise 2 Fame Youth talent competition provides non-professional youth, ages 6 -21, a chance to perform their art on a local stage. There are 18 Preliminaries held during the summer in communities from Essex to Hamilton with many stops in-between. The winners of those regional competitions move forward to the finals in September at the annual Western Fair for a chance to win up $ 1,500.00. At each level the crowd grows and the stage becomes a professional showcase, slowly building the skill and confidence of the contestants, while having fun performing!
Over the years we have been entertained by some of the best youth acts in Southwestern Ontario. Past winners include, Marla Silvestro, Jamie Warren, Beverley Mahood and Cassandra Hodgins, to name just a few.
Not only have contestants sung their way into our hearts, we have been inspired by the best dancers, bands and instrumentals. Last year our Junior and Youth winners danced their way to first place.
Social media is playing a big part with the youth of today and we in the Western Fair District are excited to be a part of that. The video preliminary is back by popular demand for a third straight year. Entries can be sent in by July 12th. Videos can be submitted from May 1st to Aug. 15th.
Youth: Rise 2 Fame
- Winner: $ 1,500.00 Cash prize plus a trophy.
- Runner-up: $ 750.00 plus a trophy.
- $ 150.00 Cash will be given to each of the remaining 10 Finalists.
Junior: Rise 2 Fame Talent Search
- First Place Winner: $250.00 Cash plus a trophy
- 2nd Place Winner: $200.00 Cash plus a trophy.
- 3rd Place Winner: $150.00 Cash plus a trophy
People’s Choice (Online Video Submission)
- First round winner (highest votes between May 1st to August 15th, @ 12pm)
- Fair prize pack – Fair admission & Ride all Day passes
(For solo acts, winner would receive 4 admissions & Ride all day passes.)
(For group acts, each winner will at least 1 admission & 1 ride all day pass per member)
2016 Youth Winner
Variety Solo / House of the Rising Sun / Fergus
Bella Grace Lecomte
Vocal Solo / The Girl in 14G / Hamilton, It’s Your Festival
2016 Junior Winner
Dance Solo / Shake the Room / Kitchener City Hall
1st Runner Up
Vocal Solo / Something New / Capital Fair
2nd Runner Up
Variety Solo / Riptide / Litowel Fair
2015 Youth Talent Winner
Taylor Pollard: Dance Solo “Surviving” (Qualified at Clinton Fair, from Clinton)
2015 Junior Talent Winner
Emily Plumsteel: Dance Solo – “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” (Qualified at Clinton Fair, from Clinton)