Sold out concert featuring The Sheepdogs rocks the National presented by Syncrude

(Fort McMurray, AB, March 15, 2014) – ‘The Patch’ at Nexen Field House was rocking well into Saturday night as The Sheepdogs presented by ROCK 97.9 FM headlined the entertainment at Grand Slam of Curling, the National presented by Syncrude.

Hailing from Saskatoon, The Sheepdogs won an international competition in 2011 securing them the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, making the group the first unsigned band to appear on its front page. On Saturday night the triple JUNO Award-winning group played hit singles such as "Feeling Good" and "The Way It Is", entertaining a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans. Fort McMurray’s Sentimental Gentlemen opened for The Sheepdogs.

“When we invited The Sheepdogs to perform as the headline entertainment for the National presented by Syncrude we knew it would be a great evening of live music,” said Jodie Mercier, Director of Sport and Recreation for the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo and Co-Chair of the National presented by Syncrude Organizing Committee. “Their solid performance not only delighted the capacity crowd but created a true celebratory atmosphere, and the perfect note as we head into an exciting day tomorrow when the champion of the National will be crowned.”

Other events on Saturday at the National presented by Syncrude included the Community CurlZone, a family-focused afternoon of fun designed to introduce community members to the sport through a variety of free activities and an opportunity to meet some of the curlers participating in the event, and the exciting semi-finals which pitted Brad Gushue against Sven Michel and Glenn Howard against Steve Laycock.

On Sunday morning finalists Brad Gushue and Glenn Howard in the Grand Slam of Curling, National presented by Syncrude will face off at CNRL Arena 2 in front of a sold out crowd and a national Sportsnet audience. The final draw will be followed by the Closing Ceremonies as the Grand Slam of Curling, National presented by Syncrude concludes after five days of world-class curling that played host to international men’s curling teams, several Olympic-medal winning athletes, local and national media and thousands of curling fans and enthusiasts.

The National presented by Syncrude Fort McMurray Host Committee thanks the following community partners for their support of the event:

Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Four Quest Energy

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Aluma Systems

Rock 97.9 and Country 93.3

Canadian Dewatering

Architecture: Arndt Tkalcic Bengert



ATCO Electric

Fort McMurray Hotel Group

Fort McMurray Airport Authority

Data Group

Fort McMurray Oil Sands Curling Club



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