2019 Canada Winter Games Unveil Festival Lineup

Tuesday, 25th September 2018

(Red Deer, Alberta) - The 2019 Canada Winter Games is proud to announce their 100 per cent Canadian artist line-up for the 52° North Music and Cultural Festival. Presented by ATB and ATCO, the 52° North Music and Cultural Festival features Juno and Canadian Country Music Association award winners and is the first multi-cultural event to ever be hosted in central Alberta during the winter.

“In February 2019, an exciting line-up of artists, including Alan Doyle, Bif Naked, Brett Kissel, Gord Bamford, Scott Helman, The Strumbellas, Walk off the Earth, Wide Mouth Mason and many more perform in Red Deer,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society. “In addition to the main stage talent, the 52° North Music and Cultural Festival also features a number of theatre and visual artists groups on a community stage - providing an opportunity to really showcase local and provincial talent to visitors across the nation and for central Albertans to enjoy. And to top it off, this all ages festival is free to attend!”

From February 16 until March 1, 2019, over 80 music, theatre and visual artist groups, perform over 10 nights as part of 52° North Music. All 52° North entertainment is free to the public and hosted at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza, which is set to open in November.

“The 2019 Canada Winter Games are a great opportunity to not only cheer on our amazing athletes, but also showcase Canadian arts and culture,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. “This winter, escape the cold and head to the 52° North Music and Cultural Festival to enjoy warm beats from some of Canada’s most talented artists.”

“Alberta is extremely proud to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, adding to our long history of hosting world-class sport events,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. We are also very pleased to be able to showcase Alberta’s amazing music, theatre and visual artists for visitors from across the country at the 52° North Music and Cultural Festival. This event is shaping up to be one of the best ever, and we look forward to welcoming Canada to Red Deer in February.”

“The 52° North Music and Cultural Festival in the heart of downtown Red Deer will serve as the cultural hub during the Canada Games,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Our local arts and culture community will be celebrated and residents and visitors alike will experience the local talent Red Deer has to offer when we welcome our fellow Canadians to our community.”

"The Canada Games continue to be a catalyst to the development of sport by helping progress the careers of athletes, coaches and officials,” said Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “That being said, a huge component of the Games is the cultural aspect where many uber-talented Canadian acts perform and witness first-hand the magic of the Canada Games. We are honoured to have artists like Brett Kissel and Alan Doyle as alumni who have performed at past editions of the Canada Games and are thrilled that they’ll entertain us with their unbelievable talent this winter in Red Deer.”

“At ATB we are always looking for ways to create happiness for our customers, and for Albertans,” said Curtis Stange, President & CEO of ATB Financial. “Celebrating the Canada Winter Games with these outstanding artists is the perfect way to do that—and to welcome athletes and visitors to our province.”

“We’re honoured to support the talented and inspiring Canadian athletes at this terrific event being hosted right here in our home province,” said Nancy Southern, Chair & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO. “As a proud and deeply-rooted Alberta company, we know the hospitality, warmth and spirit of Albertans will provide an exceptional experience for the thousands of athletes, volunteers and sports enthusiasts from across the nation.”