Larson edging closer to Star Showdown

Des Larson of Courtenay is looking to place one spot better semi-finals of the PNE Star Showdown.

Des Larson of Courtenay is looking to place one spot better when he competes Monday in the semi-finals of the PNE Star Showdown, where he finished second last year.

The winner of Tuesday’s final wins $10,000.

“This year there’s a lot more prize money involved,” said Larson, who won $2,000 and $7,500 in prizes for his 2011 performance at the annual fair in Vancouver.

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter has been described as a skilled guitarist with a natural showmanship, combining small-town charm with urban appeal. His music is roots rock with a hint of reggae. He has a new song called My Love on iTunes which has received regular air play on local radio stations.

A 2012 Vancouver Island Music Award finalist for Male Vocalist of the Year, Larson attributes his artistic abilities to growing up near the beach by the Powell River ferry.

“The beach is one of those places where you get to be free; there’s no parents around,” he said. “I never really grew out of being a kid. Music’s my soul time.”

Before the PNE show, Larson performs at 8 p.m. this Saturday on the mainstage at the Big Time Out in Cumberland.

The following weekend, he is at the Vancouver Island ArtistFest in Honeymoon Bay, where he will headline with Vince Vaccaro and Mindil Beach Markets.

To follow Larson, visit itunes.com/deslarson or deslarson.ca.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Courtenay supports church renos, lunch program

Council approves $25,000 request from St. George’s United

The Hub Organ Trio coming to Courtenay

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society features an amazing trio at the Avalanche… Continue reading

YANA a blessing for Michaela, Harley, and Baby Violet

Comox Valley association a pillar of the community

Deadline looming for North Island College scholarship applications

Students have until April 24 to apply for a record number of… Continue reading

AspieComic Micheal McCreary coming to the Comox Valley

Comox Valley Child Development Association hosting the fundraising event

Kickers beat Meralomas in quarter-final

The Comox Valley Kickers women’s rugby team defeated the Vancouver Meralomas 56-5… Continue reading

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Kickers beat Meralomas in quarter-final

The Comox Valley Kickers women’s rugby team defeated the Vancouver Meralomas 56-5… Continue reading

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read