Performers range from singers and dancers to bands and children from the Child Development Centre's pre-school class, as well as a special performance from Sonny and Cher themselves. Fort St. John City Councillors Dan Davies as Sonny and Trevor Bolin as Cher have been coerced into performing, and if their pledges reach $2,000 it's rumoured they may perform a second song.
Every year the CDC aims to fundraise $100,000 for the centre, some of which will go towards building a new outdoor playspace for the children it serves. Executive Director Penny Gagnon says they're looking for a different type of playground than one might expect, that is inspired by nature.
"Bringing in the natural elements to play for kids, really making sure that the space we have is accessible," she explains. "Kids have a lot of access to traditional playground equipment throughout the city, we wanted to do something a little bit more unique."
A general concept and design has been sent out for pricing, that includes gardens, composting, sand, water and trees, as well as safety measures for children of all abilities. In addition to helping keep the CDC running, Gagnon also says the talent show helps the community learn more about what the centre does.
"I think the main thing that I find exciting about the talent show is how much it raises the profile of the Child Development Centre, and people become knowledgeable and understand the importance work that we do here at the CDC."
The CDC provides early intervention and support services for children and youth with special needs, and served 1,260 children in 2012.
The day before the talent show, Moose FM and Arctech Welding and Machining will hold their annual A Day for the Kids Fundraiser for the CDC. Moose FM will be broadcasting live from PriceSmart Foods starting at 6 a.m., and donations can be made in person, online or over the phone, as well as by making a pledge for a talent show performer.