Mississauga musicians take aim at Canada’s Got Talent title


Published March 9, 2023 at 11:44 am

Mississauga band's journey comes full circle with upcoming Living Arts Centre show
The Dreamboats outside their Joshua Tree, California home. (Photo: The Dreamboats)

Some of Mississauga’s musical talent is looking to show all of Canada what it’s got.

Three Mississauga acts are among 82 entries from coast to coast looking to capture the crown in the latest installment of the hit TV show Canada’s Got Talent, which begins airing March 21 at 8 p.m. on Citytv.

Singer/musician James Alcock, 52, who’s been singing professionally for about seven years, will give it his best shot as one of the trio of Mississauga participants at the on-air talent competition.

According to Toronto Moon, which for the past two decades has written exclusively about the GTA live music scene, Alcock first came to most people’s attention several years ago as a singer for AC/DC tribute bands Bare Rump and Powerage.

Mississauga’s Voices Rock Prime, based out of Applewood United Church and described as “a musical experience that appeals to senior singers and retirees in the GTA,” will also give its best shot at appealing to the Canada’s Got Talent judges.

The vocal group says online that, “Voices Rock Prime embraces inclusivity, community, immense fun and excellence in music. Our repertoire includes rock and pop from the ’50s/’60s and up.”

Finally, The Dreamboats, an award-winning Mississauga ’50s and ’60s tunes band that for the last year-plus has taken up residence in Southern California, will compete for the grand prize of $150,000.

The foursome, in their 30s and together since 2009, returned home for their first-ever show at the Living Arts Centre’s largest venue–the 1,300-seat Hammerson Hall–last April.

The Dreamboats have won multiple awards over the years through the Mississauga Arts Council as well as a Mississauga Music Awards honour in 2020.

Canada’s Got Talent celebrity judges for the upcoming season are Howie Mandel, Lilly Singh, Trish Stratus and Kardinal Offishall.

The season will conclude with a live, two-hour finale on May 16 at 8 p.m. at the new OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls.

The champion will win $150,000 and the opportunity to work with a financial advisor to help realize their financial dreams, producers of the show say.

They’ll also get a chance to compete south of the border in the America’s Got Talent Presents: Superstars Live stage show in Las Vegas.

The show reached more than 7.6 million Canadians last year.

insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising