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Published on March 31, 2014

The Small siblings, Aidan & Abigail, won big at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars in Cornwall on March 30.

Published on March 31, 2014

Kelsey Bell performs at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars in Cornwall on March 30.

Published on March 31, 2014

Kelsey Bell performs at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars in Cornwall on March 30.

Published on March 31, 2014

Tiffany Reinhold performs at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars in Cornwall on March 30.

Published on March 31, 2014

Tiffany Reinhold performs at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars in Cornwall on March 30.

Published on March 31, 2014

Ecole St. Paul's junior choir from Casselman nabbed a coveted spot at the provincials in Peterborough at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival.

Published on March 31, 2014

Allan Parks (guitar) and Reid Baker perform 'The Flower of Edinburg & Mrs. MacLeod of Raasay' at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars in Cornwall on March 30.

Published on March 31, 2014

Longue Sault Public School Choral Speaking Ensemble recites the poem 'I am Boom' at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars in Cornwall on March 30.

Published on March 31, 2014

Longue Sault Public School Choral Speaking Ensemble recites the poem 'I am Boom' at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars in Cornwall on March 30.

Published on March 31, 2014

Vanessa Regnier kept the crowd entertained as the MC at the 60th annual Kinsmen Music Festival in Cornwall.

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Aidan Small, 8, was a big winner at the Kinsmen Music Festival as it celebrated six decades of putting talented kids centre stage.

Small won first place in the 'Excellence in the Early Years at Piano' with an impressive performance. Small has been playing the instrument for four years.

He dedicated a month of training to impress everyone in attendance. As he hoisted a trophy half his size over his head in victory, the young pianist cheered in glory.

"It feels extra good, but I still think a lot of people played their best," said Small.

His older sister Abigail, 10, won second place in a music challenge. She played two piano pieces back to back without notes.

"I was pretty nervous until I started performing," said Abigail.

Playing on a grand piano was a big stretch for them, but the siblings adapted and emerged triumphantly. On the final day of the four-day event, they performed in the festival's 2014 Concert of the Stars. A spot reserved for the event's top entertainers.

Abigail played the song 'Turkish Bazaar' with great results and her brother delivered a first class rendition of the 'Camel Ride.'

"It felt really good being on stage in a theatre," said Small.

"I'm proud of him," added Abigail.

The festival introduced a new component in its 60th year: the art of dance. Two grade 10 students representing St. Lawrence Secondary School took control of the stage with ease in choreographed routines.

Kelsey Bell and Tiffany Reinhold joined the Smalls at the two-hour concert finale as top performers.

"The most nerve-wracking part is waiting to preform," said Bell.

She has been dancing for five years, but only started practicing her routine to the song 'Elsa' by the Valerie Project two weeks ago. Judging by the flawless delivery a bright future is ahead. Bell's style intertwines contemporary dance with contortionist movements.

"I'm happy they have this festival," said Bell. "It's an awesome opportunity to share my dancing."

Organizations: Lawrence Secondary School

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