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TOURISM SASKATOON WELCOMES BACK THE AIR SHOW

Published: Jul 27, 2011

The Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes will entertain audiences with an air show and concerts, paying tribute to veterans.

 

SASKATOON, SKJuly 27, 2011 – Saskatoon’s air show will return to the skies August 6 and 7 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Previously known as the Cameco Canada Remembers International Air Show, the event is re-launching as the Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes.

"The event will maintain their tribute-to-veterans theme, and special recognition will be given to law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and first response personnel who serve their communities and country. Among the activities planned, there is a special Hot Air Balloon Silent Salute to Our Fallen scheduled for both August 6 and August 7.

“We’re excited to see the air show return to Saskatoon,” says Todd Brandt, President and CEO with Tourism Saskatoon. “The organisers have put together an exceptional line-up of events and tributes, and we’re looking forward to seeing the draw this returning event has for tourism to the city.” 

The previous Cameco Canada Remembers International Air Show ran 14 years before being cancelled in 2009 when they lost access to the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker Airport show site due to the airport’s expansion plans.

The Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes will now take place at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, as a result of a new partnership between the Canada Remembers Tribute Project and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, located northeast of Saskatoon’s airport.

“I’m honoured to have been a part of this project since it was created in 1995, and now in the re-launch of Saskatoon’s air show and tribute to veterans,” says Brian Swidrovich, Director of the Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes. “Auto Clearing Motor Speedway will surely prove to be a great location for a great event.”

Scheduled to participate in the 2011 Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes are the Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron), the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team, and numerous other military aircraft and world-class civilian performers.

New in 2011, the Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes launches Canada's National Concert for the Troops on August 6, presented by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. Confirmed to perform are Glass Tiger, Julian Austin, George Leach, Dennis Leclair, Ladies for Liberty, and the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team. 

There are over 400 air show events across North America each year, with Saskatoon’s Canada Remembers Tribute Project heralded as one of the industry’s best. 

Ticket prices for adults are $25 for August 6 and $15 for August 7. Tickets for seniors, children and students cost $15 for August 6 and $10 for August 7. Admission is free for children five years old and under. Reserved grandstand or bleacher seats cost $5 extra for all ages. 

Additional information and the two-day schedule are available online at www.canadaremembersfestivalforheroes.com.

 

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Media contacts:

Kelly Bertoncini
Manager, Media Relations
Tourism Saskatoon
Direct: 306-931-7585
kbertoncini@tourismsaskatoon.com

 

Brian Swidrovich
Director
Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes
Direct: 306-975-3151
b.swid@creditunioncentre.com

 

About Tourism Saskatoon

Tourism Saskatoon is a membership-based, non-profit visitor and convention bureau marketing Saskatoon and region as a destination of choice for leisure and business travel. Services include convention and events attraction, media relations, and membership services and advocacy. One of a few destinations in Canada, Tourism Saskatoon holds Destination Marketing Accreditation by Destination Marketing Association International. Nicknamed “the hub city” for its numerous domestic and international transportation connections, Saskatoon is known for its expansive parklands and admired for its arts and culture scene, festivals and major sporting events. For more information, visit www.tourismsaskatoon.com.  

  

Artists Backgrounder

Glass Tiger
Glass Tiger has won multiple Juno awards, and they have a long and proud musical history with hits reaching around the globe. Band members are planning a return visit to Afghanistan as part of the troop pull-out initiative. www.glasstiger.ca

Julian Austin
Julian Austin is a Juno award nominee and bestselling country artist. He has performed for the troops in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Southeast Asia, bringing his deep-rooted support of our soldiers, past and present, to the forefront with patriotic songs such as 'The Red and White.' www.julianaustin.com

George Leach
Aside from appearing in several films, George Leach's Blues and Rock guitar infused talent has placed him onstage with the likes of Bo Diddley, Robbie Robertson, Robert Randolph and many other accomplished artists. Leach has won both Best Male Artist and Best Rock Album awards at the Aboriginal Music Awards. www.georgeleach.com

Dennis Leclair
Dennis Leclair recorded several original songs and co-produced a 45-rpm under his own label of Blackjack Records. After a hiatus from studio recording, Leclair is pursuing his dreams and has recently completed recording eleven original songs. Leclair has written and recorded a special tribute song: ‘To Our Canadian Troops.’ The music project honours veterans and celebrates soldiers and family members who continue to serve in the Forces. www.dennisleclair.com

Ladies for Liberty
Direct from Louisville, Kentucky, this beautiful trio has performed for military programs across the United States and are now ready to bring a taste of the 1940's musical era - reminiscent of the Andrew Sisters - to Saskatchewan. http://ladiesforliberty.com

United States Air Force Honor Guard Precision Drill Team
In a first-ever Canadian appearance, from Washington, DC, the Pentagon has now approved a rare out-of-country appearance by the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team. They will perform a special tribute demonstration to Canada's veterans and those currently serving in the Canadian Forces. www.honorguard.af.mil

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