Performers from all over the province will be coming to Portage la Prairie in March to compete in the third annual Manitoba Country Voice conest.

It's an event where up to ten singers hit the stage and perform in front of a panel of four well-known judges to win some big prizes. Dave Wasyliw and Chris Thorsteinson of Doc Walker will be joined by local performer Ross Roteliuk, along with music historian John Einarson to choose the winners. First place earns $500, second place is $250, while third place is $100. A special People's Choice award of $250 will also be handed out.

The winner will have the opportunity to write and record a song with Wasyliw, Thorsteinson, and Roteliuk.

Charlie Brennan is the founder this showcase, and says it's always a rewarding project.

"The reason we put the show together is to help up and coming artists and give them exposure to an audience, and to play in a concert hall venue," says Brennan.

Colleen Flynn will host the event, and says contestants should be prepared for a real competition, and there are always a few surprises.

"Many of the contestants that have entered, I didn't even realize had that talent, and could sing," said Flynn. "It's really exciting to see that, and to see them come out of the woodwork."

A video audition can be sent to If you do not play your own instrument, you can have someone back you up or use a karaoke track. The deadline is January 31st.

The show will be held Saturday, March 30th at the William Glesby Centre. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Portage & District Arts Centre.