“It’s not just about a concert on Saturday – it’s a full weekend of activities and we want people to come and enjoy with us,’ Manuel said while addressing sponsors and staff at a media conference at the town hall Wednesday morning.
“We need to talk it up with family and friends – and perhaps offer a blow-up mattress in your basement,” joked Jason Thistle, speaking for sponsor Grand Toyota. “It’s five days of fun, and I’m sure it’s going to be one of the best ever.”
“The highlight for me is that Gordon Pinsent has accepted our invitation to attend the gala dinner,” added Manuel. “Not only is Mr. Pinsent our most famous native son, but he’s a Canadian icon.”
During the event the town intends to honour Pinsent on his accomplishment in his acting career, “which is still going by the way,” the mayor added.
“He told me he has a little project with CBC that he’ll have to push aside while he comes here, so he has his priorities in order,” joked Manuel.
“We’re looking forward to honouring such a great man who is really at the root of what Grand Falls-Windsor is all about.”
Other details from this morning’s announcement include:
- Recognition of the 2017 Allan Cup champion Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts by raising the championship banner (and possibly a parade).
- The Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society will host a Memories Mug Up at the Classic Theatre with Dale Jarvis.
- “Practically Petty,” a Tom Petty tribute band and local favourites Blacktop perform at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium.
- Saturday’s concert line-up includes: Clever; Bishop’s Falls native Barry Canning; Repartee (featuring Grand Falls-Windsor’s Megan Warren on lead vocals); Tyler Shaw; and co-headliners April Wine and Loverboy.
- Sunday free Concert in the Park at Church Road Park with Clever and the UC5 as well as a free gospel concert.
- Newfie Night, being presented by the Grand Falls-Windsor Fire Department.
- The festival ends on Monday with Grand Falls-Windsor Day and Family Day at Centennial Field featuring the sounds of Landlocked, and Charlotte Murphy and performances by Cookie the Clown and the On the Glo Circus.
For more information, go to www.evsalmonfestival.com or call 1-877-JULY ROC (585-9762).
This year’s Grand Toyota Exploits Valley Salmon Festival will run from July 13-17.