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Final night of Countryfest sees long-time attendees honoured and grand prize truck given away

Rascal Flatts headline last night of Dauphin's Countryfest Rascal Flatts headline last night of Dauphin's Countryfest

The 25th anniversary of Dauphin’s Countryfest may go down as the year no one forgets… not only because of the relentless rainy weather, but also because of the phenomenal musical lineup. As well, for some special patrons, they’ll remember it as a milestone notch on their belt.   

 

THEY’VE BEEN HERE EVERY YEAR!

 

On the final evening, 26attendees were recognized on stage as having attended every single Countryfest since the first one in 1990. Attendees like Allan Nimmo, a commercial pilot fromWinnipeg, who comes back year after year because it’s the best music festival he’s ever been at: “I’ve been to a lot of festivals, including big ones like Craven and Big Valley Jamboree, but Dauphin’s Countryfest is the best by far.”

 

This year was also memorable for Nimmo because he won the contest for best campsite, which sported a ‘Playboy Mansion’ theme. “I was Hugh Hefner, and we had ‘celebrities’ stop by like Jack Nicholson, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. It was a lot of fun.”

 

Harvey and Laurie Armstrong, who live in Dauphin, have attended all 25 Countryfests as fans and volunteers. For the last 15 years, they’ve also supported the festival as a sponsor. “We keep coming back for the entertainment, and for reuniting with other ‘countryfesters’. One of my favourite things is the socializing. One year I had a chance meeting at a mini tailgate party that evolved into an ongoing friendship,” said Harvey. 

 

Dauphin’s Diane McDonald has a lifetime membership for Countryfest, which allows her to purchase tickets early, and reserve the same upper campsite each year. “It’s special to me that Countryfest was established by local business people, and makes me proud each year that Dauphin hosts this event. Everyone becomes one big happy country music family.”

 

Her advice for someone new to Countryfest would have been well heeded in this 25th year: “Bring rain gear! Rain or shine, you will always have a good time.”

 

GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY – CHEVY SILVERADO

 

As a special initiative to mark its 25th anniversary, Dauphin’s Countryfest has been giving away prizes to ticketholders on the 25th of each month since October. The grand prize – a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado – was presented to one ticketholder on Sunday night.

 

Brady Adriaansen from Wellwood, Manitoba, was the lucky winner. He was playing cards at his campsite when his name was drawn and announced to the crowd at the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Main Stage.

 

“All of a sudden my phone just exploded, with my friends contacting me to tell me I won. It’s pretty unreal actually,” said Adriaansen. “I’m baffled. And excited. I didn’t expect this at all.”

 

This is Adriaansen’s fourth year coming to Dauphin’s Countryfest. And what is he going to do with the 2008 Ford Ranger her currently drives? “I have no idea, maybe make it a hunting truck.”

 

FINAL NIGHT OF MUSIC

 

Kicking off the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Main Stage on the final night of Countryfest was The Mavericks. Back together after an eight-year hiatus, their post-modern style of country that emerged from Miami in 1989 continues to stand the test of time.

 

Ontario-born and Nashville-based Deric Ruttan shared his sentiment about Countryfest on social media: “Countryfest was the first festival in Canada to give me a chance and book me back when no one knew who I was. Tonight, many shows later, we're playing the main stage. Thanks Countryfest. And thanks FANS who've hung out all weekend in the RAIN without letting it dampen your spirits. You guys are incredible.”

 

Wrapping up the festival was the most awarded country group of the past decade. Since their inception in 1999, Rascal Flatts has sold over 22.5 million albums and 28 million digital downloads. They rocked the house with an on-stage energy that’s second to none, revving up one of the best country music audiences in the world – the 14,000 diehard music fans at Dauphin’s Countryfest.

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AC/DC Tribute Band to take over the McCreary Community Center this Saturday Night!

Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:01
AC/DC Tribute Band to take over the McCreary Community Center this Saturday Night!

The Burrows Trail Arts Council of McCreary 2017-2018 Concert series continues ‘Whole Lotta Angus” AC/DC Tribute show this Saturday November 25, there’s the Comedy Festival Show in January, also the Codie Prevost Country show on March 17, and the Maple Syrup Festival Supper and performance on Friday April 8.  Tickets are available for each show, or save money by purchase the entire series. Call 835-2192 for more info.

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:22
MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017

 

 

NICK CARTER - DENIES RAPE ALLEGATION

 

Nick Carter says he didn't do it. And he says he's ``shocked and saddened'' that someone said he did. ``It,'' in this case, is rape. And the allegation is being made by Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream. She writes in a blog post that Carter had sex with her against her will. She says Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys _ took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 22. Carter says everything the two of them did _ was consensual.

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RUSSELL SIMMONS - DENIES SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATION

 

Consensual _ not violent. That is how Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons describes the sexual relationship between himself and model Keri Claussen Khalighi. But the model sees things differently, accusing Simmons of sexually assaulting her in 1991. In a letter written to The Hollywood Reporter, he says he loathes any kind of violence _ and suggests the model's allegations may have stemmed from her feeling ashamed. 

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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - GRAMMYS

 

A lot of people won't forget how his part in the infamous ``wardrobe malfunction'' nearly ruined the Super Bowl more than a decade ago. But did you know Justin Timberlake once stepped in to help save the 2009 Grammys? That was the year Chris Brown dropped out of the show hours before it was supposed to start. So Timberlake decided to get hold of veteran Grammy producer _ and they improvised a piece featuring Timberlake performing with soul legend, Al Green. 

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TRACE ADKINS - MARDI GRAS

 

Country music star Trace Adkins will serve as grand marshal for the Krewe of Centaur's 2018 Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport. Adkins is a native of Sarepta, Louisiana _ and he says he will visit with fans as he travels along the parade route.

The party takes place Saturday, Feb. 8th. 

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DIPLO - TRAVEL

 

Globe-trotting star Diplo recently checked another locale off his performance wish-list: Cuba. Back in March of last year, Diplo and his crew became one of the first American acts to take advantage of the easing of travel restrictions by U-S artists. He says he'd like to go back again _ if travel restrictions now back in place are ever loosened again. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 08:46
MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

 

MUSIC NEWS: NOVEMBER 22, 2017

 

BUBLE - JUNO - HOST

 

Canadian crooner Michael Buble says he feels privileged to be hosting the 2018 Juno Awards, a music industry gala he describes as his ``happy place.'' The B-C native had been tapped to lead the music awards show last year before he bowed out when his eldest son, Noah, was diagnosed with cancer. The 47th annual Juno Awards will be staged at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 25, 2018. Buble, who was born in Burnaby, B-C, said earlier this month he was getting back to work next year, with events booked in Dublin and London next July. Buble is a 12-time Juno award winner and hosted the gala in Regina in 2013. 

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DAVID CASSIDY - OBIT

 

In his heyday, David Cassidy had it all: a hit T-V show, the worship of millions of teenage and pre-teen girls _ and a hit record, to boot. But through the rest of his life, it seemed Cassidy struggled between balancing his early fame as a teen idol _ and living up to the demands of an actor with limited options for career growth. Cassidy has died. He was 67 _ and a family statement gave few details of his death, other than that he had been suffering organ failure. In his post-T-V years, Cassidy struggled with substance abuse and failed marriages. But while on ``The Partridge Family,'' the hit ``I Think I Love You'' spent three weeks atop the singles chart. Other hits on the chart then included classics like James Taylor's ``Fire and Rain'' and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' ``The Tears of a Clown.'' 

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DAVID CASSIDY - HIS CAREER

 

There are likely few musicians who crafted as long of a career on the strength of such a short list of hits as David Cassidy did. He was the breakout star of the 1970's sitcom ``The Partridge Family.'' The show produced a single hit, ``I Think I Love You'' _ and Cassidy rode it to fame long after the show ended.

Cassidy had a solo hit with ``Cherish,'' a remake of the song by The Association. He also had a hit with ``I Write the Songs'' before Barry Manilow recorded a version that topped the charts. Meanwhile, Cassidy got props from George Michael, who considered himself an admirer. In fact, Michael sang backup vocals on the Cassidy song ``The Last Kiss,'' which had some success overseas. 

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NELLY - SAUDI ARABIA

 

Nelly is a pretty big name when it comes to the rap world. But to some in Saudi Arabia, he is considered persona non grata. The rapper is due to perform in Saudi Arabia next month _ but some Saudis won't welcome him. Some have gone on social media to note Nelly pleaded guilty in 2015 for pot possession. While a little weed here in the states is considered no big deal, possession of drugs is a serious crime _ and smuggling drugs is punishable by death. Others are looking side-eyed at Nelly because of a rape accusation against the rap star. Nelly was never charged in the case. 

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JOHN LENNON - ITEMS RECOVERED

 

A police spokesman in Germany perhaps put it best when he said ``this was a spectacular, unusual criminal case.'' The case involves some stuff that belonged to John Lennon. The items were swiped from his widow, Yoko Ono from her apartment in New York.

The items that were recovered in Germany include three diaries, two pairs of his signature metal-rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score. One suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the theft of the items. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT - SALES MARKS

 

Say what you want about Taylor Swift _ but the woman sure knows how to sell albums. Her most recent release ``reputation'' has burnished her rep as a sales monster. The album has sold more than 1.22 million copies in just its first week in stores. Swift is also the first female artist in history to have three albums sell more than a million units in their debut week. 

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(The Associated Press)

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 08:41
MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

MUSIC NEWS: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

 

 

BEYONCE - TOP-EARNING WOMEN - MUSIC

 

She makes music. And she makes money making music _ lots of it. So much, that according to Forbes, Beyonce is the highest paid woman in music. The magazine reports Beyonce earned 105-million dollars during the year long stretch from June 2016 to June of this year. Her earnings were boosted by her ``Formation'' tour last year. Forbes says it grossed 250-million dollars _ in other words, a quarter of a billion dollars. Number two on the list of top-earning females on tour is Adele, followed by Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez. 

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TAYLOR SWIFT

 

Taylor Swift continues to make noise with her music. Her current album, ``reputation'' has sold more than 1.22-million copies in its first week of sales. Nielsen Music and Billboard report the album is Swift's fourth release to sell more than one-million copies in a week. Swift also becomes the first artist in history to have three albums sell more than one-million units in their debut week. 

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DEMI LOVATO - VIRGINIA LAWMAKER ATTENDS AMAs

 

It is one of the oddest plus-ones at the American Music Awards ever. Demi Lovato was accompanied to Sunday's awards show by one of Virginia's newly elected lawmakers. The Washington Post reports Lovato shared an invite to Delegate-elect Danica Roem as her date to Los Angeles on Sunday. Lovato says she is ``completely inspired'' by Roem, who was a transgender ex-newspaper reporter before she was elected earlier this month. While being interviewed on the red carpet, Roem says he appreciates Lovato's music _ but is really more of a heavy-metal head. 

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VICTORIA'S SECRET - SHANGHAI

 

There were 55 models who walked the runway at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in Shanghai yesterday. And they were accompanied by Harry Styles, Miguel and Leslie Odom, Jr. But much of the talk about the show centred on two people who weren't there.

Authorities say Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry didn't get the invite; media reports say they were denied entry visas. 

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BARBRA STREISAND - RETIREMENT?

 

Barbra Streisand isn't just trying to make you watch her upcoming Netflix special. But she does say you should watch _ because she doesn't plan to hit the stage again. The special makes its debut tomorrow night. And Streisand says ``Barbra: The Music ... The Mem'ries ... The Magic!'' is likely her swan song. She has said doing live shows are too nerve-wracking for her to do any more. 

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(The Associated Press)