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Two mountainous musical events in one prairie city

Rock the River with classic rock and clap your hands to Canadian country music in Saskatoon this summer

Saskatoon’s iconic Delta Bessborough Gardens provide the backdrop for Rock the River.
Saskatoon’s iconic Delta Bessborough Gardens provide the backdrop for Rock the River. — Photo courtesy Rock the River

Saskatoon has scored two of the biggest music events of the year: Rock the River and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards.

Rock the River

Rock the River is an outdoor classic rock festival featuring big-name acts and well-known hits. Set in Saskatoon’s luscious Delta Bessborough Gardens, Rock the River is a three-day event sure to satisfy your cravings for great music mixed with nostalgia from a bygone era.

The bands selected for the inaugural year of Rock the River still love to perform, entertain and tour. You loved the music growing up, now rekindle that passion with a group of like-minded concert-goers. Reminisce with old friends as you rock out to the soundtrack of your youth.

A band performs at Rock the River
Rock the River unleashes a barrage of classic rock acts upon Saskatoon. — Photo courtesy Rock the River

Rock the River boasts classic tunes from the likes of:

  • The Headpins
  • Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts
  • Randy Bachman
  • Five Man Electric Band
  • Harlequin
  • Glass Tiger
  • Tom Cochrane with Red Rider
  • Helix
  • Ian Thomas
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Kenny Shields and Streetheart

Rock the River will be held at Delta Bessborough Gardens from August 18 to 20. For a full schedule of who is performing and at what times, go to the Rock the River website.

CCMA awards

The CCMA awards is an annual two-hour live television special broadcast on CBC. The show highlights the best in country music while doling out industry awards such as Fans’ Choice Award and Album of the Year. The award show is the culminating crescendo of Country Music Week—a music festival that includes a Songwriters’ Series, talent showcases, a full-day FanFest, a Legends Show that pays tribute to Canada's most beloved country artists and a cabaret party where country fans can stomp their boots.

Brett Kissel
The best country artists across Canada converge at SaskTel Centre for the Canadian Country Music Association awards. — Photo courtesy Canadian Country Music Association

See these favourite country artists take to the stage and maybe even walk off with some new hardware for their trophy collections:

  • Brett Kissel
  • Dean Brody
  • Gord Bamford
  • Johnny Reid
  • Dallas Smith
  • High Valley

Country Music Week will be held at SaskTel Centre from September 7 to 10. A listing of fan events is available through the CCMA website

If you like to jam on your air guitar or howl out a “Yee-haw!” lock Saskatoon into your travel itinerary this summer. 

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