FINCH -- For the expected thousands of visitors to the 2015 IPM set to begin in just over three weeks, there will be a multitude of things to experience, including some of the best entertainers this area has to offer.
Stephen Stang and the Entertainment Committee he chairs have been working behind the scenes for the past three years putting together a program that will provide a sampling of the diversity of talent. Stang mentioned that when he attended the 2014 IPM there were many that mentioned they were excited to come to this IPM because of its Scottish and Celtic music reputation.
Stang mentioned that there are between 50 and 60 acts booked to perform during the IPM out of the over 140 groups that contacted the committee. He continued that many of the bands have donated a portion of their fees back to the organizing committee as part of the proceeds generated from the Plowing Match will be benefiting our local hospitals. Bobby Lalonde Music from Hawksbury will be coordinating sound for the entertainment. During the IPM there will be four main areas where entertainment will be occurring -- the Mutual Tent, the Main Stage, the Lounge and the Lifestyles Tent.
The Lounge will be located in a huge tent that will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 people, will be serving food and will be the only licensed facility on-site. This large venue will feature a Country and Celtic band each day. Some of the entertainers performing in the lounge will be Tammy McCrae, The Shiners, Hadrian's Wall and Riding Shotgun. Of special note is on Friday, country comedian Paul Mussel will be the MC and is sure to entertain the audience with his family-friendly jokes.
The Mutual Tent will feature a variety of entertainment throughout the entire IPM including Chesterville's Sons of Gord, Ruby Tuesday, as well as the MacCulloch Dancers and the Laurie McMaster Dancers.
Stang commented that the Main Stage will be located in a "hacker tent" with no interior poles ensuring good viewing opportunities for the people attending the various events that will be held at that location. He continued that this will ensure that the entertainers and their expensive equipment will be protected from the weather. In addition to the Auctioneers Challenge, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Main Stage will feature top billed local fiddler Kellie Trottier from Glengarry. and Stormont-born Nashville entertainer Greg Hanna. and provide continuous entertainment throughout the five-day event.
Stang was quick to point out the dedication and time that his committee has put towards ensuring that the thousands of people who attend the 2015 IPM will return home with a better understanding of the talent that can be found in Eastern Ontario.