54-40, Blue Rodeo head­lin­ing Canal Days

The Welland Tribune - - Front Page - DAVE JOHN­SON

Van­cou­ver-based band 54-40 will head­line the 40th an­nual Canal Days Ma­rine Her­itage Fes­ti­val this sum­mer, with Low­est of the Low and 97.7 HTZ-FM’s Rock Search win­ner shar­ing the stage.

Chris Biggs, Ja­son Barr and Jamie Al­ton, of 97.7’s Biggs & Barr show, made the an­nounce­ment at the Mayor’s Lun­cheon at Su­gar­loaf Ma­rina Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The trio also talked about a pri­vate party on Fri­day, Aug. 3, at the Sco­tia­bank Pa­tio on West Street, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the re­turn of the 97.7 HTZ-FM Biggs & Bar­rBQ.

Entertainment, they said, will in­clude, Sam Cof­fey & The Iron Lungs, The Lazys and the 2018 Rock Search win­ner, in­clud­ing a live broad­cast by TJ Connors from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ni­a­gara cover band The As­so­ci­ates take the stage from 8:15 p.m. un­til 11 p.m.

Canal Days runs Aug. 3 to 6 at Port Col­borne His­tor­i­cal and Ma­rine Mu­seum, West Street, Lock 8 Park and other lo­ca­tions through­out the city.

Satur­day night’s con­cert will be head­lines by Blue Rodeo and fea­ture Free­man Dre and The Kitchen Party, and Mel Monaco, pre­sented by Coun­try 89 and 91.7 Gi­ant FM.

All of the con­certs — in­clud­ing a Mon­day event with Bea­tles trib­ute band The Cav­ern­ers, and Tim E. Hendry, the 2013 King of the World Elvis Trib­ute Artist World Cham­pion — will take place at the con­cert se­ries’ new lo­ca­tion at H.H. Knoll Lake­view Park. The con­certs are be­ing pre­sented by Port Col­borne Quar­ries Inc. and Rankin Con­struc­tion Inc.

“Canal Days was de­signed and founded to rep­re­sent our ma­rine her­itage and the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the Wel­land Canal, the lakes and the boats,” said Mayor John Maloney.

The mayor said there’s some­thing dif­fer­ent each year at Canal Days, but there are also the ac­tiv­i­ties that ev­ery­one en­joys, such as the fire­works show on its Sun­day night along the Wel­land Canal fol­low­ing a boat pa­rade of lights.

Dur­ing Tues­day’s lun­cheon, spon­sors and or­ga­ni­za­tions run­ning events heard the In­ter­na­tional Kite Fes­ti­val — it takes

place Satur­day, Aug. 4, and of­fers a unique night fly — and the ever-pop­u­lar car show — cruis­ing into its 26th year on Sun­day, Aug. 5 — have moved to a new lo­ca­tion, a large field at the end of West­side Road and Kil­laly Street West.

Maloney said Em­pire Sandy; Buf­falo, N.Y. fire­boat E.M. Cot­ter; the U.S. brig Ni­a­gara; wooden schooner Let­tie G. Howard; and the HMCS Ori­ole, a Royal Cana­dian Navy sail train­ing ves­sel based at CFB Hal­i­fax, will be docked along­side the canal for peo­ple to tour dur­ing the four­day fes­ti­val.

He said while the city would like to have more ves­sels along the canal, the cost can be pro­hib­i­tive. One of the ves­sels com­ing to the city costs $35,000 for the four days.

“We do with what we can.” At Port Col­borne His­tor­i­cal and Ma­rine Mu­seum, where Canal Days be­gan in 1979, Ara­bella’s Tea Room is spon­sor­ing free ad­mis­sion for peo­ple over the week­end, said mu­seum cu­ra­tor/di­rec­tor Stephanie Pow­ell Baswick.

She said Floss and Tann’s Cabi­net of Cu­rios­ity for the In­cur­ably Cu­ri­ous is back this year af­ter prov­ing to be a pop­u­lar draw last year. There’s also a me­dieval group that will give visi­tors a Vik­ing feel.

“We have a sand cas­tle ex­pert com­ing in Sun­day to work with kids five years old and older on build­ing sand cas­tles. That per­son will be do­ing a spe­cial sculp­ture for the 40th,” she said.

An in­ter­ac­tive ma­rine ex­hibit kicks off on the week­end and the Ni­a­gara An­tique Power Show and Great Lakes Model Boat As­so­ci­a­tion are back on the mu­seum grounds.

“We hope to have our tim­ber frame cabin open and loom in­side work­ing,” said Pow­ell Baswick, adding all mu­seum build­ings will be open.

Peo­ple want­ing to vol­un­teer for the event can email vol­un­teers@port­col­borne.ca or call 905-835-2900 ext. 566.

To stay up to date on Canal Days and full event list­ings, visit www.canal­days.ca, like on Face­book — www.face­book.com/canal­days — and fol­low the city on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram at @port­col­borne.


West Coast band 54-40 will head­line the Canal Days con­cert se­ries on its Fri­day night.


Blue Rodeo will head­line the Canal Days con­cert se­ries on its Satur­day night.

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