‘Music brings people together,’ say Canadian karaoke stars as they compete in the world championships again.

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Karaoke World Championships (KWC) will be held online for the second year in a row, but it hasn’t dampened the excitement as singers prepare for the big event.

The KWC was established in Finland in 2003 and bills itself as the world’s largest amateur singing competition. Part of the rules is that it attracts vocalists who do not make a living from singing or who do not have a management or recording deal with a major label.

“There’s the qualifying round and then there’s the regional round,” Dustin Jodway, coach of the Canadian team preparing for the world championships in November, explained. “After the regional round, the competition moves on to the national round. The winners of the national round advance to the world championships.

So far, we’ve received confirmation from around a half-dozen countries that they will send members to the worlds. Canada is represented, and I’m still hoping for something from Hamilton.” Garvaundo Hamilton won the virtual WLC in 2020, singing Coldplay’s Fix You to win his fifth solo title.

Anthony Carbone represented Hamilton at the World Championships last year. Edmonton and Kitchener, Ontario, each had one participant. “This year, we’re finally doing duets again,” Jodway said, “so we’re hoping to get a duet team from Hamilton.”