The Crystal Centre has tabbed it as its Event of the Year for 2014: The 100th Anniversary Homecoming Festival will take place August 2nd, and will feature numerous acts, including Walk off the Earth, Tom Cochrane, Natalie McMaster and Donnell Leahy, Ian Tyson, and Fernando Varela.
Crystal Centre General Manager Jane Cada-Sharp says there will also be a local component to the concert as well.
“Grande Prairie’s got a huge music scene and we’ve got some incredibly talented people here, and that would be a nice way to draw them in as well, so we thought, ‘let’s have a little contest; we’ll get them to submit a couple songs to us, and then we’ll had it over to the homecoming committee and let them be the ones who choose.”
Details of the contest will be announced in the coming weeks.
City Councillor and 100th anniversary committee co-chair Chris Thiessen thinks the event will fit very well along side other homecoming activities at Muskoseepi Park.
“Our idea behind the concert show was to ensure that we use the entire centre of our downtown, so from Muskoseepi Park and then slingshot people back here. With so many different music genres and stuff like that it’s going to be easy to pull people from different sectors and still be able to do things in the park.”
Tickets go on sale April 30th, with Crystal Centre Facebook fans having the opportunity to take part in a pre-sale next Monday and Tuesday.
Cada-Sharp is confident the event will sell out.