This 12 months’s salmon competition will likely be moving into a totally completely different course than in earlier years.
A lot so, the Centennial Discipline stage in Grand Falls-Windsor gained’t even be ready.
Music NL government director Glenda Tulk is happy the Exploits Valley Salmon Competition will likely be showcasing Newfoundland and Labrador expertise, because it supplies the 28 acts lined up with nice provincial publicity.
There’ll nonetheless be loads of music, however the five-day competition will place give attention to providing one thing for everybody.
There’ll be 28 provincial acts, a comedy act and a child present, lined up in partnership with Music NL.
However there’ll even be a wing night time, household recreation night time, pub crawl, singer track writers circle, white water rafting, an open home on the Salmonid Interpretation Centre, a motorcycle parade and the normal salmon dinner, amongst different occasions.
The principle musical showcase — Irish Descendants, Mallory Johnson, Earl and Coffin, Rum Ragged and the Chris Feener Band — will likely be hosted on the enviornment.
The choice to downsize was a monetary one, mentioned Councillor Shawn Feener, who was available for the announcement Might 13.
The competition had been shedding cash for a while, and high-end acts have been working in extra of $100,000.
“Simply to arrange the stage, the price of the lighting, the price would have been near $100,000,” he mentioned. “The final three years we have been within the pink. It was time to take a seat again and re-evaluate the place we have been going.”
The brand new format, Feener mentioned, is seeking to value the city lower than $200,000.
He doesn’t see Salmon Competition getting the identical response from individuals who attended the mega live performance days, however feels a smaller, extra domestically catered occasion nonetheless being profitable.
“A whole lot of these acts are adopted by folks throughout the province,” he mentioned. “So we’re bringing in folks from the east coast and west coast as effectively, however we’re taking pictures for a central Newfoundland competition.”
Glenda Tulk, government director for Music NL, is happy to see Grand Falls-Windsor going again to a real competition format.
She feels it supplies Newfoundland and Labrador acts with a fantastic venue outdoors of the Avalon.
“It’s nice publicity, as a result of (acts) don’t get an opportunity to play these market locations fairly often, hopefully it’ll imply extra bookings and that can work out in different types of income for them,” she mentioned.
A full schedule of occasions might be discovered at www.evsalmonfestival.com