Several community gardens around the county have opportunities for new gardeners. Here work is done at the Eagle Lake garden. /Photo courtesy of Nancy McLuskey

Singer closer to winning international competition

By Angelica Ingram

Published Oct. 11 2016

Cassidy Glecoff can’t believe how far she’s gotten in the Open Mic International Singing Competition.
The Haliburton singer is one of six finalists who will be competing for the top prize this December in the U.K.

She received news at the end of August that she would be heading to London to sing before a panel of judges.

“I was very surprised” she said. “I didn’t think I would make it actually because a lot of the other people are very talented.”

Cassidy who will be turning 17 prior to the finals made it through the various rounds of the competition by submitting videos of her singing and getting votes from the public.

She was originally entered into the competition by her mom Denise and was among 200000 competitors.

For the final round she believes she will be singing live to a group of judges who will decide the winner.

She has given thought to what she would like to perform and is leaning towards a song by Hozier or Norah Jones.

“I feel like they showcase my guitar skills and my vocal skills but they’re also interesting and I’m really comfortable with them” she said.

Cassidy says her family and friends are excited about her success. The singer has spent the past few years singing at various events and locations in the area.

If Cassidy is named the winner of the Open Mic International Singing Competition she wins a share of 10000 pounds.

Aside from the Open Mic International Cassidy has also set her sights on other opportunities and has auditioned for the Hidden Talent Canada vocal competition and has made it into the top 25.

“It started with about 500 people they said” said Cassidy.

The singer is hoping to pursue music as a career once she is done high school which will be next spring.

She is looking forward to travelling to the U.K. which will be a first for her.

“It’s going to be a good experience even if I don’t win” she said.