Matt Blais gives a two-night performance at the IPE.

Calgary rocker part of IPE music lineup

Calgary alternative blues/rock musician Matt Blais is part of the music lineup at next week's Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong.

Calgary alternative blues/rock musician Matt Blais is bringing his upcoming Western Canadian tour to Armstrong’s  Interior Provincial Exhibition in support of his newly released album The Heartbeat.

Gaining strong comparisons to artists such as Sam Roberts, Matt Mays and Joel Plaskett, Blais combines elements of fiery rock and roll with smooth vintage soul to form a sound uniquely his own.

The combination of his high energy live show and a passion for songwriting has so far been well received by critics and the audiences that continue to grow in number.

“I’ve missed being on the road. I like to think of myself as a musical troubadour, or some kind of old school minstrel,” said Blais. “The road is my home, especially the Canadian road. I don’t think there is a better time to tour Canada than in the fall, so I’m excited to take my music to any city that will have me.”

Blais takes the stage at the IPE beer gardens in the Armstrong Curling Rink Aug. 30 and Aug. 31. Admission is 19-plus and admission is entry into the fairgrounds. Blais also returns to the North Okanagan Sept. 20 for a performance at The Green in the Village Green Hotel.

The IPE has two other music stages during the fair, which starts Wednesday and runs to Sunday, Sept. 1.

Country and western artist Jack Jackson and his band are returning to the Ram Truck stage, which will also see daily performances by the likes of High Mileage, The Beat, Vernon’s Cod Gone Wild, Vancouver legend Jerry Doucette, Travis Fiello and the IPE-Sun FM Youth Talent Competition. Also performing are emerging artists on the Lee’s Music Emerging Stage.

For a full schedule of events, visit


Just Posted

VJH Foundation announces 2019 Hospital Gala

The event is set to take place Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre on May 11.

UPDATE: Avalanche consultants deployed to SilverStar

Two small slides occurred at SilverStar Mountain Resort Wednesday, one of which sent one to hospital

Crown drops one Vernon assault charge against Curtis Sagmoen

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will still stand trial on one count of assault causing bodily harm in December.

City calls for public support of local events

The City of Vernon is wrapping up a successful Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo and is looking ahead to increase the number of events in this facility.

Dust advisory continued for Vernon

The advisory was first issued on Monday, March 18.

What happened to the ‘live grenade’ found in Armstrong

RCMP tweeted a video of what EDU did with the explosive device that was found in Armstrong.

Behind the mask of the South Okanagan furries community

Penticton furries community member said it’s not a sexual thing

Canada Finance Minister to promote budget in Kelowna

Bill Morneau will speak in Kelowna

Trees removed from Central Okanagan to mitigate wildfire risk

Kelowna - Projects are ongoing across B.C. to reduce the risk of wildfire

Trailer Park Boy brings Cheeseburger Tour to Okanagan

Randy performs at Vernon’s Status Nightclub Friday, with Kelowna comics

NHL alumni and Canadian country music stars gearing up for Okanagan charity extravaganza

A two-day May weekend event combines, hockey, golf, country music and a whole lot of fun

Wedding rings and gold chain stolen from around Central Okanagan senior’s neck

Kelowna Mounties are warning the public after two thieves targeted a senior

Okanagan College accepting students to new Tourism Management Diploma

The program will be offered out of the Revelstoke campus this September

Most Read