Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in Spruce Grove


Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in Spruce Grove

Rocking out with The Trews, Captain Tractor and Krystle Dos Santos

As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation Spruce Grove is kicking the entertainment level up a notch. Three fabulous groups will keep the party going and the energy flowing from 7 - 11 p.m. on the Mainstage at the Spruce Grove Canada Day Celebration on July 1, 2017.

Canada Day headlinerMotown/R& B artists Krystle Dos Santos and The Black Mambas External will start the night off right with their upbeat, eclectic sounds from 7 - 8 p.m. With the majority of the band based in Edmonton, fans will recognize them from performances at Blues on Whyte, The Citadel Theatre, and the Edmonton Jazz Festival. Lead singer Dos Santos is an accomplished singer/songwriter and performer with an equally successful solo career. A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she released her debut, award winning album in 2008, and has been honing her craft for nearly a decade since then.

Canada Day headlinerIn keeping with the local theme, popular Edmonton-based Celtic/rock/folk/punk-influenced band Captain Tractor External will get everyone up and dancing from 8 - 9 p.m. Formed in 1993, Captain Tractor's current members, Chris Wynters, Scott Peters, Jason Kodie, Shannon Johnson, Jon Nordstrom, and Jules Mounteer are all active in the city's music and culture scene. With a sound that's similar to Great Big Sea, The Pogues, and Spirit of the West, Captain Tractor's original music is rich in local, cultural, and geographical reference. Their most famous songs have been renditions of the folk music classics "The Log Driver's Waltz" and "Drunken Sailor", and a cover of the Arrogant Worms' "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate". They have also developed a following for their brand of Canadian rock, with singles such as "Up the Hill", "Frozen Puck to the Head", and "The Bastard of Strathcona County".

Canada Day HeadlinerKeeping the energy high, and ending the night with a bang, will be one of Canada's most successful rock bands of the past decade, The Trews External, who will take the stage from 9:30 - 11 p.m. Comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Colin MacDonald, lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Gavin Maguire, The Trews have 17 Top 10 Rock radio singles (including two #1's) and two Gold-certified albums to their credit. The quartet has received multiple East Coast Music Awards, a CIMA Road Gold Award, an Independent Music Award (US), and numerous JUNO Award nominations. Hit songs include "Not Ready to Go", "Hold Me In Your Arms", "Hope & Ruin", "Highway of Heroes", and "Tired of Waiting". The band recently released Time Capsule, a collection of their best loved songs from the past 12 years plus 4 new tracks. The Trews have played over 1,000 shows worldwide, on their own as well as supporting the Rolling Stones, KISS, Robert Plant, Guns 'n Roses, Kid Rock, and Bruce Springsteen.

The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display at 11 p.m.

Horizon Stage and the Horizon Stagelighters are pleased to present this year's Canada Day Mainstage artists.