SPONSORS

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SD 38

The Richmond School District (SD#38) is a vibrant learning community that fosters students’ engagement, creativity, and well-being in inclusive learning environments. Our vision, “The Richmond School District is the best place to learn and lead,” motivates us to cultivate a safe, accepting and engaging community that inspires a passion for lifelong learning. In addition, our motto, “Our Focus is on the Learner,” speaks to our core purpose and informs all that we do for our students, our employees, and our educational community.

Our district has 20,000 students who learn in 38 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools and other educational settings. All of our schools provide instruction based on provincial curriculum and assessment requirements. In addition, we have a system-wide focus on Intellectual, Human and Social, and Career Development, as we value the development of all learners.

The Richmond School District is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 15th RichCity Idol!


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Richmond Sentinel

The non-profit Richmond Sentinel newspaper is a twice-monthly publication and media organization that provides balanced and relevant news and information to the community of Richmond, B.C., Canada.

Launched out of a steadfast belief that community news media should be a civic resource and a public trust, The Richmond Sentinel is committed to serving the public good.

As a non-profit, The Richmond Sentinel will rely on community, business, institutional, organizational and government support to fulfill its civic responsibilities and obligations, with any profits used to either bolster The Sentinel’s staff and resources, or donated to the community. We distribute 11,000 copies, and we publish at the start and middle of each month, with the bulk of our distribution performed by Canada Post which delivers The Sentinel directly into people’s homes.

To advertise in The Richmond Sentinel, contact Willy Wu, advertising sales consultant, at 604-366-6066. Seeking media sponsorship for your event or initiative? Call 778-297-5005.


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CCIM

CCIM Entertainment Group - music education for the new generation of artists and musicians. Enter our unique world of talent and artist development--one that has been proven for over thirty years resulting in numerous successful recording and performing artists.

Whether you are three or eighty-three, and wish to be a leisurely performer, a YouTube personality, or a serious professional, we will design a program that allows you to explore and express your hidden artistic potential. Learn privately or with a group: our flexible programs include in-studio, in-home, and even online lessons.

We believe we've designed the right formula to teach the most important technical foundations of each discipline in music, dance, musical theatre and the arts, and couple it with the right amount of exposure and performance experience to produce some of the best up and coming talent in the music and the creative arts industries.

Have fun! Join our summer programs, concerts, special galas, festivals, and become a new artist! Give yourself and a loved one the gift of music! 

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Addictive Sportswear

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CITY CENTRE COMMUNITY CENTRE

City Centre Community Centre is located in the heart of Richmond, at the intersection of Firbridge and Minoru. Come work out at our 4,000 square foot fitness centre or register for a wide range of quality programs, from fitness to visual arts to music. We offer programs for all age groups from Infant /Toddler drop-in programs (Creative Play 0-5 yrs old) to Children/Preteen programs (Badminton, Table Tennis, Homework Club) to Youth Programs (Leadership Teams, Hang Outs) to Adults (Arts, Fitness) to Seniors Programs (Out Trips, Wellness Clinics, Clubs). In addition our centre hosts free seasonal events for the community, including Outdoor Movie Night, Concerts in the Park, and Harvest Full Moon Festival.

Our mission is to provide inclusive, social, cultural and recreational events, programs and services to build healthy individuals, families and community. We strive to welcome, connect, and engage. Managed by the City Centre Community Association. www.mycitycentre.org

BLUE LIGHT STUDIOS

Blue Light Studio is a full-service Professional Recording Studio located in the heart of East Vancouver.

All our Producer, Engineers, and even Interns are musicians and avid music lovers. We believe in creating an environment where you, the artists, is comfortable to create your best music possible. We are very passionate about bringing your vision to life, and we work very hard to uphold the highest sonic quality possible while doing it.

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BLANCHE MACDONALD

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PANAGO

Panago has a long history of supporting communities and has developed numerous programs to give back to the neighbourhoods and people we serve. We are proud to support local non-profit organizations with product and certificate donations in support of amateur sport, literacy, and volunteerism.

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NATURE'S PATH

At Nature’s Path, we’ve been making tasty organic breakfast foods for over 30 years. We are a family-run, passionately independent, sustainably-driven, deliciously-healthy organic food company that believes in "leaving the earth better than we found it." Creating organic, healthy foods in a sustainable way is our passion.

APEX ADVENTURE PLEX

APEX Adventure-Plex is a 100% Canadian owned and operated indoor active entertainment facility. APEX currently features a full trampoline park, bubble soccer, trampoline parkour and a giant air bag.  The Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course is also now open. APEX will soon feature Parkour and Bouldering Areas. One ticket will get you access to all zones!

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THE BUBBLE TEA SHOP

WHITESPOT

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DAVID'S TEA

Great tea, friendly stores and above-and-beyond customer service. It seemed like a simple idea, but we couldn’t find anyone else that was doing it. So in 2008, we decided to take matters into our own hands. Today DAVIDsTEA has over 200 stores across Canada and the US. You can choose from over 100 types of tea, including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional straight teas and exotic infusions from around the world. With colourful, modern packaging, sleek in-house designed tea accessories and a friendly, welcoming attitude, DAVIDsTEA offers a tea experience that is fun, fresh and unintimidating.

 

Vocal Coaches

JULIET DIZON

COURTNEY DIZON

  Juliet has been involved in the Music & Entertainment Industry for over 35 years in the areas of music education as a program director and teacher clinician, and talent development for amateur and professional singers, supporting them in composing, songwriting and arranging. She works closely with her Los Angeles affiliate group of top producers in talent management & promotions. She has also adjudicated thousands of performers for over 20 years in many music competitions and festivals throughout North America in Voice, Piano, Ensembles and Bands.     Juliet is the musical director for CCIM Entertainment Group, former owner of Mobile Music School & Productions and Accord Academy of Music, and was the former Vice-President of the United Music League of Alberta. Her artists have been signed to major labels, competed and performed in many local and international festivals and have been nominated in the JUNO Awards, winners of YTV's Karaoke Star Junior for BC and David Foster's Opportunity of a Lifetime, Miss Hong Kong Pageant "Talent" winner landing China's TVB and record contracts, winners of several Inter-provincial and national piano competitions, to name a few. Juliet enjoys working with young aspiring artists who are passionate about their music.

Juliet has been involved in the Music & Entertainment Industry for over 35 years in the areas of music education as a program director and teacher clinician, and talent development for amateur and professional singers, supporting them in composing, songwriting and arranging. She works closely with her Los Angeles affiliate group of top producers in talent management & promotions. She has also adjudicated thousands of performers for over 20 years in many music competitions and festivals throughout North America in Voice, Piano, Ensembles and Bands.

Juliet is the musical director for CCIM Entertainment Group, former owner of Mobile Music School & Productions and Accord Academy of Music, and was the former Vice-President of the United Music League of Alberta. Her artists have been signed to major labels, competed and performed in many local and international festivals and have been nominated in the JUNO Awards, winners of YTV's Karaoke Star Junior for BC and David Foster's Opportunity of a Lifetime, Miss Hong Kong Pageant "Talent" winner landing China's TVB and record contracts, winners of several Inter-provincial and national piano competitions, to name a few. Juliet enjoys working with young aspiring artists who are passionate about their music.

  Courtney is the General Manager, Head Sound Engineer, Music Producer, and Instructor for CCIM Entertainment Group. She continues to work on her own recording projects with both amateur and professional singers in the music industry and has sound engineered for events such as the YVR series for the Juno Awards.     She enjoys working with children and adults, teaching the fundamentals of music in Piano, Guitar, Bass, Flute, Violin, Drums, Voice, and Bands. She has had her students performing at reputable events such as the PNE, "Relay for Life", Fusion Festival, and Richmond Night Market, to name a few.     Courtney has been involved with RCI since 2007 as an idol herself, and has played roles such as choreographer and vocal coach for 2014 – 2016, 2018 idols. She wishes all the idols the best of luck for tonight’s show!

Courtney is the General Manager, Head Sound Engineer, Music Producer, and Instructor for CCIM Entertainment Group. She continues to work on her own recording projects with both amateur and professional singers in the music industry and has sound engineered for events such as the YVR series for the Juno Awards. 

She enjoys working with children and adults, teaching the fundamentals of music in Piano, Guitar, Bass, Flute, Violin, Drums, Voice, and Bands. She has had her students performing at reputable events such as the PNE, "Relay for Life", Fusion Festival, and Richmond Night Market, to name a few. 

Courtney has been involved with RCI since 2007 as an idol herself, and has played roles such as choreographer and vocal coach for 2014 – 2016, 2018 idols. She wishes all the idols the best of luck for tonight’s show!

Judges

Michele C

Trevor Hoffmann

  For as long as she can remember, Michele has always loved to sing. From performing at school plays and talent shows, to eventually picking up the guitar and making acoustic covers on YouTube, music has been a constant in her life. Currently, she is a signed songwriter and recording artist under the moniker Michele C in the EDM and Trance scene, working alongside internationally known music producers. Her music has been released by global record labels on Spotify, Apple Music and Beatport. Outside of music, Michele is a Marketing Manager at a tech company and has a passion for digital marketing. When she’s not at work she can be found spending time with her two dogs, watching Netflix or horseback riding.  

For as long as she can remember, Michele has always loved to sing. From performing at school plays and talent shows, to eventually picking up the guitar and making acoustic covers on YouTube, music has been a constant in her life. Currently, she is a signed songwriter and recording artist under the moniker Michele C in the EDM and Trance scene, working alongside internationally known music producers. Her music has been released by global record labels on Spotify, Apple Music and Beatport. Outside of music, Michele is a Marketing Manager at a tech company and has a passion for digital marketing. When she’s not at work she can be found spending time with her two dogs, watching Netflix or horseback riding.  

Bruce Nip

  Bruce Nip is the producer and host of the weekly music countdown show “the Asian Influence” on Fairchild Radio. From working behind-the-scenes in television broadcasting, to being in front of the radio microphone, Bruce enjoys discovering the hidden gems of Vancouver and going right back into the studio to share it with his audience. He has provided coverage on local events such as anime conventions to pop-star concerts, to international events such as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For the last ten years, Bruce has been in the entertainment and production industry and has gratefully met and worked with many wonderful local performers and talents from around the world. He has a passion for bringing all the right elements together and turning a simple stage performance to an unforgettable experience for everyone to enjoy. Tonight, Bruce looks forward to the young talents that RichCity Idol has produced, and wishes each and every performer to enjoy this special achievement.

Bruce Nip is the producer and host of the weekly music countdown show “the Asian Influence” on Fairchild Radio. From working behind-the-scenes in television broadcasting, to being in front of the radio microphone, Bruce enjoys discovering the hidden gems of Vancouver and going right back into the studio to share it with his audience. He has provided coverage on local events such as anime conventions to pop-star concerts, to international events such as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For the last ten years, Bruce has been in the entertainment and production industry and has gratefully met and worked with many wonderful local performers and talents from around the world. He has a passion for bringing all the right elements together and turning a simple stage performance to an unforgettable experience for everyone to enjoy. Tonight, Bruce looks forward to the young talents that RichCity Idol has produced, and wishes each and every performer to enjoy this special achievement.

  Trevor Hoffmann is an award-winning pianist, composer, and producer who excels at working with live orchestra as both a writer and orchestrator. He has worked extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (where he is currently composer in residence), specializing in creating syntheses across classical and contemporary genres. Trevor is a prolific song producer and is also a founding member of Smash Music Productions, an Emmy nominated team whose song albums for TV have reached number 1 worldwide on the iTunes and Billboard charts. He has also recently co-produced a number of tracks for My Little Pony: The Movie featuring Sia, Emily Blunt, and Kristin Chenoweth.

Trevor Hoffmann is an award-winning pianist, composer, and producer who excels at working with live orchestra as both a writer and orchestrator. He has worked extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (where he is currently composer in residence), specializing in creating syntheses across classical and contemporary genres. Trevor is a prolific song producer and is also a founding member of Smash Music Productions, an Emmy nominated team whose song albums for TV have reached number 1 worldwide on the iTunes and Billboard charts. He has also recently co-produced a number of tracks for My Little Pony: The Movie featuring Sia, Emily Blunt, and Kristin Chenoweth.

 

HOSTS

Marinelle Ann Sinlao | Anna Leung

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Guest Performers

CCIM - Rising Stars

     Introducing our first of guest performers - CCIM Rising Start!     CCIM RISING STARS is one of many young performing groups trained by professional vocal and dance instructors from CCIM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. These young performers are between the ages of 9 and 12 yrs.  The CCIM Rising Stars line-up include: Vocalists: Tiffany Montefrio, Nika Rotol , Meghan Labrador, Miguel Oponda, Anisa Mendoza, Asia Au-Yeung. The band members include: Ethan Fraser (guitar), Bryson Ibarrola (guitar), Caleb Fraser (keyboard) and Jesse Clark (drums). You can learn more about them at  www.ccim-entertainmentgroup.com .

 

Introducing our first of guest performers - CCIM Rising Start!


CCIM RISING STARS is one of many young performing groups trained by professional vocal and dance instructors from CCIM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. These young performers are between the ages of 9 and 12 yrs.  The CCIM Rising Stars line-up include: Vocalists: Tiffany Montefrio, Nika Rotol , Meghan Labrador, Miguel Oponda, Anisa Mendoza, Asia Au-Yeung. The band members include: Ethan Fraser (guitar), Bryson Ibarrola (guitar), Caleb Fraser (keyboard) and Jesse Clark (drums). You can learn more about them at www.ccim-entertainmentgroup.com.

CCIM - Cassie B & Adam Swartz

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Introducing our second set of guest performers from CCIM, Cassie B and Adam Swartz!

 

Cassie B is a 17 yr. old singer/songwriter/guitarist and music teacher with CCIM Entertainment Group. She has performed as a special guest in many special events including U-ROC Awards 2018, Guest singer at Justin Trudeau Gala, Anthem singer for Provincial sports championships. Cassie started playing the drums at three, piano at four, while discovering her passion for guitar at the age of six. Cassie will be releasing her first EP this coming fall as she wants to take her music around the world to inspire others. You can find Cassie B on YouTube at: youtube.com/cassiebelindaiscool and follow her on Instagram @cassiebsings.

 

Adam Swartz is a passionate musician and songwriter playing guitar for 10 years of his life. He is currently a student at the University of Victoria in computer science and music and aspires to be a music producer in the future. Adam is now part of an indie funk band named Chimera and plans to release the band's first EP in late June.

Marielle Namuco

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Introducing our final guest performer, returning RichCity Idol 2017 winner Marielle Namuco!


Marielle was the burnett idol of 2017, and took part representing her school at last year’s show. Marielle can be a little awkward (maybe... very awkward) at first, but don’t be fooled because she loves cracking jokes and making others laugh. Music helps her express her emotions because she’s not very talented at coming up with the right words to do it herself. In the end, she’s grateful for the opportunity to perform, meet new people and have a lot of fun. She is incredibly talented and is excited to be back to perform on stage at RichCity Idol!

 

Executive Team

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Dylan Cobankiat (Lead Producer)
Justin Wu (Finance Director)
Waris Sidhu (Idols Director)
Chris Wong (Marketing Director)
Angel Wu (Day of Show Director)
Jenny Li (Photography Director)
Jiro Luat (Photography Director)
Jessalyn Chen (Creative Director)
Angela Hu (Creative Director)
Mandy Huang (Stage Director)

Team members

This event could never exist without the contributions of our team members.

Purchase tickets at your school by contacting any RichCity Idol team member at your school. If you are unable to contact the team, tickets are also available at Gateway Theatre's Box Office. 

Josh Freeland
Joe Hu
Megan Saez Co
Marinelle Ann Sinlao
Evian Yang
Jay Hsieh
Joey Huang
Michelle Li
Esha Sodhi
Leo Wang
Gloria Yang

Celia Fan
Angie Yam
Annie Cao
Joshua Chew
Sukvir Dosanjh
Eve Katayama
Anna Leung
Nicole Mendoza
Paul Misa
Jane Wang
Cherry Chan
Lauren Da