George Canyon, Fred Penner coming to North Battleford

The new Dekker Centre season line-up was announced to much fanfare Wednesday evening, and some big names are coming to North Battleford this year.

Canadian country music star George Canyon will take the stage on Sept. 9, along with Doc Walker and Charlie Major.

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Canyon brings his Hit After Hit tour back on the road this fall after a sold-out run earlier this year, a Dekker Centre brochure says.

Canadian country artist Michelle Wright continues a country theme on Sept. 28, while North Battleford’s own Brock Andrews will play with Brody Siebert on Oct. 18. Andrews performed a few country songs as part of Wednesday’s announcement ceremony.

The country line-up also features the Blake Reid Band, a group that incorporates folk, roots Americana and outlaw country. They perform Jan. 17, 2020.

November might be called “Rock Month” at the Dekker Centre, as Saskatoon’s Bombargo will perform on November 2. One of the budding band’s claims to fame is their song “Mr. No Good” appearing on a Taylor Swift Spotify playlist.

According to their long-haired front man Nathan Thoen, “a lot of bands try to promise you a good time, but we actually guarantee it.”

The Johnny McCuaig Band and their combination of rock and east coast music takes the stage Nov. 20, and a staple of Canada’s arts scene for 20 years, Hawksley Workman, is performing Nov. 28.

Workman is experienced in a number of music genres and has opened for the likes of Morrissey, David Bowie and The Cure.

Other shows include the family-oriented Singing With Sylvia on Dec. 5, and the legendary Fred Penner on Feb. 17, 2020.

Kali Weber also promised some different shows this year, including a Plains Cree interpretation of Shakespeare’s MacBeth set in the 1870s called Pawakan MacBeth, and the musical Little Shop of Horrors, about a plant that feeds on human blood. Little Shop of Horrors will take place Oct. 26 and 27, and Pawakan MacBeth is Feb. 12, 2020.

Other shows include the annual Candlelight Processional near Christmastime, an evening of local performers called Battlefords Shines, illusionist Chris Funk, and rollicking funk band Five Alarm Funk.

The Dekker Centre’s phone number is 445-7700, and website is www.dekkercentre.com.

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