By: Dante Aviso

The World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) is the only international competition for aspiring performers and entertainers of its kind annually held in or around ‘Holywood”, entertainment capital of the world. Similar to the Olympics, only invited and qualified competitors (called WORLDSTARS) represent their countries and compete each year in the quest for “the gold. ”Because of the global pandemic this year’s WCOPA was launched as a virtual competition. Each competitor was asked to submit a one minute video of their talents. The virtual competition concluded last July 31, 2020 and Canada placed second in the Gold Medal Standing bringing 30 gold medals! Four Manitobans brought home 3 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze and a World Champion title. As a talent scout, this writer is proud to share this year’s winners from Manitoba:

Joseph Guerra, gold medal, Senior Male Model Category and declared Senior Male Model Champion of
the World.

Jovelle Balani, gold medal in Senior Vocal , Self Accompaniment and silver medal in Senior Vocal.

Joshua Sacopla, silver medal in Senior Male Category.

Joyze Colada, gold medal in Senior Vocal with Self Accompaniment and bronze
Joseph Guerra explained that “Being part of the WCOPA was such a great experience and I felt honored to represent Team Canada and compete against hundreds of talented models from other countries and to come out on top with a gold medal and the coveted title “Male Model Champion of the World” is such a surreal accomplishment”.

This international talent competition is often dubbed as the “Talent Olympics” participated by contestants from over 60 countries. This year alone, they received 2500 entries. Each contestant is asked to submit one minute video of his or here talent. The categories are Vocal, Dance, Modeling, Acting, Instrumentalist and Variety Acts. Each category is open to ages division namely: Junior Division (15 year old and below) and Senior Division (16 years old and above). Jovelle Balani who competed in Vocal category is “ honoured to represent Team Canada” and according to her “It still has not sunk in that I was chosen as one of the finalists and I thank the people who helped me hone my talent. WCOPA is definitely an experience that I’ll never forget.”

Winnipeg talents shine at WCOPA 2020 virtual competition. We are ready for next year in live competition in Disneyland in Anaheim, California, hoping the pandemic will be over.

Anyone who wants to be part of Team Canada, we are looking for singers, dancers, models, actors, instrumentalists and variety artists to audition for WCOPA 2021, please contact Dante Aviso @ 204-698-3198 or email:

*Dante Aviso is WCOPA Regional Director for Central Canada 2021.