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Music festivals to rock the Delta

Chris Hunsley
Northern News Services

Inuvik (July 18/05) - It's music festival season in the Delta and a wealth of national and international performers will provide two weekends of sensational sounds.

The Midway Lake Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary July 29-Aug. 1, with more than 30 performers gracing the stage over three days.

"We actually had to turn some performers away, there were so many that wanted to come," said Hazel Nerysoo, organizer.

Confirmed to play are Flying Feather from Nashville, a Shania Twain tribute band, Arvel Bird Show, the Aklavik Drummers and Dancers and many others. It kicks off at 3 p.m. at a site just 25 kilometres south of Fort McPherson on the Dempster Highway.

The music is excellent and it's a great way to visit with friends and family and just enjoy the weekend, said Nerysoo. The drug and alcohol free event is open to everyone. Food will be served on site.

Inuvik's End of the Road Music Festival is scheduled for Aug. 26-28 at the Midnight Sun Recreation Centre.

Headliners include the Corb Lund Band, kids favourite Fred Penner and Udder Madness. Aboriginal blues sensation George Leech may attend.

The festival, which drew 2,000 visitors over three days last year, is still accepting submissions from performers.