These four singers from Cranbrook and Kimberley have made the finals for Kootenay's Best Singer. Pictured

These four singers from Cranbrook and Kimberley have made the finals for Kootenay's Best Singer. Pictured

Get your seats for Kootenay singing contest

Those gifted with a golden voice are competing for the title of the Kootenays' Best Singer

  • May. 24, 2013 1:00 p.m.

Townsman Staff

The Kootenays’ Best Singer Contest is a chance for the top singers in the Kootenays to get in front of an audience to compete to be the best. There’s already been competitions held across the Kootenays to find those talented individuals and now the competition is almost at its completion.

The finals are set for June 1 in Cranbrook.

Cranbrook’s Best Singer Championships, the final local competition prior to the finals, took place at the Alliance Church on May 20.

The event took the form of an evening of singing by 17 performers, who each qualified in earlier local competitions.

This was the second annual Cranbrook’s Best Singer contest, and will be followed up closely by the Kootenays Best Singer Contest on June 1 featuring the top two singers from Nelson, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Creston, Fernie, Kimberley and Cranbrook.

Top spots went to Tyrel Hawke, followed closely in second place by Jamie Byram. Finishing just behind in third and fourth were Kalvin Klassen and Brooklyn Adams.

There are 14 singers in the finals representing the various communities.

Contest producer Vern Gorham said the group of performers in the finals are all talented and he doesn’t envy the judges, who will have some tough decisions to make.

From the crop of singers that participated in the first annual Kootenays Best Singer Championship last season, only Devin Fikis of Kimberley is a returning singer.

The final is in Cranbrook on June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Alliance Church at 1200 Kootenay St N.

Advanced ticket prices are $5 for seniors, children and students, and $8 for adults. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Gorham, and then paid for at the door, for those who live outside of Cranbrook. Contact Gorham through email at or phone 250-428-0305. Ticket prices at the door are $10 for everyone except children $5.

For more information, go to or visit the Facebook page at Kootenays best singer contest.