By Kate Lalumiere
On Nov. 13, Do More Canada Inc. will host the highly anticipated musical show case, Rhythms for Change at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The charitable showcase, supporting War Child, will feature a variety of unique performances; however, there is a resounding buzz about a budding young artist who will be performing in the lobby of the centre.
Our latest profile is on Victoria Powell in our Acoustic Showcase series. (Photo: Provided)
“I can’t wait to hear Victoria,” said co-performer and admirer, Chantal Hackett, of the 14-year old singer, Victoria Powell. “She’s a great emerging talent.”
Powell’s involvement with Do More Canada began when program coordinator, Kellie Sarazin, approached the aspiring singer to perform the national anthem at the Canada Day celebration on Petrie Island in July, 2012. Powell’s opportunities to showcase her talents have continuously gained momentum and her involvement with the Rhythms for Change showcase is no exception.
Powell has truly devoted herself to achieving her dream of becoming a singer and song writer. Her most recent endeavour involves touring around local area high schools throughout the month of November- a campaign she has dubbed “Stronger”. The campaign promotes anti-bullying and Powell reiterates her stance with a youthful and refreshing song, written about the negative effects of bullying. Powell’s perspective of the world is evidently reflected in her music and, in turn, music has acted a source of solace for the young artist.
“My best friend passed away when I was eight-years-old. To help me get through it, I started song writing.” Her coping mechanism soon turned into a passion, when four years later she found herself composing heart-felt, innovative lyrics. Powell’s strong connection with and passion for music has been interwoven throughout her life. “Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that we always have music playing in our house. Whether it’s me composing, singing or listening to the radio there’s always something going on. Music has always been a big part of my life,” says Powell of the strong musical influence within her household.
Her belief in the power of music and her strong ethical beliefs are a perfect match for the Rhythms for Change event. The opportunity is one of a kind for Powell, too. “When I learned the cause that Do More was supporting it matched my values, so I jumped at the opportunity,” says Powell. She also appreciates the opportunity Do More has given to herself and other local artists. She, like many other aspiring artists, has struggled in the past to gain recognition and widen her fan base. Do More Canada Inc. provides local artists the opportunity to touch base with their community and fans. “Getting people to know you is not something that happens instantly but with the help of Do More I feel like I am doing so much more in my community.”
For Powell, the most important thing is being able to send a message to her fans. She hopes that through the power of her music she can connect with, at least, one person. “Even if only one person feels a connection through one of my songs, I will know that I have done my job well.”
Victoria recently released her single Hero which can be downloaded for free on her website: victoriapowellmusic.com.
For more information about Rhythms for Change, visit http://www.domorecanada.com/#!home/mainPage