The Guess Who really is coming to dinner
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | June 25, 2017|
Not only is Carl Dixon playing the Minden Fairgrounds for Canada Day, he’s bringing a few friends -namely current and former members of The Guess Who.
Dixon’s been confirmed for some time as the head act for Minden’s first-ever Canada Day evening concert. However, it was announced last week that he would be joined by current member Leonard 'Lewsh' Shaw and former members Laurie MacKenzie and Mark Santer. In addition, guest bass player Kris Tischbien will be introduced.
Dixon was lead singer of The Guess Who until a near-fatal car accident in 2008. He rejoined the band for two special shows last year, eight years after the crash.
“Now, friendships are renewed, the trauma of the accident behind them all, the boys are ready to rock with Dixon again on his home turf,” said show promoter Jennifer Hughey in a media release.
Dixon added that, “Playing some of the most iconic Canadian rock hits, with some of Canada's best musicians, will be a brilliant Canada Day show. These are guys who I've toured and played with from Las Vegas to Winnipeg during my eight years in The Guess Who."
Dixon said it took some “wrangling of diaries” to enable the reunion of the former band mates. He said Hughey then took the idea to Minden Hills Council “and incredibly we were able to make it work.”
Dixon said the show should lift spirits after this year’s spring flooding.
"I'm proud and honoured to bring a world class rock show to a local event. It's a big rock show for Minden's Canada Day fun," Dixon said.
They’ll be joined by band, Northbourne and the Fire Weavers.
It’s also one of five new offerings to Minden’s Canada Day program this year.
Between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at the cultural centre, the Blue Breaker Club presents ‘Heat up with Cool’, a live interactive show for all ages.
Organizers have added a 1.5km family run this year. At the Fairgrounds, it will be hosted by Places for People. It will start behind the arena at the ball diamonds at 10 a.m.
The human gyroscope zorb balls are coming to the fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the Four Paws Flying Entertainment, world champion disc dogs, will have shows at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. They last about 45 minutes and people are encouraged to visit the dogs afterwards.
All of the other popular activities are back this year, too. They include: the kids fishing derby, the crazy river raft race, rubber ducky races, and the nighttime fireworks.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.