KIOTAC Youth movement performs




CAROLYN GRANT – Article Originally Published by Daily Bulletin

We’re heading into the weekend after a fantastic week at KIOTAC 2012. It’s been a rousing success thus far, with crowds increasing every day.

If you began your day today with the annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m., don’t forget the friendly Rotarians will be serving you again tomorrow morning – same time, same place.

Tonight’s concert and dance are all about showcasing the KIOTAC youth movement, featuring three young people who have won the Happy Hans Open Trophy for the past six years in a row. They are Austin Kawa, 21, Alicia Baker, 20 and Michael Bridge, 19.

Baker and Bridge will present a Duet Concert tonight at the Civic Centre.

“As long time competitors at KIOTAC they have formed a wonderful friendship and have had multiple wins in KIOTAC’s duet and solo competitions. Now, they have decided to expand the traditions and present their dual talents in an entire concert of special favorite selections.

“This young dynamic duo will dazzle you with their skills, magical chemistry and enthusiasm,” says their bio at

Austin Kawa and his band will play the dance. The Kawas have been playing at KIOTAC for many years as a family band, with Austin stepping in a few years ago to lead his father, uncle and aunt. They present a mixture of old time, country, swing and even some 60’s rock and roll.

And of course anticipation is building for Saturday’s playdowns and announcement of winners in all classes, as well as the Happy Hans Open. All this as well as the KIOTAC Massed Band and a family dance with the Alex Meixner Band.

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