Canada’s Got Talent Winner Crowned

Teenage trio takes home coveted first-place prize.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Dancing trio Sagkeeng’s Finest from Manitoba won over the hearts of the country when they came out as the big winners on the finale of "Canada's Got Talent" this week.

The three teens, Vincent O’Laney (17), and brothers Brandon (18) and Dallas Courchene (17), tried out in Winnipeg back in September when the new reality show made its rounds across the country in search of the most talented Canadian(s). They hail from the community of Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba where jigging is a traditional art form, and the boys have been jigging for a few years. During the big final competition last night, Sagkeeng’s Finest performed to a mash-up of Raghav’s “Fire” and Metro Station’s “Shake It”, mixing together unique dance styles including traditional clogging and tap. The performance earned them the title of "most improved" from judge Stephan Moccio, and "biggest risk-taker" from judge Measha Brueggergosman, while fellow judge Martin Short said the group represents “pure joy" (it said in an official press release).

“Sagkeeng’s Finest is a uniquely-Canadian talent that struck a chord with communities across the country. The First Nation’s traditional dance trio are outstanding role models – not only for their community, but for all Canadian youth,” said Ed Robinson, Executive Producer, Canada’s Got Talent, Rogers Media, in the same release. “Their spirit captured the hearts of the nation, and their story is a testament to what hard work, dedication and commitment can achieve. We are proud to bring this unique act to a national stage.”