Bathurst Hospitality Days Festival committee announces music lineup

The Bathurst Hospitality Days Festival committee has announced its musical lineup for this year's festival.

President Mike Skerry says "The Sheepdogs", one of today's hottest rock acts, will kick things off on Thursday, July 20th, along with local rockers "Certified" and "Raglan Road 4.0.

Acadian Party night on Friday, July 21st will include performances by Bathurst-based "Acadia", "George Belliveau and the GB Band", and "la Viree".

On Saturday, July 22nd iconic Canadian group "April Wine" returns to the Chaleur region with "Steve Hill" and Moncton's "Mojo Band" to cap off the musical portion of the festival.

Concert director Caroline Boudreau says the committee put together the best music lineup possible considering the different age groups and musical tastes of festival-goers.

As volunteers, Skerry says, the festival committee does its best to bring in some of the best variety of entertainment aimed at bringing the community together within the festival's financial means.

In order for Hospitality Days to continue to grow, he says, support from the community is imperative.

He says community support will allow the festival's Executive Committee to broaden future concert possibilities while continuing to bring world class acts to the Chaleur region.

In addition to music, Skerry says there are a number of events planned, and more to come, including a show-and-shine for cars and motorcycles as well as a return of the "Battle of the Burgers".

A number of "pre-festival" events will take place on Saturday, July 15th which, Skerry says, could result in Hospitality Days expanding next year.

On Sunday, July 23rd the annual Hospitality Days parade will take place.

A few years ago the parade ran the risk of being cancelled due to participation numbers but Skerry says it has since  bounced back to what it was years ago and hopes local businesses, organizations, and individuals sign up to participate.

The 16th edition of Hospitality Days will draw to a close on Sunday night with a fireworks display Skerry describes as "second to none".

Bathurst councillor and past festival president Ricky Hondas says the city has had its ups and downs and that Hospitality Days  continues to serve as a focal point for people to come together.

Hospitality Days runs July 17th to 23rd.