STUART BLOWER, SB VISUAL MEDIA Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Music Hall was packed on Saturday, Sept. 19, with 15 of the top young musical acts in the area competing in the finale of the Youth Music Competition.
Taking home the top prize in the contest, which was part of the annual Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts was The Braden Lamoureux Duo, featuring Braden Lamoureux and Caleb Kennedy.
By virtue of winning the competition featuring some of the area’s top young performers between the ages of 14 and 20, the duo received a bounty of prizes including $500 cash from the Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts, a $600 Recording Session courtesy of Dave Chester, owner of Chalet Studios in Claremont and a $600 promotional Photo/Video package courtesy of Stuart Blower owner of SB Visual Media.
Out of the original 38 entries, 25 acts were selected to appear at Chalet Studios for a "live audition". From there, 15 acts, including vocal soloists, duos, bands and instrumentalists, were selected by Chalet recording engineers, to appear at the Music Hall for the Finals Competition and perform for judges: Chris Saunders, Whitney Ross-Barris and Bodan Mulholland.
Second prize went to Life's Little Thrills, a duo featuring Graham Young and Lucas Richardson. They will receive a $250 cash prize from Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts and a $100 Gift Certificate for INEO Recording Studios in Uxbridge, courtesy of owner Brett Simmonds.
Third prize went to Elijah Mabana for his solo guitar instrumental. He receives a $150 cash prize from Celebration of the Arts and a $100 Gift Certificate for INEO.
Additional theme prizes were provided by Long & McQuade Music, which were presented by L&M Rep Matt MacDonald.
$200 gift certificates were awarded to: Jadyn Lamb for best Original Composition; Laura Hughson for best Classical Performance; Hannah Close for best Vocal or Instrumental; The band "Chasing Shadows" for Stage Presence and Audience Rapport; and Hayden Kerry received the Judges Choice award for her vocals and guitar work.