July Is Oh Canada Month in Canada’s Festival City

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Edmonton, Alberta celebrates Canadian spirit this month with the Honda Indy Edmonton (and Team Oh Canada) and the Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival, ripe with Canadian musicians

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It makes me proud to be Canadian

Edmonton, Canada’s Festival City , embraces the Canadian spirit this month with unique festivals that put the spotlight on Canadian talent.

From Friday, July 23 to Sunday 25, the Honda Indy Edmonton roars to life as the wildly challenging track at Edmonton City Centre Airport plays host to the world’s best drivers: Dario Franchitti, the winner of the Indianapolis 500, fan favourite Danica Patrick, and two Canadian motorsport superstars, Paul Tracy and Alex Tagliani, representing Team Oh Canada.

“It makes me proud to be Canadian,” says Tagliani. Tracy is equally excited about his return to this world-class event. “The Honda Indy Edmonton is one of the biggest auto races in all of Canada,” he says. “Competing at Edmonton has been a terrific mental and physical challenge over the years.”

“The Indianapolis 500 is the most famous race in the world, but what we’ve been told by the drivers time and time again is that this is their second favorite course, because it’s so challenging,” says Randy Kilburn, spokesperson for the Honda Indy Edmonton. “The Edmonton, Alberta course includes 14 turns, some at 160 to 170 miles per hour. If you don’t take them at that speed, people will pass you. When the drivers are finished, when they get out of their cars, they are drained not only physically but emotionally and spiritually, because it is so grueling.”

Viewers of TSN and other networks around the globe will be able to see Edmonton’s gorgeous skyline in the background of many of the turns throughout the course. For more information on this exciting Edmonton event, visit to http://www.hondaindyedmonton.com

For music lovers, Canada’s festival city has yet more great Canadian talent at a slower pace with the Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival from July 30 through August 1. “There are 12 acts in total coming to Blueberry of which seven are Canadian,” says Patrick Guidera, Entertainment Director. These acts come from all points across the country, including The Troy Family from Sherwood Park, A Page In Time from St. Albert, The Bix Mix Boys and Woodbend from Edmonton, Loose Rooster from Sorrento, BC, and from Ontario, Hard Ride and Juno Award winner Fred Eaglesmith, who has been compared to Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and Woody Guthrie.

Guidera has been attending the festival as a musician and jammer for the past 10 years and loves it, especially the tailgate jamming that happens after the concerts. It gives musicians and fans a good opportunity to meet a celebrity or two around the campsite. “The professionals come out to jam with folks into the evening, making everyone very thrilled and happy,” he says.

Learn more about the Bluegrass & Country Music Festival, just one of many fun things to do in Edmonton over the summer, at http://www.blueberrybluegrass.com

For more information on Edmonton’s array of Canadian festivals and events, visit http://www.edmonton.com

About Edmonton Tourism
Edmonton Tourism promotes Greater Edmonton as the destination of choice for tourism, conventions, major events and film production and is a division of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). For more information, visit http://www.edmonton.com. Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at http://www.edmontonstories.ca.

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Jenifer Christenson
Executive Director, External Relations
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation/Edmonton Tourism
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1P7
Tel: 780.917.7890

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