The search is on for Canada's next musical sensation

    The i Factor is CNIB Lake Joseph Centre's newest musical competition.

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Canadians with vision loss who dream of stardom
now have a chance of a lifetime. The i Factor is CNIB Lake Joseph Centre's
(Lake Joe's) newest musical competition specifically for people with vision
    Contestants with vision loss over 16 years of age, audition and compete
against one another as they vie for a spot on the top 10 of The i Factor. As a
member of the top 10 finalists, contestants will be transported to Lake Joe,
CNIB's fully accessible recreational facility, where they will receive musical
training from Canada's premiere music industry professionals. After a weeks
worth of training contestants will compete during a live finale for the grand
prize of The i Factor.
    "Lake Joe provides life changing experiences for people with vision loss
whether it is through our fully accessible summer camp programming or through
innovative activities such as The i Factor," says John M. Rafferty, CNIB
President and CEO.
    "This contest offers a once in a lifetime experience for people with
vision loss. Aspiring artists with vision loss have an opportunity to learn
and work with people who have succeeded in the music industry yet, who also
have vision loss."


    The contest is open to all Canadian residents (except in the province of
Quebec), 16 years of age or older with vision loss. Starting May 25,
contestants are asked to upload a video, no more than two minutes in length to, where an independent selection panel will select the top
ten finalists.

    Live Finale

    The finale will take place at Lake Joe on Saturday, August 8, where the
top 10 contestants will compete in three rounds of live performance and
take-in commentary from the pre-selected panel of celebrity judges. And at the
end of it all, only one performer will be crowned the winner of The i Factor
as determined by the live audience votes. The grand prize is roundtrip
transportation to a city in Canada including hotel and accommodation for the
winner and a guest as well as the chance to open a performance for award
winning, Juno nominee, singer songwriter, Terry Kelly. For more information
about the live finale visit

    About CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

    Located in the heart of Muskoka, two hours north of Toronto, Canada, CNIB
Lake Joseph Centre is a world leader in providing people with vision loss with
life-changing experiences. Lake Joe's innovative programming and partnerships
excite and inspire children, youth, families and adults with vision loss as
they meet new friends, experience new adventures and leave with memories that
last a lifetime. For more information about the Lake Joe visit

    About CNIB

    CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to
public education, research and the vision health of all Canadians. CNIB
provides the services and support necessary to enjoy a good quality of life
while living with vision loss. For more information, call 1-800-563-2642 or

For further information:

For further information: or to speak to a CNIB representative please
contact: Yeena Peng, (416) 486-2500 ext. 8355,; Jessica
Parrales, (416) 486-2500 ext. 7570,

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