Rising Star Thea Asedillo

Rising Star

The Rising Star Talent Competition was sponsored by the CNE Foundation.

The CNE’s Rising Star Talent Competition just wrapped its 36th year of showcasing young artists. The competition featured talented performers in a wide variety of genres competing for prize money in front of a live audience of CNE fairgoers!

Selected singers, dancers, musicians and even a ventriloquist performed at the 2023 CNE on the International Stage in Hall B, at the Enercare Centre. Congratulations to our 2023 Rising Star winners Kaitlyn Lau from the Junior Category and Thea Asedillo from the Youth Category! For a list of all our Rising Star winners, see below.


Grand Champion – Kaitlyn Lau

1st Runner Up – Sonam Kalsang

2nd Runner Up – Lauren Lee

3rd Runner Up – Zaria Elliott

4th Runner Up – Chloe Tiongson

5th Runner Up – Marielle Shvaitser


Grand Champion – Thea Asedillo              

1st Runner Up – Ivanna Vaitkus

2nd Runner Up – Lia Waldie

3rd Runner Up – Elise Jefford

4th Runner Up  – Ian Perez

5th Runner Up – Taking Back August