Saturday, June 23, 2012
Never Too Old To Rock and Roll
Senior songbirds put on great show
Patsy Bartholomew performs Wednesday at Alliance Church
ccording to organizers of the Chartwell Reit's 6th Annual Senior Star Talent Competition, entertainers only get better with age.
On Wednesday, a handful of singers and performers were able to reinforce that adage in front of about 350 enthusiastic people at Alliance Church on Young Road.
The show was emceed by Chilliwack city councillor Sue Attrill who opened by thanking accompanying pianist Christine Miller from Miller Music, and the three judges consisting of Chilliwack mayor Sharon Gaetz, Paula De-Witt Krause and Trevor MacDonald who decided on the afternoon's three top performances.
“We have had the same panel of judges, with a few additions here and there, who have gone through the grueling experience of having to select a winner for this event, and I know that they really, really struggle with it. It takes a big amount of commitment to come out and do it every year.”
The first act was Patsy Bartholomew "Cline" who belted out some of Patsy Cline's top songs like Walking After Midnight.
Attrill said that Bartholomew's musical roots began when she was a young girl and by her late 30's she was writing and performing her own brand of Gospel Music.
Bartholomew recorded two Gospel CDs, sang at weddings, funerals, local events and seniors homes before embarking a Patsy Cline Tribute Show.
"Today, she is still enjoying entertaining as Patsy Cline because it brings such emotion to memories of the past for so many people."
Bartholomew currently sings with Patsy B and the Lefties who are perform in the Copper Room at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel.
"Whatever your goal is, do strive for it because it will happen. If you want it, no matter what age you are, go for it. Music is wonderful."
Videos of the first and second place winners from across Canada are submitted to a celebrity panel of judges who will narrow the list to nine competitors who are invited to compete in the Senior Star National Final. The Finals will be held this November 2012 in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the Scotiabank Theatre.
“Chartwell’s Senior Star has grown to become the largest celebration of senior talent in Canada,” announced Brent Binions, President and CEO of Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT. “We are proud to support the incredible talent of today’s seniors and continue to be amazed and entertained year after year by the caliber of performers who participate.”
Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT owns and operates The Birchwood, Lynwood and Hampton retirement homes, a complete range of seniors housing communities from independent supportive living through assisted living to long term care.
For more information about Chartwell Reit, visit www.chartwellreit.ca
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