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Bands 2018

Schedule - Saturday June 30th


Schedule - Sunday July 1st


6:30 PM- 7:30 PM - Deb Pitre & Ken Ermter
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM - EAGLE EYES
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM - One Eye Open
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – PULSE RADIO
9.30 - 11:00 PM Headliner -TROOPER 9:00 - 10:30PM Headliner - FROM THE HIP
June 30th
Saturday Headliner - 9:30pm

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Singer Ra McGuire & Guitarist Brian Smith have been writing and performing songs and performing together since 1965. During the first formative nine years they fronted only one marginally notable band, the eccentric and eclectic Winters Green.

In 1974 Randy Bachman of BTO signed their band, Applejack, to his Legend Record label. "Trooper", Their first Bachman-produced album, was released in 1975 and the newly named TROOPER began touring the US, backing up BTO, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Fleetwood mac, The Dobbie Brothers, and many others. In Canada, “Baby Woncha Please Come Home” reached the top ten, and “Good Ol’ General Hand Gernade” went to number one for a month. Smith and McGuire were nominated for “Best Composer” at the 1975 Juno Awards.

In 1976, now signed directly to MCA Records, Trooper released "Two For the Show", which became their first Gold Album. The title song written by McGuire went to #1 and “Santa Maria” went top five. The album eventually was certified platinum. McGuire was nominated for Best Composer and Trooper was nominated for Best New Group at the 1976 Juno Awards.

Troopers third album "Knock 'Em Dead, Kid" Troopers thir which included the hits “We’re Here For a Good Time” and “Pretty Lady” was certified Platinum in March 1979. The group did an extensive tour in Canada, and continued to tour in America. They were nominated for best Group at the Juno Awards that year.

Their fourth album, "Thick as Thieves", contained the hits "Raise a Little Hell" (their first hit in the U.S.), "Round, Round We Go" and "The Moment That it Takes". It shipped gold and eventually was certified Platinum. A critic for The Vancouver Sun, writing about their sold out Pacific Coliseum show said: "if there was ever any doubt before, there can't be now; Trooper has arrived as a top-drawer concert band that can blow the competition off a stage anywhere, anytime." Once again, Trooper was nominated for Best Group at the 1979 Juno Awards.

"Hot Shots", a greatest hits album, was released in 1979 and sold 450,000 copies that year alone. Trooper was the first Canadian artist to ever achieve this sales status. The song "The Boys in the Bright White Sportscar" was included on the album although it had not previously been released as a single. It soon earned its 'greatest hit' status.

Six months later, after severing their artist-producer relationship with Randy Bachman, Trooper released the Howard Steele-produced "Flying Colors" album. It contained the hits "Three Dressed Up As a Nine", "Janine" and "Drive Away". The album was certified Platinum. At the 1980 Juno Awards, Smith and McGuire were nominated again in the Best Composer category; both "Hot Shots" and "Flying Colors" were nominated for Best Album and Trooper finally won the Juno Award for Best Group..

Smith and McGuire took Trooper on the road again, and in 1986 played more shows than in any other year of their ten-year career, breaking attendance records from coast to coast.

In 1989, Smith and McGuire's newly formed Great Pacific Records struck a distribution deal with Warner Music Canada. "The Last of the Gypsies" became the group's first release in nearly a decade, selling well over gold status, and re-establishing them as one of Canada's most successful and best loved rock bands.

Trooper's "Gypsies Tour" was the most successful Canadian tour of the summer. In all they performed 187 shows across Canada in 1990. The "Boy With A Beat" video received extensive airplay and a previously lost 1979 concert video was also aired frequently on Canada's 'Much Music'. "Thin White Line" was the second hit from the "Gypsies" album.

Trooper finished and released the "TEN" album (their tenth) and played 140 shows across the country in 1991. "The American Dream", the single from the album, went top ten.

In the late nineties Trooper's music began turning up on TV ads for everything from Tim Horton's Coffee to Molson's beer. The band itself became more visible on TV, playing the Grey Cup half-time show, the West Coast Music Awards and guest-starring on 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' New Year's Special. Their songs were featured in numerous episodes of '22 Minutes' throughout the 8th season (2000-01), including a moving Christmas tribute to Canadian forces in Bosnia that featured "We're Here for a Good Time" as its central theme.

In 2000, Trooper celebrated their 25th anniversary with a reunion concert at Vancouver's legendary Commodore Ballroom. Tommy Stewart, Doni Underhill, Frank Ludwig and Harry Kalensky re-united with McGuire and Smith for a sold out and memorable Vancouver performance..

In April 2006, Trooper singer and songwriter, Ra McGuire released his first book: Here For a Good Time - On the Road With Trooper, Canada's Legendary Rock Band. The book was published by Insomniac Press and received rave reviews from fans, media, and fellow writers.

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. Universal Music acknowledged them as "one of Canada's top five selling bands of all time", and John Kereiff, writing in Gonzo Magazine, dubbed the collection "THE summer album of 2010."

Trooper began 2010 with a nationally televised performance at the 2010 Olympics, held in their hometown of Vancouver BC. Later that summer they made national news again, visiting the National Preservation Centre in Gatineau QC, where they enjoyed a private tour and were shown some of the Trooper memorabilia being preserved for posterity by Library and Archives Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the the US Library of Congress.

In 2011, country music superstar Terri Clark released a cover of the Trooper hit "We're Here for a Good Time", which quickly shot to Top 10 on country radio charts.

Trooper has become a Canadian legend. They continue to perform their huge collection of hits with the vitality and sense of humor that has served them well on their steady march through the hills and valleys of Rock and Roll.

June 30th
Eagle Eyes - 8:00pm

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"The Tribute to the Eagles" 'Eagle Eyes' are a Tribute to one of the most legendary Rock & Roll Bands of all time 'The Eagles'. The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records. 100 million in the U.S. alone, including 42 million copies of Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and 32 million copies of Hotel California.

"Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" was the best-selling album of the 20th century in the U.S. They are the fifth-highest selling music act and the highest-selling American band in U.S. history Eagle Eyes audiences are being captivated by the stunning replication of the trademark vocal harmonies that the Eagles have been noted for over their historic 45-year career.

Eagle Eyes are a 'must see' for all Eagles fans whether they are fans of classic rock, country rock with a twinge of bluegrass. The four members of Eagle Eyes have over 120 years of combined experience as professional touring musicians honing their musical and vocal skills.

Jack Gunderson/ Bass &Vocals -fills the vocal roll of Glen Frey along with being one half of the tight and unified rhythm section as the bassist with Eagle Eyes.

Jason Dunajski / Guitars & Vocals - fills the vocal role of Don Henley and Randy Meisner and one half of the guitar tandem along with Ray Harvey and possesses the instrumental prowess of past Eagles members Don Felder and Bernie Leadon.

Greg Murray/ Drums & Vocals - being the engine of Eagle Eyes keeping the tempo of the songs flowing while adding the all important role of providing harmony vocals the staple of the distinctive Eagles sound.

Ray Harvey/ Guitars & Vocals - is Eagle Eyes exacting version of infamous Joe Walsh with his dynamic lead solos and soulful slide guitar parts not to mention 1/4th of Eagle Eyes? spot on vocal styling. When the fans and soon to be, fans witness an "Eagle Eyes" performance it is quite evident that the love and respect that the members of Eagle Eyes have for the band they pay tribute to is first and foremost and is the core reason they love to perform the vast catalogue of hits that the Eagles have produced over their Rock N Roll Hall of Fame career.

June 30th
Deb Pitre & Ken Ermter - 6:30pm

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“Captivating and honest. Sultry, R&B, magic, memorable, stunning, awe inspiring, organic, electric,moving, and compelling
says –Lance Lapointe, Award Winning Recording Artist.

One of my favorite duos---Deborah Pitre & Ken Ermter. A wonderful couple who sing beautifully together, keep us singing along, and on the dance floor.

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