Variety - The Children's Charity

Variety - The Children's Charity

January 10, 2011 19:22 ET

Variety Show of Hearts Telethon Announces Province Wide Talent Search

Loverboy's Mike Reno and Radio/TV Personality Vicki Gabereau Among Judges

Winner to appear on Show of Hearts Telethon and perform at one of Great Canadian Casino's BC properties

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2011) - Variety – The Children's Charity today announced that it will conduct a province wide search for talented vocalists leading up to the annual Show of Hearts telethon. The 2011 Telethon will be held February 12 and 13th live from the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam, and televised on Global BC.

"Variety's Got Talent" will narrow down entries to 10 finalists from across the province. They will then brought to Vancouver and perform before a live audience, at the Red Robinson Show Theater, February 4th. The winner, selected by a panel of celebrity and industry judges, will be appearing on the star studded telethon weekend, plus receive an opportunity to perform in one of Great Canadian Casino's lounges and or perform a special concert at the Red Robinson or River Rock Show Theatres.

Contestants, between 13 and 29 will be able to easily enter the contest from anywhere within the province. It will be as simple as recording themselves on any digital device (Smartphone or video camera). Entrants will visit the Variety website which will guide them through a process. At least five of the ten finalists will come from outside the Lower Mainland.

Variety – The Children's Charity has a long history in the province and is well known as the non-profit organization that raises funds and distributes grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives, and build a better future for children who have special needs. Since 1965, Variety – The Children's Charity has raised more than $155 million for families and organizations around BC.

Variety's Got Talent is supported by Air Canada Kids' Horizons, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, Whitespot Restaurants, Sonicbids and the Vista Broadcasting Network.

The Judging Panel will be Mike Reno, Squire Barnes from Global TV, Vicki Gabereau, Music legend Dal Richards, song writer Amy Foster (co-wrote 4 of Michael Buble's biggest hits and singer song writer BJ Cook.

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