Saskatchewan Talent

Welcome to the Saskatchewan Talent page!

So you want to perform on TeleMiracle?

Below is the information you will need to help you navigate through all the steps.

This video is a quick overview of the steps required to become a performer on TeleMiracle.

If you don’t know where to start or you’re not sure what comes next, this video should help.

TeleMiracle 47 will take place on February 25-26, 2023, in Saskatoon!

Many of the performances will be pre-recorded again this year. The Producers will let people know if they are performing live.

Saskatchewan Talent FAQs

TeleMiracle is a 20-hour annual telethon that raises money for the Kinsmen Foundation.  Funds raised are used to help the people of Saskatchewan improve their quality of life and independence.  Special-needs equipment as well as travel assistance to access to life-saving medical treatment outside of their community are just a few of the ways that Saskatchewan residents can benefit from the money raised each year.

All Saskatchewan Talent need to start by creating an account, via our website, in order to get a username and a password.  This will allow access to the Saskatchewan Talent dashboard. Once logged into the dashboard, they need to fill out the Saskatchewan Talent Application form and follow the instructions.

There’s more information available on the website to help guide you through, and if you get stuck, you can contact us via email or call (306) 244-6400 extension 2.

No. Pre-recorded video submissions will be accepted again this year.  Once your video is completed, you can paste the link to your video in the space provided in your Saskatchewan Talent application form.

Links via platforms such as WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. are preferred over YouTube videos.

During the audition process we are looking for a variety of acts, from a diverse talent pool, but most importantly, we are looking to have communities throughout Saskatchewan represented on TeleMiracle. If you happen to NOT be selected, it is not necessarily because of your talent, but perhaps because of where you live. Other considerations are gender, genre, age, fundraising potential, etc.

  • Upbeat songs are preferred over slow songs. Slow songs tend to make the telethon phones stop ringing, which isn’t a good thing during a fundraiser.

 

  • Try to choose a song that isn’t too common. For example, “Hallelujah” is a beautiful song, but if 6 people use that song for their audition, five of them are likely to be eliminated.

 

  • Treat the audition like a full-dress rehearsal. Wear the attire you’d be wearing at the show so the judges get an idea of what the final performance will look like.

 

  • Come prepared and arrive early enough to give yourself time to get organized and warmed up before your scheduled audition time. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so please come prepared.

 

  • Have a second song ready in time for TeleMiracle weekend in case you are selected to perform on the Countdown show.

Our primary method of communication is via email.  Please check your emails regularly and check your junk mail folder if you don’t get word by the deadline dates.

Every action on our website will trigger an autoreply as confirmation as well as containing any relevant information that you may need for the following step.

Reminders will also get sent via text the day before your appointments.

They are not paid for their performance; however, those selected to be part of the Sask. Talent lineup, who must travel more than 50 km to get to the nearest pre-recording session (or to TeleMiracle), will be paid an honorarium. (Only residents of Saskatchewan are eligible to be selected as Saskatchewan Talent.)

It is not mandatory to fundraise; however, TeleMiracle is a fundraising event benefitting the Kinsmen Foundation, and every dollar raised for the charity helps. Whether Saskatchewan Talent make a personal donation, collect donations from friends and family, or put on a fundraising event in their community, every effort, regardless of size, is greatly appreciated.

There are also resources available on our website to provide ideas and assistance for a variety of fundraising ideas, and the Tech. and Marketing Coordinator at the office is available to answer any questions people might have.

TeleMiracle is broadcast live on CTV throughout Saskatchewan. It starts at 9 pm on the Saturday and goes straight through until 5 pm on the Sunday (with a break for news from 11 pm to 11:30 pm). It is also live streamed online and can be viewed on the home page of our website.

The Countdown to TeleMiracle starts at approximately 6:15 pm and ends around 8:30 pm. It does not get broadcast on television. It is live streamed online and can be viewed on the home page of our website.

If you happen to miss the live-stream, Saskatchewan Talent performances are normally saved on either our YouTube channel or our Vimeo channel.

If you get selected to perform on the TeleMiracle stage, we are planning to have limited spaces for a few of your friends/family to come watch your performance in person. 

All Saskatchewan Talent acts will be notified in advance of the time their performance is scheduled to be shown on-air or online.  This will allow them to notify the people who want to watch them perform.

Approximately 14 acts are selected to perform during the Countdown to TeleMiracle show, and each performer can do two numbers. It is livestreamed to the home page of our website only.

Approximately 5, high-energy bands are selected for the overnight portion of TeleMiracle. Each band has a set of approximately 30-45 minutes in duration. It is broadcast on CTV and live streamed on the home page of our website.

The remaining approximately sixty acts perform one number on the main broadcast.
It is broadcast on CTV and live streamed on the home page of our website.

Below are some samples of video submissions for auditions.

Here’s the video that Belle submitted for her audition.

Here’s Belle’s video that was shown on TeleMiracle, during the Countdown Show.

Here’s the video Kateryna submitted for her audition.

Kateryna’s audition video was shown on the telethon as submitted.

Sask. Talents Auditions Information

Before you apply for an audition, here’s what you need to know.

There will be NO in-person performances on the show this year, nor will there be a live audience.

In order to reduce the number of volunteers needed to put on the telethon, so we can follow the COVID-19 guidelines, ALL performances (Sask. Talent and National Cast), will be pre-recorded. If you are unable to create a high quality video for the show, the Producers will arrange for a video to be recorded for you.

If you still want to audition to be part of the Saskatchewan Talent on TeleMiracle? Here’s what you need to know.

  • During the audition process we are looking for a variety of acts, but most importantly we are looking to have communities throughout Saskatchewan represented on TeleMiracle. If you happen to NOT be selected, it is not necessarily because of your talent, but perhaps because of where you live.
  • You could be selected to perform at either the Countdown Show or the main telethon.
  • The Countdown Show is from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., just before the telethon starts on Saturday. It is streamed live on YouTube and www.telemiracle.com, for the whole world to see! Those who perform on the Countdown show will perform two songs.
  • TeleMiracle is a 20-hour telethon, broadcast live on CTV Saskatchewan, from 9 p.m. on the Saturday till 5 p.m. on Sunday. As well as live streamed to www.telemiracle.com. Those who perform on TeleMiracle will perform one song.
  • A number of high-energy bands are selected for the overnight period, to help keep the viewers awake and ringing those phones. They will perform sets up to 45 minutes in duration
  • Your image and all or parts of your performance at the audition may be used by TeleMiracle or news outlets.
  • Because COVID-19 has caused financial hardships for many people in Saskatchewan, we anticipate that this will have an impact on the amount of donations we receive this year. It will also increase the need for funding, as we become the funder of last resort for a larger number of our province’s residents. For these reasons, fundraising will be more important than ever. Even though performances will be pre-recorded this year, we’re still counting on those selected to be part of the Sask. Talent to help us go higher.

Sask. Talent app process

We are now accepting auditions applications to perform at TeleMiracle 45, in Saskatoon.

Currently, we plan on having in-person auditions in Regina on October 17, 2020 and in Saskatoon on October 24, 2020.

Safety and extra cleaning measures will be in place to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. We ask that everyone wear a mask (except while actually performing) and arrive at the venue earlier to allow extra time for screening and registration.

More time will be slotted between auditions to limit the number of people in the building at any given time. This means that the number of audition slots in one day will be reduced. If needed, we will open up a second audition day in each city.

We have a NEW BOOKING TOOL that allows you to create an account and book the audition time and place that you want. Please contact Brigitte if you have any questions.

If you are unable to come in person to an audition, or if you are not comfortable doing so (or if COVID-19 shuts us down), we are allowing video audition submissions this year! Simply go to the new booking tool and upload your video!

Please read through the technical requirements before submitting your video.

Tips for a good audition

  1. An upbeat song is preferred to a slow song. Slow songs make the phones stop ringing.
  2. Try to choose a song that isn’t too common. For example, Hallelujah is a beautiful song, but if 6 people use that song for their audition, five of them are likely to be eliminated.
  3. Wear the attire you’d be wearing at the show. Treat the audition like a full dress rehearsal.
  4. Come prepared and arrive early enough to give yourself time to get organized and warmed up before your scheduled audition time.
  5. Have a second song prepared by TeleMiracle, in case you are selected to perform on the Countdown show.

Technical Requirements

  • The video must be recorded horizontally (landscape).
  • MP4, MOV or AVI formats are preferred.
  • The video must not contain visual or sound “distractions” (ie train or construction in the background, pet or roommate walking by anywhere in view of the camera, etc.)
  • The sound quality must be loud enough to hear and clean. No static, not muffled, not sounding like you’re in a tin can, etc.
  • There must not be anything offensive anywhere in the video. Remember this is a family-friendly show.
  • A neutral background is preferred. Think music studio setting vs kitchen table or bedroom.
  • A well-lit space is necessary. All performers’ faces should be visible and not in shadows.
  • OR if you’re really creative, a good-quality music video can also be submitted.

Any questions about Saskatchewan Talent can be directed to our Tech. and Marketing Coordinator.

Step 1 to performing on TeleMiracle is creating a Sask. Talent account. See how, in video above. You can reuse the same account from year to year.

Once your account is created, watch the above video for instructions on how to log into the dashboard and how to log back out again.

Sask. Talent Member Registration

Please fill out this form in order to create your username and password, to access the Saskatchewan Talent Dashboard. Once your account is created, you’ll be able to login using the big pink “LOGIN” button in the top right section of the Home Page. If you created an account previously, you can re-use the same account year after year.

The Saskatchewan Talent Dashboard contains all the forms and additional information you’ll need, including the application form for auditions.

You are not done yet!

This registration form just creates an account.

In order to book an audition spot, you need to log into the dashboard and fill out the application form. You can access the dashboard using the pink LOGIN button on this page.