THE CUBE, Campbelltown Catholic Club came alive on Tuesday 11 April 2017, for the News Local 19th Annual Australian Club Entertainment (ACE) Awards. Over 540 people attended this glamorous event, which was proudly presented by St Johns Park Bowling Club. This star-studded, annual event is the one night of the year the Club industry comes together to show their gratitude for the hard-work, dedication and talents of our entertainers.
The evening was hosted by Australian cabaret performer and television celebrity Carlotta, and guest presenters included George Kapiniaris, Tom Burlinson, Johnny Ruffo and Craig Bennett who gave a heart-warming tribute to the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award, Maria Venuti.
This years’ ACE Awards proved to be a showcase of some of Australia’s most talented performers, with the line-up including a glamorous opening act by WB Productions which included aerial artists, pole dancers and an array of specialty artists. Multi ACE Award winning Joey Fimmano gave a stellar performance on piano alongside vocalist Dexter Villa and the C4 Campbelltown Catholic Club Choir, backed by an amazing ten-piece orchestra.
The show continued to keep the audience mesmerised with performances by Ian Cooper and Bernard Walz, Casey Donovan with talented producer and guitarist, Dan Skeed. There was a ‘Broadway Re-Imagined’ segment performed by the Talent Development Project (TDP), with a finale produced by Dargie Entertainment, titled ‘Evolution of Glamour’, this polished section of the show included vocalists Anita Spring, Johnny Ruffo, Rising Star nominee Fasika Ayallew and Derek Metzger, along with stunning dancers, acrobats and costumes.
Awards handed out across categories included Children’s Show (Lah Lah), Showband (Kamis) and Rising Star (Daniel Tambasco). Dami Im took the award for Female Vocal along with the Club Performer of the Year Award, due to her ‘Yesterday Once More’ tour in which she performed at over 24 Clubs last year, with a majority of her shows reaching sell out status.
Mulwala Water Ski Club took the ACE ‘Venue Award for Excellence and Commitment to Entertainment’. Submissions were judged by a committee of independent experts who were engaged by the sponsor of the award, News Local.