SMH and Gibson Centre partner for Raise Your Voice idol competition

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The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foun-dation and the Gibson Centre are partnering to create an “Idol style’ music competition to showcase local artists’ talent.

The competition, dubbed Raise Your Voice will raise funds for community health care and the arts in Simcoe County and the surrounding area.

A portion of the proceeds will support critical needs at SMH and the Arts and Cultural Programming at the Gibson Centre.Amateur performers from Simcoe County and surrounding area are encouraged to compete in the music competition.

The top three artists selected through public voting will perform at the Raise Your Voice virtual concert on June 3, 2021.

A first-place winner will be chosen.

The final winner will take home a grand prize valued at over $1,000.

The judges for the final competition will include three well-known artists.

Marshall Dane, Male Artist of the Year at the CMAO Awards, for five years in a row, will be joined by blues vocalist Erin McCallum, and up and coming singer/songwriter Sophia Fracassi, to make the final decision.

All three will also be headlining performances at the virtual concert.

Tickets for Raise Your Voice – Virtual Concert will go on sale on March 15, 2021.

You can enjoy a full line-up of local musicians and the grand finale of the competition from the comfort of your home.

The competition will accept submissions from artists from February 11 through to March 14, 2021.

Tickets will be available on March 15.

The final virtual concert and competition grand finale will take place on June 3.Some funds raised will go toward the SMH Foundation’s Because of You, We Can campaign.

This is the most significant fundraiser the in the Foundation’s history.

Of the $43 million goal, $30 million rep-resents the community share of the hospital’s redevelopment project which includes doubling the square footage of the hospital and tripling the amount of parking space.

A revitalized emergency department, re-freshed out-patient rooms, birthing suites, and laboratory space are also included in the plans.

You can learn more about the Raise Your Voice competition by visiting them on-line at

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times