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Shine On Summer Festival
September 1 - September 3 TBA
Is there a better way to close out summer than with the biggest outdoor festival Southern Alberta has ever seen?
In celebration of the University of Lethbridge’s 50th anniversary, and in partnership the Enmax Centre, the City of Lethbridge and presenting sponsors Lethbridge Lodging Association and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, the Shine On Summer Festival promises a weekend of music, culture and community, Sept. 1 to 3 at the U of L Community Stadium.
“This festival is built around our Alumni Homecoming and will not only celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary, but the southern Alberta community of which we are so proud to be a part,” says University of Lethbridge President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mike Mahon. “It’s the last weekend of summer and an old-fashioned festival is the perfect way to bring everyone out to the stadium for one last summer party.”
The weekend opens with a host of Alumni Homecoming events, including the annual John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament, followed by a live concert event and community fair in the U of L Stadium. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a summer evening of outstanding music from award-winning artists, capped off with a spectacular fireworks show featuring the Canadian National Fireworks Team. On Sunday, a free day of arts, culture, food and drink, song and dance and sporting events for all ages will round out this one-time-only festival.
“We’ve never done anything this big before but we’ve never turned 50 before either,” adds Mahon. “With our alumni coming back to campus, our students just beginning to arrive for the fall semester and the lineup of artists and activities we have planned, I expect this weekend will be talked about for years to come.”
The U of L, along with the Enmax Centre, will reveal the all-star lineup of musicians for the concert event at a special announcement on Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m. in the Enmax Centre Lounge. Special pre-sale tickets will then be available to U of L alumni, students, faculty and staff before full ticket sales commence on Monday, March 27.
“The Enmax Centre is proud of its partnership with the University of Lethbridge, and excited to be celebrating its 50th anniversary with the largest outdoor celebration Lethbridge has seen,” says Kim Gallucci, Enmax Centre general manager. “This weekend will have something for everyone, and we look forward to being a part of it.”
Following is a look at the Shine On Summer Festival community events:
Friday, September 1 – Alumni Homecoming
John Gill Memorial Golf Tournament at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort
Saturday, September 2 – Music Festival & Fireworks Extravaganza
University of Lethbridge Community Stadium
3 to 11 p.m.
Tickets for the Sept. 2 concert event are now available and are priced at $50.00.
The special price of $50.00 continues until the first 1,000 tickets sold, or Apr. 7. After that, tickets are available at $75.00 until July 2 and then $95.00. Those with the special U of L code will be able to buy tickets for $65.00. Tickets for children 12-and-under are $49.50.
Following is a look at the current lineup, with more acts to be announced in the coming weeks:
A platinum selling country music star, Smith has many JUNO and Canadian Country Music Association nominations and awards. From Vancouver, he is the only Canadian male country artist to be at the top of the Country Airplay Chart for weeks at a time for his single “Wastin’ Gas.” Smith won the 2015 JUNO award for Country Album of the Year and was the CCMA Award winner for Album of the Year with LIFTED. Smith was Keith Urban’s invited special guest and direct support on the Canadian run of the “ripCORD World Tour 2016.”
A native of southern Alberta, Lund has been singing about everything from loss and love to military songs for years. Lund’s album, Cabin Fever, hit No. 1 in Canada in its first week and made the Polaris Music Prize longlist that helped him gain a foothold in the United States. Miranda Lambert invited Lund to open several stadium shows for her and Dierks Bentley. Lund and his band, The Hurtin’ Albertans, have won a JUNO award and the Canadian Country Music Association named Lund Roots Artist of the Year for seven consecutive years from 2004 to 2010.
The Washboard Union
A relatively new band on the country music scene, The Washboard Union were five-time Country Music Award winners in 2016. Based in Vancouver, The Washboard Union won both the Rising Star and Roots Artist of the Year awards at the Canadian Country Music Awards. They have shared the stage with stars like Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam and more.
A DJ bass enthusiast with a versatile mix history, dishing out a balance between nostalgia and new age fire.
Canadian National Fireworks Team
A 20-minute fireworks extravaganza set to music.
Tickets available online at enmaxcentre.ca, by phone 403-329-7328 or in person at the ENMAX Ticket Centre.
Sunday, September 3 – Community Fair
University of Lethbridge Community Stadium
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Multicultural showcase, round dance, rugby 15s tournament, artisan market, beer gardens, family activities, inflatable obstacle course, battle of the bands, more!
For more information on the U of L’s 50th anniversary celebrations, visit ulethbridge.ca/50-years.