From a media release:
AND THE WINNER ISâ€¦ TRADITIONAL DANCE TRIO SAGKEENGâ€™S FINEST TAKES THE TOP SPOT ON CITYTVâ€™S CANADAâ€™S GOT TALENT
Three teenagers from Fort Alexander, MB, danced their way into the hearts of Canadians across the country, as Sagkeengâ€™s Finest was named the first-ever winner of Canadaâ€™s Got Talent earlier this evening on Citytv. By a clear majority, the traditional dance trio was the countryâ€™s highest vote-getter and will take home the grand prize of $100,000 (Cdn), a brand new Nissan GT-R, tickets for an all-inclusive trip to the island of Tobago, a spot in Citytvâ€™s New Yearâ€™s Bash, a chance to perform in a Las Vegas show, and the title of Canadaâ€™s Most Talented Act.
Members of Sagkeeng First Nation, Vincent Oâ€™Laney (17), and brothers Brandon (18) and Dallas Courchene (17) formed Sagkeengâ€™s Finest when they heard about Canadaâ€™s Got Talent. Their journey began in Winnipeg at the casting tour in September 2011, followed by the Live Theatre Audition Tour (December 2011) and live semifinals (April 2012). In last nightâ€™s Live Finals, Sagkeengâ€™s Finest performed to a mash-up of Raghavâ€™s â€œFireâ€ and Metro Stationâ€™s â€œShake Itâ€, with a fusion of traditional clogging and tap. The performance earned them the title of â€˜most improvedâ€™ from judge Stephan Moccio, and â€˜biggest risk-takerâ€™ from judge Measha Brueggergosman, while fellow judge Martin Short said the group represents â€œpure joy.â€
â€œSagkeengâ€™s Finest is a uniquely-Canadian talent that struck a chord with communities across the country. The First Nationâ€™s traditional dance trio are outstanding role models â€“ not only for their community, but for all Canadian youth,â€ said Ed Robinson, Executive Producer, Canadaâ€™s Got Talent, Rogers Media. â€œTheir spirit captured the hearts of the nation, and their story is a testament to what hard work, dedication and commitment can achieve. We are proud to bring this unique act to a national stage.â€