Streetheart headlining revamped winter festival

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Famed prairie rock group Streetheart have been named the cabaret band at this year’s P.A. Winter Festival, which features a new format with more concert options.

Veteran Canadian rock act Streetheart have been named as the cabaret band at this year’s Prince Albert Winter Festival. Tickets for the show go on sale at the P.A. Exhibition Centre at 9 a.m. tomorrow and are expected to sell out quickly.

Known for hit songs such as Action, One More Time and their cover of The Rolling Stones’ Under My Thumb, Streetheart are expected to be one of the biggest draws in the festival’s history.

“That is the biggest band that Winter Festival has ever brought in, and we expect to sell out the tickets in three days,” P.A. Winter Festival secretary Holly Chow said.

Streetheart’s cabaret performance will take place at the P.A. Exhibition Centre on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Those who buy “early bird” ticket to the show (i.e. tickets purchased before Feb. 20) are automatically entered into a giveaway contest, with the prize being a significantly enhanced concert experience.

“One lucky winner of the early bird tickets will get limousine service to and from the show, dinner for four and a backstage meet-and-greet/private supper with Streetheart,” Chow said.

Beyond the appearance of Streetheart, festival organizers are hoping that attendance this year will also receive a boost from the change of format. Past years featured only one Country North Show, but the 2013 festival will offer country and western fans a second option in the form of Classic Country North.

While the former offers more contemporary country music in the vein of Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, the latter skews more towards fans of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.

“We’re looking at the Classic Country (North) attracting the older generation and the Country North Show attracting the younger demographics,” Chow said.

Both Country North Shows run from Wednesday, Feb.  20 to Friday, Feb. 22. Doors open for Classic Country North at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m., with tickets costing $10. The Country North Show starts at 9:15 p.m., with doors opening at 8:45 p.m. Tickets to the late show cost $15 apiece and like early show tickets are available at the P.A. Ex Centre.

That is the biggest band that Winter Festival has ever brought in, and we expect to sell out the tickets in three days. Holly Chow

Award-winning Nipawin singers Jim and Brenda Chute are co-hosting Classic Country North. Veteran musician Lawrence Joseph, who performed at the very first Country North Show in 1972, will perform along with a mix of established artists and talented newcomers.

“We have Larry Krause, who is very popular, and we have another bunch of people, the Trudel Family,” Chow said. “They have … the guitars, the accordions, the fiddles, and the banjo, which is classic country music.”

Entertainer Doyle Ironstand will again host the Country North Show. Up-and-coming artists Taylor Chetty, T.D. Christopher and Carissa Joins will make their first appearance at the festival while Rob Munro, Heidi Munro and Nancy Hagen return for their second.

The producer of last year’s festival, Paul Lomheim, is also helping organize another new attraction for 2013 that has a distinctly European flavor.

“We’re calling it Winterfest, which is a spinoff of Oktoberfest,” Chow said. “It’s being held at the P.A. Brew Pub.

“We’re having a German pavilion with an oom-pah-pah band, and a British brew pub in the other room with a British pub band … with all the food and trimmings that go along with it.”

Winterfest takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Brew Pub. Tickets are $7 at the door, which includes the price of a $2 winter festival button.

Streetheart tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. tomorrow and are available at the P.A. Exhibition Centre.

Organizations: P.A. Exhibition Centre, Rolling Stones, P.A. Brew Pub

Geographic location: Country North Shows

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