A brand new summer season music expertise simply obtained a lift from county council.
The inaugural Raven Wooden Expertise that’s set for the July 19-20 weekend at Broadmoor Lake Park in Sherwood Park acquired a one-time grant in seed funding totalling $40,000 from council on April 30.
Headed up by a brand new non-profit, Music Society of Strathcona County, the occasion hopes to deliver a roots-style tone to Sherwood Park. The thought initially grew from a gaggle of volunteers who helped execute 10 days of leisure through the 2007 Western Canada Summer time Video games in Sherwood Park, which changed into the Spirit of Youth Day within the following yr, which went on to turn out to be the Spirit of Youth Pageant, after which the Folks Music Sequence.
“We thought this was so necessary to the group that we’d ask them for his or her assist with regard to assist get promotion of the occasion,” defined mentioned Invoice Roberts, Music Society of Strathcona County chair. “We approached them in November 2018 and advised them in regards to the competition and the way we consider it’s an necessary occasion to have in Strathcona County. The county has actually been supportive and it’s been superior, from council to the Tradition, Parks and Recreation Division, to the tourism folks, everybody has been supportive.”
Tuesday’s grant from council was handed unanimously. Mayor Rod Frank referred to as the competition a brand new and distinctive alternative.
“Council believes that by supporting this competition by a small, one-time contribution, we’ll entice guests, assist our native companies and proceed to advertise the county as a vacation spot for music, arts, and tradition,” mentioned Frank.
Friday’s total line up contains: Sherwood Park Band, Dana Wylie, The Royal Foundry, Shred Kelly and headliner Captain Tractor. Saturday’s performances embrace: the SPM Band, Braydon Wollman, Outdated Jack Faucet, Maria Dunn, John Wort Hannam, and headliners The McDades.
“We went with these headliners as a result of we need to be budget-conscious this yr. We need to begin small and construct out method up from yr to yr. Captain Tractor is on their 25th yr tour and so they’re excited to be right here on opening day and The McDades have toured as a household for a few years and obtained again collectively as a household in 2019 to start out touring once more in order that will likely be thrilling to see.
The group hopes to draw 1,500 to 2,000 competition goers in its first yr and construct off that momentum going ahead.
“We would like households to come back out, individuals of all ages, to take pleasure in an outside competition expertise,” the chair added.
The occasion received’t be climate dependent as a tent will cowl a portion of the gang. Native artisans can even be on-site, together with a household enjoyable zone, beer tent, and meals vans.
Single day passes price $35 for Friday and $50 for Saturday or a multiday go will likely be $60. Kids 12 and beneath get in free (accompanied by a dad or mum or guardian) and folks 80-plus get in free with a legitimate ID. For those who’re searching for all-in expertise, VIP packages are $130 per particular person and embrace unique part seating within the tent, VIP bar and port potties, and meet and greets with the bands.
The board can be looking for volunteers to assist make the occasion profitable. These can attain out by their web site.
To seek out out extra or to buy tickets, go to ravenwoodexperience.ca.