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WMCA hosting big country acts

George Canyon performs during the 2013 Canadian Country Music Awards in Edmonton. Canyon will play at Brandon’s Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Oct. 3.

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George Canyon performs during the 2013 Canadian Country Music Awards in Edmonton. Canyon will play at Brandon’s Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Oct. 3. (FILE PHOTO)

The spotlight will hit two well-known country acts this fall in Brandon, when Dauphin Countryfest and the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium team up to present George Canyon and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Canyon will take to the WMCA stage on Friday, Oct. 3. With the look of a Hollywood leading man and the build of a professional athlete, the native Nova Scotian has an impressive track record, selling more than 350,000 albums.

The critically acclaimed Canadian country music star’s new album "Decade of Hits" will highlight the show, complemented by his personal retrospective of the last 25 years, sharing never-before-heard stories about his career so far.

Opening the show is Ottawa-based teen heartthrob Jordan McIntosh. Don’t let his age fool you — McIntosh has a voice and a depth of emotional range well beyond his years.

Later in the month, the iconic and influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band hits the Wheat City on Friday, Oct. 17.

Touring in support of their most recent release, the critically acclaimed album "Speed of Life," these multi-platinum and gold recording artists have won many awards for top 10 hits such as "Fishin’ in the Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles."

Founded in California in 1965, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has lasted longer than virtually any other country-based rock group of their era.

They played an important role in the transformation from folk-rock into country-rock, and were an influence on such bands as the Eagles and Alabama.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now at www.wmca.ca or the box office at 204-728-9510.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 24, 2014

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The spotlight will hit two well-known country acts this fall in Brandon, when Dauphin Countryfest and the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium team up to present George Canyon and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Canyon will take to the WMCA stage on Friday, Oct. 3. With the look of a Hollywood leading man and the build of a professional athlete, the native Nova Scotian has an impressive track record, selling more than 350,000 albums.

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The spotlight will hit two well-known country acts this fall in Brandon, when Dauphin Countryfest and the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium team up to present George Canyon and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Canyon will take to the WMCA stage on Friday, Oct. 3. With the look of a Hollywood leading man and the build of a professional athlete, the native Nova Scotian has an impressive track record, selling more than 350,000 albums.

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