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25th Annual Stony Plain Cowboy Festival
Aug 18th - 20th 2017
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2017 Performing Artists

For 25 years the Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering Society has been celebrating the cowboy scene through music, cowboy poetry and the visual arts & crafts.  The Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering Society, a Not-for-Profit society, is made up of a brave group of dedicated volunteers committed to

“The preservation and presentation of historical and contemporary Cowboy Music, Poetry and Art.”

In 2017, the Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering Society will be hosting the 25th annual edition of this legendary Gathering.  We are in the process of inviting a crew of great artists to join us in August, 2017. And with the stellar line-up of poets, pickers, and artists coming, the Gathering is shaping up to be the greatest ever and the Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering Society (The Posse) is ready and rarin’ to go!

The 2017 Festival will take place on August 18-20, 2017. This will be our 25th annual event, held at Stony Plain Heritage Park, 5100 41 Avenue, Stony Plain, Alberta. 

We hope you’ll also gain a new appreciation of the west’s rich and incredible cowboy heritage. We look forward to spending the weekend with you.

25th Anniversary Cowboy Festival Lineup
18
Aug 2017

Jim & Lynda McLennan

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

New Pavilion

Much of Jim & Lynda’s music is recognized and loved by their listeners. Seasoned performers, their genuine and engaging stage demeanor immediately puts audiences at ease. They have performed at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, the mid-Winter Roots and Blues Festival in Edmonton, the On the Edge Concert Series, Carlson’s on Macleod in High River, the Room Full of Sound concert series in Okotoks, Mikey’s Juke Joint in Calgary, the Blue Chair in Edmonton, the Canmore Folk Festival, and at numerous house concerts and other acoustic music venues.

18
Aug 2017

Shane & Jennie Harluk

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

New Pavilion

With a passion for music and a true love for performing and songwriting, 14 year old Calgarian, Jennie Harluk is on her way to making her dreams come true.

Jennie has been expressing herself thru song for as long as she can remember and by the age of 9 she’d begun to share her songs on stage. A former Young Canadian with the Calgary Stampede, Jennie has performed at numerous Calgary Stampede venues, including, the Talent Search and the Window on the West Stage. As the “Young Star” performer at the 2016 Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala, Jennie, along with her band, performed country classics, current hits as well as her own originals. Along with her dad, singer/songwriter Shane Harluk, Jennie performed at the first ever Country Thunder Festival in August of 2016. Winner of the 2014 Strathmore Stampede Talent Search as well as the 2015 Junior Winner of the Big Valley Jamboree Talent Search, Jennie also co-hosts their own production, Country Night Live, with her dad Shane Harluk. A unique event held at the Calgary Petroleum Club which supports local charities and artists. Jennie is quoted in the Cochrane Eagle as saying, “For the rest of my life I’ll do something with music. I know it will always be a part of whatever I do”.

Shane Harluk loves Country music. A lifelong Albertan who has made Calgary his home for over 20 years, Shane has a steady and strong presence in the singer/songwriter scene in Calgary. His voice is distinct yet familiar like the Classics we all know whether you are a recent Country recruit or a lifelong fan.

Shane’s enduring dream of recording music began to come to fruition when he recorded a handful of covers for his wife at a local Calgary recording studio. This experience was all he needed to fuel his passion for writing and recording his music. His song writing is reflective of the life experiences which all listeners can identify with and his singing reminds you of why you love the genre of Country music. “I think song writers look at life a little differently, because a lot of the time you have to bring the listener full circle; introduce them to something you care about, explain it, and then resolve it… even if the resolution is knowing that sometimes there is no real answer or ending.”

18
Aug 2017

Sean Gristwood

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

New Pavilion

18
Aug 2017

BJ Smith

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

New Pavilion

 

Bryan (Bj) Smith is an Equine Canada & Certified Horse Association riding coach.  An experienced horse trainer, riding coach, packer, guide, clinician, survival expert, and Canadian Ski Patrol instructor, he has taught equine wilderness topics at the university and college level. Following a full career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he experienced years of service in the Arctic, Bj supervised criminal investigations for the Government of Alberta, instructed for the Lethbridge College Criminal Justice and Environmental Science programs and sat as the President of the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association.

18
Aug 2017

Bryn Thiessen

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

New Pavilion

 

With his handlebar moustache and discus size belt buckle, Bryn Thiessen would fit right in as an extra in a John Wayne movie. But don’t let the 40-gallon hat fool you – Thiessen is the real deal. Thiessen, father of three teenagers, raises commercial cattle and ranch horses at the 2,500 acre Helmer Creek Ranch south west of Sundre with his wife, who raises Border Collie dogs. His Mennonite parents live downstream at Gamble Flats. But Thiessen is more widely known as a cowboy poet, philosopher and pastor of the widely attended Cowboy Trail Church, in Cochrane just over an hour away from his home.

18
Aug 2017

Doris Daley

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

New Pavilion

Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists, the first time any Canadian, male or female, has won the cowboy poetry category. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 she was named one of the Top 5 cowgirl poets in North America by the Western Music Association, with other Top 5 nominations for best collaboration and best cowboy poetry CD.

18
Aug 2017

Roger West

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

New Pavilion

Roger West, an entertainer who exemplifies passion with a heart the size of Texas, quickly rose to be one of the Ontario’s top earning club acts, winning fans and buyers alike with his flamboyant energetic style. This unique artist, seasoned well beyond his years, paid his dues on the Eastern Canadian music scene, pounding pavement, first as a prolific side man to later front his own group The Bounty Hunters. His gutsy move to Alberta in 2007 have paid huge dividends, as he has amazingly become one of the busiest touring acts in Western Canada in less than 2 years.

19
Aug 2017

Olivia Rose

10:00 am – 10:45 am
New Pavilion

Already having 10 years of stage experience behind her, this 17 year old is getting set to have her biggest year yet. Her debut single “Make up to Mud” has a chorus that will leave you singing it long after she has delivered the last note proving she is a gifted songwriter. The last four years have been a whirlwind of amazing opportunities for Olivia Rose. Having already performed on some of Alberta’s finest stages, including opening for Brett Kissel, Cold Creek County, Chad Brownlee, Charlie Major and more, the next year will prove to be her biggest challenge yet. Her second single “Please Maybe” helped her reach the top 10 regionally the CBC Song quest search with submissions from across Canada.. This up & coming county artist received the 2016 Mayors Youth Award as well as the Rising Star award at the Edmonton Music Awards and is currently up for nomination at the Alberta County Music Awards. With new music slotted for an early 2017 release, Olivia Rose is just getting started.

19
Aug 2017

Jim & Lynda McLennan

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Pioneer Church

Much of Jim & Lynda’s music is recognized and loved by their listeners. Seasoned performers, their genuine and engaging stage demeanor immediately puts audiences at ease. They have performed at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, the mid-Winter Roots and Blues Festival in Edmonton, the On the Edge Concert Series, Carlson’s on Macleod in High River, the Room Full of Sound concert series in Okotoks, Mikey’s Juke Joint in Calgary, the Blue Chair in Edmonton, the Canmore Folk Festival, and at numerous house concerts and other acoustic music venues.

19
Aug 2017

Hugh McLennan

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

New Pavilion

Hugh’s award winning Spirit of the West Radio show has been on the air across Western Canada and the Northern U.S. as well as world wide on line since 1992. His life as a working rancher and horse trainer has inspired his deep love of pure western music and the culture and traditions of the Canadian Cowboy.

The first time Hugh and Jim played music together was at their mom’s 80th birthday and the chemistry seemed to work. A few years later Mike Dygert joined the brothers for a few jam sessions and the chemistry was complete and the Western Spirit band was born. They’ve entertained in concert halls, show lounges, auditoriums, flat beds, backyards and barns and even with the Thompson Valley Community Orchestra.

19
Aug 2017

Doris Daley

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pioneer Church

 

Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists, the first time any Canadian, male or female, has won the cowboy poetry category. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 she was named one of the Top 5 cowgirl poets in North America by the Western Music Association, with other Top 5 nominations for best collaboration and best cowboy poetry CD.

19
Aug 2017

Ben Crane

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pioneer Church

 

From the Alberta ranchlands just east of Rocky Mountain House comes western country singer and songwriter Ben Crane. His love for the west country and the outdoors comes through not only in his music, but in his artwork as well. The western cartoonist and Leanin’ Tree artist says “What I do beats the hang out of a real job!”

19
Aug 2017

Ed Brown

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pioneer Church

 

Rodeo cowboy, pasture rider, wildlife artist, singer/songwriter, Ed Brown has the perfect background for an original storytelling approach.  Poems from the absurd to the thought provoking, and songs influenced by various genres both musically and lyrically,  combine to present a truly authentic western performance.  In his capacity as a writer, his songs and poems have been performed by several other artists in both Canada and the US.  An award winning performer, Ed Brown has headlined at all of the major cowboy festivals in Western Canada.

19
Aug 2017

Jac, Jessie & Bob

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Pioneer Church

19
Aug 2017

Shane & Jennie Harluk

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

New Pavilion

Jennie has been expressing herself thru song for as long as she can remember and by the age of 9 she’d begun to share her songs on stage. A former Young Canadian with the Calgary Stampede, Jennie has performed at numerous Calgary Stampede venues, including, the Talent Search and the Window on the West Stage. As the “Young Star” performer at the 2016 Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala, Jennie, along with her band, performed country classics, current hits as well as her own originals. Along with her dad, singer/songwriter Shane Harluk, Jennie performed at the first ever Country Thunder Festival in August of 2016. Winner of the 2014 Strathmore Stampede Talent Search as well as the 2015 Junior Winner of the Big Valley Jamboree Talent Search, Jennie also co-hosts their own production, Country Night Live, with her dad Shane Harluk. A unique event held at the Calgary Petroleum Club which supports local charities and artists. Jennie is quoted in the Cochrane Eagle as saying, “For the rest of my life I’ll do something with music. I know it will always be a part of whatever I do”.

Shane Harluk loves Country music. A lifelong Albertan who has made Calgary his home for over 20 years, Shane has a steady and strong presence in the singer/songwriter scene in Calgary. His voice is distinct yet familiar like the Classics we all know whether you are a recent Country recruit or a lifelong fan.

Shane’s enduring dream of recording music began to come to fruition when he recorded a handful of covers for his wife at a local Calgary recording studio. This experience was all he needed to fuel his passion for writing and recording his music. His song writing is reflective of the life experiences which all listeners can identify with and his singing reminds you of why you love the genre of Country music. “I think song writers look at life a little differently, because a lot of the time you have to bring the listener full circle; introduce them to something you care about, explain it, and then resolve it… even if the resolution is knowing that sometimes there is no real answer or ending.”

19
Aug 2017

Gary Fjellgaard

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

New Pavilion

In 2005 this Juno Award winner was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Gary still tours extensively and looks back on a rewarding career and gratefully acknowledges the hundreds of town and cities and thousands of listeners who have been touched by his music. With his finger style acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, colorful stories, Gary takes his western roots music to the people with a rare sincerity. Gary and his wife Lynne make their home on Canada’s west coast. His lifelong love for Lynne, their four daughters and their many grandchildren is lovingly illustrated in many of his songs.

19
Aug 2017

Ed Brown

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Pioneer Church

Rodeo cowboy, pasture rider, wildlife artist, singer/songwriter, Ed Brown has the perfect background for an original storytelling approach.  Poems from the absurd to the thought provoking, and songs influenced by various genres both musically and lyrically,  combine to present a truly authentic western performance.  In his capacity as a writer, his songs and poems have been performed by several other artists in both Canada and the US.  An award winning performer, Ed Brown has headlined at all of the major cowboy festivals in Western Canada.

19
Aug 2017

Sean Gristwood

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

New Pavilion

19
Aug 2017

BJ Smith

3:00 pm – 3:45 p m

Pioneer Church

 

Bryan (Bj) Smith is an Equine Canada & Certified Horse Association riding coach.  An experienced horse trainer, riding coach, packer, guide, clinician, survival expert, and Canadian Ski Patrol instructor, he has taught equine wilderness topics at the university and college level. Following a full career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he experienced years of service in the Arctic, Bj supervised criminal investigations for the Government of Alberta, instructed for the Lethbridge College Criminal Justice and Environmental Science programs and sat as the President of the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association.

19
Aug 2017

Bryn Thiessen

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

New Pavilion

 

With his handlebar moustache and discus size belt buckle, Bryn Thiessen would fit right in as an extra in a John Wayne movie. But don’t let the 40-gallon hat fool you – Thiessen is the real deal. Thiessen, father of three teenagers, raises commercial cattle and ranch horses at the 2,500 acre Helmer Creek Ranch south west of Sundre with his wife, who raises Border Collie dogs. His Mennonite parents live downstream at Gamble Flats. But Thiessen is more widely known as a cowboy poet, philosopher and pastor of the widely attended Cowboy Trail Church, in Cochrane just over an hour away from his home.

19
Aug 2017

Doris Daley

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Pioneer Church

 

Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists, the first time any Canadian, male or female, has won the cowboy poetry category. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 she was named one of the Top 5 cowgirl poets in North America by the Western Music Association, with other Top 5 nominations for best collaboration and best cowboy poetry CD.

19
Aug 2017

Randy Hollar

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

New Pavilion

Randy has lived the cowboy life he sings about. Roundups, brandings, cattle drives, bucking broncos and rodeos have been his livelihood. At the age of 14, Randy left his home in Viking, Alberta to break broncs then ride bulls with the Canadian Rodeo Cowboy Association. During the long winter breaks in rodeo, Randy took up boxing which he did for 9 years. Randy’s focus turned to the draft horse industry and he is now a seasoned horseman, blacksmith and farrier. He specializes in shoeing, training and showing draft horses and has won numerous awards for his black Percheron teams and hitches.

19
Aug 2017

Gary Fjellgaard

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Pioneer Church

In 2005 this Juno Award winner was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Gary still tours extensively and looks back on a rewarding career and gratefully acknowledges the hundreds of town and cities and thousands of listeners who have been touched by his music. With his finger style acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, colorful stories, Gary takes his western roots music to the people with a rare sincerity. Gary and his wife Lynne make their home on Canada’s west coast. His lifelong love for Lynne, their four daughters and their many grandchildren is lovingly illustrated in many of his songs.

19
Aug 2017

Jac & Jessie

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Pioneer Church

19
Aug 2017

Steve Newsome

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

New Pavilion

Steve Newsome is a Canadian country singer/songwriter, born and raised in southern Alberta. He now hangs his hat just west of Stony Plain. Steve’s proud farm, ranching and trail riding past has given him plenty of inspiration for his song writing. From guitar drowning pack horses, grizzly bears and back country rodeos to making big wheels turn and engines roar, Steve has no shortage of experience when it comes to the cowboy life.

Steve takes time out to work with young local artists, whether it is song writing, doing sound production at a show or all around mentoring. In addition to working with other artists, Steve has also done charity work, raising funds for Boot Campaign Canada, in support of Post Service Armed Forces and First Responders.

19
Aug 2017

Shane & Jennie Harluk

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Pioneer Church

Jennie has been expressing herself thru song for as long as she can remember and by the age of 9 she’d begun to share her songs on stage. A former Young Canadian with the Calgary Stampede, Jennie has performed at numerous Calgary Stampede venues, including, the Talent Search and the Window on the West Stage. As the “Young Star” performer at the 2016 Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala, Jennie, along with her band, performed country classics, current hits as well as her own originals. Along with her dad, singer/songwriter Shane Harluk, Jennie performed at the first ever Country Thunder Festival in August of 2016. Winner of the 2014 Strathmore Stampede Talent Search as well as the 2015 Junior Winner of the Big Valley Jamboree Talent Search, Jennie also co-hosts their own production, Country Night Live, with her dad Shane Harluk. A unique event held at the Calgary Petroleum Club which supports local charities and artists. Jennie is quoted in the Cochrane Eagle as saying, “For the rest of my life I’ll do something with music. I know it will always be a part of whatever I do”.

Shane Harluk loves Country music. A lifelong Albertan who has made Calgary his home for over 20 years, Shane has a steady and strong presence in the singer/songwriter scene in Calgary. His voice is distinct yet familiar like the Classics we all know whether you are a recent Country recruit or a lifelong fan.

Shane’s enduring dream of recording music began to come to fruition when he recorded a handful of covers for his wife at a local Calgary recording studio. This experience was all he needed to fuel his passion for writing and recording his music. His song writing is reflective of the life experiences which all listeners can identify with and his singing reminds you of why you love the genre of Country music. “I think song writers look at life a little differently, because a lot of the time you have to bring the listener full circle; introduce them to something you care about, explain it, and then resolve it… even if the resolution is knowing that sometimes there is no real answer or ending.”

19
Aug 2017

Topher Mils

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Main Pavilion

Drive, Love, and Passion, are just a few of the things you might think of when seeing Topher Mils perform on stage. For over 10 years Topher has been performing around Western Canada with many different acts, playing different genres such as Rock, Country, and Pop, as a guitarist and vocalist. He’s played guitar and sang back up vocals with recording artists Brock Andrews, Brody Seibert, and Chad Brownlee. After years away from the studio, Topher Mils is excited to be getting back in touch with that side of music. He sang back up vocals on Brock Andrews latest album “Eight” which was recently released, and is currently working on recording artist Arron Rigden’s debut album, singing back up vocals and recording some guitar parts. Topher is also recording his very own debut album which should be released this year.

19
Aug 2017

Aaron Pritchett

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Main Pavilion

Acclaimed for bringing “rock energy” to “country audiences”, Aaron Pritchett continues to hold the title of one of the most sought after artists in the business. His passion and intensity for his art overflows on stage and spills into his unwavering dedication to his fans.

Growing up in small-town Northern BC, Aaron drew his earliest musical influences from 80’s Rock, but the transition to country music came naturally, “it was based on being able to relate to the stories that country songs told. Those stories were a lot like mine. I was going fishing, camping, and riding buses to hockey tournaments in even smaller towns than my own, life was a lot more country than rock and roll. That feeling resonated with me and I strive to convey that in my music today”

20
Aug 2017

Cowboy Church

10:00 am – 11:30 am

New Pavilion

Hugh McLennan Officiating – All entertainers are welcome to participate!

20
Aug 2017

Jake Peters

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

New Pavilion

20
Aug 2017

Ben Crane

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New Pavilion

From the Alberta ranchlands just east of Rocky Mountain House comes western country singer and songwriter Ben Crane. His love for the west country and the outdoors comes through not only in his music, but in his artwork as well. The western cartoonist and Leanin’ Tree artist says “What I do beats the hang out of a real job!”

20
Aug 2017

Gary Fjellgaard

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

New Pavilion

In 2005 this Juno Award winner was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Gary still tours extensively and looks back on a rewarding career and gratefully acknowledges the hundreds of town and cities and thousands of listeners who have been touched by his music. With his finger style acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, colorful stories, Gary takes his western roots music to the people with a rare sincerity. Gary and his wife Lynne make their home on Canada’s west coast. His lifelong love for Lynne, their four daughters and their many grandchildren is lovingly illustrated in many of his songs.

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