vEGGfest was created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Pysanka, the world’s largest Ukrainian Easter egg. The Pysanka was erected to symbolize the cultures of the settlers of the Vegreville area during the early years and is dedicated to the Centennial Celebrations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The 2015 celebrations included a commemorative ceremony for the RCMP and the creators of the Pysanka, as well as a full day of family fun at the Vegreville Elks/Kinsmen Park. It also included a very well-attended pancacke breakfast with local entertainment and vendor market.
Canadian rock icons Kim Mitchell and Trooper graced the stage Friday night to a very appreciative crowd.
Saturday's concert saw an equally enthusastic performance from country super-group Sawyer Brown and Canadian music legends Doc Walker.
The event was supported by the Vegreville business community and other organizations of Vegreville. With the proceeds from vEGGfest, the Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce was able to commission an engineer to provide a report on the condition of the Pysanka
Sawyer Brown has released twenty studio albums, of which three have been certified gold in the United States for sales of 500,000 copies. More than fifty of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three Number One singles.
“There were five of us thinking that we canThis is the life and times of a travelin’ band…”
Those words end the first verse of the title track to Sawyer Brown’s new CD “Travelin’ Band.” The life and times of a traveling band—if ever there were a band who is well qualified to paint a picture of what it means to be a travelin’ band, it’s Sawyer Brown. Founded in 1981, the band celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, having played more than 4000 shows over the course of those years, logging mileage well into the seven figures. And as the band clearly shows in its new CD, the wheels are still turning and an ever-open road stretches out ahead.
“We are just who we are—period,” says lead singer Mark Miller when asked for some of the secrets to the band’s longevity. “From the beginning, we didn’t want to sell ourselves as something we weren’t. We’re blue collar, working class guys from the neighborhood who just happen to get up on stage at night and make music.” He then adds with a laugh, “OK, guys from the neighborhood who made some questionable clothing choices in the 80s—but it was the 80s, after all.”
Canadian country legends Doc Walker are back with their new album “The 8th”! This long celebrated band has just released the albums second single “That’s How I Like It” to country radio to critical acclaim – fans are thrilled to have Doc Walker back! The album is available in stores and online now. Doc Walker will be hitting the road starting November 20th as part of the Bands On The Run Tour across Canada with The Road Hammers and Blackjack Billy!
With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans‟ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.
It goes like this: millions of records, a couple dozen hits, a Juno Award (Canada's Grammy) for Band of the Year and ongoing sold-out shows across Canada. Universal Music acknowledges them as "one of Canada's top five selling bands of all time" and the Vancouver Sun has called them "Canadian rock heroes of the first order ... the best performing band in Canada".
In 2009, Peter Assaff of The Northern Light hailed Trooper's Ra McGuire and Brian Smith as "the Canadian version of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards" and Joel Rubinoff of The Record wrote, " ... this frolicking, rollicking showcase for McGuire's soaring pop melodies and whimsical wordplay is arguably one of the biggest Canadian bands of all time."
Then, as now, what makes Trooper what they are is great performances and great pop songwriting.
Trooper's ten studio albums have earned multiple gold and platinum awards and their 6 X Platinum greatest hits, Hot Shots, continues to be one of Universal Music Canada's best selling catalog CDs and one of the country's most enduring party soundtracks. In celebration of the band's 35th anniversary, a totally updated and re-mastered collection - "Hits From 10 Albums" - was released, featuring songs spanning the entirety of their recording career. John Kereiff, writing in Gonzo Magazine, dubbed the collection "THE summer album of 2010."
"I’m just doing my Rock N Roll duty, Creating a buzz, buzz, buzz, Some say I’m in it for the money, But I’m in it for the love, love, love."
Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell sings those lines on his personal mission statement, “Rock N Roll Duty” and he’s still doing exactly that, energy and enthusiasm intact. For Mitchell, that’s what it’s all about, not the money, the fame or the trophy case.
Singer-songwriter Kim Mitchell is a true Canadian icon who has achieved gold and multi-platinum records leading the musically eclectic Max Webster in the 70's and later during his solo career, selling over a million recordings in this country over a 30 year career that is still rocking today. He has won two Juno Awards for "Album of the Year" and "Male Vocalist of the Year". In the late 70's and through all of the 80's Kim toured the largest arenas in the country from one end to the other more times than one can count. He continues to perform at festivals and Performing Arts Theatres to this day. He is a respected song writer having penned and recorded classic hits like ‘Go For Soda,’ ‘Rock N Roll Duty,’ ‘Patio Lanterns,’ ‘I am a Wild Party,’ ‘Easy To Tame’ and ‘All We Are,’ to name just a few - all songs that have become part of the Canadian musical genome… add to that several new songs from his most recent recording Ain’t Life Amazing and audiences are thrilled to find that participating in a Kim Mitchell concert today is like being at the live recording of a greatest hits box set, often including for good measure a few Max Webster gems like ‘Battlescar’, ‘High Class in Borrowed Shoes’ and ‘Diamonds, Diamonds’.
In a genre dominated by solo artists, The Dungarees stand out as a 5-man brotherhood, dedicated to their love of traditional, high energy country music.
Their new EP, “Ain’t Through Being Happy Yet”, produced by multiple CCMA winner, Bart McKay, is set for release on September 5, 2014.
The Dungarees have performed at some of the biggest country festivals in Canada, including Big Valley Jamboree and Dauphin CountryFest and recently opened for Reba McEntire at Calgary’s Saddledome for The Calgary Stampede.
They have a definitive musical mandate; Take the undeniable lyrical styling, twangy telecaster and steel guitar that they love from classic country, and inject it with modern intensity and pop sensibility.
All five members of this traditional country music outfit are essential players in a number of different national & international recording artists bands as well as their own original bands (Robb Angus in The Wheat Pool, James Murdoch of Adam Gregory Band, his solo project and Darrek Anderson of The Guaranteed) or essential members in others (Ben Shillabeer in The Boom Chucka Boys, Kiron Jhass in The Uncas) The Dungarees have had a great deal of touring and recording experience to call on.
They’re dedicated to showing an audience a fantastic time and making sure the crowd enjoys themselves as much as the band does on stage; miss them at your own peril.
Mourning Wood is one of Alberta's most beloved rock cover bands. The band appeals to a vast and eclectic demographic, ensuring that witnesses leave their inhibitions behind in order to lavish in the energy of musical lust!