Gladstone’s got talent. On Friday, September 21, the Gladstone District Community Centre was proud to present a great lineup of local talent at a Musical Showcase event. To benefit this fundraiser, the artists performed at no charge, making this a big success for the GDCC. Gladstone and area residents packed the house to support these talented locals. First up was Langruth resident Kevin Johnson. Both a singer and a songwriter, Kevin is looking to make his mark in the country music scene and has recently performed at many sold out shows, including opening for Doc Walker in Portage. Kevin's debut album, "A Perfect Life" was released about a year ago and was very well-received throughout the music world. Next Eddie Goertzen took the stage. Eddie has studied and played music in Vancouver and Winnipeg. Now Ed Goertzen calls Portage home. Over the years, Ed has developed a unique style of solo Jazz guitar and has shifted his focus to writing and performing original material. Drawing from a wealth of experiences, Eddie has created a unique blend of jazz, folk and blues. After a brief intermission, Tori Doell and Ross Roteliuk performed. Recently this duo won the 2011 Radio Star National Talent Search! They were named winners for their country ballad "Still Love You”. In addition to winning $10,000 cash, 30 hours of mixing and mastering time at the prestigious Metalworks Studio and recording software and instruments; they also get to head down to Toronto for Canadian Music Week where they will be given a showcase spot! Finally, our local rock band, Tragedy’s Trigger was up. Mitchell McCausland, Matt Hersack, Josh Kuzyk and Austin Matheson make up this dynamic rock band. They have recently released an iTunes EP compilation and have played gigs all around Manitoba, including Stonewall’s Rock the Quarry. The Musical Showcase was a dynamic and eclectic mix of genres for all music lovers! The GDCC would like to thank each of the performers for their generosity and for sharing their music with local residents, as well as thanking everyone who came out to the show. Next up in the 2012 Show Series is a Comedy Night on Friday, October 19, featuring Dan Verville and headliner Kelly Taylor. Tickets are $25 in advance; reserved table (8) for $200 (food voucher included); $15 for students; $65 for families. Not appropriate for young children. Doors open at 7 PM; Show starts at 8 PM. On November 11, the GDCC is proud to present Jake’s Gift, an unforgettable dramatic play about a Canadian World War II veteran who reluctantly returns to Normandy, France, for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students; $40 for families. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Show starts at 7 PM. To end the year, the GDCC has added a show outside of the Show Series and is pleased to bring back the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on December 5th. The whole family will enjoy this dazzling evening where your favourite Holiday music goes hand-in-hand with the classics, the movies, the world of dance, Broadway and more! Tickets $30 (until Nov 21, $35 afterwards); $15 students; $85 family pass. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Show starts at 7 PM. For additional information, or to reserve tickets, please call 204-385-2332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.