Ottawa jazz guitarist Lucas Haneman was named the winner of the 2010 CNIB iFactor contest this Saturday. He beat out nine other finalists from across Canada.
This is the second-annual musical competition for people with vision loss run by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. The ten finalists were selected after an online audition.
On Saturday, August 7, they competed in two rounds of live performances with commentary from three celebrity judges: Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex, singer and song-writer Shirley Eikhard, and musician Terry Kelly.
The winner was determined by live audience votes. As grand prize winner, Lucas will open a performance for award-winning and Juno- nominated singer-songwriter Terry Kelly, and receive round-trip transportation to the Canadian city where the concert is taking place.
The CNIB said "Lucas won over his fellow contestants, the judges and the crowd at last night's exhilarating finale."