Congratulations to Abby Hall, Cam Bogle and Charissa! 

Through the Burlington Arts & Culture Fund, Canada's Largest Ribfest, Long & McQuade, the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore is pleased to present a new initiative for this year’s event, held in Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario, over the Labour Day weekend  - The Emerging Artist Showcase! 

The Emerging Artist Showcase aims to give emerging artists the best opportunity to launch their career at a professional level at our well known and well attended event. Three of the city’s most up-and-coming artists will be invited to showcase their talent as the opening acts for this years Canada’s Largest Ribfest on the West Stage on Saturday, 1 September, Sunday, 2nd September and Monday, 3rd September from 12.30pm - 2.30pm. A big thank you to all of the applicants. We wish them the best of luck in their careers. 

Abby J Hall          

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Abby is an 18 year old Burlingtonion who is a singer/songwriter. At age 11 she had her first performing experience when I auditioned and got the role of Annie for the Liberty Junction Theatre Co. of Annie Jr. For my 13th birthday she received her  first guitar and now also plays piano, ukulele and electric guitar.  In 2017, Abby was fortunate enough to perform two 45 minuet sets of original music  at The Burlington Sound Of Music Festival. Also in 2017, Abby made it into the top three for the “Under 18 Category” in the Canadian songwriting Competition. Abby is  being recognized as “up and coming” by various competitions and showcases including: The Shot music competition, top 25;  the Magna Hoedown Showdown Competition, top 10; and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in the Live and Local Music Series, The Ones To Watch. More can be found about Abby at www.abbyjhall.com.

Cam Bogle

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Cam moved to Burlington when he was 4. He began playing hockey at 5 and played the highest level of hockey for the City of Burlington until he was 15, leaving to focus primarily on singing. Cam has had the opportunity to perform at events such as the Tall Ship Festival/Toronto Harbourfront, Toronto Youth Day 2012/2015, Hamilton Place, Mississauga Ribfest and the Mississauga Youth Festival at Celebration Square, the Living Arts Centre and Burlington Performing Arts Centre for Ontario Culture Days 2016.    Cam has been singing to the kids at McMaster Children’s Hospital for the past 3 Christmases, this past Christmas Eve at Sick Kids in Toronto. In 2014 he played Oliver Warbucks in a production of Annie and last summer Cam was Danny Zuko in a production of Grease, and Corny Collins in a production of Hairspray with the Canadian Dance Company. 2016 Cam played the role of Chuck in a production of 'Footloose' for his high school,Dr.  Frank J Hayden High School. Cam’s cover of ‘Boyfriend’ by Justin Bieber finished 2nd on an online singing competition ‘SingWho’; he was top 30 in the Toronto ‘The Next Star’ auditions 3 times, then asked to audition for the ‘SuperGroups’. He finished top 12 in the ‘Singing Contest’, and most recently finished 4th with his cover of ‘If I Could Fly’ by ‘One Direction’ on the Upcoming 100/Emerging 200 Chart. The biggest highlight of his career so far has been being selected top 10 solo act for the 2015 Juno Award Sound Off Event for aspiring artists.

Charissa

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Charissa is a 21 year old singer/songwriter and Burlington native. She started performing acoustically at a local coffee house in Burlington at the age of 12. This helped her gain valuable performance experience and the courage to compete at the CNE Rising Star Talent Competition in Toronto. At those shows, she won the junior and grand champion titles, the youngest to ever do so. Other local performances include  one in Burlington’s Civic Square for the celebration of the arrival of the Olympic Torch. the Hamilton Music Awards Rising Star competition and a finalist in the Young Artist category of Creative Burlington’s Arts Recognition awards along with being the recipient of Burlington’s Battle of the Best Talent competition several years in a row which gave me the opportunities to be a part of the Canada Day festivities on the big stage at Spencer Smith Park as well as an opener for Burlington Student Theatre. Some of my notable appearances include performances at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Cafe, CHCH TV Live Music Friday segment, various live performances on country radio, the CMAOntario's industry showcase and  Burlington's Sound of Music Festival. Check out more of Charissa at www.thisischarissa.com

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