Get ready to raise a little hell, Kanata.
Trooper will be here for a good time after being confirmed as the headlining act for the 2013 Canada Day in Kanata celebration.
It took “blood, sweat and tears” for the event committee to nail down the iconic Canadian band, said Diane McNulty, the director of programming.
“We were just lucky they were available,” she said. “We’ve been trying to get them for a number of years.”
Those planning the July 1 festivities are excited to bring Trooper to Ottawa’s west end, including teenagers from the Kanata Haven Youth Centre, who volunteer for the event every year.
“They all knew Trooper; they all knew the songs,” said McNulty. “The demographics, the spread of their appeal, it’s huge.
“I’ve seen them perform a few times and they put on a great show.”
In its ninth year being run by a committee of volunteers, Canada Day in Kanata has boasted some top Canadian talent:
* 2005: Glass Tiger.
* 2006: 54/40.
* 2007: Honeymoon Suite.
* 2008: April Wine.
* 2009: Lover Boy.
* 2010: David Usher and Crash Parallel.
* 2011: Sloan.
* 2012: Kim Mitchell.
Now with Trooper – which includes band members Ra McGuire, Brian Smith, Gogo, Scott Brown and Clayton Hill – to round out almost a decade of entertainment is icing on the cake, said McNulty.
“It’s going to be a good year,” she said. “It also sets us up really well for our 10th anniversary.”
The Juno-award winning band first hit the Canadian music scene in 1975 and has released 10 studio albums, earning a number of gold and platinum certifications.
With classic hit songs like Raise a Little Hell, We’re Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time) and The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car, Trooper is recognized across the generations, said McNulty.
“They are one of the great Canadian bands. They are part of Canadian culture,” she said. “I think it’s going to be one heck of a party.”
Although still five months away, the committee is hard at work preparing for this year’s Canada Day in Kanata event.
“Once again we’ll be supporting local talent,” said McNulty.
A call for local youth bands to audition for a chance to open for Trooper on Canada Day will go out in February or March.
“The bands have never disappointed. They’ve always been top-notch,” she said. “I’ve been around since the very beginning and to watch it grow and progress … I’m privileged and honoured to be a part of it.”
Last year, about 30,000 people attended the celebrations with headliner Kim Mitchell, and McNulty said she’s expecting the same number of attendees for 2013, if not more.
“It’s become a tourist attraction,” she said, adding people from Detroit, Sudbury, Peterborough and North Bay, Ont., have attended, as well as people from across Ottawa.
“It’s a great community event that’s expanded across our boarders significantly. But I think we’ve kept that community feel,” she said.
The committee is kicking of its sponsorship drive and will be looking for volunteers to help run the event. For more information, visit canadadayinkanata.com.