November Fest a big hit with audience

Country singer Brett Kissel and local talent Donna Gartner rocked this year’s November Fest.

Country singer and two-time Canadian Country Music Association nominee Brett Kissel

Country singer and two-time Canadian Country Music Association nominee Brett Kissel

By Jasmine Franklin

Country singer Brett Kissel and local talent Donna Gartner rocked this year’s November Fest.

“Kissel is definitely a musician and definitely a good entertainer,” said Sherry Gummow, Ponoka Agricultural Society president. “And Donna did a fabulous job.”

Kissel, 19, is a two-time Canadian two-time Canadian Country Music Association Nominee and the youngest Canadian country singer to ever be nominated for a CCMA. He was delighted to play at the Kinsmen Community Centre for the crowd.

“It’s really exciting to be playing for them here,” Kissel said. “We’ve had great turnouts at almost every show.”

And though his 45-show tour since September is coming to an end, the country singer had nothing to offer but smiles and energy, even after all his hard work and travels.

This year’s November Fest was a first for Martha Mewton who was impressed with the evening and would go back next year.

“It was just excellent,” Metwon said. “I was totally amazed at the entertainment and the food was great.”

Gummow said the Nov. 21 event brought out 125 people, significantly better than last year’s turnout.

Kissel’s last show will be the second annual Christmas show in Fort Saskatchewan at the Dow Centential Theatre. Almost 600 tickets have sold already.

“I really strived to get my name out there the last few months,” Kissel said. “Hopefully when my new album comes out people will recognize me after performing in one of the local towns.”

Needless to say, the night went over smoothly and fans soaked up the musical talents of Kissel and Ponoka’s own Gartner.