Tyson at Summer Send Off

Canadian country music icon Ian Tyson joins CCMA award winner Gord Bamford and Joe Diffie as they are added to the final line up

Canadian country music icon Ian Tyson joins CCMA award winner Gord Bamford and Joe Diffie as they are added to the final line up of performers for the second annual Summer Send Off Music Festival, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at the Ponoka Stampede Grounds.

“In his duel life style as an international singer/song-writer and working rancher, Ian has dedicated his life to a strict regimen of dedication to both careers,” said Tyson’s manager, Paul A. Mascioli, president of Mascioli Entertainment in Orlando, Fla.

“He loves Alberta more than any other place in the world and has demonstrated this time and again in his songs. His music has allowed Ian to be a successful rancher and his ranching and beloved horses have inspired him to become a musical historian of the west.”

Gord Bamford, who was also added to the final roster of singers, says he’s honoured to be able to share the stage with Tyson at the festival.

“I have always held him in high regard, and it’s a really special moment to secure him to play at the festival. I know that the Summer Send Off offers the perfect venue for him to connect with many Albertans who love him and his music.”

The Festival begins with a Kick-Off Party on Friday, Aug. 31 at the Billy Bob’s Beer Garden Saloon located on the Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Grounds. Doors open at 7 p.m. with Julian Austin performing at 8 p.m. Canadian Country Music Association award winning musicians Dean Brody and Doc Walker will perform on the Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson main stage, Sept. 1.

Brian Halbert of Big Air Entertainment says that the ability to draw quality talent speaks volumes to future Summer Send Off festivals.

“We are already talking about Summer Send Off 2013. But for right now, we’re incredibly pleased with the depth and breadth of talent that our festival is offering. The Ponoka Stampede and Exhibition Grounds offer a laid back atmosphere which will make it a memorable Labour Day long weekend.”

Tickets and additional information and other main stage acts can be found at www.summersendoff.ca.

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