Things will be rockin on and off the ice at the Smiths Falls Dominion Tankard 2014 Ontario Mens Curling Championship. Along with being entertained by the play of 11 elite men's curling teams vying for entry into the Brier, attendees will enjoy some great musical entertainment as well. Every evening, starting on the Monday and continuing until the Saturday, the Lockmasters House in the Upper Hall of the community centre will be transformed into an entertainment showcase from 8 p.m. until midnight - with a definite emphasis on variety.
Starting off the week on Jan. 27 are Frizell and Peter Woods, two well known local musicians Frizell on the guitar and vocals and Woods on the saxophone.
- A variety show is planned for the Tuesday evening. Among the performers will be Smiths Falls resident Don ONeill who has a long music career, including playing lead guitar for the nationally known country band Country Mile and working with the Tommy Hunter Show. Born and raised in the Kemptville area, ONeill was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.
- Jazzing things up on the Wednesday night (Jan. 29) will be the duo of Woods and Brian Browne who is considered to be one of the leading jazz pianists in Canada.
- On Thursday, the featured act is Everything Zen, a four-piece band from the Carleton Place/Ottawa area. Slated to perform on Nov. 20 at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships held at the Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa, the band, according to its website, performs music spanning genres and decades. That includes country, rock and Celtic, as well as rhythm and blues tunes.
- Its really a variety pack from them, Frizell stated, adding that band member Rick Picard is also an ice maker and will be involved in the ice preparation at the Dominion Tankard.
- Friday evenings offering is the popular Smiths Falls band, the Doherty Brothers.
- The entertainment program for the Dominion Tankard will end on a rock and roll note on the Saturday night (Feb. 1) with Buddy Holly Lives, a tribute band to the American singer-songwriter who is viewed by many as a pioneer of rock and roll. We had them at the Smiths Falls Curling and Squash Club last year and everyone liked them, Frizell said, noting that the group is also booked to perform at the post Dominion Tankard celebration being held for volunteers and sponsors at the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club on Feb. 15.
Agnes McVeety who is co-chairing with Paul Howard the host committee for the championship curling event is looking forward to the musical entertainment that week. Curling fans enjoy watching the shot making during the game and analyzing the strategy afterwards, she remarked. Everyone can gather at the Lockmaster's lounge to discuss the games and review the team standings. The evening entertainment in the lounge provides the fans and curlers an opportunity to unwind and enjoy our local musical talent.
In addition to the nightly entertainment at the Lockmasters House, the local area will also be well represented in the singing of O Canada before each of the draws. Service clubs such as Smiths Falls Legion Branch 95, the Kinsmen and Rotary clubs will all be providing singers for the national anthem, as will the Rosedale Singers, Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute and other schools in the region.
More individual singers or vocal groups, however, are needed for the singing of O Canada. Likewise, additional performers are being sought for the talent night. Those interested in participating in either are asked to contact Frizell at 613-283-5507.
Additional information on the 2014 Dominion Tankard can be obtained by visiting www.thedominiontankard2014.ca or contacting 613-812-3372.