BY LINDSAY BRISCOE
From country and blues, to AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac covers; from jugglers and magicians, to the Red Lake area’s finest bands and solo acts, the 2015 Norseman Festival (held over two weekends: Rock the Runway, July 10-11 and Festival Weekend, July 16-19) will feature a diverse selection of live entertainment. This week, The Northern Sun News gives you the 411 on the artists you can expect to see.
Rock the Runway
Saturday, July 11
After a successful live show at the 2015 Sportsman’s Dinner and Dance, Tin Pan Alley is coming back to entertain the local crowd once again, this time in an exciting new venue: the Cargo North hangar.
“They’re full of energy and they play a lot of old time rock and roll music. I think they’re going to cater to a little bit of a younger crowd, but over all they’ll have the dance floor packed,” says Red Lake District Publicity Board Administrative Assistant Tiffany Coffey.
Winnipeg native David James may be a country music artist at heart, but he draws inspiration from the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, and Roy Orbison.
Fresh off a Canadian radio tour and having just signed on with Canadian country music label MDM Recordings Inc., James will take the stage as the headlining act at Rock the Runway.
Rock the Runway is an all ages event. Transportation will be provided to and from the concert venue at the Red Lake Airport courtesy of the English River Miners. Visit www.norsemanfestival.on.ca for more information.
Thursday, July 16
Kicking off the festival weekend at 5:30 p.m. in the beer gardens will be Gord McIntyre and Jim McCann of Community Service. Following the local duo will be the Curtis Newton Band. Festival goers can expect energetic blues, rock, and soul inspired by the likes of BB King, Muddy Waters, Bill Withers, Tragically Hip, Al Green, and Otis Redding from this native of Winnipeg.
Thursday’s live entertainment will coincide with the Norseman Festival’s inaugural Rib Fest at the beer gardens in the outdoor rink in Red Lake.
Friday, July 17
Starting at 9 p.m., local Dj K-Lee will keep you moving in the beer gardens.
Saturday, July 18
From late morning until after midnight, Saturday features an array of artists geared toward young children, teens, and adults. Starting at 11:00 a.m., come hang out at the Centennial Park stage to see local acts Agathe Breton-Plouffe, Jada Puls, and The Chukuni River Band. There will also be several performers making the trek from out of town such as Jake Chenier, Dan the Magic Man, Eric the Juggler, and Gérald Laroche
JUNO award winning Métis artist Gérald Laroche will bring his French stories and music to the Centennial Park stage in the afternoon as well as a bilingual concert with his band in the evening.
As a master of the harmonica (he’ll often play up to 25 in a single show), Laroche delves into a variety of genres such as zydeco, Cajun, boogie, African rhythms, and Celtic.
Laroche is being brought in by the Francophone Association of Red Lake thanks to various funding agencies and in recognition of the 400th anniversary of French presence in Ontario.
“We thought it would be a great opportunity to fulfill our mandate which is to bring Francophone culture and language to the forefront in Red Lake and also bring something new to the festival,” says association committee member Michele Alderton.
After the Saturday evening fireworks on Howey Bay wrap up, make your way back up to the beer gardens to see local hard rock band Day Burner.
Sunday, July 19
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and spend a lazy Sunday on the grass at Centennial Park taking in the live entertainment by locals Yutzy and Friends, The Chukuni River Band, and Eric the Juggler. Grant Leutschaft will round out the day with some easy listening jazz, rock, folk, and funk tunes between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Visit www.norsemanfestival.on.ca for a detailed schedule of the live entertainment as well as more information on a variety of other activities and events for the whole family. All events are open to all ages.