MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2012) -
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Chartwell's star-studded National Senior Star Final took place on Monday night at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. 72-year-old Lucile Graveline from Granby, Quebec was crowned 2012 Senior Star winner after an impeccable vocal performance of Puccini's famous arias, "O mio babbino caro."
After devoting herself to her children for nearly 40 years, Lucile recently resumed her interest and passion for the stage and her win came as a wonderful surprise to her family. Lucile had all that she could wish for as a mother; her three children were members of the Canadian sailboarding team; her daughter Annick was World Champion in Guadeloupe, her son Éric competed in the Los Angeles Olympics, and Pierre won the Silver Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Bombay. The night of the event, her son flew in from California to surprise her as he sat with pride in the audience and later celebrated his mother's victory.
"I never thought I'd win first place. It's incredible. I was even more surprised and moved to see my son in the audience. It was a lovely surprise," said Lucile as she exited the red carpet. Having earned a Master's in Music from the Conservatoire de l'Universite de Montreal and having studied opera with the famous Raoul Jobin, she will soon take advantage of Florida's warm weather to rest and continue pursuing her passion in two choirs (one American and one Quebecois).
The evening was an emotional high, as the 10 finalists delivered unforgettable performances in front of more than 900 audience members. They dazzled celebrity judges including Canadian icon Gordie Tapp, recording artist Tim Louis and beloved Canadian pop singer and musical theatre actress Patsy Gallant. Lloyd Knight from Stouffville, Ontario and Bud Switzer from Aurora, Ontario placed second and third respectively with awe-inspiring and truly brilliant performances that drew tremendous crowd support.
Senior Star, now in its 6th year, has given thousands of seniors a chance to fulfill their dreams. "Every year, we are astounded by the talent and the quality of each participant's performance, but we are even more impressed by the courage and passion these contestants possess on stage," said Brent Binions, President and CEO of Chartwell. "This event convinces us year after year that we must continue to honour and celebrate senior talent across Canada."
Chartwell Seniors Housing owns and operates a complete range of seniors housing communities. It is one of the largest participants in the seniors housing business in North America.
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