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Chartwell Announces 2012 Senior Star Finalists

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - Canada''s most popular musical competition for seniors, Chartwell''s Senior Star, is proud to announce the competitors for its National Final:

  • Leo Aquino - North Vancouver, BC

  • Alice Crestejo - Burnaby, BC

  • Barbara Curran - Coldwater, ON

  • Lucile Graveline - Granby, Québec

  • Lloyd Knight - Stouffville, ON

  • Barbara McCrindle - Brampton, ON

  • John Self - Calgary, AB

  • Gerald "Bud" Switzer - Aurora, ON

  • Gloria White - Leamington, ON

  • Eric Whyte - Pickering, ON

The National Final will take place on Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Fallsview Theatre at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Over 50 regional Senior Star competitions took place in June hosted by Chartwell retirement and long term care homes across Canada. The first and second place winners in those competitions were considered by the celebrity judges for eligibility as one of the top 10 finalists.

We are pleased to again welcome Dinah Christie as host of the Finals, in addition to celebrity judges including Canadian icon Gordie Tapp and recording artist Tim Louis. This year, Patsy Gallant, well-known and beloved Canadian pop singer and musical theater actress, will join the judge''s panel. Patsy, having recorded in both English and French, bring a wealth of musical knowledge, energy and personal flare to the Senior Star stage. Former celebrity judge Dan Clancy will provide vocal coaching and support for all ten contestants prior to the show.

"Thousands of Senior Star auditions have taken place over the last 6 years," said Brent Binions, President and CEO of Chartwell Seniors Housing. "The amount of senior talent that exists across Canada continues to amaze us and we are left inspired by the caliber of performances and the passion that each performer carries."

Last year, Tony Pinto of Woodbridge, Ontario was crowned Chartwell''s 2011 Senior Star by impressing the crowd and the judges with a moving piano instrumental performance.

Chartwell Seniors Housing owns and operates a complete range of seniors housing communities from independent supportive living through assisted living to long term care. It is one of the largest participants in the seniors housing business in North America.

Media are invited to attend the Senior Star National Final on November 19, 2012.