Event Program:

Ottawa Valley Talent Showcase

A Note from Dorian Pearce: Celebrating Talent and Community

Dear Friends,

As the Owner and Creative Director of Kitchissippi Productions, it brings me immense joy to welcome you to the Ottawa Valley Talent Showcase. Tonight is a celebration of the incredible talent that resides within our community, and it wouldn't be possible without each and every one of you.

To our talented contestants, thank you for sharing your gifts with us tonight. Your passion, dedication, and hard work have brought us all together for this extraordinary evening. You are the heart and soul of this showcase, and your performances inspire us all.

I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our generous sponsors. The support of the Integrated Health Centre, Councillor Ian Kuehl, Hela Beauty & Medical, Valley Buns Bakery and Deli, Estrada Paralegal Services, Eterna Tattoo Studio, and the City of Pembroke has made this event possible. Your belief in the power of the performing arts in our community is truly appreciated.

To our wonderful audience, thank you for being here and for your unwavering support of the performing arts in our community. Your presence tonight means the world to us, and it's your applause and encouragement that fuel the creativity and passion of our local artists.

Tonight, we come together to celebrate the vibrant culture of the Ottawa Valley and the boundless talent it nurtures. Let's enjoy this evening of talent, camaraderie, and artistic expression. Together, we are creating a brighter, more vibrant community where the arts flourish.

Thank you for being a part of the Ottawa Valley Talent Showcase. Enjoy the show!

With warm regards,
Dorian Pearce
Owner & Creative Director
Kitchissippi Productions

Venue Sponsors

Grand Prize Sponsor

Show Order

  • Bradi Bonvie — Aerial Silks

  • Anthony Arsenault — Music (Vocal + Guitar)

  • Chloé Corriveau — Lyrical Dance

  • Seryca Lynn — Music (Vocal + Guitar)

  • Alisha Lee — Contemporary Dance

  • Ainsleigh MacInnis — Music (Vocal)

  • McKenna Crigger — Acro Dance

  • Cat Bandy — Music (Vocal + Backing Track)

  • Lucie Lazarus and Wilson Lazarus — Fiddle + Step Dancing

  • Gilles Melanson — Music (Vocal + Guitar)

  • Caleb O'Guy — Drag

  • Lady Cirque (Amber Matheson) — Aerial Hoop

  • Kate MacGregor — Step Dancing


  • Brenda McLaughlin, Lester Behm — Music (Vocal + Guitar)

  • Rebecca Carson — Aerial Hoop

  • Robb Hunter — Music (Vocal + Backing Track)

  • Kloé Sévégny — Aerial Hoop

  • Savannah Crigger — Step Dancing

  • J.J. Staley — Music (Vocal + Guitar)

  • Wolf(ie) — Music (Vocal + Guitar)

  • Katie Russell — Acro Dance

  • Mia Cawthray — Music (Vocal + Backing Track)

  • Brenna Leamen — Musical Theatre Dance

  • Sadie Hunt — Dance

  • Chantal Elie, Nigel Epps — Drama

  • Evaleigh McDonald, Alexie Belanger — Tap Dance

Special Performance by Rebecca Hope & AWARDS Presentation

Judging Panel

Andy Trull

Andy is Co-Artistic Director of Ottawa Valley Community Arts, weaving creative arts into the life of rural community. For over 20 years he has worked at the intersection of community engaged arts, ecology and social change. He holds a PhD from Concordia University in the philosophy and poetics of participation. His artistic practice combines poetry, woodwork, and land-based arts.

Brian Abdallah

Brian ran Green Tomato Productions to support culture and the arts within Pembroke and the Ottawa Valley. The company promoted artists such as Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts, Gord Downie, Terri Clark, Jann Arden, Bill Anderson and Randy Bachman at the PMC and Festival Hall. In 2018, Brian was elected to Pembroke City Council and in 2022, he was elected to serve as Pembroke's Deputy Mayor. 

Rebecca Hope

Rebecca Hope is an award winning Singer Songwriter and Guitarist from Pembroke. Rebecca’s honest lyrics, rustic acoustics, and raspy vocals make her a grassroots artist and performer to remember. From a small town to the big stage, Rebecca Hope inspires and empowers others to chase their dreams and embrace who they are. In Fall 2023, Rebecca showcased at the Folk Music Ontario Conference in London where she was also announced as a recipient of the Taylor Mitchell Bursary Award at the Folk Music Ontario Awards. She has recently released her second single, “Believe in Love,” which has amassed over 3,000 streams on Spotify in its first month.

Melanie Murray

Melanie is a performer, dance instructor and choreographer. She has been passionate about performing, dancing & teaching her whole life. She began her dance training in Fredericton, N.B., and with a genuine love for performance, she moved on to the international performing group Characters Incorporated and Brunswick Spirit. Melanie was Head of Movement at Theatre New Brunswick’s Theatre School, where she choreographed many works, including A Chorus Line, Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Annie. Melanie moved to the Ottawa Valley in 2010, where she performed and taught dance with Starz In Motion until she returned to Fredericton in 2016. She spent her time in Fredericton as a full-time middle school teacher teaching Fine Arts, directing musicals, and teaching Dance Technique courses to students in the Fine Arts department at St. Thomas University. Melanie is thrilled to have moved back to the Ottawa Valley, where dance and the performing arts world abound with local talent.