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Performer lineup growing for inaugural Tyson music fest

Fly Spirit, Fly, the first annual Ian Tyson Memorial Music Festival, will be held in Diamond Valley on July 30.
The legendary Ian Tyson takes a break from visiting with fans while celebrating the release of his newest album Carnero Vaquero at the Lost American Art Gallery and Museum in
A music festival to honour the legendary Ian Tyson will take place in Diamond Valley on July 30.

Organizers of the first annual Ian Tyson Memorial Music Festival in Diamond Valley this summer have added to the lineup of performers. 

The Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Diamond Valley, is presenting Fly Spirit, Fly at the Municipal Reserve at 6th Avenue and 3rd Street SW in the community of Black Diamond on July 30. 

Headline acts will be John Wort Hannam, recent winner of two Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Peter North's highly-acclaimed Ian Tyson tribute show known as The Gift, featuring former members of both Tyson's touring and studio recording groups. 

Organizers have lined up a number of children's performers to begin the day, including Malcolm the Magician and Magic by Vito’s Balloon Artistry, a variety of roaming circus performers and face painters. 

From the Cree First Nations, Jackie Soppit’s Wandering Spirit Dance Troupe will be showcasing its Jingle Dress and Pow Wow dances providing cultural awareness with a graceful traditional performance. 

Sam King from Ride the Vibe will present his motorcycle stunt show to provide an element of unique excitement for festival attendees. 

The festival will include an open-air beer garden featuring beverages from award-winning local operations such as Fahr Brewery, Spirit Hills Winery, Hard Knox Brewery, Twin Cities Saloon and Eau Claire Distillery. 

As well, there will be a variety of food vendors, featuring the Big Burly Chef, and local artisan food offerings from Black Sheep Coffee and Longview Jerky, among others. 

The majority of the festival labour will be covered by volunteers in exchange for festival entry, so those interested in helping can fill out a volunteer application at 

Organizers are funding festival start-up costs through a partnership with the Town of Diamond Valley and corporate sponsorships. Anyone interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities is asked to email the chamber at [email protected]

The organizers’ goal is to bring together the community, tourists and visitors from surrounding areas for a day of entertainment, fun and local economic stimulation all the while honouring the legacy of Ian Tyson, the late Canadian music icon with deep roots in the Foothills who died late last year. 

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