Annual Sk8fest admission cheaper than poutine
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.