A teen singer from Nanaimo didn’t win American Idol, however she’s however enthusiastic about what’s forward in her music profession.
The fact TV expertise present whittled its high 20 contestants all the way down to a high 10, and it was revealed that Lauren Spencer-Smith wouldn’t be advancing.
In a social media put up, the 16-year-old thanked American Idol for the chance and likewise thanked everybody who voted for her to attempt to carry her into the highest 10.
“Though some might say it is a disappointment, it’s a large accomplishment for all of me and my buddies who have been a part of the highest 20…” she wrote. “Every part occurs for a motive and this was such a constructive expertise for me.”
Spencer-Smith, who grew up in Port Alberni and now lives in Nanaimo, mentioned she’s excited to proceed her personal musical profession.
“This isn’t the tip for me and I’m so excited for what the long run holds,” she wrote.
A teen singer from Nanaimo went to carry out at a Hawaiian resort and got here again as a top-20 American Idol contestant.
Lauren Spencer-Smith, on the April 5 episode of the hit actuality TV present, was chosen by judges to advance to the subsequent stage of the competitors.
Half of the 40 contestants have been eradicated through the episode, which was filmed at Aulani Disney resort on O’ahu.
Spencer-Smith carried out Aretha Franklin’s Respect and was in a position to interact the viewers and impress judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.
Former American Idol winner Maddie Poppe posted on social media that Spencer-Smith gave her greatest efficiency to date.
“I feel she gained numerous America’s coronary heart with that one,” Poppe mentioned.
Mike Patterson was watching one in every of Dr. Bonnie Henry’s COVID-19 updates sooner or later when he all of the sudden discovered himself composing a music for the B.C. well being officer.
Patterson, a member of Nanaimo’s Tidesmen barbershop refrain, spent Valentines Day together with his quartet Classic Fashion delivering singing valentines like the normal barbershop love music Let me Name you Sweetheart.
As Patterson watched Dr. Henry’s briefing it occurred to him that ‘Dr. Bonnie Henry’ has the identical variety of syllables as ‘Let me Name you Sweetheart’ and 5 minutes later A Tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry was written.
Patterson then set his iPad on the work bench in his storage “as a result of that’s the place I had one of the best sound” and recorded a video of himself singing the music. He despatched that video to the opposite members of Classic Fashion – tenor Alex Grant, baritone Roy Sage and bass Glenn Harvey – difficult them to file their components.
The quartet’s audio and video was then edited collectively by Tidesmen member James Chappell and posted on-line and “it sort of took off from there,” Patterson mentioned.
Sandy Sidhu was on observe to develop into a medical skilled when she determined to change her focus to performing. Now she performs a nurse on tv.
Sidhu, who hails from Nanaimo and has a level in cell biology and genetics, was learning to develop into a physician at UBC when she realized she was sad together with her program. On the similar time she was performing “secretly” on the aspect as a result of she was too scared to confess to herself that she wished to develop into an actress.
“It began to daybreak on me that, ‘Oh, shoot, I feel I like this extra. Uh oh, that is beginning to develop into a giant curiosity in my thoughts, in my coronary heart and in my ideas. That is actually overtaking my focus,’” she mentioned. “And finally I needed to have an actual speak with myself.”
After extra then a decade showing in commercials and various TV sequence and TV motion pictures, Sidhu was solid in her first main function final yr within the World medical drama, Nurses, which she describes as a “coming of age” sequence following 5 rookie nurses in a busy Toronto hospital. This system made its debut on World TV on Jan. 6.
A trio of native artists spent every week portray new murals in downtown Nanaimo and talked to the Information Bulletin as they labored.
Kara Dee Harrison, Russell Morland and Austin Weflen have been the three artists chosen so as to add their artwork to downtown partitions for the inaugural Hub Metropolis Partitions competition, placed on by the Humanity in Neighborhood Basis.
Harrison’s mural, on Entrance Avenue beneath Vancouver Island Navy Museum, depicts otters floating via cosmic waters, Morland’s piece, on the 95 Cavan St. parking zone, reveals one in every of his surreal, cartoony characters lounging in a mattress of mushrooms, and Weflen’s piece, within the Bastion Avenue parkade stairway, has the phrase ‘Harbour Metropolis Livin’’ emblazoned on a black and gold patterned background.
In every annual instalment, Hub Metropolis Partitions will carry extra murals to Nanaimo and this yr’s individuals agree that the town has a lot to realize from such a challenge.
“I feel most cities have one thing like this occurring and it’s about time Nanaimo bought into that groove just a little bit as properly,” Morland mentioned.
Nanaimo was excited to see a neighborhood 16-year-old singer and up to date Juno Award nominee set to seem on American Idol.
Lauren Spencer-Smith auditioned for the televised vocal competitors in Oregon in November 2019. She mentioned the ambiance was “tremendous constructive” and she or he made lasting friendships.
“One of the best half will not be solely attending to sing in entrance of the judges and getting critiques and getting assist from them, however simply all of the folks you meet and all of the households,” Spencer-Smith mentioned. “You simply immediately have a reference to everybody since you all love music.”
On the time the Information Bulletin’s article got here out, Spencer-Smith was on the point of be in her personal viewers and tune in to see her efficiency on her greatest buddy’s “large TV.”
The most recent season of Huge Brother Canada had a Nanaimo contestant to root for.
In late February, World TV introduced the houseguests for the present’s eighth season and among the many 16 contestants from coast-to-coast was Carol Rosher, a incapacity caregiver and most cancers survivor from Nanaimo. Rosher was one in every of 4 houseguests from B.C. and the one one from the Island.
Huge Brother Canada is a actuality program wherein a gaggle of individuals stay in a home collectively below fixed surveillance and are steadily voted out till just one stays. The winner takes house $100,000 in addition to $10,000 value of groceries and a “dream trip,” famous a press launch.
“I used to be born to play Huge Brother,” mentioned Rosher in her introductory video.
She mentioned beating kidney most cancers made her wish to cross some objects off her bucket listing and have new experiences.
“Once I survived I made a decision to push myself out of my consolation zone, take dangers, have journey, search for pleasure.” she mentioned. “It’s the age-old ‘you’ve stared loss of life within the face and you then wish to simply go stay life to the fullest.”
When Lauren Spencer-Smith got down to file a brand new EP, the Nanaimo-based singer answered the decision of her followers.
Blended Feelings was Spencer-Smith’s first new assortment of music since her Juno Award-nominated debut, Unplugged. On the file she picked 5 songs that she connects with and that showcase her voice, beginning with a rendition of Elastic Coronary heart by pop singer Sia.
“I selected Elastic Coronary heart positively to go on it simply because I had a canopy of it and everybody on my social media, like TikTok, Instagram, Fb, everybody was simply always commenting and asking for a studio model of it,” Spencer-Smith mentioned. “And it was one of many movies that had gotten extra views than I usually get.”
She mentioned the title of the file refers back to the completely different vibes and meanings of the songs.
A Wellington Secondary Faculty jazz pupil was provided a $100,000 scholarship to attend his “dream faculty” in New York Metropolis.
In late March Daniel Mottahedeh, 17, was accepted into each post-secondary establishments the place he sought to proceed his jazz research: McGill College in Montreal and the New Faculty in New York.
He was additionally excited to be provided an annual $25,000 scholarship for the New Faculty’s four-year program, which in keeping with its web site has 250 enrolled college students. Mottahedeh mentioned the scholarship covers half the price of tuition and he’ll be negotiating an enchantment for a larger subsidy.
“I’m unsure if I can afford the entire $200,000, plus the price of residing in New York can also be insanely costly, so we’ll should see how a lot I can get however proper now I’m fairly set on going to McGill except there’s some type of miracle,” he mentioned. “However McGill is I feel rated the highest music faculty in Canada so I’m fairly enthusiastic about that.”
Irrespective of the place he went, Mottahedeh mentioned he hoped to hone his expertise, meet folks, make connections “after which see the place that takes me.”
Vancouver Island musicians got here collectively from the consolation of their very own properties to current a profit live performance for these residing on the Island who’re struggling as a consequence of COVID-19.
Nanaimo resident and American Idol contestant Lauren Spencer-Smith was among the many performers introduced to participate in Rock for Reduction: A Residing Room Fundraising Live performance for Vancouver Island. Among the many different taking part artists have been Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, Randy Bachman, the Tenors and Aaron Pritchett.
A press launch famous that Rock for Reduction was organized by the Nanaimo Basis, the Victoria basis and Chek TV.