Rise 2 Fame

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.

To enter, fill out a PRELIMINARY FORM for one of our 18 preliminary locations or SUBMIT A VIDEO of your performance.

2016 Junior Winner  |  2016 Youth Winner



Preliminary competitions for the Youth and Junior Talent Search will be held in various locations in Ontario (see complete listing) A contestant may enter any preliminary competition he or she chooses and may enter only once in any of the categories. They may enter as many of the categories as they wish.   Example: A vocal soloist by also perform in a band.  

Show Date City / Location
Thursday, June 8th LaSalle Strawberry Festival
Sunday, June 18th Storybook Gardens
Friday, June 30th Hamilton, It’s Your Festival
Saturday, July 1st Del-Ko-Brdyge
Saturday, July 8th Baconfest
Sunday, July 16th Listowel Fairgrounds
Sunday, July 23rd Kitchener City Hall
Saturday, July 29th Dresden Exhibition
Sunday, August 13th Comber Fairgrounds
Friday, August 18th Bayfield Community Fair
Sunday, August 20th The Capital Fair
Saturday, August 26th Woodstock Fairgrounds
Friday, September 1st - Youth Paris Fairgrounds
Saturday, September 2nd - Junior Paris Fairgrounds

May 1st

Western Fair District
Saturday, September 16th Fergus Fall Fair
Saturday, September 16th Parkhill Fall Fair
Sunday, September 17th Richmond Fair
Sunday, September 24th Drumbo Fair
May 1st, 2017 Closing Date Location
August 14th, 2017 Online Video Only



The contest is open to non-professional residents of Ontario only (see web-site for the definition of a “professional performer”). An individual cannot be part of an act at the Western Fair if he or she did not appear and place in the act at a Preliminary Contest.

RISE 2 FAME Youth Talent Search:
Youth Talent Contestants must be between the age of 13 and 21 years.  The performer must be at least 13 years old and must not have reached his/her 22nd birthday on or before the opening day of the current year’s Western Fair.

RISE 2 FAME: Junior Talent Search: 
Junior Talent Contestants must be between the age of 6 and 12 years. The performer must be at least 6 years old and must not have reached his/her 13th birthday on or before the opening day of the current year’s Western Fair. Proof of age may be requested.

Dates and times are subject to change.  For a complete list of the categories, rules, regulations and eligibility please click below. 

View Preliminary Form



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. 14th. 



2016 Prizes

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 14th, @ 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


Madison Galloway

Variety Solo / House of the Rising Sun / Fergus


Runner Up

Bella Grace Lecomte

Vocal Solo / The Girl in 14G / Hamilton, It’s Your Festival



2016 Junior Winner


Laruyn Quamina

Dance Solo / Shake the Room / Kitchener City Hall


1st Runner Up

Kayleigh Style

Vocal Solo / Something New / Capital Fair

2nd Runner Up

Reece Hodgson

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)



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