Sally Sousa (left) and Pat Mouland will be seeking to fill these seats as they lead the show on stage at the 34th annual Aluminum City Telethon on October 20

Aluminum City Telethon returns Oct. 20 for its 34th year

Kitimat is preparing for its annual talent show and fundraiser at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre.

The Aluminum City Telethon, now in its 34th year, is set to take over Mount Elizabeth Theatre on October 20.

The show is set to bring in old favourites and new entertainment, perhaps most visibly in the form of co-hosts Sally Sousa and Pat Mouland, who have inherited the prestigious position as ACT hosts, as long-time host Monique Miller is no longer taking the job.

“I’m super excited because I think it’s quite an honour, but at the same time I’m really nervous because it’s live TV, and anything could happen, so I really have to be on my toes. It’s a nice challenge though, it’s something I’m looking forward to,” said Sousa, who joined Mouland in costume in the theatre for this article.

Mouland said that she was approached for the co-hosting duties, but felt confident knowing she’d have Sousa on stage with her.

“When I was approached to co-host with Sally I thought if I’m ever going to do it, being with Sally would certainly make it fun, and we could sink or swim together,” she said.

They say there will be a number of favourites performing, from Luso Dancers to gymnasts, and the magic show with Edwin Empinado.

“A lot of singing, a lot of dancing,” said Sousa.

The telethon, which will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will be closed out at the end of the night with local band Swamp Water.

The two say that while Monique Miller left large shoes with her stint hosting, they’re not seeking to simply copy the formula she left behind.

“Monique probably had that feeling as well having to fill in for Doug Smith who had done it since the beginning,” said Sousa. “He was an institution here, and Monique was able to successfully fill his shoes by doing her own kind of thing.”

Mouland agrees.

“She certainly did leave some big shoes, and we’re not even going to try to fill them. So we actually bought a new pair of shoes,” she said. “And we’re going to go with a totally different style.”

The pair certainly play well off each other and it’s clear that there will be a lot of humour throughout the show.

“We’re okay with being goofy, coming out in costumes. I’m willing to challenge Kitimat to raise a certain amount in an hour, and I’ll come out in a goofy costume for my next hour hosting stint,” said Sousa.

“And I will be willing to support her doing that,” said Mouland.

Jokes aside, they say they have some tricks up their sleeves so they didn’t reveal too much of what to expect from them, but they did emphasize that the show takes a tremendous volunteering effort from everyone involved to put it on this year, and the whole team is committed to beating last year’s total, which was around $60,000.

And Sousa and Mouland said they’re sore losers so if people want them to come back, they better say so with dollars.

“If people like us, they better call in,” said Sousa.

Meanwhile if people wanted to reach the organizing committee for information, they can by either calling Margaret at 250-632-3144, ex. 27, or Angela at 250-632-4887.

Just Posted

PHOTO GALLERY: Malicous Monster Truck Tour

The Malicious Monster Truck Tour sold out to crowds of 2,500 people… Continue reading

North Coast fishing grounds key to orca recovery: DFO

Plan marks waters from Langara to Rose Spit as critical habitat for northern resident killer whales

Chris Green, mother of scouts, passes away

Green, who was born near Kitimat, spent more than 60 years volunteering with Scouts Canada

Intertidal Music Festival back for round two

More than 20 performances throughout the day at the North Pacific Cannery on July 21

Alberta man missing on Kitimat River found dead

Body found on July 11 after going missing on July 7

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Evacuation alert issued due to Dog Creek Trail Wildfire

An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako… Continue reading

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

City orders largest Kinder Morgan protest camp to leave

Residents of Camp Cloud near the Trans Mountain work site have 72 hours to leave

Cougar shot outside Nanaimo Yacht Club

Police shot the animal in water at Nanaimo Yacht Club at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday

14-year-old pilot attempts to break Guinness World Record at B.C. airport

Mohd Shaikhsorab wants to become youngest pilot with fewest hours logged to fly solo

Most Read