With the reassurance of his grandfather, Buble entered and won a neighborhood talent contest. When the organizer, Beverly Delich, later discovered that Buble was only 17; a year younger than the contest demands; she disqualified him. Also still, she was so amazed by his talents that she suggested he enter the Briti?h Columbia Youth Talent Search instead. Having learned all of his grandfather's favored tunes, Buble entered the British Columbia competition and won. Buble's success propelled Delich to help him tape his first independent CD. In the meantime, Santanga had spread out the word that he would certainly offer free of cost plumbing service for anyone who could possibly provide career opportunities for his grandson.
Buble became a regular at a number of neighborhood new music locations.