Teresa Nocita-Cirillo Joining the Judges for Boot Camp

The Shot Executive Producer C.J. Allen announced today that Teresa Nocita-Cirillo will join the panel as a guest judge for Season 5’s Boot Camp. Teresa will sit alongside the resident judges which include C.J., Joni NehRita and Danya Dixon. Longtime stage manager for The Shot and city/life/arts editor for the Waterloo Region Record, Neil Ballantyne will also join the panel. Teresa and Neil will be filling in for Juneyt Yetkiner and Jessie T.

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‘The Shot’ Moves to Toronto

Kitchener, Ontario — Among the many changes coming to The Shot for Season 5 in September, Executive Producer C.J. Allen has announced that the next season’s finale will be held in Toronto.

“Our Season 5 final will be held on September 30th at the beautiful Lyric Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts,” said Allen, “This move is something that our senior team has discussed for a very long time; Kitchener-Waterloo is where it all started and we’ll continue to do segments of the program in KW but now, we’re very excited about this move and to be in the Greater Toronto Area for the final.”

Tickets to the Season 5 finale will go on sale starting August 30th. 10 finalists will perform for the audience vote and the chance to become the next winner of Canada’s largest independent vocal talent competition.

Hit Maker Rick Barker Joins ‘The Shot’

KITCHENER, Ont., April 16, 2017 — Performers participating in the fifth season of Canada’s biggest singing competition, The Shot can look forward to yet another perk as part of the career-launching prize package which will be awarded to one lucky singer in September. Rick Barker, founder of Music Industry Blueprint and former manager to pop sensation Taylor Swift, has announced his involvement as a guest judge and mentor for the upcoming season’s winner.

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Jonathan Farrington Talks About ‘The Shot’

By DeeAnna Rollins
Photo by Sylvia Pond Photography

Jonathan and Music

It started in preschool. He was always singing. In the car, in the bath, at school. He started in choirs and plays at a very young age, and he stuck to it. He’s always had an unexplainable connection with music. No one in Jonathan’s immediate family is musical. No one sings or plays an instrument … he was alone.

Recently, he found out that his great-grandfather was a musician and all of a sudden, everything made sense. It was in his blood, it skipped a couple of generations but it was there.

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Trevor Dubois Talks About ‘The Shot’

By DeeAnna Rollins
Photo by Sylvia Pond Photography

Some stuff about Trevor

It all started with Guitar Hero. Trevor Dubois, stage name “Charlie the Kid” was 11 years old and he just couldn’t take his hands off of that little plastic guitar.

“It was the bees-knees,” he said with the same excitement that we all know Trevor to have.

From there he discovered so much more. He discovered bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar. He found singing and song writing, and eventually, he found producing.

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Yvonne Way Talks About ‘The Shot’

By DeeAnna Rollins
Photo by Sylvia Pond Photography

A little bit about Yvonne:

Yvonne grew up in a musical family: her mother was a singer and her father played guitar. At a very young age, she knew that one day she would follow in their footsteps and become a musician; and at the age of 15, she did.

She joined the church choir that her mother worked at, and she was in that choir for 22 years. She always studied music in school, she learned how to play the viola, and she took vocal classes, but that just wasn’t enough, and so she took up private lessons.

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