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Hidden talent on display at Legion’s karaoke party
Alejandra Alzate, known professionally as Kiyomi Vegas, wowed the crowd at the legion's karaoke party this Sunday. Julia Sacco

Renditions of hits from “Lay Down Sally” to “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” filled the Niagara-on-the-Lake Legion on Sunday afternoon during its first-ever karaoke party. 

Bar chair Megan Vanderlee put it together in hopes of bringing in a new crowd of music lovers to have fun as a community.

“We have an open mic and people love it but not everyone can play an instrument,” said Vanderlee.

With the help of karaoke jockey Christie “KJ Christie” Hails, the party was great fun for all involved, with many hitting the stage more than once.

Alan Perreault, who leads the Legion’s music trivia nights, sang a whopping five tunes, including “Copperhead Road” and “I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore.”

“I like to sing and I like to help support the Legion,” said Perrault, who is a member of the Merriton branch.

The affair also attracted some community stars, including Alejandra Alzate, known by her stage name Kiyomi Vegas.

Alzate wowed the crowd with her stage presence during a rendition of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita.”

“I came here today because I love to sing and I love to entertain people,” said the St. Catharines singer. 

The event wrapped up with flashlights in the air for a final rendition of Neil Young’s “Old Man.”

The tentative date for the next Karaoke Party is Dec. 11, with hopes of continuing the festivities on the second Sunday of each month.

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