Grizfest ready to rock Tumbler Ridge

 

The event has grown to attract some of the best Canadian artists of the past and present, and this year is no different. Classic rockers like Kim Mitchell, April Wine, Platinum Blonde, and Kenny Shields and Streetheart are sure to have some older festival-goers reliving the glories of the past, while artists like These Kids Wear Crowns, One More Girl, Fefe Dobson, and Down with Webster will give the younger generation something to cheer about.
 
"We try to offer a variety of talent, a little bit for everybody," said Joy McKay, who sits on the Tumbler Ridge Days Society committee – a group of local volunteers who organize Grizfest. "Just with the calibre of artists were able to obtain, we have certainly grown."
 
There will also be acts like Sharon and Bram and Safari Jeff to entertain the little ones.  Local artists will be featured in a Battle of the Bands on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m. The best vocalist and best band from the competition will get to be the opening acts for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
 
"We encourage those local bands who are playing in their parent's garage to come on out and perform and hopefully win some of the cash prizes, and the recording time offered to the first-place winners," said McKay.
 
Besides the great music, other attractions on site include games, facepainting, and Dan the Balloon Man for the children, and beer gardens and a horseshoe tournament for the adults. Many vendors will also be on site.
 
Off the festival grounds, there will be pancake breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, helicopter rides both days, a parade on Saturday and a golf tournament on Sunday.
 
For more information, including ticket prices, go online to www.grizfest.com or contact Joy McKay at 250-242-4246 or at jmckay@dtr.ca.