Preparations are in full swing for the 103rd Grey Cup Festival in Winnipeg, November 25th to the 29th.
Details about the highly anticipated Festival were revealed today, including the headliners for the Grey Cup Festival Concert Series: Juno award winning Canadian artists Dallas Smith, The Sheepdogs and Loverboy.
In addition, it was announced CBC star Gerry Dee and Canadian music icon Randy Bachman will perform at Saturday’s Gala Dinner.
The announcement of the Festival line-up took place at the University of Winnipeg’s Health & RecPlex, official site of the Grey Cup Festival’s MacDon Fan Experience & Family Zone, a free event where fans and families can experience the magic of this iconic Canadian event.
More than 10,000 visitors are expected to descend on the province for Grey Cup week to take part in the parties, entertainment, and the championship game.
“We are excited to be announcing the Grey Cup Festival Events to the public,” said Jason Smith, President of the 103rd Grey Cup Festival. “We have worked very hard to create an environment that all Manitobans can take part in, and believe we have a great mix of ticketed and free programming for both fans and families alike.”
In all, there will be 16 marquee events during Festival week.
Free 103rd Grey Cup Festival events include: November 25: Arrival of the Cup, University of Winnipeg campus; November 26: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Fan Fest, Club Regent Event Centre; November 26-28: Nissan Titan Street Festival, University of Winnipeg campus; November 26-28: MacDon Fan Experience & Family Zone, Health & RecPlex at the University of Winnipeg; November 28: Cheer Extravaganza, Duckworth Centre at the University of Winnipeg; November 28: Grey Cup Festival Santa Claus Parade, Portage Avenue/University of Winnipeg campus, November 29: Countdown to Kick Off, The Plaza at Investors Group Field
Ticketed 103rd Grey Cup Festival events include: November 26: Blue Bomber Breakfast, The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre; November 26: Shaw CFL Player Awards & CFLPA Official Players’ Party, Club Regent Event Centre; November 27: Winnipeg Free Press CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon, RBC Convention Centre; November 27: Touchdown Manitoba presented by TransX, RBC Convention Centre; November 27: 103rd Grey Cup Festival Party presented by RBC, The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre; November 28: 103rd Grey Cup Festival Gala Dinner featuring Gerry Dee and Randy Bachman, RBC Convention Centre; November 29: Monsanto VIP Indoor Tailgate Party, University of Manitoba Campus; November 29: 103rd Grey Cup Festival Post-Game Party, University of Manitoba Campus
Concert Series: Thursday, November 26: Dallas Smith with special guest Aaron Pritchett, RBC Convention Centre; Friday, November 27: The Sheepdogs with special guests, RBC Convention Centre; Saturday, November 28: Loverboy with special guests 54-40 and Queen City Kids, MTS Centre
The Grey Cup Championship Game and the Grey Cup Festival will shine a spotlight on our city’s many attractions, confirming Winnipeg as one of the best places in the world to work, live, play and invest.
The Grey Cup has been played in Winnipeg three times, in 1991, 1998 and 2006. The 2015 Grey Cup will be an opportunity to showcase Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field, one of the newest buildings in the CFL.
For more information, please visit the 103rd Grey Cup Festival website at 103greycupfestival.ca.