An­nual Sk8fest ad­mis­sion cheaper than pou­tine

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BY MITCHELL LABRECQUE

Spe­cial to Pre­pare to be sub­jected to great mu­sic and an awe­some line-up at this year’s Sk8fest, and for a much smaller hit on your pock­et­book.

In the past, ad­mis­sion to Sk8fest was as high as $15. This year, event or­ga­nizer Alain Lau­zon has dropped it to only five bucks. “I want to fill that sta­dium up for th­ese guys, th­ese acts feed off the crowds and I want them to have a sold-out crowd to feed off of,” Mr. Lau­zon said.

Later, he jok­ingly added: “Who can’t af­ford $5? That’s cheaper than most pou­tines out there.”

He stresses that if you want to skate­board, you’ll have to shell out an ex­tra $5.

The event takes place on Satur­day, Aug. 13, at the Glen­garry Sports Palace in Alexan­dria. Doors open at 11 a.m. Sk8fest has been an an­nual event in Alexan­dria since 2004; its pur­pose has al­ways been to build and im­prove the lo­cal skate park.

This year’s Sk8fest fea­tures a huge as­sort­ment of bands -- nine acts al­to­gether, ev­ery­thing from punk and metal to hip-hop. The bands in­clude Here Comes Big Foot, The Toronto-based Anti-Queens, Lees Av­enue, from Em­brun, TRTLNCKFX, a hip-hop group from Ot­tawa, which fea­tures Yusso who just came off a suc­cess­ful show at Bluesfest. Drae, who pro­duced mu­sic from TRTLNCKFX, and the Alexan­dria- based YTE ( Young Trill En­ter­tain­ment) are on the ticket. Also, Black Di­a­mond, a teen rock band from Bos­ton who holds the Guin­ness World Record for youngest pro­fes­sional rock band, will be on­stage. There will be nearly 50 ramps for skaters to use and four great com­pe­ti­tions.

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