Pigeon Lake Music Festival hosting two days of music Aug. 5 and 6

Pigeon Lake Music Festival hosting two days of music Aug. 5 and 6

Hilah Ayers Wilderness RV Park celebrating 30 years with inaugural festival

A family business in Mulhurst Bay is celebrating its 30th year in operation with the first-ever Pigeon Lake Music Festival Aug. 5 and 6.

Hilah Ayers Wilderness RV Park has organized the two-day live music event as a way of celebrating three decades in the era, said vice-president of business development Kyle Knutson. “We just wanted to bring as much attention to the entire area, Pigeon Lake, and our resort as well,” said Knutson by phone July 20.

He noted the RV park owners brainstormed a few ideas to celebrate their anniversary, but the park has a semi-retired staff member who spent considerable time working in the music business across the country. Combined with the 150th anniversary of the nation’s birth, the idea of open-air festival was born. “We just thought it would be a nice way to celebrate all these milestones,” said Knutson.

The organizer was very ambitious when crafting a list of performers. There are at least 11 acts on the two-day schedule, including headliners Chiliwak, who will take the stage Sunday, Aug. 6. “I did bite off a lot to chew this year, for sure,” said Knutson. “We’re definitely putting in the hours to make sure this goes off without a hitch.” The festival website hints more acts could be added.

He noted all the acts are Canadian acts and include a nice selection of seasoned veterans and up-and-coming talent. “We’re looking forward to having all sorts of acts, not focusing on one specific genre.”

Hilah Ayers Wilderness RV Park is located at 473008 Range Road 10, Mulhurst Bay (turn south off Sec Hwy #616, or head north inside the village along 50th Street).

Ticket, camping, parking and location information is available online at http://www.hilahayers.com.

Festival lineup

Chilliwack

Sunday, August 6th – 9:00 p.m.

With their catchy, easygoing hooks and bright, melodic style — distinguished by the soaring falsetto and tasteful guitar playing of lead singer and principal songwriter Bill Henderson — the Vancouver rock band Chilliwack produced some of the most enduring Canadian songs of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Russell deCarle

Saturday, August 5th – 9:00 p.m.

Russell deCarle is the lead singer, bass player, and a founding member of platinum-selling Prairie Oyster.

Reuben and the Dark

Saturday, August 5th – 7:00 p.m.

Calgary’s Reuben and the Dark is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists led by Reuben Bullock. The group makes chilling, emotive folk and soul driven by dark, introspective lyrics that explore the duality of misery and joy.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

Sunday, August 6th – 7:00 p.m.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF) is a singer and songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A touring troubadour, most of his time is spent on stage playing clubs, theatres and festivals across North America. He is a dog man with a good plan and two hands.

Daniel Wesley

Saturday, August 5th – 5:15 p.m.

After a decade of making music for his legions of fans, Vancouver beach rocker Daniel Wesley is still going strong and refuses to slow down. With seven studio albums and hundreds of live shows under his belt, Wesley continues his relentless musical onslaught with the release of a career-spanning live album recorded at the historic Commodore Ballroom.

Alee

Sunday, August 6th – 5:45 p.m.

Alee brings her fresh up tempo style and sound to listeners across the world, redefining country music — and with a strong musical background, she has the goods to back it up. A singer-songwriter-musician-entertainer regarded for her musicianship, the strength of her original songs, and charismatic performance, Alee has the versatility of a veteran performer with the ability to take her songs from full band down to a simple acoustic performance.

Scenic Route to Alaska

Saturday, August 5th – 4:00 p.m.

The easygoing Edmonton-based trio, comprised of Trevor Mann on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Shea Connor, and bassist Murray Wood, effortlessly weaves catchy vocals and memorable melodies through rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again. It’s a coveted combination within the crowded sphere of indie rock – and one that’s rarely the product of anything but time, talent, and heaps of hard work. Of course, Scenic Route to Alaska are no strangers to any of those.

Zerbin

Sunday, August 6th – 4:30 p.m.

Zerbin released their LP ‘Darling’ on April 14, 2015. Self-produced by the band (Jason Zerbin and Peter Mol) and mixed by Dave Pensado (Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Elton John), Tom Dobrzanski (Said the Whale, Hey Ocean!, We Are the City) and Jason himself, the album displays a fresh and infectious incarnation of symphonic alt-pop, a mixing of the band’s Alberta roots and West-Coast home.

Maria Dunn

Saturday, August 5th – 2:45 p.m.

A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women.

Lucas Chaisson

Saturday, August 5th – 1:30 p.m.

His soulful voice and insightful lyrics are helping the young songsmith make a splash in the Canadian music scene.

Allen Christie

Sunday, August 6th – 2:00 p.m.

A true modern day troubadour, Allen Christie is one of Alberta’s most talked about Roots artists. His singing, song writing and guitar playing are perfectly framed by some of the best musicians in Alberta to create a superb live performance.

 

Hilah Ayers Wilderness RV Park has organized the two-day live music event as a way of celebrating three decades in the era, complete with new stage.                                Photo submitted

Hilah Ayers Wilderness RV Park has organized the two-day live music event as a way of celebrating three decades in the era, complete with new stage. Photo submitted

Just Posted

Manluk Centre/ Impress
Manluk Centre re-opens to the public

Drop in and registered programs will be available; one-third facility capacity to be followed.

File photo
Leduc RCMP request assistance to identify armed robbery suspect

Leduc RCMP are looking for male responsible for an armed robbery at Super Car and RV Wash in Leduc.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives at the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta launches COVID vaccine lottery with million-dollar prizes to encourage uptake

The premier says the lottery will offer three prizes worth $1 million a piece, as well as other prizes

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

Member Terry Parsons’ custom built track vehicle.
Forestburg’s Area 53 Racetrack gears up for action-packed season

Site will also host a portion of the ‘Miles of Mayhem’ event in July

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

This undated photo provided by Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails shows a scout donating cookies to firefighters in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, as part of the Hometown Heroes program. As the coronavirus pandemic wore into the spring selling season, many Girl Scout troops nixed their traditional cookie booths for safety reasons. That resulted in millions of boxes of unsold cookies. (Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails via AP)
Thinner Mints: Girl Scouts have millions of unsold cookies

Since majority of cookies are sold in-person, pandemic made the shortfall expected

In this artist’s sketch, Nathaniel Veltman makes a video court appearance in London, Ont., on June 10, 2021 as Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen (top left) and lawyer Alayna Jay look on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould
Terror charges laid against London attack suspect

Crown says Nathaniel Veltman’s four counts of first-degree murder constitute an act of terrorism

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

Most Read