This year’s Elk Valley Relay for Life has received a huge boost from local musicians, singers and bands who have agreed to donate their talents to entertain on the Relay Stage.
The stage will host a range of musicians from Fernie Secondary School students to Fernie bands who have been together for more than 20 years.
This year’s Elk Valley Relay for Life will be held at the Fernie Secondary track on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“The whole day will be a non-stop party,” says local Relay entertainment organiser Lori Bradish. “The stage will also be the spot to watch the Head Shave activities as well as a Zumba session led by Lizzie Whitehouse and a Karaoke hour.”
Along with the Fernie-based entertainers, Jesse Northey, originally from Fernie but now living in Lethbridge, is bringing his band the Dandelions as well as another Lethbridge group, The Brenna Lowrie Band.
“It’s really cool that Jesse agreed to come for the event. He was so keen he wanted his second group to play as well,” Bradish says.
Other bands include Fernie group, The Relief Committee, whose members are long-time Fernie residents Cam Kennedy, Dave Buliziuk, Tim Ketchum and PJ Burnett. The Bickertons are another local group who have been together for the past few years but have added drummer Chantal Serwatkewich to join Heather McDonald, Mike Tomney and Paul Michal.
A Sparwood-based group, The Due Clause, will be rounding out the roster of bands for the event. This group features Shayne Fedorek on guitar, Shane Borthwick on vocals, drums and guitar, Jordan Wildeman on vocals, guitar and mandolin and Eric Klement on bass. They have played their rock and roll in the valley for more than 15 years.
A youth band is also in the line up. This group of Fernie Secondary students includes Liam Faucher, Chris Elia and Linden Gigliotti. Other Fernie students performing will be Adam Doka, on the piano, and Ocean Whelan, a singer who will also perform during the last Luminary Lap of the day.