Dawson Rutledge in Searchlight spotlight

Cranbrook singer/songwriter is in CBC Searchlight 2016, a nation-wide search for Canada’s best up and coming musicians.

Dawson Rutledge

Dawson Rutledge

For the Townsman

Local singer/songwriter Dawson Rutledge is participating in the CBC Searchlight 2016 competition, a nation-wide search for Canada’s best up and coming musicians.

At just 18 years of age, Dawson has already released a CD titled “Today, Tonight, Tomorrow” which has been receiving positive reviews and radio play across Canada.

Dawson’s love for music began at an early age with guitar lessons and singing in choirs, although his passion truly grew under the direction of Evan Bueckert in the Music Program at Mount Baker Secondary School. Throughout his high school years, Dawson was an integral part of every band, choir and music class available.

No stranger to the big stage, you may have seen Dawson in various productions and musicals at the Key City Theatre over the past few years, most notably as the romantic lead in Drowsy Chaperone in May 2015.

It was on that very same stage, in June 2015, that Dawson performed an original song for the first time in public, showcasing “Mysterious Woman” to an enthusiastic full house.

Inspired to pursue music as his career, Dawson has hardly taken a breath since.  He has performed frequently at various local venues, at a festival in Arizona, and at the Ironwood Stage & Grill, a premier music venue in Calgary. He has been invited to perform at the Jersey Shore Festival in Seaside, NJ, this May, having been contacted directly by the same promoters who hosted the Arizona festival.

As a one-man band who switches between his acoustic and electric guitars, plays a kick drum and tambourine set-up with his feet and sings with a beautiful tone, Rutledge is certainly a dynamic and riveting performer to watch. Singing both originals and cover songs, Dawson can entertain a crowd for a three full hours. With over two dozen original songs to his credit, Dawson is eager to record another CD and keen to have industry professionals assist him this time around.

The Searchlight competition is a possible avenue to make contacts in order to help him pursue his dreams. Dawson Rutledge is one of 68 acts in the Interior & Northern BC Region who are being considered at this time. 10 of those acts will progress into the next round, nine chosen by a panel of experts and the 10th spot determined by fan voting.

Dawson has entered Searchlight with his fan-favourite song, “Mysterious Woman.” Please give your support and vote for him at www.cbcmusicsearchlight.ca/entries/70297 – voting can be done once per day until the round closes on April 20. Dawson would like to thank the community for their amazing support throughout his journey so far.

Just Posted

The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)
Latest survey shows steady decline in adolescent substance use over the years

Starting in 2002, the survey has been conducted every two years to monitor changes in substance use patterns, attitudes and behaviors amongst East Kootenay youth.

The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.
Cranbrook Aquatic Center to close temporarily

The annual shutdown of the Aquatic Center at Western Financial Place will begin earlier than scheduled this year and does not have a defined end date at this time.

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

It happened this week in 1914

June 6 -12: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read