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And the winner is … Shaw Festival finds Ontario’s next great crooner

Media Release #22

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, July 5, 2013 . . . The Shaw Festival is pleased to announce the winner of the Luck Be a Crooner Tonight contest. Jessica Wilson from Welland, Ontario, wowed the esteemed panel of judges — The Shaw’s Music Director Paul Sportelli, Jazz FM’s Heather Bambrick, and internationally renowned Yamaha Canada Music Ltd artists Sarah Slean and Royal Wood and beat out her fellow online competitors with a vibrant rendition of Luck Be a Lady. View the winning entry at http://youtu.be/DTttwu9lkYM.

Ms. Wilson will receive the following prize package:

  • two (2) Platinum tickets to a performance of Guys and Dolls at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake during the 2013 season;
  • the new Broadway Cast Recording of Guys and Dolls (CD);
  • Shaw Festival swag bag from The Shawp;
  • an opportunity to meet the cast of Guys and Dolls;
  • hotel accommodation (one room, based on double occupancy, including breakfast) for one (1) night in Niagara-on-the-Lake at a one of three Vintage Hotels; and a
  • Yamaha Audio System (TSX-112).

The total approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $1,004 CDN.

The Shaw’s 2013 season runs until November 3 and continues the theatrical conversation with a potent and diverse playbill that is entertaining, challenging, surprising and unique, featuring  Guys and Dolls, Our Betters, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Enchanted April, Major Barbara, Faith Healer, Peace in Our Time: A Comedy, The Light in the Piazza, Trifles and Arcadia. For tickets or info about The Shaw, visit: www.shawfest.com.

The Luck Be a Crooner Tonight contest is sponsored by Jazz.FM91 and generously supported by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. and Vintage Hotels.


Yamaha Canada Music

Yamaha Canada Music has been a dominant force in the music industry providing award-winning musical instruments, ranging from brass horns, strings, woodwind instruments, acoustic and electrical guitars; digital and custom drum kits to digital and acoustic pianos. Proud supporters of young and new artists, Yamaha Canada Music has supported numerous festivals, scholarships and funding for music associations as well as donations for charitable organizations and non-profit programs encouraging the importance of music education. Yamaha Canada Music is a longtime supporter of the Shaw Festival and has been proud sponsors of their organization over the years.

Shaw Festival

The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. We produce plays from and about his era and contemporary plays that share Shaw’s provocative exploration of society and celebration of humanity.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases.

Image Bank
Our digital image bank features 300 dpi photographs of the 2013 season productions, members of the Ensemble, our theatres, Bernard Shaw and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. To access our image bank, please contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224

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