Last night, 12 finalists competed at the Star Search Markham Live Audition for a $1,500 grand prize and a chance to perform at Canada Day celebrations July 1.

The performances were judged by a panel consisting of industry experts, including Adam Shnitzer of The Feldman Agency, Jennie Pappas, Dancer, Actress & Choreographer and Eric Lariviere of Flato Markham Theatre.

The final round of the competition took place at Cornell Community Centre and Library’s Rehearsal Hall and was hosted by Canada Day Co-Chairs Councillor Amanda Collucci and Councillor Alex Chiu.

Also in attendance were Master of Ceremonies Alan Bell,  Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong and CAO Andy Taylor.

The winner will be announced June 20.

(Pictured: Internet sensation, Julia Gartha on vocals and piano)