Sharing their voices

Singer Forrest Pocha is one of the performers at this year’s Voices of the North show. (File photo)

Voices of the North celebrates 25th anniversary with two separate concerts

When Prince Albert’s Voices of the North show was first organized, there wasn’t even an audition process. Now, 25 years later, organizers are getting so many applicants that they’re forced to turn people away.

“Initially, when we first started … (we were) just looking for a stage to showcase First Nation, Métis, aboriginal performers,” said Trina Joseph, vice-president of the Prince Albert Winter Festival and treasurer for Musqua Entertainment, the group that organizes Voices of the North.

“Now, because of the increasing demand and the people who come out, the audition process is over a full weekend and people only audition one song because we have well over 100 people who come out every year.”

Joseph has been with Voices of the North since nearly the beginning and has seen first-hand the growth the concert has had from a small talent exhibition at the Indian Métis Friendship centre to a “huge, province-wide event” at the P.A. Exhibition Centre.

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Got to go:

What? Voices of the North’s Celebrating 25 Years and Welcome Back shows

Where? Prince Albert Exhibition Centre

When? Celebrating 25 Years: Thursday to Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Welcome Back: Thursday and Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Admission? $15 plus Winter Festival button, $10 plus Winter Festival button for children 12 and under. Tickets available at Northwest Company and at the door.