Outdoor screenings of Tragically Hip concert a highlight in Kamloops event this weekend
By Brendan Kergin
August 18, 2016 - 4:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - No shorage of things to do this weekend in Kamloops as the mercury climbs to the mid-30s.
Friday morning the three day Secwepemc Gathering will get started at the Skeetchestn Arbour in Savona. The 34 annual iteration will include drum competitions, live entertainment, sweat lodges, cultural workshops, sports and story telling. Events run from a sunrise ceremony Friday morning through to closing ceremonies Sunday at 5 p.m.
Saturday morning Catharine Pendrel will be taking to a hill near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to compete for gold in Olympic mountain biking. While the Kamloops resident is thousands of kilometres away, local fans can watch at home on TV or at Resovoir Coffee in Sahali. The local business will be streaming the race live for fans of coffee and Pendrel.
The North Shore is hosting the fourth Overlanders day this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual event celebrates the North Shore and Brocklehurst neighbourhoods, with family activities, live performances and participation from the area’s businesses all congregating in McDonald Park.
McDonald Park will also play host to a screening of the Tragically Hip concert on Aug. 20. The show is the final concert of the bands Man Machine Poem Tour, and could be their last ever after lead singer Gord Downie’s diagnosis with terminal brain cancer.
The live stream screens are being organized by the local Canadian Cancer Society office, and all proceeds will go towards cancer research. At Riverside Park the bandshell stage will be the focus, with the field in front secured so craft beer can be sold. McDonald Park will be more family focused. Both parks will have food for sale on site. The Tragically Hip will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. local time.
Later in the evening Alan Doyle, of Great Big Sea fame, will take the outdoor stage at the bottom of the ski hill with his new band, the Beautiful Gypsies. They’re playing as part of the resort village’s summer concert series. Music starts up at Sun Peaks at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with the Beautiful Gypsies taking the stage at 6 p.m.
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