With the Canadian Country Music Awards primed to take over downtown London, country music fans will have no shortage of entertainment to see.
Tourism London has now announced two nights of “the best and brightest in Canadian country music” leading up to the awards ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11.
A pair of free outdoor shows on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10 will be held on Talbot St. at the Covent Garden Market.
On Friday, the 3rd Annual Bamford Bash featuring Gord Bamford will kick off the festival starting at 7:30 p.m. He’ll be joined by guests Kira Isabella, Jojo Mason, Jason Benoit, Jesse Mast, Chris Buck Band and Lindsay Ell performing songs from Bamford’s catalogue.
Following that, A Tragically Hip Tribute will feature a number of break-out artists performing Hip songs.
On Saturday, Johnson Crook will open the show at 8 p.m., followed by the Doc Walker 25th Anniversary Showcase at 9:30 p.m., and Dead Flowers at 10:30 p.m. with special guests to be announced at a later date.
“We really wanted to create an event that was free to the public that was in the evening, and we ended up creating a number,” said Director of Culture and Entertainment Tourism Chris Campbell. “Doing an event as we are on the Friday night where he have a Tragically Hip tribute, it’s a very unique event and it can also bring in people that aren’t your traditional country fans. It gives them a chance to check it out and see what everything’s about.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. for both shows.