George Canyon & Emerson Drive to Bring Country Heat to Keyano College Gala

The excitement for the 2019 Keyano College Gala is already building as the event returns to a country-flavoured theme, featuring two well-known and respected country music acts.

“We are very excited to bring in such high caliber entertainment in the form of George Canyon and Emerson Drive, said Michelle Toner, Keyano College Advancement Services Manager. “To enhance the evening, we will also infuse Gala 2019 with a country flair that we expect will draw interest from a broad range of people.”

An evening of philanthropy, friendship, music, and all-out fun, the Keyano College Gala is the largest and longest-running in the Wood Buffalo region. It shines as the region’s signature black-tie event and is a chance for guests to come together, support the local college, and celebrate the community over refreshments and entertainment.

The money raised from Gala is used to enhance the student experience at the College. As a result, the event has been hugely supported by the community and industry. For the third year in a row, Gala is being presented by Birch Mountain Enterprises and is being supported by many of the College’s industry partners, friends, and advocates.

The College’s supporters and many others in the community are also looking forward to an entertaining evening, highlighted by performances from George Canyon and Emerson Drive.

George Canyon first won the hearts of country music fans through a 2004 appearance on USA Network’s Nashville Star and rose to become one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars. He has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few through country hits like Just Like You, My Name, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more.

Outside of his music and charitable work, many people might also recognize George as Charlie Wells in the hit television show Heartland, the head forest ranger in Trailer Park Boys, a fighter pilot in Man of Steel, and more recently, the teen idol in the stage adaptation of Grease. George even played Bull Shelton in the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original movie “One Starry Christmas.”

Among his many identities, George is also a proud Canadian and huge hockey fan, and roots for his team, the Calgary Flames, for which he is currently in his fifth season singing the national anthem during the home games.

For well over a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences all across North America.

The band’s first two singles, “I Should Be Sleeping” and “Fall Into Me,” peaked in the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and quickly became fan favorites but it was the career-changing song “Moments” that gave the band their first #1 single in the USA. Emerson Drive has been honored with awards and/or nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Canadian Country Music Association, CMT, Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, Inspirational Country Music Association, Juno Awards, Music Row Magazine, and Campus Activities Magazine. The band has toured with Toby Keith, Shania Twain and Big & Rich among other artists.

There will be a limited number of tickets, so don’t miss out. The 2019 Keyano College Gala is set for Saturday, November 2 and tickets are available through the Keyano Theatre Box Office. Important sponsorship opportunities are also available.